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English
Subtitles: English, Arabic, Georgian

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Business CommunicationEnglish LanguageBusiness WritingWriting

Learner Career Outcomes

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Shareable Certificate
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100% online
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Flexible deadlines
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Approx. 24 hours to complete
English
Subtitles: English, Arabic, Georgian

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

Week 2

2 hours to complete

Business writing genres

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

Week 3

8 hours to complete

Writing emails

8 hours to complete
7 videos (Total 38 min), 8 readings, 10 quizzes
7 videos
Context and directness8m
Writing to persuade6m
Rhetorical devices5m
The writing process, part 22m
Paragraphing6m
Challenging grammar: Missing verb 'to be'3m
8 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
8 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

Week 4

7 hours to complete

Writing memos

7 hours to complete
6 videos (Total 32 min), 8 readings, 9 quizzes
6 videos
Audience, purpose, tone and style7m
Plain English6m
Gender sensitive language8m
Active and passive voice3m
Challenging grammar: Comma splice3m
8 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
7 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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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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