IBE 100: A Free Intro to International Business English
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IBE 100: A Free Intro to International Business English

A Free Introductory Course To Start You On Your Journey To Master International Business English
4.3 (142 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
3,899 students enrolled
Created by Clark Waggoner
Last updated 1/2017
English
Price: Free
Includes:
  • 39 mins on-demand video
  • 5 Articles
  • 6 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Better understand many of the key issues that shape the needs of modern International Business English as well as the IBE courses and how to best use them to improve business English language and writing skills.
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Requirements
  • This course will require a basic understanding of business English as well as a PDF viewer to view downloadable exercises, worksheets, and reference materials.
Description

Discover the possibilities of self-paced micro-courses on business English! International Business English is a new series of courses exclusive to Udemy that covers the key areas that business professionals from around the world who learned English as a second or third language often struggle with. Enhance your English writing and content development skills, learn important rules, and practice your way to the next level in your professional use of English through video lectures, discussions, exercises, quizzes, and more.

Begin to understand all kinds of English issues that can derail your business communications including active voice, run-on sentences, counted nouns, and English articles (a, an, the).

  • Learn easy-to-implement practice steps to improve your English on a daily basis
  • Solidify your knowledge of English grammar and syntax with practice exercises
  • Gain valuable insight into issues affecting the 21st century business language – English.
  • Learn more about the IBE series of courses and if they are right for you

Create more-engaging, less-ambiguous, and easier-to-read business and marketing content in English.

What is IBE, or International Business English?

The technology boom of the 21st century has radically transformed business, making the world much smaller and transforming English into a common language for international businesses. As industries and technology continue to evolve, so does English. What’s more, standing out in a crowded market and building consumer trust are harder than ever as consumers have access to more and more options globally. Thus, the need for professionals from all kinds of industries to excel in English is greater than ever.

International Business English (IBE) a specialized series of self-paced single-topic language courses on Udemy designed to help modern international business men and women improve their communication in English markets and countries by improving their command, understanding, and familiarity of modern business English. A basic proficiency in English is assumed in the course. No information is presented in any language other than English.

Each IBE course covers a different topic with the goal of offering students a customized approach where they can pick and choose the topics with which they need help, saving them both time and money over traditional approaches to language. This course, IBE 100, is a FREE introductory course that introduces students to the IBE series of courses as well as the concepts and issues that the course will cover. Specifically, the course briefly introduces four key issues that IBE students struggle with in their use of English:

  • Run-on Sentences
  • Active Vs. Passive Voice
  • Counted Nouns
  • English Articles (a, an, the)

“This is great! I come from a community that uses a combination of Spanish/English and a as a result I never truly learned either language. Writing in Spanish is hard =O but writing in English is Evil! I just finished Clark's lecture on sentence structure and I gotta say I'm impressed! He gave me a great arsenal of ideas, tips and tricks on how to improve my English writing skills along with documents and exercises to better help me understand what he was teaching! The videos are easy to follow and his voice is gentle but engaging so keeping my attention on his lecture wasn't a problem at all!” – Eleazar Olivares

Content and Overview

More than 13 lectures with over 40 minutes of discussion as well as practice exercises, resource materials, and quizzes. The course is designed form the ground up to make understanding the key issues IBE students struggle with easier to identify, understand, and improve. Not only will you become familiar with the IBE course structure, but you’ll sit in on discussions about how business English has and continues to evolve in the 21st century.

You’ll also discover free resources already around you all the time you can use to improve your writing that you may have previously overlooked. This is the ideal course for anyone who learned English either natively or as a second or third language who currently feels their skills are holding them back professionally. The course assumes a normal understanding of the basics of English and focuses specifically on the issues that IBE students often need extra help to overcome.

While it has been created with non-native speakers in mind, it would certainly benefit any native English speakers who wish to brush up on their professional writing skills. All parts of this course are presented in English.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is specifically focused for professionals who learned English as as a second or third language and wish to improve their use of English in order to better compete in business circles with native-English speakers. It can, however, benefit anyone who speaks English and wishes to brush up on the issues it covers. IBE 100 in a FREE introductory course designed to help students get acquainted with International Business English as well as the course design. It's intended for anyone looking to improve their use of English in professional environments.
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Curriculum For This Course
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Intro to IBE 100
2 Lectures 03:36

An introductory lecture that helps set the table for the IBE series of courses. It helps students determine whether or not this course is right for them. Start here to determine if IBE is right for you!

Who This Course is For
02:14

As we begin our discussion of IBE courses, their focus, and structure, we take a moment to discuss the differences between courses denoted as 100s vs 110s. This brief lecture should help students identify which courses are more suited for their learning needs as well as what to expect from the get-go.

The Difference between IBE 10#s and IBE 11#s
01:22
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Understanding the Need for IBE
3 Lectures 14:54

An introduction to section two that sets up what students can expect to learn about best practices with English in their careers as well as the forces shaping the evolution of English in business circles over the last twenty or so years.

English: The 21st Century Business Language
00:53

This lecture sets up the discussion for the IBE series with the framework of what will be important in these courses: refining techniques and rules that native English speakers use intuitively in order to better appeal to consumers in markets dominated by native-English speakers, such as the US, UK, and Australia.

How to Compete Against Native English Speakers
04:06

English is always evolving. The English you learned in school may have little to do with the norms and practices dominating business English in the 21st century. Here we look at the things that have informed the development of English over the last 15-20 years with a particular interest in best practices in business circles.

