International Business English 101: Sentence Structure
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International Business English 101: Sentence Structure

The Perfect Course Series for International Business Writers Looking to Compete with Native English Speakers
4.7 (5 ratings)
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Created by Clark Waggoner
Last updated 1/2017
English
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Includes:
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 4 Articles
  • 6 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Better use and understand English sentence structure and verb choice in order to better communicate with English speaking coworkers and better compete in markets dominated by native English-speaking businesses and consumers.
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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

Enhance your English and Business Communication Skills with a focused look at sentence structure, passive voice, and the causes, rules, and key techniques for professionals who learned English as a second or third language and work with or compete in English-speaking markets and countries.  A fully-developed stand-alone business-minded course complete with over 90 minutes of video lectures, downloadable resources, exercises, step-by-step instructions, and quizzes.

Excel with English Sentence Structure and Passive vs. Active Voice to Better Command the Attention of English-speaking Consumers, Coworkers, and Business Associates.

  • Learn to quickly identify and correct run-on sentence
  • Gain valuable insight into issues that affect the 21st century business language – English
  • Work with the instructor step-by-step on practice exercises
  • Develop a stronger understanding of active and passive voice in business writing

Impress More English Coworkers & Consumers with Stronger Sentences Featuring Active Voice

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 101, focuses exclusively on the common issues related to sentence structure and passive voice that many students who learned English as a second or third language find challenging.

Content and Overview

More than 15 lectures with over 90 minutes of discussion as well as practice exercises, resource materials, and quizzes are included! The entire course is designed from the get-go to make learning and remembering key rules, techniques, and strategies to write stronger, modern English sentences utilizing active voice easier than you ever thought possible.

You’ll learn how to identify resources already around you, strategies to practice what you learn, and ways to spot opportunities where you can further improve your English. With a specialized format that starts by identifying why these issues are challenging before taking you through general tips as well as review of actual rules with included reference materials, and finally through practice exercises, and review quizzes, IBE 101 is the ideal course for anyone looking to improve their sentence structure and use of active voice in their business communications.

This course is targeted to those who already have a strong understanding of the basics of English and focuses specifically on the issues of sentence structure and active voice. It has been created with non-native speakers in mind, but would certainly benefit any native English speakers who wish to brush up on their use of passive vs. active voice and sentence structure. 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. For this course, the ideal student is one looking to improve their use of active voice and English sentence structure.
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Curriculum For This Course
19 Lectures
01:30:49
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Welcome To International Business English
3 Lectures 06:04

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 and is therefore available as a FREE preview lecture for anyone interested in knowing more about IBE.

Preview 02:26

A very brief lecture to help students better get to know Clark, the  creator and instructor of the IBE line of courses.

Preview 01:37

IBE 101 is a live and ever growing course. This lecture discusses the new additions to the course since it has gone live, including Lecture Addendums and Section Review Quizzes. Everything you need to know about each is in included in this lecture.

New Additions to IBE 101: Sentence Structure & Passive Voice
02:01
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International Business English: A Business Language for the Global Market
3 Lectures 16:33

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.

Preview 04:21

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
10:09

A very brief lecture that explains how this and all IBE courses are put together. It addresses how we'll tackle the issues, how to use the lectures, what you'll find in the rest of the course, and what you can expect moving forward.

How These Courses Are Put Together
02:03

Each section of IBE 101 has a section review quiz that goes over the information from the section and helps you practice what you are learning. These quizzes are 3 - 7 questions long each. No score is given, they are completely for your benefit. There is no penalty for a wrong answer.

Section 2 Review Quiz
3 questions
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What About Sentence Structure Is Challenging For International Business Writers
3 Lectures 21:06

To start the 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.

Preview 03:08

This lecture is an in-depth discussion of run-on sentences and comma splices. Specifically, we look at ways to properly form and connect English clauses to avoid poorly constructed sentences. We'll discuss strategies on what types of transition words, conjunctions including examples that we'll discuss and fix.

ATTN: Includes Downloadable Materials: IBE 101 - Conjunction List.pdf

Run on Sentences & Comma Splices
12:30

This lecture is an in-depth discussion of the second major topic in this course: passive voice. It focuses on identifying why this is a problem to ensure students have a firm idea of what is going here as this is something that is often difficult for those who learned languages with different sentence structures before learning English. Specifically, we'll discuss how to identify active vs. passive voice.

