This course presents and reinforces business terminology and usage by providing an introduction to various business situations and business categories. The focus will be on the development of relevant written and verbal skills, as well as on their application in a variety of business documents written for specific audiences and professional situations. The course also presents students with relevant readings that will enhance their understanding of important historical and cultural developments in the world of business and work relations.
Although the skills learned through other academic English courses will be valuable for this class, the curriculum of this course makes a fine distinction between college writing and technical writing and speaking, which is the main kind of communication taking place in the workplace today. The written homework included in this course will aim at the development of technical language skills with a focus on business and technical ‘documents,’ rather than ‘papers’. The class will include several short assignments designed to develop skills needed to compose such business documents.
By the end of this course students should be able to:
- Master technical business and economic terminology;
- Refine writing style, with an emphasis on clarity and brevity, with correct usage of all forms of grammar and vocabulary. Also, develop the ability to adapt writing style as appropriate for CVs, cover letters, business emails, proposals and reports etc.;
- Expand business vocabulary;
- Practice spoken English in a business context;
- Analyze audiences and adapt writing and documentation (style, format, graphics, page design) for specific audiences;
- Deepen the understanding of broad cultural issues related to work, capital, management, social class structures and so on
|| Course schedule
||Introduction, Syllabus Review, Welcome to Business English and Technical Writing,
Careers moves; Work and Motivation;
Writing Correspondence; Writing a Letter; Writing a professional E-mail
||Chairing Meetings; Writing a Memo, Writing Minutes of a Meeting
||Woman in Business; Writing a Summary; Reading: Sheryl Sandberg “Lean In”
||Recruitment; Planning a job search, Writing resumes and cover letters; Job interviews
||Exam (of the first half of the course)
||Managing across cultures; International Trade; Saying ‘No’ politely; Writing Arguments pro/cons
Oral presentations; Deliver a group presentation
||Banking; Venture Capitalist; Presenting a Business Plan;
Reading: Adam Smith “The Wealth of Nations”
||Marketing and Advertising; Planning a marketing strategy;
Accounting and financial statements; Government and Taxation; Writing a progress/recommendation report
||Corporate Ethics and Responsibility; Writing a report; Outlining a meeting;
Connecting with the Public; Writing Newsletters, Brochures; Social Media
* This schedule is subject to change. Changes will be announced in class.
This course is built in workshop form, which entails vigorous discussions and active participation on the part of the students. While the instruction will include lectures where core concepts, business practice, and language will be explained, it is the continuous and consistent exercising of students, both in class and through written homework, that guarantees the proper functioning of the course.
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