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General Business Writing

General Business Writing | Report Writing | Business Books

This section deals with business writing. Please be aware that large numbers of business students don't want to do writing, so if you are in a mixed class it maybe an idea to discuss these in class and give homework for those that want the writing practice.

Please be careful about encouraging students to do resumes/CVs or application letters, because if the company is paying for classes they sometimes take offence that you are teaching them such skills.

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Business Guides

  • Report Writing
    All our resources for Report Writing can be found in our Report Writing page.

  • PowerPoint Slides
    Our guide to making top-quality PowerPoint presentations.
    Level: Pre-Intermediate+

Lecture Notes

  • 21st Century Writing Skills (273KB PDF)
    These lecture notes cover the writing skills required for writing Emails and Webpages. (First Presented May 2006)

Business Writing Exercises

  • Style Guide (392KB PDF)
    Includes an example style guide exercises and teacher's notes.

  • Speech Writing (128KB PDF)
    How to write effective presentations and speeches.

  • Complaint Response (65KB PDF)
    An exercise is responding to a difficult complaint that could potentially cost BBC World a lot of money. Level: Upper Intermediate+

  • Sales Emails (60KB PDF)
    How to improve a real sales email with a sample before and after
    Level: Upper Intermediate+

  • Press Release (112KB PDF)
    How to write an effective press release
    Level: Upper Intermediate+

  • Webpages (60KB PDF)
    How to write a simple Web Page that will get a good ranking with search engines.
    Level: Intermediate+

  • Writing Proposals (103KB PDF)
    This guide is designed for students taking the Cambridge Advanced Examination, but is equally applicable to real-life business.

  • Creating a Flyer Exercise (69KB PDF)
    Exercise to create a flyer for a local business. Also includes print cost reduction tips.

  • SWOT Analysis (48KB PDF)
    Our guide to SWOT analysis.

Other Writing Skills





This rather plain looking Website makes up for its looks with a great set of info on writing CVs.