Dublin University is to dedicate more time to teaching the basic skills of writing to first year students of journalism. According to the university, students are leaving school with exceptional talents, but are lacking the basic knowledge of English grammar.
The university’s journalism course will allow extra studying time for students to grasp the essential knowledge of writing skills. The university consider that a large number of students do not have a complete knowledge of various areas in English, including punctuation, spelling, word usage and grammar. The number of students who are having difficulties is increasing each year, which is why they are offering extra tuition. The head of the university’s school of communications, Patrick Kinsella pointed out that lecturers were spending far too much time correcting the work of students, in particular the basic writing skills.
Mr Kinsella said:
“But despite their great exam results, many students still have significant weaknesses when it comes to the basics. Punctuation and spelling are problematic for some, while others have gaps in their application of grammar or use words wrongly.”
Knowledge of English grammar is essential for anyone who wants to enter into the world of writing, especially when writing in a professional capacity. Poor grammar and incorrect spellings portray an unprofessional image, which is why a business is advised to outsource content writing to a professional writer. Copy that is littered with errors or grammatically incorrect is difficult to read, resulting in a loss of online sales.