Mind your business language

Damon, Nadia
July 2008
Training & Coaching Today;Jul/Aug2008, p12
Trade Publication
The article examines the problem of substandard grammar among employees in Great Britain. In June 2008, software developer Basic Writing Skills found that two-thirds of respondents would fail a basic literacy test comprising 10 questions. Alison Cowper, learning consultant at training firm Hemsley Fraser, claims there is a big demand for grammar and punctuation tuition, as well as the general use of English, from companies looking to upskill their workforce.


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