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Katie Almeida Spencer

Katie is an experienced English as a Second Language instructor, tutor, and teacher trainer. She is very skilled at evaluating both the substance and language of business documents. Her writing critiques and instruction have received stellar evaluations from our clients at DuPont, Liberty Mutual, and Greenwood Resources. She holds a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Rhode Island and an M.A. in Applied Linguistics from the University of Massachusetts Boston.

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Author's Posts

What is Business English [A Simple Definition]

by Katie Almeida Spencer on Fri, Feb 17, 2017

There’s a lot more to learning a second (or third or fourth!) language than just vocabulary and grammar because languages are used differently in different contexts.

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Topics: Business Writing Style

A Beginner's Guide to Using Nominalizations in Business Writing

by Katie Almeida Spencer on Mon, Feb 13, 2017

As businesses become more international, so must our writing. Most of the time, good business writing skills transfer very well to global audiences, but there is some confusing vocabulary that global business writers should try to avoid.

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Topics: Business Grammar

Idioms & Phrasal Verbs in English Business Writing [common mistakes]

by Katie Almeida Spencer on Tue, Feb 7, 2017

As businesses become more international, so must our writing. Most of the time, good business writing skills transfer very well to global audiences, but there are some confusing verbs that global business writers should try to avoid. These are called phrasal verbs. 

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Topics: Business Grammar

How to Use Adverbs to Express Time [English Business Writing]

by Katie Almeida Spencer on Mon, Jan 23, 2017

As businesses become more international, so must our business writing. Fortunately, good business writing skills transfer very well to global audiences, but there is some confusing grammar that global business writers need to watch.

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Topics: Business Grammar

How to Write For a Global Audience [16 unexpected examples]

by Katie Almeida Spencer on Mon, Jan 23, 2017

As businesses become more international, so must our writing. Most of the time, good business writing skills transfer very well to global audiences, but there are some things that you want to keep in mind about intercultural relations. Lots of research has been done on this topic, so I’ll include links for further reading.

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Topics: Business Writing Skills

Effective Global Business Writing Skills: Avoid Complicated Grammar

by Katie Almeida Spencer on Mon, Jan 16, 2017

As with all business writing, you want to be clear and to the point. Convey your message as simply as possible and move on. For a global audience, you don’t want to use complicated or challenging grammatical structures. Instead, it is better to write short, clear sentences with simple grammatical structures. For example, the following two sentences:

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Topics: Business Grammar

6 Tips when Writing for a Global Audience

by Katie Almeida Spencer on Tue, Jan 10, 2017

As businesses become more international, so must our writing. Fortunately, good business writing skills transfer very well to global audiences. Here are a few helpful tips for writing for a global audience:

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Topics: Business Grammar

Business Grammar: Strengthening Preposition Use

by Katie Almeida Spencer on Mon, May 9, 2016

 

Error Hunt: What is wrong with this statement?

Dylan Minor, a visiting professor in Harvard Business School, and Michael Housman, chief analytics officer in Cornerstone OnDemand, studied just how costly toxic employees are using a large dataset of 60,000 workers across 11 firms from various industries including communications, consumer services, financial services, health care, insurance, and retail.

Answer: There are preposition errors. Prepositions are words that show location in time or space. They are used heavily in business grammar and can be especially confusing to non-native writers.

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Topics: Business Grammar

Business Grammar: Date Formats for Global Audience

by Katie Almeida Spencer on Tue, Feb 23, 2016

Various global regions abbreviate dates differently, which can be very confusing when writing to global business colleagues or customers. 

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 For example, this statement is confusing:

Third quarter production reports are due from all global regions by 2/10/16.

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Topics: Business Grammar

Avoid Run-On Sentences in Your Business Writing

by Katie Almeida Spencer on Mon, Oct 27, 2014

This statement contains an error. Find and correct it:

The next few weeks will be busy. Both the website update and the app launch have deadlines in December. Huang is our most diligent employee, I would like him on my team.

Run-on sentences and sentence fragments are becoming more and more common, and seem to be a tricky area for many people. I certainly have been guilty of all of these before, particularly when I am texting. While I think it is somewhat inconsequential to have a grammatical mistake in a quick text dashed off to a friend, these types of mistakes become problematic when they spill into more formal business contexts such as emails, letters, and memos.

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Topics: Business Grammar, Writing for Business Newsletter