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COM 32 W — Business Writing in English: The Foundations

Quarter: Spring
Course Format: Online (System Requirements)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Apr 2—Jun 8
Drop Deadline: Apr 5
Units: 2
Tuition: $625
Instructor(s): Kenneth Romeo
Limit: 24
Status: Open
Please Note: Online courses have a new refund policy. The full tuition refund deadline for this course is 4/5 at 5:00 pm (PT); 50% tuition refund deadline is 4/10 at 5:00 pm (PT). 
Apr 2—Jun 8
10 weeks
Drop By
Apr 5
2 Units
Kenneth Romeo
Please Note: Online courses have a new refund policy. The full tuition refund deadline for this course is 4/5 at 5:00 pm (PT); 50% tuition refund deadline is 4/10 at 5:00 pm (PT). 
Writing well in English will benefit you personally and professionally. Whether corresponding with a colleague, a classmate, or your landlord, it is essential that your writing be clear and concise, and that it use the appropriate tone. This online writing course is geared toward advanced non-native speakers of English who have significant experience with the language. It will focus on helping students understand and practice the types of writing needed in professional situations, from more formal texts such as proposals and project reports, to more informal but still essential communications such as letters and emails. Emphasis will be placed on vocabulary choice, sentence structure, and paragraph organization. Coursework will include collaborative vocabulary exercises, sentence-level problem sets, and short- and long-passage editing, as well as longer-document homework assignments chosen by the student. Students will receive instructor and peer feedback throughout the course.


  • Course sizes are limited.
    You won't have 5,000 classmates. This course's enrollment is capped at 24 participants.

  • Frequent interaction with the instructor.
    You aren't expected to work through the material alone. Instructors will answer questions and interact with students on the discussion board and through weekly video meetings.

  • Study with a vibrant peer group.
    Stanford Continuing Studies courses attract thoughtful and engaged students who take courses for the love of learning. Students in each course will exchange ideas with one another through easy-to-use message boards as well as optional weekly real-time video conferences.

  • Direct feedback from the instructor.
    Instructors will review and offer feedback on assignment submissions. Students are not required to turn in assignments, but for those who do, their work is graded by the instructor.

  • Courses offer the flexibility to participate on your own schedule.
    Course work is completed on a weekly basis when you have the time. You can log in and participate in the class whenever it's convenient for you. If you can’t attend the weekly video meetings, the sessions are always recorded for you and your instructor is just an email away.

  • This course is offered through Stanford Continuing Studies.
    To learn more about the program, visit our About Us page. For more information on the online format, please visit the FAQ page.

Prerequisite: Advanced English proficiency by non-native speakers using English in professional settings.

Kenneth Romeo, Lecturer, English for Foreign Students, Stanford Language Center

Kenneth Romeo specializes in listening, vocabulary, and writing courses for foreign students from beginning to advanced levels. He received a PhD in education from Stanford.

Textbooks for this course:

Please note this class will use the 3rd edition of the course text. While the 4th edition is currently available, the class will not use it. Please be sure to purchase the 3rd edition only.
(Required) Michael Swan, Practical English Usage, 3rd Edition (ISBN 019442099X)