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Business English

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Overview
Korea is an increasingly globalized nation. In many companies English ability
is becoming essential to stay competitive. Therefore having the ability to
communicate in English will help prepare you for the business world ahead of
you. In this class we will focus on improving your Business English skills,
through the medium of discussion, debate and presentation. The aim is for you
to leave this course with an improved ability to communicate, in English, in a
working environment.

Ms. Stephanie DeMott, MEd


E-Mail: stephanie.demott@gmail.com
Website: http://sdemott.weebly.com
Office Hours: by appointment only

Required Textbook
Sweeney, Simon (2004).
Communication in Business (2nd ed.).
Cambridge, UK: Cambridge
University Press.
ISBN: 978-0-521-54912-7

Goals
The course will be divided into the following sections: Cultural diversity and
socializing; Using the telephone; Presentations and Meetings. Each aspect of
the course will include model dialogues, examples of real world business
language and case studies. The course will also include elements of real world
writing such as cover letters and resumes for job application.

Course Requirements
Attendance because this course will focus on conversation and discussion,
attendance is very important.

80% attendance is required to pass the course (up to 3 unexcused


absences are allowed)

You will lose 10 points for each absence.

Be on time for class! If youre late youll lose 5 points from your
attendance grade.

Students over 20 minutes late will be considered absent and lose


10 points.

Students will have to bring the Absence Slips to the following


class. Any absence slip that was handed in later than the
following class may not be accepted.

Excusable absences include the following:


Sickness (hand in Doctors note)

Class Website
Please visit our class website,
http://sdemott.weebly.com
regularly. You will find some of your
assignments on this site, as well as
information on the course, your
instructor, and helpful resources.

Army Duty (official letter from the military required)


Death of a family member (death certificate required)
Job interview (stamped letter from the company with interview
time handed in)
Full-time employment (Company notice, including starting date

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of employment. Students must make arrangements to take the


midterm and final exams)
Teaching practicum (Stamped official department excuse note.
See your teacher for grading arrangement)

Important Dates
April 18

Evaluation

Cover Letter & Resume Due

Evaluation for this course will include the following (see the Breakdown of
Scoring to the bottom right of this page):

April 18

Job Interviews

Two written assignments, the first worth 5%, the second worth 10%
Two presentations, the first worth 5%, the second worth 10%
One written mid-term and one written final exam
Weekly homework assignments
Two scheduled quizzes, and up to two pop (surprise) quizzes

Participation Read, write, listen, and SPEAK in English. You can only
improve your English by using the language. Participation will be included in
your grade. In order to receive full participation points, students must:

April 25

MIDTERM exam
May 30

Writing Assignment 2 Due


June 13

Presentation 2

Participate fully in class during all activities, volunteering answers


and asking questions.

When prompted, work with a team/partner on in class materials

Bring an unused textbook to class

DO NOT use mobile phone in class!

June 20

Complete homework in a timely fashion

Last day of class

June 20

FINAL exam

Course Schedule
(subject to change)

Please bring your Textbook (Communicating in Business) to each class.


Students will be notified of assignments closer to their due date.
Week

Date

Subject

3/7

Course
Introduction
Unit 1

3/14

Unit 2

Content
Introduction of the syllabus and
course expectations
Interview Activity
Cultural Diversity and
Socializing
Cultural Diversity and
Socializing: Culture and
Entertainment

Breakdown of Scoring
Attendance - 15%
** This includes 5% Attendance and
10% Participation which will be
combined in portal under
Attendance
Midterm 20%
Final 20%
Presentations 15%

3/21

Unit 3

Using the Telephone: Could I


Leave a Message?

3/28

Unit 4

Using the Telephone: Good to


Hear From You Again!
Resume Writing Intro
Quiz 1

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Writing 15%
Assignments 5%
Quizzes 10%

Week

Date

Subject

4/4

Unit 5

Using the Telephone:


Unfortunately Theres a
Problem
Job Interview Intro

4/11

Unit 6

Presentations: Planning and


Getting Started

4/18

Job Interviews

Cover letter & Resume DUE

4/25

MIDTERM

5/2

Unit 7

Presentations: Image, Impact


and Making an Impression

10

5/9

Unit 8

Presentations: The Middle of the


Presentation

11

5/16

Unit 9

Presentations: The End is


Near This is the End
Introduction to Final Presentation
QUIZ 2

12

5/23

Unit 10

Meetings: Making Meetings


Effective
Final Presentation Workshop Day

13

5/30

Unit 11 & 12

Meetings: Sorry to Interrupt,


but
Final Presentation Workshop
-or-

Optional:
PRESENTATION
S pt 1

Content

Optional
3 groups to Present

14

6/6

HOLIDAY No Class

15

6/13

PRESENTATIONS

16

6/20

FINAL

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