This course is designed to teach you how can survive - and thrive - in two professional domains: the marketplace and the workplace. In the marketplace, English becomes a commodity, a resource with exchange value used to distinguish a brand, service, product or business from the competition. In the workplace, English becomes a technical skill that allows organizations to standardize processes, manage people and networks, and achieve goals.
The goal of this course is to integrate recent advances in professional discourse studies into interactive and collaborative learning activities such as consultancy projects and fieldwork. Your oral and written responses to these learning activities are used to ground course concepts in authentic professional communication processes and practices. You are expected to actively engage with the course concepts and collaborate with both your peers and instructors. Independent thinking is expected and encouraged.
Throughout, the focus is on using rather than learning English (vocabulary and/or grammar). We will discuss academic literature, apply that knowledge in exercises and assignments, and reflect on the value of English as a lingua franca.