Passive & Active Voice
05:28

Each section of IBE 101 has a section review quiz that goes over the information from the section and helps you practice what you are learning. These quizzes are 3 - 7 questions long each. No score is given, they are completely for your benefit. There is no penalty for a wrong answer.
Section 3 Review Quiz
7 questions
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Keys To Being Succesful With International Business English Sentence Structure
4 Lectures 15:32

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
03:30

An in-depth discussion of the most important tips and tricks for use when working on improving your sentence structure and comma splices. Discussions of different rules in different regions, how subordinating conjunctions affect clauses, and general guidelines that will lead you to success as you improve and revise your sentence fill out the lecture.

ATTN: Contains Downloadable Material: IBE 101 - List of Transition Words.pdf

Strategies for Run On Sentences & Comma Splices
06:20

This is a Lecture Addendum discussing just how powerful and useful short sentences can be to solve both passive voice and run-on sentence issues. It contains a few example sentences, rewrites them into shorter sentences, and discusses how these rewrites eliminate some struggles IBE students face.

ATTN: Includes the downloadable resource: IBE 101 - Short Sentence Examples.pdf

Lecture Addendum: Tranforming Long into Short Sentences
01:52

An in-depth discussion of the most important tips and tricks for use
when working on improving your sentence structure's use of active vs. passive voice. Specifically, we'll discuss past participle verbs, helping verbs, and other key pieces of grammar that will determine if your sentences are in passive or active voice. We'll also go over tips on ways to make sure you are using verbs in the most clear and concise way so that your business language is as effective,engaging, and convincing as possible.

Please note, the Past Participle PDF mentioned in the lecture is attached to Lecture 15: Rules to Follow to Avoid Passive Voice

Strategies for Passive & Active Voice
03:50

Each section of IBE 101 has a section review quiz that goes over the information from the section and helps you practice what you are learning. These quizzes are 3 - 7 questions long each. No score is given, they are completely for your benefit. There is no penalty for a wrong answer.

Section 4 Review Quiz
5 questions
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Basic Rules To Remember
2 Lectures 09:51

A focused discussion of the English rules of grammar that govern sentence structure and the issues we've been discussing. It gets into the details of grammar you'll need to memorize and follow to ensure you are using the strongest sentence structure in your IBE writing. Specifcially, we'll discuss conjunctions, clauses, and other transition words as well as how to put them together properly.

ATTN: Contains Downloadable Materials: IBE 101 - Sentence Structure Rules Cheat Sheet.pdf

Rules to Follow to Avoid On Sentences & Comma Splices
05:08

A focused discussion of the English rules of grammar that govern passive and active voice. The lecture gets into the details of grammar you'll need to memorize and follow to ensure you are using the strongest sentence structure in your IBE writing. Specifically, we'll discuss key strategies to determine the voice of any sentence, as well as past participles and helper verbs that you can learn to identify as clues to whether or not a sentence is in passive voice.

ATTN: Contains Downloadable Materials: IBE 101 - Past Participles.pdf

Preview 04:43

Each section of IBE 101 has a section review quiz that goes over the information from the section and helps you practice what you are learning. These quizzes are 3 - 7 questions long each. No score is given, they are completely for your benefit. There is no penalty for a wrong answer.

Section 5 Review Quiz
6 questions
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Exercises to Practice What You Are Learning
3 Lectures 15:02

Some important notes on how to complete the exercises included with this course as well as what you need to do to prepare for the exercise review in lecture 15. IMPORTANT NOTE: The exercises for IBE 101 are attached to this lecture as an additional resource. To get the most out of this course, please download and complete these exercises before moving on.

ATTN: Contains KEY Downloadable Materials: IBE 101 - Sentence Structure Exercises.pdf

Exercise Preparation
00:24

In this lecture, we go over all of the exercises in detail discussing the correct answers for each exercise as well as information about why these are the correct answers. We'll take our time and work through each and every exercise one at a time to ensure you've seen multiple examples of the rules and techniques discussed in this course up-close and personal.

Sentence Structure Exercise Review Video
13:51

Some notes to help you prepare for the IBE 101 Course Final Quiz.

Quiz Preperation
00:46

Review what you've learned!

IBE 101: Sentence Structure Quiz
10 questions
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Bonus Section
1 Lecture 06:41

Looking to continue your studies with IBE? This bonus lecture has even more tips and insider information on how you can continue your learning journey here on Udemy with ClarkWrites!

Bonus Lecture One: A Game Plan to Continue to Improve Your English
06:41
About the Instructor
Clark Waggoner
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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.