Business English for Non-Native Speakers Specialization

Started Jun 19

Business English for Non-Native Speakers Specialization

Enhance Your Business English Communication

Master your proficiency in spoken and written English for Business purposes.

About This 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.

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courses
5 courses

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projects
Projects

Designed to help you practice and apply the skills you learn.

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Certificates

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Courses
Beginner Specialization.
No prior experience required.
  1. COURSE 1

    Business English: Basics

    Current session: Jun 19 — Aug 7.
    Commitment
    6 weeks, 3 - 5 hours per week
    Subtitles
    English

    About the Course

    This course aims to improve your Business English language skills by developing your vocabulary and reading skills and your understanding of tone, style and knowledge of communication methods. We'll also cover how these language skills can enhance audience analysis, business case analysis and basic business communication strategies. Skills learned in this course will often be referred to and needed to complete the speaking, writing and cross-cultural communications courses of this Specialization. After completing this course, you will be able to: - describe things and events in the context of Business English - make requests in the context of Business English - support arguments in the context of Business English - use appropriate tone and style according to the context of Business English - conduct an audience analysis - match audience with the purpose and medium of communication - analyse and summarise business data
  2. COURSE 2

    English for Effective Business Writing

    Upcoming session: Jul 10 — Aug 28.
    Commitment
    6 weeks of study, 3-5 hours/week
    Subtitles
    English

    About the 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
  3. COURSE 3

    English for Effective Business Speaking

    Upcoming session: Jul 10 — Aug 28.
    Commitment
    6 weeks of study, 4-6 hours/week
    Subtitles
    English

    About the 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
  4. COURSE 4

    Business English for Cross-cultural Communication

    Upcoming session: Jul 10 — Aug 28.
    Commitment
    6 weeks of study, 2-4 hours/week
    Subtitles
    English

    About the Course

    This course aims to prepare you for working in an cross-cultural Business setting. We'll learn about common cross-cultural theories and how they are relevant to everyday business practices in a globalised world. By combining all of your vocabulary, reading, speaking, and writing skills that you acquired in the previous three courses, you will learn how language plays an important role in cross-cultural communication. You will also enhance your cross-cultural understanding and will be able to use vocabulary, tone and style, and spoken and written communication skills within a cross-cultural Business context. Skills learned in this course help prepare you to deliver the professional business presentation in the Capstone project. After completing this course, you will be able to: - identify possible cross-cultural issues and misunderstandings in communication - apply strategies to overcome possible cross-cultural issues and misunderstandings in communication - produce documents with an appropriate style for business communication purposes within a cross-cultural situation - deliver a speech with an appropriate style for business communication purposes within a cross-cultural situation
  5. COURSE 5

    Business Case Analysis

    Upcoming session: Jul 31 — Sep 25.
    Commitment
    7 weeks of study, 2-3 hours/week
    Subtitles
    English

    About the Capstone Project

    The Capstone project is the culmination of your journey through the Business English for Non-Native Speakers specialization. It is aimed at applying the written and spoken skills that you have gained to an authentic business situation. You will be able to choose a business case provided by HKUST, or use an example from your own work experience and: (1) prepare an online video presentation (approx. ½ hour) that analyses the case and provides recommendations, and (2) prepare a business recommendation report to coincide with the presentation (approx. 2,000 words). The report should include an executive summary, analyses of the case and recommendations.

Creators

  • The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

    Although just 25 years old, HKUST has been repeatedly ranked the number 1 University in Asia, and the number 1 University in the world under 50 years old.

    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.

  • Sean McMinn

    Sean McMinn

    Senior Insructor
  • Kin Tang

    Kin Tang

    Instructor
  • Delian Gaskell

    Delian Gaskell

    Instructor

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