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If you want to tighten up the accuracy of your writing, expand the breadth and precision of your vocabulary, and make use of AI grammar and vocab tools online or apps, this session is for you.

It is always important to use grammar and vocabulary accurately in your work. This workshop will highlight what are the common grammatical and lexical mistakes, how we can avoid them, and the best ways to check and proofread texts. You will learn where slips, mistakes and fossilised errors come from, the most common workplace errors among writers in Hong Kong, and techniques that you can proofread effectively and efficiently.

This workshop will concentrate on:
• discussing the origins and sources of mistakes including linguistic 'false friends', bad influences, fossilised errors and misapplied rules.
• identifying, analysing and correcting the most common mistakes made in Hong Kong and
• using traditional and contemporary tools to proofread and check grammar and vocabulary

Learning Outcomes:
Participants will finish the workshop with a better understanding of:
• why they make certain mistakes
• how they avoid making them
• how they can find errors in their own or other people's texts

Target Audience:
• Anyone who wishes to improve the grammatical and lexical precision and accuracy of their own writing
• People who would like a refresher in accuracy of their own grammar and vocabulary, and
• Managers who need to proofread the work of their team members

Speakers' presentations at this event are intended for educational purposes only and do not replace independent professional judgment. Statements of fact and opinions expressed during this event are those of the speakers and participants and, unless expressly stated to the contrary, are not the opinion or position of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce, its members, or its committees. The Chamber does not endorse or approve, and assumes no responsibility for, the content, accuracy or completeness of the information presented. Attendees should note that, with the approval of speakers, this event may be recorded, and possibly published on the Chamber's website in audio and/or video formats without further notice.

Recording, duplication or distribution of the contents of the online event is prohibited without prior written permission from the Chamber.


Richard Charles, Writing Consultant, Connect Communication

Richard works as a consultant with clients who require support, coaching and training in workplace communication and business writing. With over 30 years' experience in Hong Kong and mainland China together with a Master’s Degree in English for the Professions, Richard has worked with clients as diverse as Cathay Pacific, CLP, DLA Piper, Hong Kong Clearing & Exchanges, Hong Kong Land, IBM, Li & Fung, Marks & Spencer, Moody's, ICAC, The Peninsula Hotel, Standard Chartered Bank as well more recently with government departments including the Legislative Council, the Monetary Authority and the Treasury. Academically, Richard holds a Master’s Degree in English for the Professions (Distinction) with a dissertation on workplace writing in Hong Kong. He is also a TESOL approved examiner for the University of Cambridge Business English Certificate (BEC), the International Certificate in Financial English (ICFE) and the Business Language Testing Service (BULATS) examinations.

Language English
Date and Time 2024/01/25 14:00 to 18:00
Venue Chamber Theatre, 22/F United Centre
Media Closed to media
Enquiries Charis Cheung
Tel: 28231239
Email: [email protected]
Fee Event Postponed
Members @ HK$950 / Non-Members @ HK$1,150
+$50 for booking offline
Members enjoy 30% discount with BOC HKGCC VISA Card
Notes - Bookings are only confirmed upon receipt of payment, on a first come first served basis.
- Booking transfer is allowed for corporate members with advanced notice, walk-ins are normally not accepted.
- The Chamber reserves the right to decline any booking or cancel the event. In such case, a full refund of the participation fee will be issued.
- No refund will be made for last minute cancellations or no-shows. If the booking is cancelled at least 7 days before the event, and in such cases the refund will be subjected to a 10% administration fee, or HK$100 deduction, whichever is higher.
- Members paying with their BOC HKGCC Visa Card will enjoy a 30% discount on their reservation. The discount is only applicable to the card holder, and does not extend to their guests. The discount cannot be used in conjunction with Chamber Coupons.
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- Priority is given to corporate members. The decision to accept or decline any booking shall be at sole discretion of the Chamber.

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