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Workplace English

Certificate Programme in English Writing Skills for the Workplace

Course No. : 233-391500-01|Start Date : 04/09/2023

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(1) Completion of secondary education, or equivalent; or
(2) Aged 21 or above


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This programme aims at consolidating participants' knowledge of grammar and vocabulary; and enhancing their ability to write structured and reader-centred business correspondence of different types with an appropriate tone and style.

Upon completion of the programme, participants will be able to employ a wider vocabulary to construct messages on different levels of complexity, and produce clear and correct writings to achieve a variety of purposes at work.


There are 4 modules in the programme:
Code Title Hour Session
369102 Practical Reading & Writing Skills 30 hours 12 sessions
359102 English Grammar 30 hours 10 sessions
389105 Business Correspondence Writing Workshop 20 hours 10 sessions
389104 Practical Written Communication for Business 30 hours 10 sessions


369102 Practical Reading & Writing Skills
This course is designed for those who have some knowledge of English grammar, and wish to improve their writing skills. It includes a review of good sentence writing and paragraph writing skills. Particular attention will be paid to sentence cohesion, logical development and flow of ideas. After this course, students may consider taking the course Writing Skills Workshop to sharpen their writing skills.

359102 English Grammar
This course is designed for participants who wish to go beyond basic grammar. It will provide a review of the eight parts of speech in the Basic English Grammar course followed by a more thorough study of other major aspects of grammar.

The topics include: 1) Punctuation; 2) Tenses (with a focus on past actions); 3) Gerunds; 4) Infinitives;
5) Direct & indirect questions; 6) Active & Passive voices: 7) Relative & participial phrases/clauses
8) Adjective & adverb phrases/clauses; 9) Comparatives & superlatives; 10) Collective nouns
11) Conditionals and phrasal verbs;

389105 Business Correspondence Writing Workshop
Participants will be given different types of business correspondence for discussion and analysis. They will be required to produce correspondence for peers' and instructors' editing and comments. Through self and peer evaluation of written work, and the instructor's guidance, participants will develop clear, concise, and correct business correspondence writing skills with appropriate uses of tone and style.

389104 Practical Written Communication for Business
This course will provide participants with an opportunity to analyze and review common grammatical errors found in Hong Kong business writings.

An overview of common types of business correspondence will be covered such as: short messages, emails messages, memos, faxes, letters of enquiry, reply, orders and acknowledgements, complaints, meeting agendas and minutes.

Common formats used for correspondence will be examined and discussed and the notion of tone and style will be introduced.


Normally students will take 1 to 2 module(s) in each School Term* in order to complete the whole Certificate programme within 1 year.

On the other hand, you may also plan your own study pace as long as you can complete the entire programme within 2 years (starting from the commencement date of the first module you studied).


To qualify for the award of Certificate in English Writing Skills for the Workplace, students are required to:
(1) have an attendance rate of 70% or above in each module; and
(2) have passed the assessments of each module.


All applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

(a) For new applicants:
(1) Apply for the certificate programme:

- Fill in the “Enrollment Form for Certificate and Diploma / Professional Proogrammes”
Programme Code Programme Title
193-391500-01 (Please tick “Full Programme”)
Certificate Programme in English Writing Skills for the Workplace

- Indicate your payment method for the application fee $150 in Part B (non-refundable)

(2) Choose one or two module(s) to study in the first term:

- Fill in another “Enrollment Form for Certificate and Diploma / Professional Proogrammes,” with your name and the module information only.
For example, you would like to study “English Grammar,”
Programme Code Programme Title
359102 (Please tick “Individual Subjects”)
English Grammar

- Indicate your payment method for the tuition fee of this module in Part B

- Use a separate form for each module.

(3) Send the above forms with your supporting documents for admissions requirements to:
Languages Programme Team, 1/F, Bank of America Tower, 12 Harcourt Road, Central, Hong Kong.

The school will notify the applicants of the results by mail.

(b) For current students who would like to enroll in the next module(s):

Please fill in the application form following the instructions in (a)(2) (you need not fill in Part C if no updates) and send to:
Languages Programme Team, 1/F, Bank of America Tower, 12 Harcourt Road, Central, Hong Kong.

Or enroll it online: please select the module you wish to apply for and click on “Online Enrolment” on the course information page. (For existing students only)

The school will notify you the progress by email.

CEF Information

1. CEF Reimbursable Course Information

This course has been included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund. This course is recognised under the Qualifications Framework (QF Level 2).

CEF Reimbursable Course Title:
Certificate in English Writing Skills for the Workplace

CEF Reimbursable Course Code:
24C001986 (for programmes commenced before 22 August 2019)
38C117804 (for programmes commenced on or after 22 August 2019)

Note: only eligible applicant who has successful completed the entire programme can apply for reimbursement of course fees. Students who have completed only some of the modules are NOT eligible for the application for reimbursement.

2. Benchmark Test Requirements
Score 3 in IELTS (Academic Module), OR
Level 1 Pass in EBC

Applicant should submit the claim for reimbursement of the benchmark test fees with the claim for the tuition fee of the Certificate Programme in English Writing Skills for the Workplace.

For other details about benchmark tests, please refer to CEF website

3. Application and Reimbursement Procedures
Please refer to Information on Continuing Education Fund (CEF)