21st Century Business English Concerns
09:55

As an effort to improve my IBE courses based upon your feedback, I'm adding NEW section reviews to each section! These brief reviews will:

1. Help you better remember key concepts

2. Provide an opportunity to practice what you are learning it.

This review quiz focuses specifically on Section 2 of IBE 100: Understanding the Need for IBE

Section 2 Review Quiz
4 questions
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Some Major Issues IBE Students Face
5 Lectures 16:03

An introduction to the types of issues IBE courses cover as well as highlights of the specific issues this course discusses: active vs. passive voice, sentence structure, counted nouns & articles. Sets up the lectures to follow in section three of IBE 100.

How IBE Courses Tackle the Major English Issues Students Face
01:23

We'll start with a discussion of sentence structure, we look at two major issues that many of those who learned English as a second or third language: (1) run-on sentences and (2) passive voice. We'll briefly go over both of these issues to prepare for exercises and examples to come. What's more, there's a bonus PDF with even more tips and rules.

ATTN: Contains Downloadable Materials: IBE 100 - Sentence Structure Rules Cheat Sheet.pdf

Why Active Voice & English Sentence Structure Are Challenging for IBE students
03:08

Now that we've looked briefly at a few of the issues that cause IBE students to struggle with sentence structure and active voice, this lecture steps through the basic rules you need to learn and put into practice in order to improve and/or correct your use of and issues with sentence structure and active voice.

ATTN: Additional Resources Attached: Sentence Structure Rules Cheat Sheet.PDF & Past Participles.PDF

Basic Rules Concerning Run-ons & Active Voice
04:27

A thoughtful discussion of some of the more technically challenging aspects of counted nouns and explanations of why this issue is so problematic for many IBE writers. Discusses both issues with identifying whether or not a noun needs a qualifier as well as which would be the appropriate to use. The goal is to help familiarize students with the issues everyone struggles with and to make sure we are on the same page before discussing the rules involved.

ATTN: Includes Downloadable Materials: IBE 100 - Choosing an Article or Determiner.pdf

Why Articles & Counted Nouns Are Challenging for IBE Students.
03:12

Now that we've looked briefly at a few of the issues that cause IBE students to struggle with counted nouns and articles, this lecture steps through the basic rules you need to learn and put into practice in order to improve and/or correct your use of and issues with counted nouns and articles.

ATTN: Additional Resources Attached: Counted Noun Rules Cheat Sheet.PDF

Basic Rules Concerning English Articles & Counted Nouns
03:53

As an effort to improve my IBE courses based upon your feedback, I'm adding NEW section reviews to each section! These brief reviews will:

1. Help you better remember key concepts

2. Provide an opportunity to practice what you are learning it.

This review quiz focuses specifically on Section 3 of IBE 100: Some Major Issues IBE Students Face. So these questions will focus on the rules, while in the next section you'll take more practice exercises and even a quiz to drive all this home.

Section 3 Review Quiz
6 questions
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Review and Looking Ahead
4 Lectures 09:52

Take the opportunity to practice some of the rules and issues discussed in this course. In this lecture, there are 10 practices exercises to help your use of passive and active voice as well as two practice paragraphs focused on counted nouns and articles. The additional resources attached are an answer key. Please feel free to use it as you work through the exercises. The goal is to help you start to develop habits that will lead to mastering these issues.

ATTN: Additional Resources Attached: Answers to Practice Exercises.PDF

Practice Exercises
02:11

One last stop to review the specific rules we went over in this course concerning counted nouns and active voice. If you need to quickly look over the basic rules again for review, this lecture will also come in handy. Keep in mind there is even more information available concerning these rules in the downloadable resources available with this course.

Reviewing What We've Learned in IBE 100
01:34

This lecture is a brief discussion of some general tips that all IBE students need to keep in mind. Though these apply to the discussion at hand, they also will be effective tips and strategies to improve almost any area of your use of English. It covers three specific tips that will work for almost anyone studying English.

General Advice on Improving Your English
03:08

Every IBE course has a quiz at the end to help solidify what you have learned and to give you a chance to put what we've discussed into practice while you are still working through the course. This lecture briefly reviews the issues discussed in IBE 100 to prepare you for the questions you will encounter on the quiz, which follows.

Quiz Review
02:59

This quiz has practice exercises to review the English grammar issues we went over. The point of it is to help you practice how to implement the rules and tips we went over and reviewed in the past sections. Best of luck!

IBE 100 Final Quiz
10 questions
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Bonus Section
1 Lecture 03:26

As this is just an introductory course to IBE, this bonus video highlights many of the other resources and opportunities available to you here on Udemy to continue your learning journey with International Business English.

Bonus Video: Continuing Studies in IBE
03:26
About the Instructor
Clark Waggoner
4.2 Average rating
300 Reviews
6,436 Students
5 Courses
Creative Consultant, Editor, Language & IBE Specialist

Writer, Editor, Creative Consultant specialized in English composition and content development for businesses, websites, and artistic personalities. 

Worked as a tutor to international business professional and students alike on English, writing, and language. 

Over 7 years of experience serving clients from around the globe on writing related projects of all kinds and sizes. Particularly focused in providing English expertise for international businesses, crowdfunding content creation, and technology-related writing.

Sole developer of International Business English (IBE) Udemy courses focused on teaching international businessmen and women stronger competencies in key areas of business English in order to better compete in native English-speaking markets.