Have you been told that your documents are hard to read? Did you struggle to understand why? It's likely the sentences were badly constructed.
Sentences are the building blocks of writing. While word choice is important, those words must also be in the right order.
This course will show you how to write sentences that make sense. Sentences that only need to be read once.
If you spend too much time shifting words around, then this course is for you.
- What is a sentence? (5:16)
- Sentences are thoughts (7:21)
- Sentence length part A (4:13)
- Sentence length part B (7:14)
- Active voice part A (9:09)
- Active voice part B (7:40)
- The importance of verbs (7:13)
- Starting and finishing sentences (10:47)
- Final points (3:25)
- Conclusion (1:27)
- Further learning
- Learner feedback and course certificate
Paul is a former senior officer in the Australian Army, who now works as a learning consultant. Paul specialises in workplace communication.
As a senior officer, Paul wrote for every level of government, from routine emails to ministerial briefs and reports. Along the way, he learned a lot of lessons about writing. In this course, he will share some of those lessons and show you how to avoid the mistakes made by many government writers.
About the course
Listen to the facilitator talk about the course.
How long is the course? This course will take around two hours to complete.
Do I need to do any pre-course work? No – you can jump in and start straight away.
Are there any tests or assessments? We have included several quizzes in the course, but there are no assessments.
Can I use my own documents in the course? We have used our own example documents in the course, but you can easily apply the lessons to your own documents as well.
How long do I have to access the course? There is no time-limit to your enrolment. You can come back to the course at any time.
Can I do this course at home? Yes. Wwe will ask you for an email address when you enrol, but you can do this course at work, at home or even on your phone.