Doing Business in Asia: Week 3

HKUSTx: EBA101x English for Doing Business in Asia – Speaking

3.1 Strategies for critical reading (video) 9:51
28 seconds of introduction before we see the presenter.
Critical reading is important, but is it that important for doing business in Asia?
SQ3R – survey, question, read, recite and review
Some anotations on the screen, but not that compelling to watch.
Some editing in the video could be better.
How to draw a mind map??
Reading ‘business cases’ case studies? – opening, middle and end.
Opening – sets the scene; background; main problems and characters
Middle – Findings and Discussion?
End – summary, recommendations?

3.2 Strategies for Critical Reading (covers the video?)
Some vocabulary
Granthill Winery Case Study –  reading

3.3 First some vocabulary, with an error (let’s see if I get a reply)
Analyzing business data (video) 6:35
The five ‘Whys’
Reading based on video

3.4 Comparing and contrasting in English (video, 7:31)

3.5 Challenging English Sounds:  /θ/ and /s/ (Video 5 min)
Challenging English Sounds:  /ŋk/ and /ŋ/ (Video 6 min)

A few of the questions seems to have errors.
But, overall easier this time.

Most stuff in this week is Due November 11?


Overall

My thoughts on Week 3 of the course:

Where is this course going? We started with “Greetings” in Week 1, then in Week 2 some quite tough material about “cross-cultural understanding” and “cultural dimensions”, and in Week 3 we have “How to read critically”, a “business case study”, and “comparing and contrasting data”. In all weeks we have vocabulary and pronunciation exercises, but this seems a bit random to me.

To tell the truth, I don’t think the vocabulary and pronunciation fit with the rest of the material. You can either have a language course, or a business communication course which focuses quite a bit on the theory, but mixing them together does not seem to work for me. I think the British Council Furturelearn MOOC did better as all the language was taken from the videos. Pronunciation is more problematic skill to teach online, and the BC one avoided that (perhaps wisely).  The BC also steered clear of theory, instead focusing on culture and language.

Using soundcloud to record discussions? That was one of the plans of the HKUST MOOC. The problem is that given a choice, I would prefer to type (and can go back to edit), and I prefer to read (I can skim and scan).

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