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Hours to complete

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Suggested: 6 weeks of study, 3-5 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English

Skills you will gain

Business CommunicationEnglish LanguageBusiness WritingWriting
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100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.
Hours to complete

Approx. 27 hours to complete

Suggested: 6 weeks of study, 3-5 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

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....
Reading
2 videos (Total 6 min), 4 readings
Video2 videos
How this course is organized2m
Reading4 readings
Objectives and outcomes10m
Learning how to learn10m
Learning vocabulary10m
The HKUST grammar guide10m
Week
2
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

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....
Reading
5 videos (Total 34 min), 5 readings, 3 quizzes
Video5 videos
Business letters, memos and emails: The basics8m
Report writing7m
The writing process, part 17m
Challenging grammar: -ing vs. -ed2m
Reading5 readings
Objectives and outcomes10m
Objectives and outcomes10m
Vocabulary list10m
Commonly confused words10m
Sentence pattern you should know #110m
Quiz3 practice exercises
Vocabulary quiz10m
Challenging grammar: -ing vs. -ed2m
Module 2 Quiz30m
Week
3
Hours to complete
8 hours to complete

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....
Reading
7 videos (Total 38 min), 8 readings, 10 quizzes
Video7 videos
Context and directness8m
Writing to persuade6m
Rhetorical devices5m
The writing process, part 22m
Paragraphing6m
Challenging grammar: Missing verb 'to be'3m
Reading8 readings
Objectives and outcomes10m
What do we mean when we say, 'rhetoric'?10m
The concept of kairos10m
Peer-review practice: Sample persuasive email10m
Objectives and outcomes10m
Vocabulary list10m
Sentence pattern you should know #210m
Peer review practice: Sample email10m
Quiz8 practice exercises
Using the Direct Approach practice2m
Writing to persuade practice2m
Peer-review practice: Persuasive email16m
Vocabulary quiz10m
How concise are you?12m
Pattern #2 Independent Clause: Appositive8m
Module 3 Quiz30m
Peer review practice8m
Week
4
Hours to complete
7 hours to complete

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....
Reading
6 videos (Total 32 min), 8 readings, 9 quizzes
Video6 videos
Audience, purpose, tone and style7m
Plain English6m
Gender sensitive language8m
Active and passive voice3m
Challenging grammar: Comma splice3m
Reading8 readings
Objectives and outcomes10m
Objectives and outcomes10m
Vocabulary list10m
Sentence patterns you should know #3 & #410m
Reasons to use the passive voice10m
Tone & Style – Avoid using clichés in your writing10m
Peer review practice: Sample memo with errors10m
Peer-review practice: Sample memo10m
Quiz7 practice exercises
Plain English practice2m
Vocabulary quiz10m
Practising your active and passive voice6m
Tone & Style – Avoid using clichés in your writing2m
Module 4 Quiz30m
Peer review practice quiz for grammar and vocabulary errors8m
Peer-review practice quiz for memo14m
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Top Reviews

By MBSep 18th 2016

Good course. Excelent material but the girl of the videos speaks too low, always need to put the volume at the maximum and somethimes also in that way I hardly can listen to her.

By EDDec 3rd 2017

This course was very useful for me and I learned a lot about business communication and English writing. I think everyone who is in business needs to learn in this course.

Instructors

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Sean McMinn

Senior Instructor
Center for Language Education
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Kin Tang

Instructor
Center for Language Education
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Delian Gaskell

Instructor
Center for Language Education

About The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

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....

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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