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Business English

Course NumberOAT 150
Lab Hours0
Lecture Hours45
Course DescriptionPrerequisite: READING LEVEL 2 and WRITING LEVEL 2. Emphasizes the development of sound English usage skills. Emphasizes language skills that will enable students to perform effectively and efficiently in an information-based work environment. (45-0)

Outcomes and Objectives

Develop basic English usage skills.
  1. Identify and use parts of speech.
    1. Recognize nouns and use them correctly. (Recognize concrete, abstract, common, and proper nouns. Spell troublesome plural nouns. Form the plurals of compound nouns, numerals, letters, degrees, and abbreviations. Distinguish between possessive nouns and noun plurals. Use apostrophes to show ownership. Distinguish between descriptive nouns and possessive nouns. Pluralize compound nouns, combined ownership nouns, organization names, and abbreviations. Understand incomplete possessives. Avoid awkward possessives. )
    2. Recognize pronouns and use them correctly. (Use personal pronouns correctly as subjects and objects. Distinguish between personal possessive pronouns and contractions. Choose the correct pronoun in compound constructions, comparatives, and appositives. Make personal pronouns agree with their antecedents in number and gender. Understand the traditional use of common gender and be able to use its alternatives to avoid gender bias. Make personal pronouns agree with subjects joined by or or nor.Make personal pronouns agree with indefinite pronouns, collective nouns, and organization names. )
    3. Recognize verbs and use them correctly. (Write verbs in the present, past, and future tenses correctly. Recognize and use present and past participles. Write the correct forms of irregular verbs. Locate the subjects of verbs despite intervening elements and inverted sentence structure. Make verbs agree with true subjects. Make verbs agree with subjects joined by and. Make verbs agree with subjects joined by or or nor. Select the correct verbs to agree with collective nouns and indefinite pronouns. )
    4. Recognize adjectives and use them correctly. (Form the comparative and superlative degrees of regular and irregular adjectives. Use articles correctly. Use adjectives after linking verbs. Use adjectives to modify nouns and pronouns. Punctuate compound and successive independent adjectives correctly. )
    5. Recognize adverbs and use them correctly. (Form the comparative and superlative degrees of regular and irregular adverbs. Avoid double negatives. Use adverbs to modify verbs, adjectives, and other adverbs.)
    6. Recognize prepositions and use them correctly. (Use objective case pronouns as objects of prepositions. Avoid using prepositions in place of verbs and adverbs. Use troublesome prepositions correctly. Omit unnecessary prepositions and retain necessary ones. Construct formal sentences that avoid terminal prepositions.)
    7. Recognize conjunctions and use them correctly. (Distinguish between simple and compound sentences. Punctuate compound sentences joined by and, or, nor, and but. Punctuate compound sentences using conjunctive adverbs such as therefore, however, and consequently. Distinguish among phrases, dependent clauses, and independent clauses. Expand dependent clauses into complete sentences. Punctuate introductory and terminal dependent clauses. Punctuate parenthetical, essential, and nonessential dependent clauses.)
  2. Demonstrate accurate spelling skills.

Develop basic writing skills.
  1. Construct correct and concise sentences.
    1. Recognize subjects and predicates.
    2. Convert fragments into complete sentences.
    3. Recognize basic sentence faults such as comma splices, run-on sentences, wordy phrases, and redundant words.
    4. Recognize basic sentence patterns.
    5. Punctuate statements, commands, questions, and exclamations.
  2. Construct well-developed paragraphs.
    1. Organize paragraphs around topic sentences.
    2. Demonstrate techniques to achieve paragraph coherence (such as repetition of key ideas or keywords and use of transitional expressions).
    3. Use parallel construction for paragraph clarity.
  3. Construct a business letter and a memorandum that follow a direct writing plan.
  4. Demonstrate proofreading skills and be able to use proofreading symbols.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of and familiarity with standard reference materials.
  6. Apply correct capitalization and number usage.

Develop efficient work habits.
  1. Attend class promptly and consistently.
  2. Follow written and oral directions.
  3. Complete and submit homework on time.

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