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LEAF Business English classes are led by our experienced and knowledgeable professors from the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics and the LEAF Program’s English language facilitators. The four-week session offers 120 hours of programming, which includes:

  • 70 in-class hours of instruction.
  • 30 hours of collaborative interactions.
  • 20 hours of Business Engagement programming.

Our teaching emphasizes a multi-skills approach to help you thrive in an international business context. All classes include dynamic participation, group work and collaboration, team-building activities and critical thinking exercises. We also set aside time for you to receive personalized help and feedback from our instructors, so you can focus on the skills you need to improve on your own.

Course Descriptions

North American Business Culture

  • Time: Three hours/week over four weeks (12 hours).

This course provides you with a basic introduction to what it means to do business in North America. Class discussions and the major course assignment explore the strategies and business practices of prominent North American companies. The course includes a combination of lectures, class discussions and student presentations. Student resources include assigned readings, field research and Canadian business periodicals and newspapers. Evaluation is based on preparation and contribution to class discussions and team assignments.

Reading and Writing for Business

  • Time: Six hours/week over four weeks (24 hours).

This course provides you with a chance to read and discuss contemporary business topics at the local, national, and international level. You will develop your reading skills and learn important business vocabulary and idioms. The course focus is on everyday business writing, including email and report writing. Besides planning and composing email, you are introduced to written business reports and reflective journals to improve your learning.

Business Presentation and Speaking Skills

  • Time: Six hours/week over four weeks (24 hours).

This course provides you with a chance to listen to and watch authentic business news reports and lectures to help develop your listening skills. You are also able to participate in both formal and informal business social situations. At the end of the course you “make a pitch” for a new or improved product or service. You will incorporate different presentation and business skills that you acquired during the course.

Sample Schedule

Note: Schedule is subject to change.

Monday

  • 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.: "North American Business Culture."
  • 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.: Free time.
  • 12:15 p.m.: 1 p.m.: Project and collaboration time. 
  • 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.: "Business Presentation and Speaking Skills."
  • 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.: "Reading and Writing for Business."

Tuesday

  • 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.: "Reading and Writing for Business."
  • 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.: "Business Presentation and Speaking Skills."
  • 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.: Free time.
  • 12:15 p.m.: 1 p.m.: One-on-one meetings with instructors.
  • 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.: Project and collaboration time. 
  • 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Guest Lecturers

Wednesday

  • 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.: "North American Business Culture."
  • 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.: "Business in the News."
  • 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.: Free time.
  • 12:15 p.m.: 1 p.m.: Project and collaboration time. 
  • 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.: "Business Presentation and Speaking Skills."
  • 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.: "Reading and Writing for Business."

Thursday

  • 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.: "Business Presentation and Speaking Skills."
  • 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.: "Reading and Writing for Business."
  • 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.: Free time.
  • 12:15 p.m.: 1 p.m.: One-on-one meetings with instructors.
  • 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.: "Digital Skills."
  • 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Project and collaboration time. 

Friday

  • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Business engagement, company visits and cultural exchange.

Skill Development

  • communication
  • networking
  • making presentations
  • interviewing
  • etiquette
  • international trade
  • informal and formal writing
  • leadership
  • business ethics
  • marketing
  • negotiating
  • conducting and participating in meetings

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