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ENGLISH FOR BUSINESS

The English for Business course provides preparation for participation in graduate business programs offered at Valparaiso University and other U.S. colleges and universities. It familiarizes students with business terminology and prepares them to understand academic lectures, make oral presentations, lead discussions and negotiations, read scholarly books and journals, and write appropriately for graduate coursework. The course will focus strongly on reading and comprehension strategies and on the analysis and preparation of case studies.

In this preparation program, international students planning to enter graduate business programs will:

  • become familiar with the culture and expectations of graduate work in the U.S.
  • improve speaking skills, including those necessary for participating in and leading discussions
  • expand their business and academic vocabulary
  • improve oral presentation skills
  • write clearly, directly, and precisely
  • read extensively, both preparatory and professional materials
  • improve listening and note-taking skills

    Needs analysis will be done in order to focus on specific areas of concern for each student, and weekly activities will include the following:

  • reading and doing comprehension activities using business textbooks, academic journals, and business magazines
  • vocabulary and writing exercises suited to improve comprehension and completion of graduate studies
  • student-led discussions of reading material, relevant topics, and cross-cultural issues in business
  • extensive work on case studies, including strategies for successful comprehension and analysis
  • practice in negotiating and giving formal presentations through examples, role plays, and simulations

    English Proficiency Requirement: TOEFL 550/80 or successful completion of INTERLINK's intensive English program

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