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Business English Programs

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Improve your English skills to help you in your career

Build your written and oral communication competencies while gaining valuable knowledge and skills to succeed in the workplace. Choose from one of the two options below. 

  • Business English Tutoring

    Is there some part of your English that is holding you back at work? Are regular business English classes inconvenient for you?

    The English Language Center at Howard Community College offers business English tutoring for international English speakers. This tutoring is ideal for students who want to focus on one part of their business English, such as writing or pronunciation, as well as students who need a more flexible schedule. 

    • Work one-on-one with an experienced business English teacher to address specific language problems tailored to your individual needs and desires.
    • Our teachers have experience with business and English, as well as teaching students of all languages and cultures. We will use your unique linguistic and cultural background, education, and work experience as tools to improve your English.
    • Flexible meeting times allow you to study and learn on a schedule that fits your busy life.
    • Tutoring can occur on-campus at HCC or at your workplace office.
    For more information, email BusinessEnglish@howardcc.edu.
  • Business & Professional Certificate

    Earn a noncredit Business & Professional English certificate by completing at least three Business & Professional English classes listed below within 18 months.  

    Advanced Pronunciation Training
    Reduce your foreign accent and learn to pronounce English in a way that will make others understand you better.

    Business Idioms
    Idioms are everywhere in the American workplace. "Roll up your sleeves" and learn how to use them with confidence when writing and speaking in common business scenarios. *Online option also available.*

    English for Business Communication
    Improve your written and oral communication around these topics: cultural diversity, socializing, using the telephone, negotiating, making presentations, and participating in meetings. Learn more about cultural norms associated with communication in business.

    English for Customer Service
    Improve your English skills while you train for a position in customer service, especially working in retail sales at a store or working in an office.  Learn and practice new vocabulary and develop the cultural skills you will need to help customers in person or on the phone. You will role-play how to handle problems and complaints and also learn about the responsibilities you have to your supervisors in the workplace. Finally, you’ll get some tips about finding an appropriate job. 

    English for Managers
    Develop language skills and vocabulary related to current management topics such as leadership styles, motivation, recruiting, marketing, use of teams, strategy, dealing with change, managing across cultures, downsizing, finances, and risk management/decision making.

    English for Marketing and Social Media
    Use social media and marketing more effectively by mastering the vocabulary and grammatical conventions associated with marketing through social media.

    English for Small Businesses
    Learn English in a meaningful, real business setting. In this interactive, hybrid class, you’ll be learning the skills and the language to set up a “virtual” business. Work with classmates (your business partners) in class and online to identify a marketing niche, establish a business and assign duties, develop a business plan, and advertise. By the end of the class, you should have developed the structure for a “virtual” business.

    Grammar for Business
    This class will focus on grammar that is needed and used by business professionals. Improve the accuracy of your spoken and written English using actual business scenarios. 

    How Americans Think: Surviving the Workplace
    The purpose of this course is for advanced level ESL learners to examine cultural differences and their impact in the workplace. Students will gain an understanding of how Americans think and how this affects different aspects of the job such as communication, employee relationships, and teamwork. Students will also examine their own personal and cultural beliefs in relation to work and how this impacts their “survival” in the workplace. Finally, students will learn strategies for developing cultural intelligence and cultural competence. The students will utilize online videos, selected readings and research, activities, and discussions.

    Professional Writing 
    Learn to manipulate grammar and vocabulary to make your meaning clear in various types of professional writing such as e-mail correspondence, conventions, memos, short reports, summaries, business letters, cover letters, and resumes. *Online option also available.*

    Some courses are offered throughout the year. Call 443-518-1680 for more information.

 
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