Grammar Guidelines for the Professional Business Writer

Enroll Now for SPRING 2014!


Avoid costly and embarrassing mistakes in all types of business writing!

Brush up on your grammar.  Learn how to make your writing exude confidence and professionalism. Explore the grammar guidelines and identify the most common mistakes made with sentence structure, punctuation, grammar, and usage. These errors are often confusing and sometimes embarrassing. In this engaging and interactive course, practice new ways to make your writing clear and mistake-free. 


business writing; grammar; punctuation; effective writer;
Participants will receive a Pace University Certificate of Completion.

How You Will Benefit

  • Produce coherent sentences that quickly get to the point
  • Edit for agreement between parts of speech within a sentence
  • Apply simple, effective tips for proper grammar, usage and punctuation
  • Correctly proofread business messages
  • Use rules of Standard English to critique your own writing
  • Select the appropriate grammar to suit the business situation


What You Will Cover

  • Finding typical (and not-so-typical) errors in grammar
  • Common verb mistakes: tense, mood, subject-verb agreement
  • Adjective-adverb confusion
  • Building and deconstructing grammatically correct sentences
  • Dangling and misplaced modifiers
  • Active and passive voice
  • Working with “exceptions to the rule”

Who Should Attend

All professionals who want to improve their grammar skills and increase their confidence with all types of business writing.

Meet the Instructor

Theresa Breland has delivered corporate training for Pace University since 2001. She has navigated among a variety of business training contexts,  serving both native and nonnative English speaking professionals in various industries (financial, marketing, nonprofit, environmental) in the public and private sectors. In addition to customized corporate training, Theresa teaches several academic English courses to pre-professional international art and design students. Drawing on innovative adult learning methodologies, she also trains teachers on the techniques of teaching English to adult learners. Theresa began her professional career in the fashion industry, holding various positions in merchandising, sales, planning, and international production. She later earned a master’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Teachers College Columbia University. The combination of her corporate experience and linguistics degree afforded her with the foundation to build a niche in professional business writing. She continuously uncovers the common challenges and the current changes associated with a wide range of professional contexts. For more information, see

SPRING 2014 Course Schedule:

Pace University Midtown
551 Fifth Avenue at 45th
New York, NY

April 8, 2014
9:00 am-4:00 pm

Tuition: $195  (includes all materials)
Course# 90588


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