English for Effective Business Writing

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About this course: This course aims to improve your Business English writing skills by developing your use of vocabulary, grammar, understanding of different business writing genres, and your ability to write professional business documents. Skills learned in this course will be used in the cross-cultural communications course and help prepare you to produce the professional business documents in the Capstone project. After completing this course, you will be able to: - write business emails - write an executive summary - write persuasively in English - adapt content to purpose, context and audience - use appropriate style and tone of writing for business purposes

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About this course: This course aims to improve your Business English writing skills by developing your use of vocabulary, grammar, understanding of different business writing genres, and your ability to write professional business documents. Skills learned in this course will be used in the cross-cultural communications course and help prepare you to produce the professional business documents in the Capstone project. After completing this course, you will be able to: - write business emails - write an executive summary - write 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 2 of 5 in the Business English for Non-Native Speakers Specialization Commitment 6 weeks of study, 3-5 hours/week Language English How To Pass Pass all graded assignments to complete the course. User Ratings 4.4 stars Average User Rating 4.4See 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.


2 videos, 4 readings expand


  1. Reading: Objectives and outcomes
  2. Video: Introduction to our Specialization
  3. Video: How this course is organized
  4. Discussion Prompt: How is this course relevant to you?
  5. Reading: Learning how to learn
  6. Reading: Learning vocabulary
  7. Discussion Prompt: How do you learn English?
  8. Reading: The HKUST grammar guide


WEEK 2


Business writing genres
Welcome to Week 2! This week we will cover Module 2 where we introduce you to basic genres of business writing and the writing process. You will also be introduced to vocabulary and language skills common to business communications.


5 videos, 5 readings, 2 practice quizzes expand


  1. Reading: Objectives and outcomes
  2. Discussion Prompt: What is style?
  3. Video: Business writing genres
  4. Video: Business letters, memos and emails: The basics
  5. Video: Report writing
  6. Video: The writing process, part 1
  7. Reading: Objectives and outcomes
  8. Reading: Vocabulary list
  9. Practice Quiz: Vocabulary quiz
  10. Reading: Commonly confused words
  11. Video: Challenging grammar: -ing vs. -ed
  12. Practice Quiz: Challenging grammar: -ing vs. -ed
  13. Reading: Sentence pattern you should know #1

Graded: Module 2 Quiz

WEEK 3


Writing emails
Welcome to Week 3! This week we will cover Module 3 where we introduce you to emailing and the language skills you will use in business emails. You will also be introduced to vocabulary and language skills common to business communications.


7 videos, 8 readings, 7 practice quizzes expand


  1. Reading: Objectives and outcomes
  2. Video: Effective emailing
  3. Video: Context and directness
  4. Practice Quiz: Using the Direct Approach practice
  5. Video: Writing to persuade
  6. Practice Quiz: Writing to persuade practice
  7. Reading: What do we mean when we say, 'rhetoric'?
  8. Video: Rhetorical devices
  9. Reading: The concept of kairos
  10. Discussion Prompt: How many rhetorical devices do you use?
  11. Video: The writing process, part 2
  12. Reading: Peer-review practice: Sample persuasive email
  13. Practice Quiz: Peer-review practice: Persuasive email
  14. Discussion Prompt: Directness and persuasion
  15. Reading: Objectives and outcomes
  16. Reading: Vocabulary list
  17. Practice Quiz: Vocabulary quiz
  18. Practice Quiz: How concise are you?
  19. Video: Paragraphing
  20. Video: Challenging grammar: Missing verb 'to be'
  21. Reading: Sentence pattern you should know #2
  22. Practice Quiz: Pattern #2 Independent Clause: Appositive
  23. Reading: Peer review practice: Sample email
  24. Practice Quiz: Peer review practice

Graded: Writing a persuasive email
Graded: Module 3 Quiz
Graded: Correct the grammar and vocabulary errors and rewrite

WEEK 4


Writing memos
Welcome to Week 4! This week we will cover Module 4 where we introduce you memos and how to write according to audience and purpose. You will also be introduced to vocabulary and language skills common to business communications.


6 videos, 8 readings, 6 practice quizzes expand


  1. Reading: Objectives and outcomes
  2. Video: Writing memos
  3. Video: Audience, purpose, tone and style
  4. Video: Plain English
  5. Practice Quiz: Plain English practice
  6. Video: Gender sensitive language
  7. Discussion Prompt: Communication styles: Is there a gender influence?
  8. Reading: Objectives and outcomes
  9. Reading: Vocabulary list
  10. Practice Quiz: Vocabulary quiz
  11. Video: Active and passive voice
  12. Practice Quiz: Practising your active and passive voice
  13. Video: Challenging grammar: Comma splice
  14. Reading: Sentence patterns you should know #3 & #4
  15. Reading: Reasons to use the passive voice
  16. Reading: Tone & Style – Avoid using clichés in your writing
  17. Practice Quiz: Tone & Style – Avoid using clichés in your writing
  18. Reading: Peer review practice: Sample memo with errors
  19. Practice Quiz: Peer review practice quiz for grammar and vocabulary errors
  20. Reading: Peer-review practice: Sample memo
  21. Practice Quiz: Peer-review practice quiz for memo

Graded: Module 4 Quiz
Graded: Correct the grammar and vocabulary errors and rewrite memo
Graded: Writing a memo

WEEK 5


Writing executive summaries
Welcome to Week 5! This week we will cover Module 5 where we introduce you to executive summaries and language skills you will use when writing persuasively. You will also be introduced to vocabulary and language skills common to business communications.


4 videos, 10 readings, 3 practice quizzes expand


  1. Reading: Objectives and outcomes
  2. Video: Elements of an executive summary
  3. Reading: General organization of an executive summary
  4. Video: Presenting data
  5. Practice Quiz: Presenting data
  6. Reading: Linking ideas
  7. Reading: Business Case: Sustainable Seafood for a Sustainable Future
  8. Reading: Objectives and outcomes
  9. Reading: Vocabulary list
  10. Practice Quiz: Vocabulary quiz
  11. Video: Nominalization
  12. Reading: Connotation
  13. Discussion Prompt: What do these words mean to you?
  14. Video: Challenging grammar: Possessive form
  15. Reading: The prepositional of-phrase
  16. Reading: Sentence patterns you should know #5 & #6
  17. Reading: Peer-review practice: Sample executive summary
  18. Practice Quiz: Peer-review practice quiz

Graded: Module 5 Quiz
Graded: Executive summary for a proposal

WEEK 6


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.


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  1. Reading: Post-course survey

Graded: Final exam
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