This course is designed to give students in Grade 7 to 9 an introduction to Business English. The course comprises of three units:
Business Letters - Writing letters introduces students to business communications in order to build their confidence before they write reports. This unit will focus on correspondence which is business-related. In each lesson they will write letters from a different perspective.(i.e. Someone writing as a business owner who is providing information about their product, a reader who is commenting about a business-related item in the newspaper/blog, etc.)
Report Writing - Report writing can be daunting for students who have not done this type of writing before, but also because their experience with the business world and the various aspects of it, is likely limited. To this end, each lesson will incorporate some teaching of fundamentals like sales, marketing, entrepreneurship. To also facilitate and develop their interest, students will be guided at the beginning of the course to create their own “business”. Each student will then complete common report writing assignments, specific to their own business. During this part of the course students will necessarily have to engage in research.
Presentation tools and skills - A significant part of real-world business involves presentation and promotion. To this end, this part of the course will see students create sales and marketing campaigns to promote the products and services for their “companies.” As well, and critical to today’s business development, is the use of technology. To this end students will develop and practice their skills in all the areas outlined below.
Oral and Presentation Skills (overview of PVLEGS)
Use of presentation technologies: PPT, Google Slides
Use of Graphs, infographics and charts in a business reports
Website for their business. As a major, final project, Students will “introduce” their product to the world as outlined in the Cumulative Project. This project will incorporate all aspects of this final unit. The presentation will involve in-person oral communication, demonstrate various presentation technologies used, and a website students have created for their own business.