English for Doing Business in Asia – Speaking - Hong Kong University of Science and Technology



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Introducing strategies for developing your spoken English communication skills in the context of doing business in Asia
With this course you earn while you learn, you gain recognized qualifications, job specific skills and knowledge and this helps you stand out in the job market.

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Requirements: "English for Doing Business in Asia – Writing” is not a prerequisite. It is entirely possible for those who have not taken the "Writing" course (EBA102x) to take this "Speaking" course but that said, there will be overlap of a few key concepts and ideas between the two courses. 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.  


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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.

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Sean McMinn Sean McMinn is a Senior Instructor in the Center for Language Education at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He teaches undergraduate English courses in Business Communications, speaking, and writing. His professional interests include integrating technology into the language learning curriculum, social media and blended learning. Projects in the past have included embedding social networks, wikis, blogs, and podcasts into various language courses. He won a Teaching Innovation Award for his work with podcasts and education at HKUST in 2007 and has presented at international conferences on the subjects of social media and education, and second life and intercultural literacy.