English for Effective Business Speaking

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About this course: This course aims to improve your Business English speaking skills by developing your use of vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation, spoken communication skills within a Business context, and your ability to deliver professional business speeches for specific purposes. Skills learned in this course will be used in the cross-cultural communications course and help prepare you to deliver the professional business presentation in the Capstone project. After completing this course, you will be able to: - delivery effective job interviews - give persuasive business pitches - delivery informative business presentations - speak persuasively in English - adapt content to purpose, …

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About this course: This course aims to improve your Business English speaking skills by developing your use of vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation, spoken communication skills within a Business context, and your ability to deliver professional business speeches for specific purposes. Skills learned in this course will be used in the cross-cultural communications course and help prepare you to deliver the professional business presentation in the Capstone project. After completing this course, you will be able to: - delivery effective job interviews - give persuasive business pitches - delivery informative business presentations - speak persuasively in English - adapt content to purpose, context and audience - use appropriate style and tone of writing for business purposes

Created by:  The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  • Taught by:  Sean McMinn, Senior Insructor

    Center for Language Education
  • Taught by:  Kin Tang, Instructor

    Center for Language Education
  • Taught by:  Delian Gaskell, Instructor

    Center for Language Education
Basic Info Course 3 of 5 in the Business English for Non-Native Speakers Specialization Commitment 6 weeks of study, 4-6 hours/week Language English How To Pass Pass all graded assignments to complete the course. User Ratings 4.5 stars Average User Rating 4.5See what learners said Coursework

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Syllabus


WEEK 1


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, 4 readings expand


  1. Video: Welcome to our course
  2. Reading: Objectives and outcomes
  3. Video: Introduction to our Specialization
  4. Video: Guest Speaker-Prof.Caroline Wang-Effective Business Speaking
  5. Discussion Prompt: How is this course relevant to you?
  6. Reading: Learning how to learn
  7. Reading: Learning vocabulary
  8. Discussion Prompt: How do you improve your English speaking skills?
  9. Reading: The HKUST English Grammar Guide (EGG)


WEEK 2


Introduction to business speaking
Welcome to Week 2! This week we will cover Module 2 where we introduce you to speaking skill you may need in the workplace. You will also be introduced to vocabulary and language skills common to business communications.


5 videos, 5 readings, 1 practice quiz expand


  1. Reading: Objectives and outcomes
  2. Reading: Elements of introducing yourself
  3. Discussion Prompt: Meetings, meetings, meetings.
  4. Video: From interviews to presentations
  5. Video: Verbal and Non Verbal Communication Part 1- Verbal
  6. Video: Verbal and Non Verbal Communication Part 2- Non Verbal
  7. Reading: Objectives and outcomes
  8. Reading: Vocabulary list
  9. Practice Quiz: Vocabulary practice
  10. Video: Challenging English grammar: redundant adjectives
  11. Reading: Adjective and adverb word order
  12. Video: Challenging English sound - /u/ "full" and /u:/ "fool" AND /I/ "sit" and /i:/ "seat"

Graded: Say it right.
Graded: Module 2

WEEK 3


Interviews
Welcome to Week 3! This week we will cover Module 3 where we introduce you to interviewing skills you may need in the workplace. You will also be introduced to vocabulary and language skills common to business communications.


