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Professional and Business English (PBE)

English for Global Opportunities

The competition to get ahead at work is intense. Improving your English competence may well be one of the best weapons for gaining that promotion or securing new opportunities. Whatever your field of work, the HKU SPACE Professional and Business English (PBE) programmes should help you finetune your skills and communicate with confidence in English at a higher level in the workplace. 

Professional and Business English Certificate Programmes

Certificate in Business English Usage
(Course start date : 18 October 2023 (Wednesday) at Kowloon West Learning Centre)

Certificate in Advanced Business English
(Course start date : 17 November 2023 (Friday) at Kowloon West Learning Centre)


Business English Short Courses:

The Fundamentals of Persuasive Business Writing (18 hours)   [NEW COURSE]
(Course start date : 25 November 2023 (Saturday) at HKU SPACE Hong Kong Island Learning Centre)

Business Grammar (18 hours) 
(Course start date : 4 November 2023 (Saturday) at Admiralty Learning Centre)

English at Work - Impromptu Talk and Discussion (18 hours) 
(Course start date : 21 October 2023 (Saturday) at  HPSHCC Campus, Causeway Bay)

English at Work - Email Writing (1) (18 hours) 
(Course start date : 11 November 2023 (Saturday) at  HPSHCC Campus, Causeway Bay)  

Introductory Public Speaking and Presentation Skills (30 hours)
(Course start date : please contact us for details.)

Advanced Public Speaking and Presentation Skills (30 hours)
(Course start date : please contact us for details.)


Business English proficiency assessment:

Cambridge Linguaskill General / Business English proficiency test 
Test results will show the test taker's overall proficiency in General English or Business English as well as the individual score in listening, reading, writing and speaking on the Cambridge English Scale and their respective CEFR  levels

Articulation Pathway

Articulation Pathway Drawing

* Please visit  The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) for details about the levels in the CEFR scale.

Persuasive business writing aims to convince readers to take a particular action or adopt a particular point of view. It is a way of communicating an idea in a manner that is compelling and convincing to readers. Writers use techniques such as evidence-based arguments, emotional appeals, and conversational tone to persuade readers to decide in favour of the writer’s position. Persuasive writing is often used in marketing, advertising, public relations, fundraising, and other business communications where the writer wants to influence the readers’ opinion or behaviour. This 18-hour short course will enlighten students’ understanding of the discourse structures and word choice in persuasive business writing.
Start 08 OCT 2024 (TUE)
Duration 6 weeks
Fee HK$3,600
The Certificate in Advanced Business English programme helps working professionals communicate accurately and effectively in spoken and written English in various business contexts. The programme is designed to enable students to become more fluent and articulate when communicating in English, so as to produce well-written texts that characterise professionalism and effectiveness in modern business communication, and demonstrate competent oral communication skills in various business contexts.
Start 02 SEP 2024 (MON)
Duration 12 months
Fee HK$9,900 for 2 modules, 45 hours each.
The Certificate in Business English Usage programme aims to help students become more accurate and fluent when communicating in English in the modern workplace. Its goal is to equip students with essential business grammar, vocabulary and all-round language skills, so that they become capable of communicating with native and non-native speakers of English in common business settings. By gaining a greater confidence and a better command of business English grammar, vocabulary, receptive and productive skills, students will be prepared to further develop a higher level of business English proficiency upon completion of the programme. This programme targets working professionals who intend to build on an introductory level of English, so as to bolster their work performance in a business environment where English is the predominant medium of communication.
Start 04 SEP 2024 (WED)
Duration 12 months
Fee HK$8,000

This course focuses on Impromptu Talk and Discussion.  It aims to develop oral communications skills that enable you to speak clearly and present ideas coherently.  

Start To be advised
Duration 6 weeks
Fee HK$2,300
This practical 18-hour English course equips learners with the confidence and language skills needed to write effective emails in both formal and informal situations.
Start To be advised
Duration 6 weeks
Fee HK$2,300
This Business Grammar short course is designed for students who need to brush up their grammar skills and understanding of grammatical rules. Students develop their ability to identify and correct grammar errors with teacher feedback and consistent grammar review.
Start 29 JUL 2024 (MON)
Duration 6 weeks
Fee HK$2,000
This course is for those who are interested in acquiring the knowledge and skills for delivering speeches and presentations. The course focuses on techniques for managing speech anxiety, skills in organising and giving informal speeches and presentations, and practice in providing feedback on public speech deliveries. Course participants must be prepared to present and deliver informal speeches for different purposes in front of the class, observe and be observed, critique and be critiqued.
Start 19 OCT 2024 (SAT)
Duration 10 weeks
Fee HK$4,300

The course provides opportunities for course participants to acquire knowledge of public speaking techniques, and practise public speaking and presentations for a variety of purposes and audiences. Topics include:

 Delivering with an impact
  •   Using body language with effect
  •   Speaking with persuasiveness
  •   Using techniques to engage listening audiences
  •   Practising and critiquing speeches/presentations
Start 07 SEP 2024 (SAT)
Duration 10 weeks
Fee HK$4,800

Linguaskill (領思) – 的劍橋英語基準檢測

橋大學英語考評部為企業及機構提供了一種快速、便捷的方法來評估員工的英語水平 - Linguaskill (領思)檢測。

開課日期 待定
修業期 1.5 或 3小時
課程費用 $630 (單一檢測模組)
$1,200 (「捆綁式」檢測模組)

Linguaskill – the NEW Cambridge English Language Benchmark Test

The Cambridge Assessment English offers a quick and convenient way of checking the English Language proficiency levels – the Linguaskill Tests. 
Start To be advised
Duration 1.5 or 3 hours
Fee $630 (per test module)
$1,200 (Bundled Test covering all 3 modules)


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