English for Professional and Business Settings

Whether you are a student seeking to make the transition to the world of work or are already an employee, you will be facing challenging situations in which you must communicate effectively. This course develops the functional language skills you need in professional and business settings where English is a main language of communication.
The course familiarizes you with conventions in both spoken and written communication to enhance confidence, fluency and accuracy. In addition to learning how to compose convincing texts, you will train oral competences ranging from informal networking to formal presentation and discussion in workshops. Participants will also be introduced to selected materials from the Cambridge Business English Certificates to practise these skills that are essential to cope with the world of work.

Topics covered include:
•    Applying for a position: Writing a convincing CV/resumé and cover letter, interviewing and being interviewed.
•    Effective communication in the workplace: Composing standard and challenging emails, reports and proposals; networking, negotiation, assertive communication, and persuasion techniques.
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Further information:
Course level:
B2/C1 [more]
Carol Daubney [more]
Tuesday, 16h15-17h45
Course period:
26.09.2017 - 12.12.2017 (Herbstsemester 2017)
Credit points:
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Certificate of attendance:
In order to receive a certificate of attendance (available on request) for this course, you are not allowed to be absent more than maximum two times.
± 120 minutes / week
Course materials:
A script will be distributed electronically.
Further details will be found in the course confirmation. Please do not acquire the course materials before then.
Course fee:
CHF 240 plus CHF 3 materials costs (for students and PhD candidates)
CHF 480 plus CHF 3 materials costs (for University employees)
Registration deadline:
17.05.2017 - 18.09.2017
This course requires either an obligatory computer placement test or completion of a preceding course.
If you have not attended a preceding course, a computer placement test has to be taken prior to registration.
Replacement date:
The supplementary replacement date for lessons that might not take place is: 02.12.2017 from 10h - 16h
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