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Business Studies Courses

The Summer English Language Studies program currently offers eight courses in the Business Studies strand:

9E: Business English (3 units, 6 weeks)

In this course, students will have the opportunity to improve communication skills in order to do business in English. The following topics will be covered: negotiating; writing business letters, memos, and resumes; developing business vocabulary; improving business social skills; reading and discussing case studies; and exploring Internet business.

9F: Business Speaking (3 units, 6 weeks)

This course focuses on oral language in business contexts, including meetings, negotiations, presentations, debates, interviews, and informal social settings. Students learn appropriate phrases and topics for business conversation and improve their abilities through practice both in and out of class.

9I: Conflict Resolution Communication Skills (3 units, 6 weeks)

This course is an introduction to conflict resolution for intermediate-advanced level ESL students. It includes interactive mediation role–plays requiring students to develop a complex set of English skills (grammatical accuracy; speaking and listening; pronunciation; and new vocabulary and idioms) and sociolinguistic skills (body language, formality, and tone). Course includes a fieldwork component to help students improve problem-solving and communication skills.

5J: The Language and Culture of Consumerism (3 units, 6 weeks)

This course is an introduction to conflict resolution for intermediate-advanced level ESL students. It includes interactive mediation role–plays requiring students to develop a complex set of English skills (grammatical accuracy; speaking and listening; pronunciation; and new vocabulary and idioms) and sociolinguistic skills (body language, formality, and tone). Course includes a fieldwork component to help students improve problem-solving and communication skills.

6C: Business Vocabulary (2 units, 3 weeks)

This course aims to help English language learners improve their command of vocabulary used in a variety of general business contexts. Students will read short articles, watch videos, and discuss topics of general interest from the world of business. Strategies for identifying, recording, and remembering vocabulary will be discussed.

6L: Successful Job Search and Interviewing Skills (2 units, 3 weeks)

In this English as a Second Language course, students will develop (a) communicative competence in job research and networking and (b) the skills and vocabulary relevant to individual students’ desired work situations.  Students will practice interviewing, self-promotion, and networking and will create their own resumes and cover letters.

6Q: English for Alternative Dispute Resolution for Business, Law and Other Professional Purposes: Negotiation, Mediation, and Arbitration (2 units, 6 weeks)*

This course focuses on interactive Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) simulations (role plays in class and via videoconferencing) in which students must work together to analyze, prevent and resolve a variety of conflicts using a complex set of English skills (grammatical accuracy; speaking and listening; pronunciation; and new vocabulary and idioms) and cross-cultural and sociolinguistic skills (body language, formality and tone). The course is designed for high-intermediate through advanced-level ESL students with a professional or academic interest in ADR. Students who are interested in conflict resolution for general communication purposes are encouraged to consider Colwrit 6I.

7C: Business and Social Entrepreneurship (1 unit, 3 weeks)

This course explores debates concerning the role of business in addressing social issues, while providing support for English reading, listening, note-taking, and speaking skills. Social entreprenership has gained popularity and sparked debate in the United States and throughout the world as individual entrepreneurs have found more efficient ways to provide medicine, social services, education, and environmentally sustainable consumer products.

W3B: Business English: Oral Communication – Online (2 units, 6 weeks, P/NP only)

The two goals of this course are to improve students’ ability to communicate effectively in a professional environment using business English and to become comfortable using the digital media currently being used to do business in the global economy. Course topics include cross-cultural communication, digital etiquette, web conferencing, business vocabulary, presentation skills, personal branding, and job interviewing.