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English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, Russian, Arabic

Skills you will gain

GrammarBusiness CommunicationCommunicationWriting

Learner Career Outcomes

50%

started a new career after completing these courses

62%

got a tangible career benefit from this course

50%

got a pay increase or promotion
Shareable Certificate
Earn a Certificate upon completion
100% online
Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines
Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.
Approx. 23 hours to complete
English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, Russian, Arabic

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The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week
1

Week 1

1 hour to complete

Welcome module

1 hour to complete
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

Week 2

5 hours to complete

Communication basics

5 hours to complete
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

Week 3

7 hours to complete

Genres and styles

7 hours to complete
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

Week 4

4 hours to complete

Audience and purpose

4 hours to complete
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

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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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