The image you project depends in part on how and what you write, both online and off. Make sure you have the tools to express yourself clearly and precisely.

We ask you to write a two-page, double-spaced text to evaluate your level. We can then guide you to one of our three different programs.

The Essentials of English, A Writer’s Handbook

A handbook, like a dictionary, is a reference book. Specifically, a handbook is a reference book for writers because it contains all, or almost all, of the information that writers need to produce a correct and polished piece of writing.

The piece of writing might be a single paragraph, an essay, a business letter, or a research paper. Independent writers as well as high school and college students will find The Essentials of English a useful addition to their bookshelves.

If you aren’t sure where to put quotation marks, or which words to capitalize, or whether to write one hundred or 100, this handbook will tell you.

If you aren’t sure how to begin an essay or a business letter, you can find suggestions here. It will also show you the correct formats for both.

A handbook is also a concise grammar book, useful for looking up everything from verb forms to article use. While appropriate for native and non-native speakers alike, The Essentials of English was written with the needs of ESL students especially in mind.

Everyday Business Writing

A simple, hands-on course.

Have a few English-speaking customers? Only write English occasionally, but want to make sure you have a good professional image? Then this is the program for you. Grammar and grammar exercises may be included in the program as well.

The book focuses on everyday business writing, which, in today’s business world, is usually sent by email. The book also contains some examples of other types of writing such as letters, memos, telephone messages and cover notes.

Emails are often short and can be very informal. However, even if email is informal, it should still be accurate, appropriate and easy for the reader to understand. Emails can also be formal – for example when writing to someone for the first time, your email can be just as formal as a letter. There is no standard style for email writing and the book reflects this fact in the range of language presented. One point to note is the use of contractions. Some people tend to use contractions. In more formal letter writing, full forms are recommended; in emails either form is used.

  • The basics
  • Making contact
  • Arrangements
  • Meetings
  • Enquiries
  • Orders, dealing with problems
  • Short reports
  • Personal messages
  • Punctuation – Dates and times – abbreviations

General Writing

Tired of writing texts that sound like translations? English writing won’t hold any more secrets for you after you’ve finished this course!

No matter what kind of writing you’re required to do, this course provides the tools you need to feel comfortable with all types of written communication.

How do I begin a letter?
Should I write thirty-one or 31?
How do I present quotes in English?
Which words do I have to capitalize?
How are commas used?

This program answers these questions and many others about the writing process, sentence structure, grammar, punctuation, syntax, and business writing.

Created with students of English (as a second languagelanguage) in mind, the course textbook contains all the information you need to produce fluent, polished texts. This well-structured work is a valuable reference tool, not only for students of English (as a second language), but for anglophones English-speakers as well. An exercise book rounds out the program

Administrative Writing

Ideal for everyone from executives to secretaries, this course teaches advanced techniques in administrative writing. With globalization and the rise of online communications, it’s a must for business people.

The Administrative Writing course is for adult students of English (as a second language) ranging in ability from Beginner III to Advanced (as determined by a placement interview and evaluation text). The course is designed for people who need to write in English for their work.

Contact us for a detailed outline of the program that interests you.

Working Hours

  • Monday 9am - 5pm
  • Tuesday 9am - 5pm
  • Wednesday 9am - 5pm
  • Thursday 9am - 5pm
  • Friday Closed
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
Contact us

Grandmaison Language School
  • 407, rue McGill, bureau 700
  • Montréal QC H2Y 2G3
  • (514) 985-2414
  • info@ecoledelanguesgrandmaison.com