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Hypothetical Situation: I am thinking of holding a seminar and has to hand out a sheet that lists the things to be convered in the seminar.

1. What should be the title of this hand-out?

2. I have written some hypothetical topics to be covered in a format that might be appropriate or not be appropriate. Correct or change the content or format if you will.

___________________________________________________________

(No title: Please place on for me)

Date: March 25, 200_

By: Mr. Noname

Welcome to the seminar and the seminar you are attending will last for three hours.

The topics to be covered on each hour are as follows:

First Hour: Learning to sing a typical Chinese song, paying special attention to how it is to be sung as natural-sounding as possible, taking notes of its intonations and rhythm.

(I sometimes have difficulties with using the word "notes" in a verb form, can you kindly go over the usage?)

Second Hour: Form groups of five and will lead a carefree conversation session, talking about things that are happening today and what you expect to happen in the near future.

Third Hour: Read a newspaper article chosen by the speaker and a short discussion on the article will follow.

I hope you will have great hours and hope to see you tomorrow at the same time here.

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Hi Believer,

Hypothetical Situation: I am thinking of holding a seminar and have to hand out a sheet that lists the things to be covered in the seminar. It's really an 'agenda'.

1. What should be the title of this hand-out?

2. I have written some hypothetical topics to be covered in a format that might be appropriate or not be appropriate. Correct or change the content or format if you will.

___________________________________________________________

(No title: Please place on for me) I have no idea. Your three items do not seem to be related to each other. Ask yourself what the purpose of the seminar is, and then make a title out of that.

Monday, March 25, 200_, 1pm to 4pm.

Welcome. Our topics today are:

1pm to 2pm: Learning to sing a typical Chinese song, paying special attention to sounding natural and to its intonations and rhythm.

2pm to 3pm: Form groups of five for an unstructured conversation session on subjects currently in the news.

4pm to 5pm: Read and discuss a newspaper article.

I hope you will enjoy yourselves (so the purpose of the seminar is to have fun?) and hope to see you here tomorrow at the same time.

Fred Noname (and add your job title, if this seminar is related to your work)

Perhaps you should add to this the agenda for the next day?
Thank you. I want to ask about the title.

If the seminar is for the "leaders," can I title it "Leader's Seminar"? Should the title sum up the content of the seminar or it be the name for the attendees like the aforementioned title?
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Hi,

It can be either, but I think it's better to base it on the content. The people attending already know who they are, what they want to know is what the seminar is about.

Best wishes, Clive
Thank you, Clive.

I want to ask you when you are writng a title to this handout, can I omit articles and other non-essential grammatical elements as long as it serves the pupose like newpaper headlines?

1) If I am writing a title thinking about attendees, can I write like these with out accompanying articles?

Leader's Seminar (do not need to be The Leader's Seminar)

Dancer's Seminar (not The Dancer's Seminar)

2) If I am writing a title based on the content, can I write like these omitting some non-essential elements? Let's assume the semiar is about learning to sing a typical Chinese song that is chosen by the speaker. Besides the title I wrote, can you write one? It doesn't have to be perfect.

Learning to Sing Typical Chinese Song. (no the "a" before the "typical")

Learning to Sing
Hi,

I want to ask you when you are writng a title to this handout, can I omit articles and other non-essential grammatical elements as long as it serves the pupose like newpaper headlines? Generaly speaking, yes.

1) If I am writing a title thinking about attendees, can I write like these with out accompanying articles?

Leader's Seminar OK. I'd prefer Seminar For Leaders (do not need to be The Leader's Seminar)

Dancer's Seminar (not The Dancer's Seminar)

2) If I am writing a title based on the content,I think this is the best way can I write like these omitting some non-essential elements? Yes Let's assume the semiar is about learning to sing a typical Chinese song that is chosen by the speaker. Besides the title I wrote, can you write one? It doesn't have to be perfect.

Learning to Sing Typical Chinese Song. (no the "a" before the "typical")

Learning to Sing How about just Singing ? Or Improving Singing Skills ?

Best wishes again, Clive
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Thank you for your explanation.

I thought in the case of headlines, one needs not capitalize functional words ??? like articles and prepositions. Why did you capitalize the word "for" like "Seminar For Leaders"? Do I need to capitalized all the words if I want make a title?
Hi,

I thought in the case of headlines, one needs not capitalize functional words ??? like articles and prepositions. Why did you capitalize the word "for" like "Seminar For Leaders"? Do I need to capitalized all the words if I want make a title?

It's a 'title'. 'Headlines' are for newpapers. I capitalized 'for' because I usually prefer a title to be all capitals. The advice you read about this kind of thing is just 'advice', not rules that must always be followed without question. It's a matter of style.

Best wishes, Clive
Thank you so much.

If I chose the title that is based on the content of the seminar to be "Practicing The Song," however inappropriate that might be, would you capitalize the word "the" in the title too?
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