Certificate in Business English Usage (Foundation)
CEF Reimbursable Course
- Study mode
- Start Date
- To be advised
- Next intake(s)
- Oct 2021
- 9 months
- Course Fee
(1) For admission details or placement test appointments, please contact Ms Jasmine Chiu (2975 5880) / Ms Christy Chung (2975 5695);
(2) Please note the timelines:
- Postponed course start date: 30 March 2021
- Extended early-bird discount cut-off: 6 March 2021
We thank you for your interest in SPACE Business English.
Business English Programme Team
The Programme aims to help students become more accurate and fluent when communicating in English in the workplace. Its goal is to equip students with essential business grammar and vocabulary so that they are confident when communicating with native and non-native speakers of English in their workplace.
This 30-credit programme comprises one single module with 90-hour face-to-face lecture hours and a compulsory e-learning component. Students should spend additional time and efforts in completing the assigned E-learning activities.
Upon successful completion of the Programme, students should be able to:
- apply essential business grammar rules in speaking and writing;
- use appropriate business vocabulary and common phrases in communication;
- practise reading, listening comprehension and simple writing techniques using scenario-based tasks;
- present products and businesses using appropriate language; and
- write brief business correspondence and short survey reports.
Students who successfully pass* the programme are eligible to the Certificate in Business English Usage (Foundation) awarded under the HKU System through HKU SPACE.
*By passing the programme, students have to meet the following:
- Attendance requirement: fulfil 70% of the total 90 face-to-face lecture hours; and
- Performance requirement: complete and attain 50% in of all assessment components.
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.
The syllabus covers the following topics:
- Making presentations
- Asking for information
- Responding to requests
- Discussing business-related topics
- Describing changes
- Understanding people and businesses
- Comprehending business-related topics
- Conversations over the phone
- Conversations to persuade, promise and threaten in business situations
- Short survey reports
Course participants' progress are measured through a number of assessment components including:
- Student Participation
- Oral Presentation
- In-class Written Assessment
- Mid-term Test
- Individual Writing Portfolio
- Written Final Test
The above programme, syllabus and assessments are prepared by the HKU SPACE English Language Programme Team.
After the 90-hour training, students can progress to the Certificate in Business English course under which they are able to have very focused and much needed training in two major language areas:
- Modern Business Oral Skills
- Modern Business Writing Skills
After the two 45-hour Certificate in Business English courses, students generally continue to learn English leading them to Diploma or Advanced Diploma in Business English award:
For more comprehensive information about SPACE English services, please visit: https://hkuspace.hku.hk/interest/languages/english/business-english
Day / Time
Tuesdays, 6:45 - 9:45 pm
|Room 803, Island East Campus|
Instructors of the courses 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.
- Contact hours: 90 (30 meetings x 3 hours)
- hold a Certificate in General English (Introductory) awarded within the HKU system through HKU SPACE;
- have gained the HKDSE Examination Level 2 in English Language;
- have gained 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 module(s) of their choice. The test schedules for this intake are:
22 Jan 2021 (Friday) 7:00 pm
11 Jan 2021)
Fortress Tower Learning Centre, Fortress Hill, HK
* 6 Feb 2021 (Saturday)
10:30 am (Application deadline:
2 Feb at 11:55 pm)
For registration, please refer to Business English Day
Room 203, Admiralty Centre, Admiralty, HK
*Enrol on the same day and enjoy Fee Waiver. [Please prepare a cheque (payable to "HKU SPACE") for the Business English Entry Test Fee and bring it to the test venue on the test day. The Fee ($200) will be refunded to those who enrol into a Business English course on the same day (6 Feb 2021 ).]
Application forms for the Business English Entry Test are available from:
- any HKU SPACE enrolment centre
- HKU SPACE website
For progression to the next level, visit:
http://hkuspace.hku.hk/prog/adv-dip-in-business-english ; and
- Early Bird Rate : HK$6,400 (For enrolment received on/before 6 Mar 2021.)
- Course Fee : HK$6,600 (Regular)
- The CEF Institution Code of HKU SPACE is 100
|Foundation Certificate in Business English Usage|
|COURSE CODE 24C03327-6||FEES $6,600 (regular) or $6,400 (for early enrolment)||ENQUIRY 2975-5880|
Continuing Education Fund
The Certificate in Business English Usage (Foundation) programme is registered with the Office of the Continuing Education Fund (OCEF) as a CEF reimbursable course.
Full details of the reimbursement requirements can be found on: http://www.wfsfaa.gov.hk/cef/
|Continuing Education Fund
This course has been included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund.
Certificate in Business English Usage (Foundation)
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