This course is designed as a general introduction to concepts and vocabulary associated with the modern business world. Business affects us all in many different ways, both on a personal level and also by the general economic environment. It is mainly a discussion course with the emphasis on oral communication. The course serves two functions: 1) it prepares students for employment with English being the primary language and, 2) it increases the general fluency level of the student.
Both more and less formal language is utilized with the key being that the students will have control over the level of formality that should be used in different situations. The course features realistic mock interviews and Powerpoint presentations (both individual and group) which will involve more formal structure and language (and business attire). However, conversational language is also important and will be included in general conversation practice.
The course will feature articles which will generally be given as homework and discussed the following day in class. The topics will vary widely but deal explicitly or tangentially with modern business issues of the day. Examples include customer service, business ethics, free and fair trade, technology and its implications for modern business and a large portion of the session will deal with marketing, both traditional and new approaches. However, any article which deals with daily life will be utilized with the follow up discussion eliciting any business connection.
The course will also include audio visuals, listening and written exercises, and case studies. There will be two interviews, with both being videotaped for learning purposes. There will also be two Powerpoint presentations, one individual and one group to improve the team play ability of the students. The language level will be adjusted to the general student level.