English for Career Success


English for Career Success

About the Program

The Intensive English Program, a non-credit ESL program located in the Division of Academic Enhancement on the Athens UGA Campus, is pleased to announce its new non-degree credential on the Gwinnett Campus: English for Career Success

If you have the desire to work in the American workplace, enhance your career with the English for Career Success, a sequence of three courses designed to help you succeed in the American workplace.

Through the program, you can learn key language skills including grammar, writing, vocabulary, and reading as well as essential workplace skills including Microsoft Office basics. The courses are designed to teach you the effective way to communicate in both writing and speaking, and to make you familiar with relevant business discussion topics, so you can be sure you are prepared for success.

 

Program Description

What You Will Learn:

The three classes in this program will provide you with a foundation for cultural understanding of the American workplace and will prepare you to communicate with your American colleagues in both writing and speaking. You will learn about basic American work vocabulary and work culture as well as intercultural communication skills and Microsoft Office basics. Each class includes presentations, projects, engaging discussions, and portfolio development.

 

You may take these classes in any order:

  • Course 1: Business Basics
    • Thursday evenings 5:30-7:30PM 
  • Course 2: Microsoft Office Basics
    • Tuesday evenings 5:30-7:30PM 
  • Course 3: Business Communication
    • Time and day to be determined

Format: Gwinnett Campus

Hours: 48 hours (16 hours per course)

Date: Mid March

$400--Per Class

 

 

 

Get More Information

 

If you have any questions, please email iep@uga.edu

 

Who Should Attend?

  • College students who want to prepare for their future career in the American workplace.
  • Adult English learners who are looking for a job.
  • Adult English learners who want to improve their English.

  

English For Career Success

Weekly Program Outline

From this program, students will learn:

  • To communicate with others in practical, business-oriented situations
  • To express themselves in English with confidence
  • To speak or to write in English in a variety of business contexts from negotiating, to using emails and phone calls, to making presentations

Each lesson will be supported by systematic work on core grammatical structures, vocabulary, and pronunciation. 

 

Course 1: Business Basics Thursday evenings 5:30-7:30PM 

Week 1. American Workplace Culture

Discuss students’ culture and explore how culture affects business communication.

  • Cross-cultural awareness
  • Common misunderstandings
  • Dressing for success
    • Interpreting common dress codes
    • Deciding what to wear

 

Week 2. Job Hunting

  • What to prepare
  • What to expect
  • Job hunting tips

 

Week 3. Business Meetings

  • Meetings
    • Participating, turn-taking, listening and taking notes
    • Agreeing and disagreeing

 

Week 4. Business Correspondence

  • Key negotiation language, framing your argument
  • Emails—register, style, standard phrasing
    • Professionalism

 

Week 5. Reports

  • Appropriate style and tone
  • How to report information and ideas
  • Writing reports—style, register, conventions
  • How to make a presentation

 

Week 6. Team Building

  • Social dynamics in the workplace
  • Working as a team

 

Week 7. E-Business

  • Technology in business
  • E-mail communication
  • Websites

 

Week 8. Case Study Discussion

  • Team building
  • Strategy
  • Marketing

 

 

Course 2: Microsoft Office Basics Tuesday evenings 

Week 1. Utilizing Microsoft Word

  • Searching for templates online for résumés
  • Writing résumés (related to Course 3, Week 2)
  • Creating a report
  • Exporting documents in different formats

 

Week 2. Using PowerPoint

  • Using templates
  • Tips
  • Making a presentation

 

Week 3. Other website resources

  • English learning tools
  • Other business organizing applications

 

Week 4.  Social networking

  • Creating a Linkedin account
  • Social networking with others
  • Applying online

  

Course 3: Business Communication Alternate Saturday mornings

Week 1. Formal and informal language

  • Small talk, turn-taking
  • Business conversation

 

Week 2. Job Interviews

  • Give persuasive business pitches
  • Prepare for job interviews
  • Résumé writing

 

Week 3. Negotiating

  • Key negotiating language, framing your argument
  • Negotiating with customers

 

Week 4. Telephone skills

  • Improve business telephone skills
  • Practice business calls
  • Dealing with voicemail.
  • Mobile phone do’s and don’t

 

Week 5. Public Speaking

  • Importance of public speaking

 

Week 6. Conflict Resolution Training

  • Conflict resolution process
  • Creating an effective atmosphere
  • Generating options
  • Building a solution

 

Week 7. Presentation I

  • Planning and preparing

 

Week 8. Presentation II

  • Business proposal
  • Sequencing and timing in a business presentation

 

 

Assessments and course requirements are grounded in authentic, performance-based activities that will allow students to immediately integrate new learning into their professional practice. 

 

Performance-based Portfolio: establish and maintain an electronic portfolio that is utilized across all coursework and effectively demonstrates individual progress in the authentic application of the knowledge, skills learned in the courses.

  • Portfolio Content:
    • Cover letter
    • Resume
    • Sample of written email
    • Sample of project proposal

 

 

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If you have any questions, please email iep@uga.edu

 

Instructor:

Sun Kwon, a native of Atlanta, completed her graduate degree at the University of Southern California. Since finishing her master’s, she has been active in developing and teaching English classes at the University of Georgia, and her areas of expertise include applied linguistics, issues of culture, and methodology for teaching English as a second language and/or as a foreign language.

 

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Individuals who are interested in gaining English proficiency to thrive in an American college should visit the UGA Division of Academic Enhancement to learn more about its Intensive English Program. Learn more at iep.uga.edu.

 
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If you have any questions, please email iep@uga.edu.