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English Listening & Speaking

Certificate Programme in English Speaking Skills for the Workplace
在職英語會話技巧證書課程

Course No. : 201-391400-01|Start Date : 25/05/2020

Admission Requirements

Secondary 5 or above education level

Language Used

English

Place

Please refer to (4) Schedule below

Start Date

Please refer to (4) Schedule below

Time

Please refer to “Schedule”

Application Fee

$150

Tuition Fee

Please refer to (4) Schedule below

Level

Certificate programmes

QF Level

2

QR Registration Validity Period

05/05/2008 - 31/12/2019

Course Enquiries

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Enrolment Enquiries

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Overview

This programme aims at equipping participants with business communication skills; enhancing their ability to deliver clear and structured messages with an appropriate tone; and building their confidence in speaking through improved accuracy.

Upon completion of the programme, participants will be able to handle a wide range of work scenarios, and improve their use of language for various practical functions at work. With focused training, their pronunciation and accuracy will be enhanced for better communication.

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Structure

There are 5 modules in the programme:
Code Title Hour Session
379104 English Phonetics 20 hours 10 sessions
379105 Pronouncing English Accurately 20 hours 10 sessions
379102 Improving Listening and Speaking Skills 20 hours 10 sessions
389112 Practical Spoken English for the Office 24 hours 12 sessions
389108 English for Oral Business Communication 30 hours 10 sessions

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Module

379104 English Phonetics
This course aims at improving participants' understanding of English pronunciation and speech system with the help of diagrams, IPA symbols and basic theories. Topics include:
(1) Organs of speech and the production of English sounds
(2) The International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA)
(3) Vowels and consonants
(4) Syllable and stress
(5) Application of phonetic symbols in dictionaries
(6) Weak-forms and strong-forms

379105 Pronouncing English Accurately
This course builds on participants' knowledge of English phonetics and aims to improve their accuracy in pronouncing words through listening practice, dictionary work, and oral skills. Topics include:
(1) Distinguishing and producing speech sounds
(2) Consonants, vowels and diphthongs
(3) Syllable, word, and sentence stress
(4) Rhythm, intonation, and enunciation
(5) Connected speech
(6) Different English accents

379102 Improving Listening and Speaking Skills
Focusing mainly on using English for everyday communication, this course integrates speaking with listening and puts participants in different practice situations where they need to interact with others in pair or group.

Through responding to different input from listening, participants develop the confidence and useful strategies to express themselves orally in common, immediate settings.

389112 Practical Spoken English for the Office
This course aims at helping participants to build confidence in using English at work by developing essential functional skills such as greeting and entertaining visitors, offering assistance in common work scenarios, handling requests and complaints, understanding and responding to instructions, giving opinions, and making suggestions.

389108 English for Oral Business Communication
This course helps participants communicate better in English in business situations that include dealing with overseas visitors: greetings, introducing the company, presenting key information, and socializing. Topics include:
(1) Starting and controlling a meeting
(2) Discussion techniques
(3) Presenting data and information
(4) Practical conversations at work
(5) Expressing opinions
(6) Negotiations

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Duration

Normally students will take 1 to 2 module(s) in each School Term* in order to complete the whole Certificate programme within 1 year.

On the other hand, you may also plan your own study pace as long as you can complete the entire programme within 3 years (starting from the commencement date of the first module you studied).

There are 3 School Terms every year: March Term, July Term and October Term.

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Award

To qualify for the award of Certificate in English Speaking Skills for the Workplace, students are required to:
(1) have an attendance rate of 70% or above in each module; and
(2) have passed the assessments of each module.

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Application

All applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

(a) For new applicants:
(1) Apply for the certificate programme:

- Fill in the Enrollment Form for Certificate and Diploma / Professional Proogrammes
Programme Code Programme Title
193-391400-01 (Please tick “Full Programme”)
Certificate Programme in English Speaking Skills for the Workplace

- Indicate your payment method for the application fee $150 in Part B (non-refundable)

(2) Choose one or two module(s) to study in the first term:

- Fill in another Enrollment Form for Certificate and Diploma / Professional Proogrammes with your name and the module information only.
For example, you would like to study “English Phonetics,”
Programme Code Programme Title
379104 (Please tick “Individual Subjects”)
English Phonetics

- Indicate your payment method for the tuition fee of this module in Part B

- Use a separate form for each module.

(3) Send the above forms with your supporting documents for admissions requirements to:
Languages Programme Team, 1/F, Bank of America Tower, 12 Harcourt Road, Central, Hong Kong.

The school will notify the applicants of the results by mail.

(b) For current students who would like to enroll in the next module(s):

Please fill in the application form following the instructions in (a)(2) (you need not fill in Part C if no updates) and send to:
Languages Programme Team, 1/F, Bank of America Tower, 12 Harcourt Road, Central, Hong Kong.

Or enroll it online: please select the module you wish to apply for and click on “Online Enrolment” on the course information page. (For existing students only)

The school will notify you the progress by email.

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CEF Information

1. CEF Reimbursable Course Information

This course has been included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund. This course is recognised under the Qualifications Framework (QF Level 2).

For programmes commenced before 22 August 2019:
CEF Reimbursable Course Title: Certificate Programme in English Speaking Skills for the Workplace
CEF Reimbursable Course Code: 24C001978

For programmes commenced after 22 August 2019:
CEF Reimbursable Course Title: Certificate in English Speaking Skills for the Workplace
CEF Reimbursable Course Code: 38C117790

Note: only eligible applicant who has successful completed the entire programme can apply for reimbursement of course fees. Students who have completed only some of the modules are NOT eligible for the application for reimbursement.

2. Benchmark Test Requirements
Score 3 in IELTS, OR
Score 32 in Versant English, OR
Grade 4 in Trinity GESE

Applicant should submit the claim for reimbursement of the benchmark test fees with the claim for the tuition fee of the Certificate Programme in English Speaking Skills for the Workplace.

For other details about benchmark tests, please refer to CEF website

3. Application and Reimbursement Procedures
Please refer to Information on Continuing Education Fund (CEF)