Cross-cultural training socialization

Course code: Б3.В13

Type of course: compulsory

Level of course: Intermediate

Year of study: III

Semester/trimester: fall

Number of credits: 19

Name of lecturer: Olga Beznaeva,

Objectives of the course: teaches students how to build good relationships with international clients and colleagues and conversation techniques enabling students to socialize and make business contacts. Explains organizational socialization as a process that repeats during a work career. Discusses the ethical and intercultural issues in organizational socialization.

Prerequisites: skills and knowledge gained from studying practical courses of English and theory of translation.

Course contents:

Making contact (makingarrangements, meeting visitors, talking about plans).

Welcoming visitors (talking about your company, offering refreshments, giving directions in a building).
Getting acquainted
(making small talk, talking about travelling, talking about personal possessions).
Entertaining a visitor
(showing a visitor around, talking about where you live, recommending things to do).
Eating out
(deciding what to order, thanking somebody for a meal).
Networking at a trade fair
(starting a conversation with a stranger, talking about your company and products, following up a new contact).

Recommended reading:

  1. Gore, S., Smith, D.G. Express Series: English for Socializing.
  2. Powell, Mark. In Company. Intermediate (2nd edition).

Teaching methods: two-hour weekly lectures.

Conversational exercises introducing students to realistic relationship-building situations. Exercises in listening and reading.

Assessment methods: students are evaluated based on their language skills and knowledge of class topics. A number of in-class assignments will be carried out in order to strengthen the students' oral English. Final examination includes oral tasks.

Language of instruction: English.