Professional English (Everyday & Business Use)
Learn to professionally use and understand English to a high level, in social, business and situations.
This Program is for men and women who need to learn and use advanced English in business, management and socially; it covers a wide range of topics which are very important in speaking, reading and writing good English of an advanced standard, both in everyday situations and in the workplace. Those who thoroughly study and complete this Program will gain a good understanding of technical English matters and will be able to read, write and communicate in good English, and show that they have the education and training which employers want in staff destined for promotion, and which gives confidence to employers, colleagues, customers and clients.
(1) Anybody enrolling for this Programme before 31st December 2023 will also be enrolled FREE for a Course on Leadership / Management; the only requirement is that you provide your personal email address to the College on enrolment.
(2) During the “Covid-19” (Corona) virus pandemic and in lock-down periods, affected Members may be allowed to take Assignments (home-based course work) instead of or in addition to sitting Examinations to complete the Programme; details can be provided on request after enrolment onto the Programme.
- Summary of major topics
- What is included
- Related courses
- Study & Career development
Module 1 - English Words and Punctuation
- The English alphabet, capital and small letters, vowels and consonants, building a good vocabulary
- An English dictionary, its uses to find the spelling, meaning and accented syllables of a word
- Capital letters, the word I, grouping words into complete sentences
- The many types of punctuation marks and their uses, passages of text before and after punctuation
Module 2 - Sentences and their Essential Parts
- The subject of a sentence, kinds of subjects, the purpose of the predicate
- Finite verb, words which give more information, 1st, 2nd and 3rd persons, singular and plural
- The verb To Be, using the verb To Be to make finite forms of other verbs, verb forms showing action
- Present tenses of verbs, the simple present, the continuous present, agreement of verb forms
Module 3 - Nouns, Pronouns and Adjectives
- Nouns, proper nouns, number, subjects, gender, ways of showing possession
- Pronouns, subjective, objective, personal, possessive, emphatic, interrogative, demonstrative, indefinite
- Adjectives qualifying nouns and pronouns, nouns and pronouns as adjectives, possessive adjectives
- The comparison of adjectives, positive, superlative, common errors, articles, colours and numbers
Module 4 - Verbs and Adverbs
- Simple present tenses, simple future tenses and simple past tenses of verbs, conjugating verbs
- Continuous present tenses, continuous future tenses, continuous past tenses of verbs
- Present perfect tenses, perfect future tenses, perfect past tenses of verbs, participles
- Adverbs, describing words, kinds of adverbs, position in sentences, forming adverbs, comparisons
Module 5 - Adding Variety and Interest; Conjunctions, Prepositions, Exclamations
- The “context”, the roles played by words, the parts of speech, articles as “pointers” to nouns
- Distinguishing nouns from verbs, and adverbs from adjectives, avoiding common mistakes Simple sentences, compound sentences and clauses, conjunctions, joining clauses
- Prepositions showing position and relationship, exclamations and interjections, their uses
Module 6 - More About Verbs
- Complements of verbs: subjective, adverbial, objective, verbs with words in special cases
- Transitive verbs, active and passive voice, defective verbs adding shades of meaning
- Non-finite forms of verbs, infinitives, present participles, past participles
- Dialogue, direct speech, indirect speech
Module 7 - Types of Sentences
- Building up sentences, using tenses, adjectives, adverbs, phrases, conjunctions
- Sentences making positive or negative statements or questions, using the adverb “not”
- Statements making positive or negative commands, telling or instructing, emphasising commands
- Questions introduced by pronouns or adverbs: who, what, whose, which, why, where, how, when
Module 8 - English as a ‘Living’ Language
- The “fluidity” of English, the confusion of words: spellings, meanings, pronunciations, accents
- Different spellings and meanings of words in different countries, proverbial sayings and meanings
- Idiomatic expressions, slang and colloquial terms and expressions, warnings about their use
- Similes and metaphors, examples and meanings, ensuring the clarity of written and spoken English
Module 9 - Effective Writing: Sentence, Paragraphs, Passages, Comprehension
- Writing skills, comparing speech and writing, stress, emphasis, tone, gestures, expressions
- Choosing the right words, using punctuation to help readers, adding colour and life to writing
- Paragraphs with similar topics, sentences order and lengths, story writing, planning, imagination
- Comprehension, understanding spoken and written passages, direct and indirect speech
Module 10 - Introduction to Letter Writing
- Social, business and private letters, grouping and the logical order of sentences and paragraphs
- Guidelines for writing social letters, layout and feature, specimens of different kinds
- Features of business letters, letterhead, greetings, writer’s signature and designation
- Layouts of business letters, categories of business letters, sales letters
Module 11 - Business Letter Writing
- Objectives of business letters, planning and drafting letters, ensuring continuity
- Letters about employment, invitations for interviews, letters about promotion or transfer
- Accounts letters, different types and purposes, overdue payments, queries
- Post scripts to letters, completing closing sentences, enclosures with letters
Module 12 - More on Business Letters and Private Letters
- Expressing feelings in writing, different tones to achieve different objectives
- Letters of complaint, justified and unjustified complaints, letters responding to complaints
- Letters apologising for mistakes or problems caused, remedying the situation
- Private letters, permitted deviations, replies to them, guidelines for developing writing style
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE MODEST CIC FEE
Your CIC Fee includes:-
- Your enrolment/registration with Cambridge International College, and your own high-quality, professionally produced and illustrated comprehensive International CIC Study & Training Publications.
