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2024-2025 Course Catalog 
2024-2025 Course Catalog
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ADM 157 - Business English

Credits: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Lab Hours: 0
Practicum Hours: 0
Work Experience: 0
Course Type: Voc/Tech
The Business English course focuses on having the students improve their English language skills.  Students learn to apply the principles of English grammar, punctuation, and style. Emphasizes correct grammar usage, spelling, vocabulary, and proofreading/editing skills.
  1. Analyze information included in reference materials
    1. Use dictionary to determine spelling, meaning, pronunciation, syllabication, accent, word usage, and word history
    2. Select helpful instruction from reference manual for punctuation, capitalization, numbers, abbreviations, plurals, possessives, spelling, compound words, word division, grammar, and usage
    3. Practice techniques, procedures, and guidelines suggested from reference manual for editing and proofreading
    4. Examine parts of business documents with suggested formatted styles
  2. Evaluate general business terminology spelling skills
    1. Use memory devices (mnemonics).
    2. Practice rote memorization
    3. Differentiate spelling of similar sounding words
    4. Provide the meaning of common vocabulary words
  3. Evaluate the eight parts of speech
    1. Differentiate among phrases, dependent clauses, and independent clauses
    2. Use techniques to correct sentence faults including fragments, comma splices, and run-on sentences
  4. Appraise forms of noun usage rules
    1. Recognize concrete, abstract, common, and proper nouns
    2. Review spelling guidelines of noun plurals
    3. Use between possessive nouns and plural nouns
    4. Use various types of pronouns
    5. Demonstrate personal pronouns agreeing with their antecedents
    6. Use indefinite, relative, interrogative, and demonstrating pronouns
    7. Use subjective, objective, and possessive pronouns correctly
    8. Describe when to use who, whom, whoever, and whomever in a sentence
  5. Analyze verb usage rules
    1. Identify verbs and verb moods
    2. Use verb tenses
    3. Recognize verb participles
    4. Make verbs agree with subjects
    5. Recognize and use gerunds, infinitives, and participles
    6. Use active- and passive-voice verbs
    7. Use punctuation in verbal phrases
  6. Assess basic rules of modifiers
    1. Form comparative and superlative degrees of regular and irregular adjectives and adverbs
    2. Use compound adjectives, independent adjectives, and articles
    3. Use positive, comparative, and superlative adjectives
  7. Relate to punctuation rules to sentences for effective business writing
    1. Punctuate statements, commands, questions, and exclamations
    2. Demonstrate ability to apply commas, semicolons, and colons
    3. Demonstrate use of double and single quotation marks
    4. Use the dash, parentheses, and underscore
  8. Interpret capitalization rules
    1. Distinguish between common and proper nouns
    2. Practice capitalization of organizations, government agencies, places, periods, academic, product names, and artistic works
  9. Analyze number rules
    1. Demonstrate ability to choose between figures or words to express numbers
    2. Use numbers appropriately for specific situations
  10. Apply abbreviation rules
    1. Select appropriate use of abbreviations
    2. Prepare abbreviations using punctuation, spacing, and capitalization
  11. Apply preposition rules
    1. Use prepositions correctly, retain necessary prepositions, omit unnecessary prepositions, and avoid terminal prepositions
  12. Proofread business documents
    1. Recognize sentence fragments, comma splices, and run-on sentence faults
    2. Recognize simple, compound, complex sentence patterns
    3. Identify misspelled words
    4. Correct punctuation within written material
    5. Reconstruct complete sentences
  13. Compose short messages while applying grammar and punctuation rules

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