ESL/BU-095 ESL for Business Purposes I

Course Description: This course is designed to build English skills necessary in a business workplace. Students practice reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills needed in an office setting. The computer lab component reinforces business computer skills and provides opportunity for online English practice.

  • This course also meets PLO’s # 2, 4, and 6 of CA in Bookkeeping Program.

 

    • PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES (PLOs): 

    The student will be able to:

    1. Apply proper bookkeeping techniques in an office.
    2. Demonstrate general computer competence and information technology literacy.
    3. Demonstrate proper office procedures and management techniques.
    4. Communicate effectively in English for business purposes.
    5. Perform business computations and apply logic as needed.
    6. File documents properly and use common office machines.

     
    B.  STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (SLOs) - GENERAL:
    The student will be able to:

    1. Demonstrate knowledge of English grammar focusing on sentence structure and the mechanics of the language.
    2. Find and correct grammatical errors in written and spoken English.
    3. File and submit documents electronically.

    SLO

    PLO 1

    PLO 2

    PLO 3

    PLO 4

    PLO 5

    PLO 6

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    I = Introduced
    D = Demonstrated
    M = Mastered

    C.  STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (SLOs)-SPECIFIC: 
    The student will be able to: 

          General SLO 1.  Demonstrate knowledge of English grammar focusing on parts of speech, sentence structure, and the mechanics of the language.


    Student Learning Outcomes

    Assessment strategy

    1.1 Identify the parts of a sentence.

    Given sentences on tests and quizzes, the student will follow directions to underline, circle, or otherwise indicate various parts of speech and sentence structures.

    1.2 Construct original sentences with correct usage and punctuation.

    On tests and quizzes, the student will follow directions to write original error free sentences in various sentence patterns.

    General SLO 2. Find and correct grammatical errors in written and spoken English.


    Student Learning Outcomes

    Assessment strategy

    2.1 Distinguish sentences that are correctly written from sentences that contain errors.

    Given the text of a letter, the student will find and correct errors in punctuation and usage.

    2.2 Distinguish speech that is correctly stated from speech that contains errors.

    The student will correctly ask and answer questions that are commonly used in a business situation.

    General SLO 3. File and submit documents electronically.


    Student Learning Outcomes

    Assessment strategy

    3.1  Submit assignments electronically

    The student will complete assignments in word documents that he/she will attach to emails and send. The emails and attachments will be assessed on rubrics that include: completion, content, grammar, spelling, and appropriate business style.

    3.2 Maintain documents in an electronic format

    After instructor review of assignments, the student will retrieve, edit, and resubmit assignments. 

        
    D.   COURSE CONTENT

    1. Identifying verbs and subjects
    2. Identifying and using principal parts of verbs
    3. Identifying other sentence completers  such as adjectives, adverbs, direct objects, predicate
    4. Identifying nominatives and predicate adjectives
    5. Identifying and writing good sentences by avoiding sentence fragments, and run – on sentences
    6. Recognizing advanced sentence structure and avoiding errors of parallelism, misplaced modifiers, and dangling participles
    7. Maintaining subject/verb agreement in twelve basic English tenses
    8. Using pronouns correctly by understanding case, reference and agreement
    9. Transposing direct quotations and direct questions into reported speech
    10. Applying rules of punctuation, capitalization, abbreviations, and numbers

    E.  METHODS OF INSTRUCTION
    Lecture
    Instructor guided completion of exercises
    Class participation reporting orally on completion of assigned exercises
    Group discussion and editing of selected student work
    Peer editing  
    Instructor demonstrations using computer lab equipment
    Student demonstrations using computer lab equipment

    F.  REQURIED TEXTS AND COURSE MATERIALS
    Geffner, Andrea B. Business English, A Complete Guide to Developing An Effective Business Writing Style, 5th edition. Hauppaugge: Barron’s Educational Series, Inc., 2010. (or most recent edition).
    Flower, John and Ron Martinez. American Business Vocabulary. Hove: Language Teaching Publications, 2001 (or most recent edition).
    A dictionary of contemporary English
    A device for maintaining electronic documents files

    G.  INSTRUCTIONAL COSTS
    None

    H.  EVALUATION
    This course is a pre-requisite for ESL/BU 096.  Students who wish to take  ESL/BU 096 must pass ESL/BU 095 with a grade of C or better.

    I.   CREDIT BY EXAMINATION
    None

     

     

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