Business English

Korea University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Business English

  • Host University

    Korea University

  • Location

    Seoul, South Korea

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    General Description & Course Content

    The purpose of this course is to give Korea University undergraduate students the necessary spoken and written business communicative skills that will directly enhance their effectiveness in job recruitment and career advancement. This course has been designed on the basis of the instructor’s experience (taught job hunting skills to over 1,000 Korea University students as well as business leaders and MBA students). This course will focus on developing the necessary skills in both communication.  In fact a recent survey by the BBC reported that one major deficiency of applicants is poor communication skills.

    This course is conceived as a practical writing workshop, not a theoretical class, and will include in-class tutorials, peer review and pair work. Students will first understand the various aims and purposes of business English. Second, students will practice the language style and characteristics of business English (e.g., active voice, direct and clear language, etc.). Third, for each type of business communication, students will learn effective ways to organize their communication coherently to achieve its specific purpose. The instructor will demonstrate proper and appropriate professional formatting for each type.

    Spoken (Verbal):  expressing quantitative data, participating in group discussions/meetings, participating in job interviews, role-play simulation

    Written: As written business documents (a) reflect the individual’s and organization’s professionalism, (b) are permanent and therefore form a lasting impression and (c) are legal business documents, it is imperative that business practitioners be able to communicate coherently and effectively in writing. Hence, routine forms such as resumes, cover letters, memos, responses to investment enquiries, presentation visual aids (e.g., PowerPoint, OHP slides, etc.), investment brochures, etc.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations