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Certificate in Business English Usage

CEF Reimbursable Course

CEF Reimbursable Course

Course Code
Application Code

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Start Date
To be advised
12 months
Course Fee
2975 5880
2508 6403
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      Please click the above Zoom meeting link on the day and time as shown above to join the information session, or contact Ms Jenna HO at 2975 5880 ( ) for meeting arrangement.   •   Meet the Programme Leader  •   Understand the SPACE  General English, Professional and Business English (PBE) Series and other CEF-funded English courses and application details. •   Get details about your English learning progress path at HKU SPACE. •   Ask questions about your English proficiency, your study opportunities / career plans *Please note that all SPACE English courses are instructed in English.   Subscribe our Facebook page for latest news and sharing.   •   Beginners - Everyday English for Beginners 《日用英語入門》 •   Preparatory - Essential English •   Tier 1 - Certificate in General English (Foundation) •   Tier 2 - Certificate in General English (Introductory) or  Certificate in English Language Skills (Introductory) •   Tier 3 - Certificate in General English (Intermediate) or Certificate in English Language Skills (Intermediate) •   Tier 4 - Certificate in General English (Upper-Intermediate) •   Tier 5 - Certificate in General English (Advanced) •   Tier 6 - Diploma in General English •   Tier 7 - Advanced Diploma in General English •   Certificate in Business English Usage •   Certificate in Advanced Business English   Please visit Academic English programme page for the list of short courses.  Please visit General English programme page for a full list of short courses. •   The Fundamentals of Persuasive Business Writing (18 hours)   •   Business Grammar (18 hours)  •   English at Work - Impromptu Talk and Discussion (18 hours)  •   English at Work - Email Writing (1) (18 hours)  •   Introductory Public Speaking and Presentation Skills (30 hours) •   Advanced Public Speaking and Presentation Skills (30 hours) •   Stylistic Analysis: Insight into the Subtle Delivery of Meaning (45 hours) •   British English Elocution (24 hours)   Cambridge Linguaskill General / Business English proficiency test  Test results will show the test taker's overall proficiency in General English or Business English as well as the individual score in listening, reading, writing and speaking on the Cambridge English Scale and their respective CEFR  levels.  General EnglishProfressional and Business English   Ms Jenna Ho 2975 5880 /  (Professional and Business English and Academic English) 3762 0930 /  (General English)Subscribe our Facebook page for our latest news.   We Study • We Practise • We Master 《活學英語 創展未來》 ENGLISH@HKU SPACE

Studying this course will expand your business vocabulary and improve business grammar usage accuracy. 研讀本課程將擴大您的商務英語詞彙量並提高商務文法使用的準確度。


The Certificate in Business English Usage programme aims to help students become more accurate and fluent when communicating in English in the modern workplace. Its goal is to equip students with essential business grammar, vocabulary and all-round language skills, so that they become capable of communicating with native and non-native speakers of English in common business settings. By gaining a greater confidence and a better command of business English grammar, vocabulary, receptive and productive skills, students will be prepared to further develop a higher level of business English proficiency upon completion of the programme. This programme targets working professionals who intend to build on an introductory level of English, so as to bolster their work performance in a business environment where English is the predominant medium of communication.

Upon successful completion of the Programme, students should be able to:

1.  apply essential business grammar rules in speaking and writing;

2.  use appropriate business vocabulary and standard phrases in communication in the modern workplace;

3.  utilise reading, listening and simple writing skills in different scenario-based tasks;

4.  present basic details of products and businesses using appropriate language; and

5.  write brief business correspondence and short survey reports.


The syllabus covers extensive topics that are commonly represented in international business environments:

  • Professional networking
  • Starting a new job
  • Work-life balance
  • Effective telephone communication
  • Customer service
  • People skills in business
  • Business and the internet
  • Dealing with problems and offering solutions
  • Discussing the pros and cons of different office locations
  • The power of storytelling
  • Successful companies and entrepreneurship
  • Stress at work
  • Headhunting
  • Gambits
  • Negotiation
  • Hiring and firing
  • Time management
  • Language skills in communication
  • Managing office gossip
  • E-commerce
  • E-work
  • Business etiquette




E-learning Activities

In addition to face-to-face class lessons, students should take part in e-learning activities as self-study engagement.  These e-learning activities are available on HKU SPACE Online Universal Learning (SOUL2.0) platform which include supplementary online tasks related to course book content (grammar and vocab quizzes, listening comprehension, etc). This helps lay a good language foundation.


Course participants' progress are measured through a number of assessment components including:

  • Class participation
  • Oral presentation
  • Written ssessments
  • Mid-term and final tests
  • Individual Writing Portfolio

Students who successfully pass* the Programme are eligible to attain the Certificate in Business English Usage awarded within the HKU system through HKU SPACE.

*By passing the Programme, students have to meet the following:

  • Attendance requirement: 70% of the total lecture hours; and
  • Performance requirement: 50% in  all assessment components.
Progression Path

After successful completion of the Certificate in Business English Usage programme, participants may progress to the Certificate in Advanced Business English programme (please refer to the hyperlink below).

Programme Details

Teaching Staff

Instructor(s) of the Programme are drawn from our panel of qualified and experienced English language team. Some of them are native speakers; others are local teachers with native speaker competence.

Notes to Applicants
  • Applications will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.
  • Unless changes are made to the advertised details, we do not usually issue joining instructions. If your application has been accepted, you should go to the first session of the class at the time and place shown.
  • No refunds or transfers to a different class will be approved.
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Days / Time
  • Monday, 6:45pm - 9:45pm
  • 30 meeting(s)
  • 3 hours per meeting

Class Details

The lists of lessons are tentative, please contact us for the latest lesson schedules.

Month Lesson Date
April 1 29  April 2024 (Mon)
May 2 6 May 2024 (Mon)
3 13 May 2024 (Mon)
4 20 May 2024 (Mon)
5 27 May 2024 (Mon)
June 6 3 June 2024 (Mon)
7 17 June 2024 (Mon)
July 8  8 July 2024 (Mon)
9 15 July 2024 (Mon)
10 22 July 2024 (Mon)
11 29 July 2024 (Mon)
August 12 5 August 2024 (Mon)
13 12 August 2024 (Mon)
14 19 August 2024 (Mon)
September 15 2 September 2024 (Mon)
16 9 September 2024 (Mon)
17 16 September 2024 (Mon)
18 23 September 2024 (Mon)
19 30 September 2024 (Mon)
20 7 October 2024 (Mon)
21 14 October 2024 (Mon)
22 21 October 2024 (Mon)
23 28 October 2024 (Mon)
November 24 4 November 2024 (Mon)
25 11 November 2024 (Mon)
26 18 November 2024 (Mon)
27 25 November 2024 (Mon)
December 28 2 December 2024 (Mon)
29 9 December 2024 (Mon)
30 16 December 2024(Mon)


Progression Path


Course Fee
  • Course Fee : HK$8,000

Entry Requirements

Applicants shall:

1.     hold a Certificate in General English (Foundation) with Merit (Credit) / Distinction, or a Certificate in General English (Introductory) awarded within the HKU system through HKU SPACE;
2.     have gained in the HKDSE Examination Level 2 in English Language;
3.     have obtained in the HKCEE Grade E (Syllabus B) or Grade C (Syllabus A) in English Language prior to 2007 or Level 2 in English Language from 2007.

  • Equivalent qualifications will be considered on individual merit.
  • Applicants may be required to take a written test in English.

Applicants who do not meet the above requirements or are unable to produce documentary proof(s) need to take the SPACE Business English Entry Test.  There is a non-refundable charge of $200 for this 90-minute written test.  Based on the test results, applicants will be placed in a Business English programme most suited to their levels.

The test results will be released in good time to enable successful applicants to enrol for the programme of their choice.  


  • The CEF Institution Code of HKU SPACE is 100
CEF Courses
Certificate in Business English Usage
COURSE CODE 38C142337 FEES $8,000 ENQUIRY 2975-5880
Continuing Education Fund Continuing Education Fund
This course has been included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund.

Certificate in Business English Usage

  • This course is recognised under the Qualifications Framework (QF Level [2])


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Enrolment Method
By Post / In Person

Applicants are required to complete the Application for Enrolment Form SF26. Either take or post the completed form, along with the appropriate course fee and supporting documents, to any of the HKU SPACE enrolment centres.

Payment Method
1. Cash, EPS, WeChat Pay Or Alipay

Course fees can be paid by cash, EPS, WeChat Pay or Alipay at any HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres.

2. Cheque Or Bank draft

Course fees can also be paid by crossed cheque or bank draft made payable to “HKU SPACE”. Please specify the programme title(s) for application and the applicant’s name.. You may either:

  • bring the completed form(s), together with the appropriate course or application fees in the form of a cheque, and any required supporting documents to any of the HKU SPACE enrolment centres;
  • or mail the above documents to any of the HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres, specifying  “Course Application” on the envelope.  HKU SPACE will not be responsible for any loss of payment sent by mail.
3. VISA/Mastercard

Applicants may also pay the course fee by VISA or Mastercard, including the “HKU SPACE Mastercard”, at any HKU SPACE enrolment centres. Holders of the HKU SPACE Mastercard can enjoy a 10-month interest-free instalment period for courses with a tuition fee worth a minimum of HK$2,000; however, the course applicant must also be the cardholder himself/herself. For enquiries, please contact our staff at any enrolment centres.

4. Online Payment

Online application / enrolment is offered for most open admission courses (course enrolled on first come, first served basis) and selected award-bearing programmes. Application fees and course fees of these programmes/courses can be settled by using "PPS by Internet" (not available via mobile phones), VISA or Mastercard. In addition to the aforesaid online payment channels, continuing students of award-bearing programmes, if their programmes offer online service, may also pay their course fees by Online WeChat Pay, Online Alipay and Faster Payment System (FPS). Please refer to Enrolment Methods - Online Enrolment  for details.


  • If the programme/course is starting within five working days, application by post is not recommended to avoid any delays. Applicants are advised to enrol in person at HKU SPACE Enrolement Centres and avoid making cheque payment under this circustance.
  • Fees paid are not refundable except under very exceptional circumstances (e.g. course cancellation due to insufficient enrolment), subject to the School’s discretion. In exceptional cases where a refund is approved, fees paid by cash, EPS, WeChat Pay, Alipay, cheque or PPS (for online payment only) will normally be reimbursed by a cheque, and fees paid by credit card will normally be reimbursed to the payment cardholder's credit card account.
  • In addition to the published fees, there may be additional costs associated with individual programmes. Please refer to the relevant course brochures or direct any enquiries to the relevant programme team for details.
  • Fees and places on courses cannot be transferrable from one applicant to another. Once accepted onto a course, the student may not change to another course without approval from HKU SPACE. A processing fee of HK$120 will be levied on each approved transfer.
  • Receipts will be issued for fees paid but HKU SPACE will not be repsonsible for any loss of receipt sent by mail.
  • For payment certification, please submit a completed form, a sufficiently stamped and self-addressed envelope, and a crossed cheque for HK$30 per copy made payable to "HKU SPACE" to any of our enrolment centres. 
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