BUSINESS ENGLISH-I
Level: BBS First Year
Course No.: MGT 201 
Full Marks: 100 
Pass Marks: 35 
Nature of the Course: Compulsory 
Lecture hours: 150

Last Update: September 21, 2020.

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Course Description

This course, through spotlight on building business language competence and improving reading and writing skills, helps students become successful communicators in business situations. It makes use of three-pronged approach to enable them to hone their grammar and mechanics, and critical reading and writing skills.

Objective

The objective of this course is to help students use their general English skills in interdisciplinary contexts with lessons covering vocabulary and grammar exercises. It also aims to broaden students' literary readings in order to enrich their linguistic competence, comprehension ability, writing and presentational skills in business domain.

Course Outcome

The following objectives specify that the business students, at the conclusion of the course, should be able to:
• improve linguistic competence at lexical, structural/ grammatical levels
• comprehend literary texts and writing modes
• produce correct sentences, cohesive paragraphs and organized texts
• respond the literary and business readings critically and analytically
• boost competence towards global understanding thereby strengthening their confidence in using English in professional and social scenarios

Unit 1: Grammar and Writing Mechanics [15 marks - 22 Hrs.]

Sentences: Elements, Varieties, Patterns, Types, Faults; Nouns, Pronouns and Antecedents; Verbs, Tenses, Subject-Verb Agreement; Modifier and Connector: Modifiers, Prepositions, Conjunctions; Mechanics: Punctuation, Capitalization, Numbers

Unit 2: Using the Business language [5 marks - 7 Hrs.]

Fundamentals of language; Language and Meaning; Language, Society and Culture; Stylistic Features; Functions of Language Using Language Effectively; Strong Words; Coherent Paragraphs; Commonly Confused Words

Unit 3: Business Vocabulary [5 marks - 7 Hrs.]

Importance of Business vocabulary; Vocabulary in Use; Business Specific Terminologies, Idioms and Expressions; Vocabulary in Communication Situations; Vocabularies in Writing Situation; Vocabularies in Speaking Situation; Ways to Improve Business Vocabulary

Unit 4: Business Communication Messages [5 marks - 7 Hrs.]

Written; Oral; Visual Messages; Electronic Messages; Nonverbal messages

Unit 5: Business Writing [15 marks - 22 Hrs.]

Brochures: Guidelines and Instructions; Media Stories, Releases and Advertisements: Media Stories, News Reports; Articles and Stories; Broadcasting Stories; Press Releases; Effective Media Relations; Advertisements

Unit 6: Reading Strategies and Writing Process [25 marks - 40 hrs.]

Reading to Write: Becoming a Critical Reader; Brent Staples. “Cutting and Pasting: A Senior Thesis”; Note-Making; Summarizing; Invention; Arrangement; Drafting and Revising; Editing and Proof Reading; Paragraph Writing.

Unit 7: Patterns of Writing [30 marks - 45 Hrs.]

Narration: Sandra Cisneros: “Only Daughter”; Bonnie Smith-Yackel: “My Mother never Worked”; Description: Jhumpa Lahiri: “Rice”; Heather Rogers: “The Hidden Life of Garbage”; Cause and Effect: Stan Cox: “The Case against Air Conditioning”; Lawrence Otis Graham: “The ‘Black Table’ is still There” Comparison and Contrast: Bharati Mukherjee: “Two Ways to Belong in America”; Amy Chau: “Why Chinese Mothers are Superior” Definition: Judy Brandy: “I want a Wife”; Gayle Rosenwald Smith: “The Wife-Beater”; Argumentation: Alex Tabarrok: “The Meat Market”; Daniel Engber. “Let them Drink Water!”

Prescribed Books:

Kirszner, Laurie G. & Stephen R. Mandell (2012). Patterns for College Writing: A Rhetorical Reader and Guide. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s.
Holmes, H.I. (2019). English for Business Studies. Kathmandu: Buddha Publications

Suggested:

Tickoo, Champa & Jaya Sasikumar (1979). Writing with a Purpose. New Delhi: Oxford. Guffey, Mary Ellen & Carolyn M. Seefer (2011). Business English. Ohio: Cengage Learning. Oxford Business English Dictionary for Learners of English. Oxford: OUP.

