KS Advanced Business English 1

Workload Education level Study areas Responsible person Hours per week Coordinating university
3 ECTS M2 - Master's programme 2. year Languages Ilse Born-Lechleitner 2 hpw University of Victoria
Detailed information
Original study plan Master's programme Joint Master's Program Global Business - Canada/Taiwan 2020W
Objectives Advanced English and Communications will focus on the development and enhancement of skills in written business communication, oral business communication, and non-verbal communication. Students will learn how to develop efficient use of verbal and non-verbal skills in business situations; be able to use language to convey specific messages to intended audiences; development and use techniques for information management. Concentration is on clarity of communication objectives, building vocabulary and comprehension of business documents.
Subject This course aims to develop students’ oral and written skills to communicate effectively in business contexts and academic pursuits in the area of business. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles of effective business communications use a range of language functions in English in business related situations plan and write clear, concise, and correct business documents and papers that exhibit professional writing skills write professional correspondence for specific purposes understand and use non-verbal communication skills give effective multimedia oral presentations understand team building skills necessary for success in completing and communicating complex work
Criteria for evaluation 50% of the grade will be based on oral communication skills and 50% on written communications. Vocabulary development, critical thinking, and team development skills will be measured as subcomponent of these two overarching categories.
Methods “Business” is the foundation from which we will practice and develop different aspects of the English language. We will use current articles from a variety of business news websites as a launching point to increase business vocabulary, improve information extracting skills, and enhance reading speed. From this foundation point we will hone oral communication skills via listening and presentation exercises. Oral skill development will be demonstrated at the end of the term with group presentations. Writing skills will be strengthened via research skill development, free writing, and business documentation production. Classroom activities will include peer editing, open group discussions, team skill development and personal oral presentations. Video recordings of group presentations will be used for personal reflection of effective presentations.
Language English
Study material No textbooks are required but ‘Academic Writing: Essentials’, by the Department of English (UVic), ‘Communicating for Results: A Canadian Student’s Guide’ by Carolyn Meyer, and ‘Intercultural Communication in the Global Workplace’ by Iris Varner and Linda Beamer are suggested reference textbooks. Supplemental courses materials, such as business cases, may be required and available for purchase in the book store for a nominal fee. Students will also be responsible for downloading required business articles and reading assignments.
Changing subject? Yes
On-site course
Maximum number of participants 20
Assignment procedure Assignment according to priority