Free Online Course on Spoken English Communication

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The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) is offering free online course on English for Doing Business in Asia-Speaking. The course is designed as a beginner’s guide to introduce non-native speakers of English to methods for developing spoken English language and communication skills for doing business in Asia.

By exploring and participating in a business simulation set in Asia, you will develop the principal skills for effective communication in English when conducting business in China and other Asian countries. The course will start on June 6, 2017.

Course At A Glance

Length: 7 weeks
Effort: 3-4 hours pw
Subject: Business & Management
Institution: Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) and edx
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes, Add a Verified Certificate for $60
Session: Course Starts on June 6, 2017

Providers’ Details

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) is a world-class international research university excelling in science, technology and business as well as humanities and social science. Internationally renowned for its academic rigor and accomplishments, the University promotes interdisciplinary studies and provides holistic education, nurturing well-rounded graduates with a strong entrepreneurial spirit, innovative thinking and relevant skills to thrive in a knowledge economy.

About This Course

The use of English for doing business in multinational settings is a fact of life for many business people. As Asian economies expand and become more involved in the global economy, a lingua franca – a language used to communicate among groups of people who do not share a mother tongue – is needed to exchange information. This course has two goals. The first is to introduce non-native speakers of English to methods for developing spoken English language and communication skills for doing business in Asia. The second is to examine the impact of interculturality and globalization on English communications. By exploring and participating in a business simulation set in Asia, you will develop the principal skills for effective communication in English when conducting business in China and other Asian countries.

This course is part of a series developed by the same instructors. Enroll in EBA102x English for Doing Business in Asia – Writing to continue developing your English language and written communication skills. Learn about business writing format, audience, culture, purpose, grammar, style and more.

Why Take This Course?

This is a free online course. This MOOC will be offered with Video Transcripts in English.  Applicants can get a verified certificate.

Learning Outcomes

  • Pronounce sounds clearly and use rhythm appropriately and persuasively
  • Identify the purpose of an oral presentation to meet the audience’s needs
  • Organize an oral presentation to suit the audience and purpose
  • Deliver an informative and a persuasive presentation to discuss a topic relevant to a business context in Asia
  • Develop an understanding of cross-cultural issues, style, and genre for business communication purposes

Instructors

Sean McMinn

Sean McMinn is a Senior Lecturer in the Center for Language Education at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

Delian Gaskell

Delian Gaskell is a Lecturer in the Center for Language Education at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

Requirements

A min of IELTS 5.5 and a max of IELTS 7.0 is recommended. See IELTS Band Scale for more info. Or, a min of 46-59 and a max of 102-109 TOEFL Score is recommended. See TOEFL Score Scale for more info.

How To Join This Course

  • Go to the course website link
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  • Choose “Register Now” to get started.
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