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Course Objectives
The BBS English course is a two-pronged English course emphasizing the core areas of reading and writing along with a strong communication component. It is designed to help students get ahead fast with their general English skills in interdisciplinary contexts with the lessons covering important vocabulary, grammar, reading and writing, listening and speaking skills for general and technical English. It is a theme-based course with comprehensive coverage of English language and critical thinking skills. Authentic listening and reading materials provide models for up to date language, grammar, and vocabulary.
The course has the following four main components:
i) Interdisciplinary Approach to Learning English
ii) Functional English Language Texts
iii) Reading for Writing
iv) Style
General Objectives
The general objectives of the course are to
· develop specific skills in core English
· tech the writing modes
· discuss rhetorical devices
· present language points required for academic success
· support serious reading and writing activities
· understand and produce paragraphs, essays, letters, and report
· build students' confidence in using English in professional and social scenarios
· develop critical skills and cultural awareness

Specific Objectives
The specific course objectives are to teach students to:
· work on writing, reading and listening skills
· use correct punctuation, spelling and vocabulary
· increase confidence and fluency in speaking
· improve accuracy to enable clear communication of ideas
· develop understanding of grammar
· interact in a multi-cultural and interdisciplinary environment
· focus on student's personal needs and objectives
· acquire a wide interdisciplinary knowledge of different disciplines
· use thought-provoking readings to develop writing skills
· give students tools to write both personal and academic essays
· help students write in multiple modes
· encourage thinking and reflection as a prelude to writing
· expand students' knowledge of grammar
· introduce students to the key areas in the study of style
· give suggestions for project work
Contents Unit 1: Interdisciplinary Approach to Learning English (Weightage 40%)
This component of the course carries carry 40 marks.
1) Invitation
· Interactions (relating to the text) and Spotlights
2) Ancient Tales
· Yudhisthira's Wisdom (Rao); The Brave Little Parrot (Martin); If Not Higher (Peretz);
· Interactions (relating to the selected texts) and Spotlights
3) Education
· Why go to a University? (Nissani); Don't Cut Down the Trees, Brother Woodcutter (Sama); Surely You Are Joking, Mr. Feynman (Feynman); A 1996 Commencement Speech (Rushdie);
· Interactions (relating to the selected texts) and Spotlights
4) Actions and Consequences
· The Parrot in the Cage (Paudyal); A Sound of Thunder (Bradbury);
· No Smoke from the Chimneys (Shrestha);

· Interactions (relating to the selected texts) and Spotlights
5) Television
· The Wretched Stone (Van Allsburg); TV Can be a Good Parent (Gore);
· Interactions (relating to the selected texts) and Spotlights
6) Crosscultural Bridges
· Marriage is a Private Affair (Achebe); Then and Now: Finding My Voice (Kim);
· Interactions (relating to the selected texts) and Spotlights
7) Cultural Anthropology
· Arranging a Marriage in India (Nanda); Life is Sweet at Kumansenu (Nicol);
· Interactions (relating to the selected texts) and Spotlights
8) The Human Condition
· The Lunatic (Devkota); How Sane Are We? (Chaudhary); Gaia (Lohani)
· Interactions (relating to the selected texts) and Spotlights
9) Natural Science
· The Making of a Scientist (Ramchandran); Scientific Inquiry: Invention and Test (Hempel);
· Interactions (relating to the selected texts) and Spotlights
10) Humor and Satire
· King John and the Abbot of Canterbury (Anon); Third Thoughts (Lucas) ; The Clock Tower (Sherchan);
· Interactions (relating to the selected texts) and Spotlights
11) Critical and Creative Thinking
· The Stub Book (de Alarcon); Mr. Know-All (Maugham); Keeping
· Errors at Bay (Russell); What Is Intelligence, Anyway (Asimov);
· Interactions (relating to the selected texts) and Spotlights
12) Love
· To His Coy Mistress (Marvell); The Telegram on the Table (Pradhan); Piano (Lawrence);
· Interactions (relating to the selected texts) and Spotlights
13) Life and Death
· The Great Answer (Oursler); Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening (Frost); A Tale (Koirala); Ethics (Pastan); "Where the Mind is without Fear' (Tagore); New Year (Parijat);
Interactions (relating to the selected texts) and Spotlights

Prescribed Book Nissani, M., and S. Lohani. Flax-Golden Tales: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Learning English.
Shorter Edition. Kathmandu: Ekta, 2013. (Sounds of English and Stories and Poems on CD).