- A detailed, professional ‘Study & Training Guide’ with full instructions on how to study to achieve success and gain top results. The Guide includes detailed advice on how to answer Self-Assessment Tests, Training Tests and Examinations.
- Self-Assessment Tests and Recommended Answers for them, and a Progress Chart.
- Two Progress/Training Tests (which can be used as ‘Past Papers/Questions’) with an optional Tutorial Support Service.
- The Final Examination** sat under Invigilation/Supervision in your own area - full details, guidance and explanation of how your Examination will be arranged and how Invigilation is conducted will be provided when you register. Note, CIC arranges Examinations in over a hundred countries worldwide for thousands of Members every year; it is a flexible, straightforward process and will be arranged when YOU are ready to write your Examination. **An Assignment Option is available instead of an Exam for the ‘Covid-19’ (Corona) virus period.
- The prestigious Cambridge International College Diploma on successful completion of your Study & Training and on passing the Final Examination.
- Your personal page on CIC’s Member Services website with access to results, despatch details, advice and guidance, and more: www.cambridgeinternationalcollege.co.uk
- Regular information and news including: Newsletters with details of special offers and new Programs and much more; and Competition Forms; by email and post.
Everything needed for your Study & Training success is included in the CIC Fee.
- Further Study and Training Advice, and Assistance is available before, during and after CIC Study & Training; Members may ask CIC’s team of experienced Consultants for advice on further study and Programmes to improve career prospects and advancement.
- CIC’s experienced and helpful staff can assist with numerous special requests, such as reference/recommendation letters and transcripts, and more, by post and email.
- Administrative, Personal Assistant & Secretarial Duties Diploma 12 months (flexible)
- Business English & Letter Writing Diploma 12 months (flexible)
- EXECUTIVE & SECRETARIAL ASSISTANCE (Honours) Honours (Higher) Diploma 21 months (flexible)
- English & Administration (BEA) Baccalaureate 2 years (flexible)
- Management & Administration Diploma 12 months (flexible)
The ability to write, speak and communicate in good English - professionally - is a huge advantage when aiming to gain good employment, gain the confidence of employers and customers, and in seeking promotion and high-level posts. Without a good level of English people are often considered to be poorly educated or to lack managerial/administrative, secretarial or personnel skills. Not only is English an international language, but it is frequently the medium of communication for those who have different ‘first languages’, so good English is essential. This is an excellent and useful Program and builds upon the College’s Essential Everyday English Program, and takes English skills to a professional level of ability.
English at this level is often needed for admission to higher-level studies internationally, in all areas of study and education. CIC itself provides a number of higher and related Programmes which build upon and widen English - and managerial - skills and knowledge.
There is a wide range of options for further study - see the "Related Courses" section for suggestions - which include Honours Diplomas, ABA & Baccalaureate Programmes, and the 'Double Award' EBA & BBA Bachelor degree Programme. You are welcome to ask the College for advice, and of course you can see details of these Programmes on this website.
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Duration & Assessments
The Study Period is one year (12 months) but this is flexible; the Diploma can be completed in a shorter period, or you can take longer if necessary.READ MORE »
To gain your Diploma you need to sit and pass an Examination/Assessment. Full and clear details about this are provided to you, including in your Study & Training Guide, after you have enrolled. The clear information explains when, where and how your Examination/Assessment will be arranged - it is a simple and straightforward process, which hundreds of thousands of other Members have successfully gone through. If you study well, and follow the advice in the CIC Study & Training Guide, then you should be able to achieve high marks and good grades, and obtain your prestigious International Diploma!
**An Assignment Option is available instead of an Exam for the ‘Covid-19’ (Corona) virus period.
(See the College Prospectus, or the “Frequently Asked Questions” section on the “Contact Us” page of this website, if you would like more information.)
An international accredited qualification for professional development and career success showing you have substantial skills, competence and knowledge.