International Business Professions
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Designed to improve the spoken job performance of non-native English speaking employees. Focus is on developing formal presentation skills, effective telephony techniques and interpersonal communication strategies appropriate to the business environment. Prerequisite: Acceptance into program or permission of instructor.
Designed to improve the communicative job performance of non-native English speaking professionals. Focus is on the written discourse patterns (grammar, tone, register, word choice) commonly encountered in business settings. It also introduces students to non-linguistic, cultural rules by which organizations operate. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the program or permission of instructor.
Emphasizes the dramatic nature of business and the trends that will change the way business is conducted in the twenty-first century. Use of real-life scenarios, realistic business situations, and real-world information will help develop students' technical knowledge and competence, critical thinking, decision-making abilities, and communication skills. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the program or permission of instructor.
Students gain an understanding of the diverse and ever-changing consumer markets and how international businesses use marketing strategies to gain market share and stay competitive. Course will use a combination of text, lectures, case studies, outside reading, local company research, video, group work and presentations to enhance learning and skills needed in today's global workplace. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the program or permission of instructor.
Designed to prepare non-native speakers of English with the skills, strategies and resources to successfully pursue internships in their fields of interest. Students prepare work portfolios, research areas of interest and practice oral communication techniques to enhance their career and employment opportunities. Prerequisite: Must be IBP student; international student eligible for practical training or other non-native speaker of English approved by the program chair or instructor.
Designed to provide instruction in advanced interviewing skills and follow up correspondence for students who are working with an advisor to search for an observational experience. Clear communication and problem-solving techniques are emphasized. Developing an attitude and approach of 'professionalism' is one of the course goals. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the program or permission of instructor.
Designed to help students gain greater accuracy, fluency and confidence in their spoken English, through pronunciation and conversation practice, presentations, discussions, cassette journals and other activities. Students will focus on consonant and vowel sounds, rhythm, stress, and intonation both separately and in the context of natural speech. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the program or permission of instructor.
Students will learn practical job skills, discuss American workplace culture, and build basic workplace and business vocabulary. In addition, students will learn skills to communicate more effectively with internship supervisors, coworkers, and customers. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the program or permission of instructor.
Students are placed with a local company to obtain practical experience in U.S. business. Placements are made according to a student's training, work experience, interests, English level, and/or career goals. Students must complete a variety of forms including: learning objectives, weekly reports, a mid-quarter evaluation and a final evaluation. In addition, the site supervisor must complete a final evaluation of the student. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the program or permission of instructor.