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Professional Writing Skills


In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, this course is offered online. 

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Professional Writing Skills Course Description

Learn to how writing is implemented in the work place. You will learn to write resumes, cover letters, reports, memos, and professional emails.  You will refine your writing skills in a professional way to help you present yourself as professional and collaborative to potential employers. In addition, you will learn the basic cultural aspect of the workplace and what is expected out of a professional in the US.

Over two weeks, you will:

  • Write a short online profile detailing professional skills and accomplishments
  • Write a basic formal email/letter requesting information
  • Compose a professional cover letter and resume outlining/detailing professional education, skills, and accomplishments
  • Answer basic questions about professional experiences through writing
  • Compose a memo or report with basic information

There is an optional additional research assignment/ essay to be completed after the course.  This lets you delve more deeply into a related topic of interest to you. Feedback is provided by the instructor.

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Professional Writing Skills Course Registration

Earn 20 hours for the class + 20 hours for the optional additional research assignment.

Date: April 26 - May 9, 2021. Live one-hour class sessions are Tuesday, April 27 at 5:00 p.m. ET, and Tuesday, May 4 at 5:00 p.m. ET
Registration deadline: April 29, 2021 ***
Research Assignment due: June 9, 2021
Location: Online
Instructor: Josh Halsband
Course price: $225*
Research Assignment** price: $165*

Register for the Professional Writing Skills course

Register for the Research Assignment**

* Prices subject to change

** You must register for the 2-week intensive course in order to register for the optional research assignment. You cannot register for the research assignment only. The research assignment may be taken by anyone.  It gives au pairs taking this course for education credits an additional 20 hours.

*** Although this is the final date for registration, the course may be cancelled the Wednesday before the class begins based on enrollment. Please register as early as possible to avoid class cancellation.

Business writing


  • 20-40 hours
    • 2-week online course 20 hours
    • Optional Research Assignment available for additional 20 hours
  • Flexible study options
  • Professional faculty
  • Academic advisement
  • Certificate available by request
  • No registration or test fee
  • Full use of University facilities (in-person classes)

How to Register

All registration and payment for courses is done online.

If you have already taken a class (Weekend, Evening, Saturday, Weekday, or TOEFL Blast) with us before, you already have a university account. You MUST activate the account before registering for a new course. Please DO NOT create a new account. Please read the Online Registration Instruction including the Account Activation (PDF). Multiple accounts will make it difficult to verify classes you took for your credit hour requirement. If you get "Duplicate Course" message, please call (212) 346-1562 or email the English Language Institute.

Research Assignment

The number of hours stated on the certificate is based on the average number of hours needed to complete the requirements of the assignment. Research assignments are due by the published deadline in the above course information and also as communicated in pre-arrival information sent by our Admissions team. Students may request an extension of up to 3 days by writing the Admissions team before the research assignment due date in writing to Requests for extensions after the research assignment due date will not be honored. Research assignments received after the due date or approved extended due date will not be accepted and the research assignment hours will be forfeited.

Students who registered and attended a weekend intensive course may add-on one (1) 20-hour research assignment for specific course and topic they attended no later than the Friday after the course completed. Requests to add on a 20-hour research paper after the Friday deadline will not be approved.


Please review all important policies related to our courses, including:

  • Attendance
  • I.D.
  • Course Completion
  • Certificate of Attendance
  • Payment and Tuition Cancellation
  • Withdrawal

Au pairs, please review all important policies related to au pair courses.

Pre-Arrival Information

Please review essential pre-arrival information before starting your class, including:

  • Campus location
  • Parking

For more information, please contact the English Language Institute/ Special Programs division.

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Phone: (212) 346-1562