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English
Subtitles: English

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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
1 video (Total 4 min), 4 readings
1 video
4 readings
Objectives and outcomes10m
Learning how to learn10m
Learning vocabulary10m
The HKUST Grammar Guide10m
Week
2

Week 2

5 hours to complete

What is culture?

5 hours to complete
4 videos (Total 21 min), 7 readings, 4 quizzes
4 videos
English as a Lingua Franca8m
Challenging grammar: comparative and superlative forms2m
Challenging English sounds /ʃ/ "sherry" and /ʧ/ "cherry"s3m
7 readings
Objectives and outcomes10m
Vocabulary prep10m
Can we define culture?10m
Objectives and outcomes10m
Vocabulary list10m
More on comparative and superlative forms10m
Relatively, rather, compared to10m
3 practice exercises
Vocabulary practice12m
Vocabulary practice10m
Module 230m
Week
3

Week 3

8 hours to complete

Culture and communication strategies

8 hours to complete
9 videos (Total 73 min), 8 readings, 6 quizzes
9 videos
The cultural situation - Part 110m
The cultural situation - Part 210m
Cultural strategy - Writing7m
Cultural strategy: Speaking (Part 1)12m
Cultural strategy: Speaking (Part 2)9m
Challenging English Grammar: Connective choice3m
Challenging English Sounds - /ŋ/ “thing” and /ŋk/ “think”5m
Rhythm, stress and pausing5m
8 readings
Vocabulary prep10m
Cross-cultural communication barriers10m
Avoiding cultural faux pas in international business10m
Objectives and outcomes10m
Vocabulary list10m
Adverb and Connective Choice10m
List of conjuncts10m
Peer review practice: Sample of a culturally insensitive email10m
4 practice exercises
Vocabulary prep10m
Vocabulary practice10m
Culturally insensitive email: peer review practice8m
Module 330m
Week
4

Week 4

6 hours to complete

Culture and management communication

6 hours to complete
5 videos (Total 31 min), 5 readings, 4 quizzes
5 videos
Cross-cultural communication skills for management8m
Directness of language7m
Challenging English Grammar:The continuous tense2m
Challenging English sounds: /w/ "west"-v- /v/ "vest"4m
5 readings
More on Hofstede's cultural dimensions10m
Hofstede’s Cultural Dimensions: applications, further studies, and criticisms10m
Objectives and outcomes10m
Vocabulary list10m
More on the continuous (past, present, future)10m
2 practice exercises
Vocabulary practice10m
Module 428m

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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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