Unit 2: Functional English Language Texts (Weightage 15%)
This component of the course carries carry 15 marks.
1) Paragraph to Short Essay
2) Descriptive Essays
3) Narrative Essays
4) Opinion Essays
5) Comparison and Contrast Essays
6) Cause and Effect Essays

Prescribed Book Savage, Alice, and Patricia Mayer. Effective Academic Writing 2: The Short Essay. Essay. Oxford: OUP 2005.
Unit 3: Reading for Writing (Weightage 30%)
This component of the course carries carry 40 marks.
1) Introduction to the Topic, Reading, and Discussion
· Reflection
· Discussion
· Preparing to read
· Reading for overall meaning
· Reading for more detail
2) Personal Written Response
· Journals: a private audience
· Shared writing
· Feedback on student writing
3) Further Reading, Writing, and Discussion
· Preparing to read
· Reading for overall meaning
· Reading for more detail
· Helping each other understand
· Discussion: Critical thinking
4) Focus on Writing Skills
· Using other's writing
· Meeting reader expectations
· Sentence grammar

5) Formal on Writing Skills
· Writing topics
· Generating ideas
· Expanding student point of view
· Initial drafts
· Review, revision, and assessment
6) Grammar and Punctuation
· Sentence Structure
· Relative Clauses
· Word Order
· Adjectives and Adverbs
· Punctuation
Complete Essay Assessment Checklist

Prescribed Book Smalzer, William R. Write to be Read: Reading, Reflection, and Writing. Second Edition. Cambridge:CUP, 2005.
Unit 4: Style (Weightage 15%)
This component of the course carries carry 15 marks.
1) Choosing le most juste
2) Following and flouting conventions
3) Live and dead metaphors
4) Patterns of words in a text
5) Patterns of grammar in a text
6) The textual orchestration of patterns
7) The effects of the medium
8) Sequences of words and events
9) The selection of significant detail
10) Personal attitude, involvement and emotion
11) Style and ideology
12) A note on the poetic
13) Suggestions for projects
Prescribed Book Haynes, John. Style. London and New York: Routledge, 1995.
Teaching Methods The suggested teaching method is to introduce the theme and the writing task and then guide the students to practice specific skills and put language knowledge to produce their own writings. The recommended approach is to view the books not as mere language texts but to introduce students to many disciplines, to expand their intellectual and spiritual horizons, to underscore the nobility of humanity's never-ending search for truth, beauty, and compassion. The goal is, therefore, to teach language skills along with insight and wisdom. The specific methods are also suggested in the course books and teacher manuals, and it will prove valuable for teachers to follow them. A useful method will be to introduce the theme and the writing task and then guide the student to practice specific skills and put language knowledge to produce their own writings in different genres using appropriate styles.

Evaluation The examinations will cover the language skills and include a range of tasks which assess students' ability to use English in a variety of contexts. Above all, he examinations will assess the students' ability to communicate effectively in English, especially in reading and writing activities using appropriate writing style.

Suggested Books Carter, Ronald, and Michael McCarthy. Cambridge Grammar of English. Cambridge: CUP, 2006.
Crystal, David, ed. The Penguin Encyclopedia. 3rd rev. ed. Penguin Books, 2006.
Effective Academic Writing 2: The Short Essay. Answer Key Booklet. Oxford: OUP, 2006.
Oxford Advanced Learner's. Dictionary of Current English. Eighth Edition. Oxford: OUP, 2010.

Smalzer, William R. Write to be Read: Teacher's Manual. Second Edition. Cambridge: CUP, 1996.
Thomson, Anne, Critical Reasoning: A Practical Introduction. Third Edition. London and New York:Routledge, 2009.
Thomson, Anne. Critical Reasoning: A Practical Introduction. Third Edition. London and New York:Routledge: 2009.
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