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English@Work: Cover Letters

Hong Kong Polytechnic University via edX


This course will help you create application letters that effectively complement a CV. This course covers the structure and content of Application Letters, advice from our industry professionals and front-line recruiters about what to include in Application Letters, and language input on verbs, parallel structures, and tone and style.

The content of this course complements the skills and strategies covered in English@Work: CVs.

If you have not completed that course, enroll and enjoy!


There are five units in this course:

  1. Writing an Effective Cover Letter

  2. Verb Forms and Tenses

  3. Parallel Structures

  4. Tone and Style

  5. Assessments

In order to get a certificate, you need to complete the assessment components and achieve a 50% passing score. The two assessments are both located in the Assessment section:

  1. Assessment Cover Letter Grading 50%

  2. Peer-Assessment 50%

Taught by

Adam Forrester and Jessica Xia

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