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English is the dominant business language and it has become almost a necessity for people to speak English if they are to enter a global workforce, research from all over the world shows that cross-border business communication is most often conducted in English. Studying English language can involve exploring almost any use of words. At Riverton you will have the opportunity to study the ways English language is used in a variety of forms, such as casual spoken conversations and business language, advertising material, texts and tweets, and other ways.
Some students choose to study the use and functions of language within the classroom context or in business or political speeches. Your English language classes will also teach you to analyse language at many levels. You will not just be looking at language on the page but language in use, in particular contexts, by speakers with motives, expectations and cultural knowledge. Alongside written and spoken language you will also study leading theories and frameworks of the ways language works, offering you different ways of understanding language in use. In the classrooms you will often present the results of your study through essays, oral presentations, reports, data analysis tasks and other forms of assessment.
At Riverton you will learn English through class discussions, sharing ideas and developing your understanding in small groups. You may have group workshops in which you work with others to closely analyse texts with the guidance of a tutor, perhaps studying the pattern of exchanges, or differences in accent, within some recorded conversation, for example.
The classes are scheduled from 8:30am to 12:30pm.
Some of the key skills in Business English you will learn are:
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