Course Details

Business English

Business English

Course Description*

Advanced students will be acquiring an overall understanding of language and basic concepts of business and economics. This course introduces key concepts in areas of production, corporate structure, marketing, logistics, international trade and finance. Areas of study might include management, corporate structure, global management, economic sectors, and financial instruments. Students will gain practice using critical thinking skills as they analyze, discuss and summarize key business and management theories. They will express their understanding of business concepts in various oral and written exercises. A minimum of 20 hours of out-of-class work will be required for this course and may include vocabulary study, assigned readings, essay writing or presentations, textbook or handout exercises.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of IEP 061 or

Corresponding score on the placement test

Course Information

Class Dates: Session 1 Session 2 Session 3
Instructional Contact Hours: 4 weeks x 9 hours a week = 36 clock hours 4 weeks x 9 hours a week = 36 clock hours 4 weeks x 9 hours a week = 36 clock hours

Textbooks - Textbooks are mandatory, and the most current edition must be purchased by the end of the first week.  If students are considering changes levels, they should not write in the book so that they can exchange it.

  • Market Leader Advanced, Pearson, 2008, ISBN: 9781405881333

Program Goal

B: English language learners communicate information, ideas, and concepts necessary for academic success in the content areas relative to professional settings.

Program Objective 

10 The student engages in oral communication appropriate for instructional purposes in professional content areas.

11 The student applies reading skills that demonstrate interpretation of symbols and text in professional content areas.

12 The student applies writing skills that demonstrate writing for specific audiences in content areas.

Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate the following learning outcomes. They include, but are not limited to:  

  • Students will be able to write a comprehensive cover letter and resume. (PO12)
  • Students will be able to discern and evaluate leadership qualities, best business practices, and entrepreneurial undertakings. (PO10)
  • Students will be able to navigate business media outlets/analyze business information/present findings and research. (PO11)
  • Students will be able to demonstrate proper business etiquette, written, verbal, and physical. (PO10)
  • Students will be able to assess and profile leaders and leadership strategies. (PO10)
  • Students will be able to complete annual business reports. (PO12)
  • Students will be able to make qualitative stock analyses. (PO11, PO12)
  • Students will be able to utilize target business vocabulary. (PO10)

Tentative Course Outline

Session Book Assignments/Homework Final Evaluation
1 Market Leader Advanced TBD Project/Test
2 Market Leader Advanced TBD Project/Test
3 Market Leader Advanced TBD Project/Test

Instructional Methods

Level appropriate group, pair and individual work, role playing, simulations and games will be used during class and the instructor will strive for maximum student talking time and minimal teacher talking time. 

Assessment and Evaluation 

Grades - The percentage of their grades is as follows:

Participation 20%
Writing Assignments/Presentations/Homework 40%
Final Project 40%

Participation - Students are graded on how well they participate in class.  Participation includes but is not limited to thoughtful and active participation in group and pair work, asking and answering questions and being prepared, alert, and attentive in class. Being prepared includes completing assigned homework, which the instructor will review in class. Cell phone use, leaving the classroom for extended periods of time and sleeping in class will be counted against your participation grade.

Assignments (In-Class/Homework) - Students will be assigned approximately 5 hours of out-of-class work per week.  Assignments may include logs, vocabulary study, memorization and practice, assigned readings, sentence, paragraph or essay writing, grammar assignments, textbook or handout exercises, and other practical English usage exercises.

Tests - The tests assess student competency of the skills and units covered in the course.  The tests are created in-house but are based on the text and information presented in class.

*Please note that this is a pilot program.