Hello! It’s David! In this essay, I will explain about the Business English course, which I am currently taking.
Outline of the Business English course
As the course name suggests, the Business English course focuses on using English in the workplace. It is composed of subjects in writing, reading, listening, and mainly in speaking, wherein we learn about business-specific English expressions. It consists of five hours of one-on-one classes.
Business English has three courses:
- Pre-Employment Course
- Post-Employment Course (this is what I’m currently taking)
- Flight Attendant Training (Cabin Crew preparation) course
Outline of the Post-Employment course
The difference between the Pre-Employment and Post-Employment course is obvious. Pre-Employment is for job searching. Here you learn about writing resumes and collecting company information while focusing on improving skills before finding employment. Post-Employment is where you learn how to prepare English presentations and is focused on improving your skills after finding employment.
When I was in Japan, I had a lot of experience in job hunting so when I went abroad to study, I chose Post Employment because I want to learn English that is suitable for practical work.
Classes in Post-Employment course
Business Communication (1 hour)
This class makes use of a reference book named “Market Leader”. In this class, we discuss topics related to business such as Brand, Money, and Organization. Lessons in listening, reading, speaking, and vocabulary are the scopes in this class.
^This is an example of the contents of the textbook
There are many interesting topics. We discuss about brand, advertisements, money, human resources – and since I discuss it with a Filipino teacher, I learn about the differences between Japan and the Philippines. For example, there are differences in advertisement regulations, salary levels and so on.
Business Reading (1 hour)
Apart from reading about business topics, I answer questions and have discussions with my teacher in this class. I encounter a lot of vocabularies related to business in this subject, that’s why we examine each one and create sample sentences.
Business Writing (1 hour)
In this class, I learn how to write business documents in English. At first, you will learn about Basic English document formats, rules and related vocabulary. Later, you will learn how to write different types of documents such as Acceptance Letters or Inquiry Letters.
This is how I write business documents:
- Read some examples.
- Write a sample letter.
- Ask the teacher to correct it.
After finishing this part, I had a lecture on how to write business e-mails. As a teacher in Japan, I know that creating e-mails at work can be overwhelming because I have to make it one by one. But in addition to using correct English expression, you can also add substitute expressions.
^Here are some selected texts for business e-mails. These are abbreviation often used in English text messages. (TGIF = Thank God, It’s Friday) My teacher also taught me additional lessons.
Business Speaking (2 hours)
In general, this subject is divided into preparation of presentations and focusing on business-related vocabulary. The biggest challenge in Business English is the presentation held every Friday, which is also thrilling. Basically, we need to prepare for our presentation every day.
These are the things that you need to know about MONOL’s Business English course. The biggest point of this course is the business presentation. I cannot speak in business English without this. Really! I hope that my review can somehow help you choose the right course for you. Until next time!