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English

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
1 hour to complete

Welcome module

Welcome to Week 1! This week, we will cover Module 1 where we introduce you to the objectives and structure of this Specialization and course....
3 videos (Total 8 min), 4 readings
3 videos
Introduction to our Specialization3m
How this course is organized3m
4 readings
Objectives and outcomes10m
Learning how to learn10m
Learning vocabulary10m
The HKUST English Grammar Guide10m
Week
2
5 hours to complete

Communication basics

Welcome to Week 2! This week we will cover Module 2 where we introduce you to basic communication and language skills you will use in general business situations. You will also be introduced to vocabulary and language skills common to business communications....
7 videos (Total 45 min), 7 readings, 4 quizzes
7 videos
Communication channels8m
Verbal & non-verbal communication8m
Describing things and events9m
Giving explanations4m
Role play: explanations2m
Challenging grammar: modals3m
7 readings
Objectives and outcomes10m
The Mehrabian Myth10m
Objectives and outcomes10m
Vocabulary list10m
Peer review practice: sample text10m
More on modals10m
What if? Using modals in conditional statements10m
3 practice exercises
Vocabulary quiz10m
Peer review practice10m
Module 230m
Week
3
7 hours to complete

Genres and styles

Welcome to Week 3! This week we will cover Module 3 where we will introduce you to common styles of English you will use for different spoken and written situations in general business situations. You will also be introduced to vocabulary and language skills common to business communications....
7 videos (Total 44 min), 6 readings, 5 quizzes
7 videos
Understanding genres7m
Introduction to tone and style7m
Formal and informal communication7m
Comparing and contrasting8m
Role play: comparing and contrasting2m
Challenging grammar: concern3m
6 readings
Objectives and outcomes10m
Directness of communication10m
Objectives and outcomes10m
Vocabulary list10m
Are you concerned?10m
Peer review practice: sample text10m
3 practice exercises
Vocabulary practice10m
Peer review practice6m
Module 330m
Week
4
4 hours to complete

Audience and purpose

Welcome to Week 4! This week we will cover Module 4 where we will introduce you to ways of identifying the purpose and audience for spoken and written documents in general business situations and how this can affect language use. You will also be introduced to vocabulary and language skills common to business communications....
7 videos (Total 35 min), 5 readings, 4 quizzes
7 videos
Conducting an audience analysis4m
Defining purpose for spoken and written communication4m
Matching purpose, audience, medium, tone & style7m
Making polite requests6m
Role play: making requests2m
Challenging grammar: relative clauses3m
5 readings
Objectives and outcomes10m
Peer review practice: sample pitch and text10m
Objectives and outcomes10m
Vocabulary list10m
More on relative clauses10m
3 practice exercises
Peer-review practice6m
Vocabulary practice10m
Module 430m
Week
5
5 hours to complete

Analyzing business cases

Welcome to Week 5! This week we will cover Module 5 where we will introduce you to ways of analyzing business cases and strategies for critical reading. You will also be introduced to vocabulary and language skills common to business communications....
5 videos (Total 28 min), 8 readings, 4 quizzes
5 videos
Strategies for critical reading7m
Supporting arguments8m
Role play: supporting arguments2m
Challenging grammar: quantifiers3m
8 readings
Objectives and outcomes10m
Strategies for critical reading10m
Business case: Renewable energy and the hotel industry10m
Objectives and outcomes10m
Vocabulary10m
A few or a little?10m
More on quantifiers10m
Peer-review practice: sample text10m
3 practice exercises
Vocabulary practice10m
Peer-review practice12m
Module 530m
Week
6
2 hours to complete

Concluding module

Welcome to Week 6! This week we will cover Module 6 where we will conclude the course and you will need to complete the final exam and post-course survey....
1 reading, 1 quiz
1 reading
Post course survey10m
1 practice exercise
Final exam40m
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By HSApr 27th 2017

Thank you very much. It was very useful course and lecturers provided very insightful information. I look forward to participate at your next course. All the best.

By NNJul 30th 2016

I recommend this course. It has been a great experience learning the basics of Business English.\n\nVery well paced, amazing context.

Instructors

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Kin Tang

Instructor
Center for Language Education
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Delian Gaskell

Instructor
Center for Language Education
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Sean McMinn

Senior Instructor
Center for Language Education

About The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

HKUST - A dynamic, international research university, in relentless pursuit of excellence, leading the advance of science and technology, and educating the new generation of front-runners for Asia and the world....

About the Business English for Non-Native Speakers Specialization

This Specialization will introduce non-native speakers of English to methods for developing English language and communication skills for the workplace, doing business, cross-cultural understanding, and business case study analysis. You'll apply these skills in the final Capstone Project by analysing a current business case study and providing recommendations to a target audience in both presentation and written formats....
Business English for Non-Native Speakers

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