8 videos, 10 readings, 3 practice quizzes expand


  1. Reading: Objectives and outcomes
  2. Video: Job Interviews
  3. Video: Speaking to Inform & Persuade
  4. Video: Context & Directness
  5. Reading: Introduce yourself in a Job Interview
  6. Reading: Peer-review practice- Introduce yourself in a Job Interview
  7. Video: Peer-review practice: Sample Self Introduction
  8. Practice Quiz: Peer-review practice: Introduce yourself in a Job Interview
  9. Reading: Peer Practice Review - Describe your Strengths and Weaknesses
  10. Video: Sample - Describe your Strengths and Weaknesses
  11. Practice Quiz: Peer Practice Review - Describe your Strengths and Weaknesses
  12. Discussion Prompt: Verbal or Non verbal communication
  13. Reading: Objectives and outcomes
  14. Reading: Vocabulary list
  15. Practice Quiz: Vocabulary practice
  16. Video: Challenging English grammar: 'the', 'a' and 'an'
  17. Reading: Referring to something mentioned before
  18. Reading: Before names of professions (articles & determiners)
  19. Reading: Before singular countable nouns
  20. Reading: Before uncountable nouns
  21. Video: Challenging English Sounds -/ð/ "they" /d/ "day"
  22. Video: Challenging English Sounds-/æ/ "man" /e/ "men"

Graded: Introduce yourself in a Job Interview
Graded: Describe your Strengths and Weaknesses
Graded: Module 3

WEEK 4


Business pitches
Welcome to Week 4! This week we will cover Module 4 where we introduce you to delivering business pitches and speaking persuasively. You will also be introduced to vocabulary and language skills common to business communications.


7 videos, 10 readings, 3 practice quizzes expand


  1. Reading: Objectives and outcomes
  2. Discussion Prompt: What persuades you?
  3. Video: Elements of a persuasive presentation
  4. Video: The elevator pitch
  5. Video: Rhythm, stress and pausing
  6. Reading: on stress and pausing
  7. Reading: Peer review practice: stress and pausing
  8. Practice Quiz: Peer review practice: stress and pausing
  9. Video: Body language
  10. Reading: What do we mean when we say 'rhetoric'?
  11. Reading: Rhetorical devices in persuasive speeches
  12. Reading: Objectives and outcomes
  13. Reading: Vocabulary list
  14. Practice Quiz: Vocabulary quiz
  15. Video: Challenging English: giving opinions
  16. Reading: on giving opinions
  17. Reading: Discourse markers
  18. Video: Challenging English sounds -/ð/ "then" /z/ "zen"
  19. Video: Challenging English sounds - /θ/ "thin" /s/ "sin"
  20. Reading: Peer review practice
  21. Practice Quiz: Peer review practice

Graded: Practise your stress and pausing
Graded: Pitch it
Graded: Module 4

WEEK 5


Business presentations
Welcome to Week 5! This week we will cover Module 5 where we introduce you to presentations skills you may need in the workplace and effective visualizations. You will also be introduced to vocabulary and language skills common to business communications.


7 videos, 10 readings, 1 practice quiz expand


  1. Reading: Objectives and outcomes
  2. Discussion Prompt: You be the judge
  3. Discussion Prompt: Evaluate your own presentation skills
  4. Video: The differences between written and spoken English
  5. Video: Preparing and planning presentations
  6. Reading: Arranging and organizing presentations
  7. Discussion Prompt: Making and using visual aids
  8. Video: Designing effective visuals
  9. Discussion Prompt: Ineffective visuals
  10. Video: Engaging the audience
  11. Reading: Presenting data in charts and graphs
  12. Reading: Understanding the differences between seminars and conferences
  13. Discussion Prompt: Past experiences with online presentations and meetings
  14. Reading: Presenting online
  15. Reading: Business Case: zAnta Boutique Hotel
  16. Reading: Objectives and outcomes
  17. Reading: Vocabulary list
  18. Practice Quiz: Vocabulary quiz
  19. Video: Hedging your language
  20. Video: Challenging English grammar: prepositions
  21. Reading: on prepositions
  22. Reading: Common preposition errors
  23. Video: Challenging English sounds /ɒ/ "not" and /ʌ/ "nut" AND /p/ "pit" and /b/ "bit"

Graded: Case Analysis Presentation
Graded: Module 5

WEEK 6


Concluding module
Welcome to Week 2! This week we will cover Module 2 where we wrap up the course. You will be asked to complete the final exam and post-course survey.




    Graded: Final exam
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