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A business English course taught to adults in Ukraine is described, focusing on the classroom approach that incorporates imaginative continuous simulations and critical analysis tasks. It is noted that simulations ordinarily in business English courses have two shortcomings: they are disconnected episodes; and the situation, conditions, and purpose are set by the teacher or developer of the instructional materials used, limiting the learner's creative share in the exercise. An imaginative continuous simulation represents uninterrupted modelling of business activities and communication, with the conditions and processes invented by the learners. Situations include a variety of business interview, negotiation, and discussion conditions ranging from getting to know the structure of a company to discussing sales results and targets. The simulation begins with one topic and continues throughout the course until all situations have been addressed. Each situation contains a number of critical analysis tasks concerning different aspects of the firm's business activities, including preparation for meetings, business strategy discussions, and decision-making. Students prepare much of their own material for the tasks, and create a group portfolio. The approach is found to motivate students and develop varied English skills. (Contains 5 references.) (MSE)

Descriptors: Business Communication, Class Activities, Classroom Techniques, Course Descriptions, Critical Thinking, English for Special Purposes, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Interviews, Second Language Instruction, Simulation

Author: Tarnopolsky, Oleg


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