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Our Goodman Graduate Proof-Reading program has been re-vamped to offer language assistance/proof-reading to MAcc, IMAcc, MBA, MBA ISP, MSc, PMPC and CAS students at no charge. This initiative was developed in response to feedback from many faculty members indicating a need for ongoing language support for our students throughout their graduate programs.
The submission process is described in the Proof-Reading Policy. Please note that the proof-readers will not be actually making corrections in the document. Instead, their feedback comments will require the student to consider the error or suggestion and make the change themselves. It is our hope that the students’ involvement in this process will help them develop their skills and avoid making similar mistakes on future pieces of work.
Students are expected to run their work through a standard English spelling and grammar check process prior to submission. If it is clear that they have not done this, their work will be returned without review.
There are several resources available through the Academic Integrity office including academic expectations, informationg on how to avoid plagiarism, and places to go for help.
Business Liaison Librarian
The Business Liaison Librarian, Linda Lowry, provides an invaluable resource for students, faculty, and staff. Linda can assist with information on improving business writing skills and provides advice on researching business questions using library resources and other materials available to the Brock University community.
Business English & Communications Research Guide
The Business English & Communications Research Guide features valuable written, audio and video resources available at the James A. Gibson Library. This brief but comprehensive guide can help fine tune undergraduate and graduate-level students’ Business English and communication skills. It provides essay writing, report writing, public speaking, and presentation links. For direct assistance, contact the Business Liaison Librarian or click on the links below.
Topics featured in this guide are:
One of the best ways to improve writing skills is to read well-written material. It is highly recommended that Business students at ALL levels regularly read business/management journals like The Harvard Business Review, MIT Sloan Management Review, Academy of Management Review, Leadership, and the Ivey Management Review. Have a discussion with the Business Liaison Librarian for assistance in developing a customized reading list that suits your academic major and particular interests.
Remember, Goodman School of Business students should be looking for well-written material over what is just popular.
Online Business Vocabulary
We have a number of online business dictionaries. For example,The Oxford Reference Online database contains the following business-related dictionaries:
You can often find glossaries online that are reputable. For example:
Academic-Zone Learning Services, which is part of the Student Development Centre, offers a wide variety of resources and workshops for students to ensure academic and professional success. Workshops include study skills and strategies for a university environment as well as a variety of workshops focusing solely on communication skills.
A brief outline of some of the two-hour workshops focusing on written communications can be found below and are offered at different times throughout the academic year. Additional information on workshop times, dates, and locations can be found through the Academic-Zone Learning Services Workshop webpage. Faculty can schedule workshops for their students or request customized workshops in specific areas by visiting Academic-Zone Learning Services.
Basic Grammar & Writing for Students with English as a Second Language (ESL)
Academic-Zone Learning Services, which is part of the Student Development Centre, offers a variety of grammar and punctuation workshops to assist students whose primary language is not English to prepare them for academic study in English. A current list of workshop dates and times can be found on the Academic-Zone Learning Services Workshop webpage.
Brock University Professor Ron Thomson launched a website targeted to non-native English speakers to help them with accent reduction. The website, English Accent Coach, offers a free interactive game based environment to help students practice the English pronunciation of vowels and consonants.
Basic Grammar & Writing for Students in Post-Secondary Education
The Student Development Centre has workshops designed to help you polish your grammar skills:
Additional workshop information can be found through the Academic-Zone Learning Services Workshop webpage.
Writing workshops for Students in Business Programs
Goodman offers courses specifically designed for students studying in business programs to develop the written and oral communications skills necessary for today’s business environment.
Additional workshop information can be found by visiting the Academic-Zone Learning Services Workshop webpage.
Recommended Business Writing Exercise:
Read a business article from one of the journals listed in Section 3 above. Think about the main learning points. Write two executive summaries of the same article: one of 200 words and another of 400 words. Identify what you learned about keeping it brief while simultaneously reflecting substance of thought.
Check your results with Academic-Zone Learning Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Comprehensive Writing Workshops for Students in Post-Secondary Education
Students wanting more comprehensive writing program will find the following three-part workshop series very helpful. Be sure to register for all three components to get the maximum benefits!
Drop-In Services at the Student Development Centre
Students can get help with developing effective essay writing, problem solving, and other general study skills at the Drop-in Learning Centre. Drop-in Centre staff meet with students to review essays and assignments to show students how to identify and correct problem areas such as integrating research, organizing ideas, correct sentence and grammar errors, and effective editing techniques.
Students are invited to take advantage of the Drop-in Learning Centre, located in the Hildebrand Learning Centre of the Learning Commons (ST 231), which is operated by Academic-Zone Learning Services.
Essay-Zone: Online/Self-Study Resource Tool
Academic-Zone Learning Services not only delivers traditional writing skills workshops, but more recently developed an Essay-Zone interactive online resource to help students improve their writing. The videos on the Essay-Zone link include self-administered quizzes as part of the learning experience. Contact email@example.com for more information.
Keys to Success
The Student Development Centre has built an excellent resource for students and faculty called Keys for Success filled with useful information on how to boost your grades, steps to improve your essay writing, helpful tips on grammar, punctuation, and the proper way to cite sources in your work.
At the Goodman School of Business, our goal is to provide you with the knowledge and professional skills necessary for a successful career after you graduate. Our programs and courses provide you with opportunities to strengthen your written communication skills so that you will be able to create professional business documents effectively.
The following forms were designed by professors to reflect the written communication skills that are important for professional business documents. These forms are sometimes used by professors to assess student performance in class but also can be a useful self-reflection tool to identify the strengths and weaknesses in your writing. After each written submission use the form to review each trait and description to identify areas where you excel, ones where your skills are satisfactory, and areas that could use improvement. Work on the areas that need improvement before your next written assignment and then use the form again to chart your improvements.