Business Professional Development

Develop high-level professional & business skills

TALK provides you the opportunity to gain a deep understanding of the modern business world by studying the most important subjects while developing your professional business skills and advancing your English proficiency.

Courses are designed to cover the theoretical basis and fundamental principles of each subject, and include analytical tools used by business managers to make important real-life decisions.

These are avocational courses and do not prepare students for a job of any type.

Benefits:

  • Develop new skills and an understanding of the global economy and the business world
  • Potential for increased career opportunities when returning to your home country
  • Graduating students are awarded designations and qualifications for successfully completing courses
  • Development of international alumni contacts
  • Although not an exam preparation course, the curriculum follows CLEP and DSST recommendations, providing students an opportunity to gain college credits by examination in the US and worldwide.

Requirements

  • US residency, F-1 visa or similar with full-time study eligibility
  • A minimum age of 18 years
  • High-school completion
  • English proficiency of TALK Level 5 or higher
  • Minimum enrollment of 1 full course
  • Demonstrate maturity and willingness to participate in classroom activities.

The Clep Exam

The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) is a group of standardized tests created and administered by College Board, an American not-for-profit organization
created to expand access to higher education. These tests provide a mechanism for earning college credits at lower cost (currently $85) and higher convenience. The
tests are administered at more than 1,700 sites across the United States and there are about 2,900 colleges which grant CLEP credit.

The DSST Exam

The DSST Program (DSST) was developed by the US Department of Defense for service members but it is now open to all students. The program includes a group of standardized tests created and administered by Prometric, an American education and
testing company. These tests provide a mechanism for earning college credits at lower cost (currently around $100) and higher convenience. The tests are administered
at many sites across the United States and there are about 1,500 colleges which grant DSST credit.

Courses

Courses are taught at the first-year US college level and cover the fundamental principles, practice, concepts, and theory of the subject. Course curricula follow nationally, and internationally accepted guidelines as determined by the College Board or the American Council on Education.

Courses follow the curriculum of the designated textbook, which is required for studies. The use of on-line resources is designed to enrich the learning experience.

The goal is that the student develops an understanding of the role of Marketing in a firm; what marketing is, what is marketing strategy and what tools a company has, to implement these strategies. This includes buyer behavior, the psychological factors and environmental factors that influence the decision making the process of a consumer, and the five stages of the decision-making process. Also, STP – segmentation, targeting, and positioning and 4 Ps: product, price, place, and promotion should be understood.
The goal is that the student develops an understanding of the principles, purposes, functions, and techniques of management including an understanding of the important management ideas, processes, techniques, concepts, and elements, and the theory and significant underlying assumptions, concepts, and limitations of management data, including a comprehension of the rationale of procedures, methods, and analyses.
The goal is for students to develop an understanding of how free markets work to allocate resources efficiently, how individual consumers make economic decisions to maximize utility, and how individual firms make decisions to maximize profits, identify the characteristics of the different market structures, analyze the behavior of firms in terms of price and output decisions and the determination of wages and analyze and evaluate the distribution of income.
The goal is that the student develops an understanding of the principles of economics that apply to an economy, particularly the general price level, output and income, and interrelations among sectors of the economy, the determinants of aggregate demand and aggregate supply, monetary and fiscal policy tools that can be used to achieve specific policy objectives, and concepts such as gross domestic product, consumption, investment, unemployment, inflation, inflationary gap and recessionary gap.
This course covers fundamental terminology, and basic concepts of information systems as well as the application of that knowledge. The goal is for students to develop an understanding of software applications used in business, the functioning of the world wide web, the utilization of specialized technology used in e-commerce, data management and information systems. Also, software development, programming concepts and data management are covered.

The goal is for students to develop an understanding of the history and sources of American Law and the Legal System. Emphasis is placed on the functions of contracts in American business law, torts, agency and employment and sales.

The goal is for students to develop an understanding of the basic facts and concepts as well as general theoretical approaches used by sociologists. The course covers topics including the role of institutions, social patterns, social processes, social stratifications, and concludes with the sociological perspective.

The goal is for students to develop an understanding of business and the environment in which businesses operate. The course will cover topics including economic issues, international business, government & business, business ownership, small business, entrepreneurship, franchise, management process, HR management, production & operations, marketing management, financial management, risk management & insurance, management, and information systems.
The goal is for the student to develop an understanding of the role of money and banking in the business world. The course will cover topics including the role & kinds of money, commercial banks & other financial intermediaries, central banking, Federal Reserve System, money & macroeconomics, U.S. monetary policy, the international monetary system.
The goal is for students to develop an understanding of how and why humans settled in the places and regions they did. The course will cover topics including earth and basic facts (maps, physiography, atmosphere, soils and vegetation, water), culture and environment, settlement patterns, political geography and regional geography.
The goal is for students to develop an understanding of how and why organizations behave the way they do. Topics of study include the scientific approaches, research designs, data collection methods, individual processes & characteristics, interpersonal & group processes, organizational processes, change & development processes.
The goal is for students to develop an understanding of the concept and fundamental factors of personal finance. The course covers topics including financial goals, cash management, credit & debt, installment loans, interest calculations, major purchases, taxes, insurance, investments, retirement and estate planning, and others.
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Course dates

(subject to change)
2022 Courses & Dates
Introduction to Business Jan 03 to Feb 17
Money & BankingFeb 22 to Apr 14
Human / Cultural GeographyApr 19 to Jun 02
Summer BreakJun 06 to Aug 26
Organizational BehaviourAug 29 to Oct 20
Personal FinanceOct 24 to Dec 15

Weekly course schedule

  • 18 Lessons / week
  • F1 student visa required
  • 4-day per week schedule
Mondays-Thursday
Class9:00 – 9:50
Break9:50 – 10:10
Class10:10 – 11:50
Break11:50 – 12:10
Class12:10 – 13:00
Only on Monday
Break13:00 – 13:30
Class13:30 – 15:30

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Accreditations & Associations

TALK English Schools are accredited by the United States Department of Homeland Security and ACCET and are member of TESOL, NAFSA, IELTS and ATD.

TALK English Schools is a part of the TALK Education Group, together with UnistudyUSA, TALK IELTS Center, TALK Kids, Real World Translations and Brentwood.