Business Concepts That Matter (Upper Intermediate)

Business Concepts That Matter (Upper Intermediate)


This course includes 10 one-on-one lessons with a professional native Chinese teacher and prepares intermediate learners on a wide range of high-level business topics.

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The business landscape is changing rapidly, and textbooks can’t keep up. How can a learner of Chinese hope to cover the right material? Rather than editing our own material, we’ve taken the best business-oriented native Chinese material available online and adapted to the needs of the modern learner.

Challenging Topics at the Upper Intermediate (B2) Level

Business topics should not be written about by an academic; they should be shared by the entrepreneurs and businesspeople of the world themselves. At this level, it’s time to start delving into the real thing, drawing on a series of carefully chosen 60-second micro-lectures by Luo Zhenyu.

What this 10-Lesson Discussion Course covers:

  1. The Secret to Proper Business Introductions

  2. The Problem with Work

  3. The Key to Persistence

  4. Classifying Key Skills

  5. The “Lipstick Effect”

  6. Defining a Good Relationship

  7. User Perspective

  8. On Not Giving Goals to Subordinates

  9. Thoughts to Consider Before Providing a Service

  10. Why are Cliches Effective?

You’ll find the links to the micro-lectures posted to the AllSet Learning Hub for you in advance, and we’ll provide relevant Chinese Grammar Wiki links for the trickier grammar points. Both audio and transcripts are linked to (no fee for this excellent content), and you’ll definitely want to study up before each lesson in order to maximize the practice time with your teacher, freeing you up to talk, talk, talk during the lesson.

What You’ll Get

  • 10 live, one-on-one online lessons, 60 minutes each, targeted at your level

  • One carefully selected topic with accompanying audio and transcript for each lesson

  • Grammar points which match the material and suit the discussion

  • Vocabulary tracking based on what you actually cover with our teachers

  • Experienced, trained AllSet Learning teachers patiently guiding you and encouraging you to talk

We recommend that you do 2 or 3 lessons per week to maximize progress.

The ten 60-second micro-lectures with transcripts are freely available online. We have gone to the trouble of selecting and curating them for you, and building a very effective course around them. The course consists of carefully chosen material with well-designed supporting activities, delivered by a professional teacher.

How You Will Study Each Lesson

Your assignment for each lesson will be posted to the AllSet Learning Hub, our platform for managing our clients’ studies. There you will see what you need to prepare in advance, as well as the exact material (one new topic with lecture in each lesson) your teacher will cover with you during each lesson.

In each 60-minute lesson, the following material will be covered by your teachers:

  • Vocabulary and Grammar Review (from your previous lessons)

  • New Topic with Lecture (using our flexible 3-tier system–see below)

  • Sum-up and Assess (can we move on to the next module, or do you need to keep working on this one? …plus integrated pronunciation feedback.)

Our Adaptive 3-Tier System

Every learner can’t be at the exact same level, so we can’t simply design a course for the “ideal” learner. Instead, we’ve designed a flexible 3-tier system which gives the lower-level learners more practice with the basic reading skills, and the higher-level learners more time practicing speaking.

  1. Micro-Lecture Content. We start with these realistic exchanges to provide social context and relevant vocabulary. These are not long, but they’re a good place to start if the topic is not super familiar to you. When the topic is quite familiar, this should go quite quickly and smoothly.

  2. Vocabulary and Grammar Practice. If you understand what you’ve read, you may have a passive familiarity with the words and patterns in the chapter. Some of the vocabulary includes common but newly coined terms, however, so don’t be surprised if you’ve never encountered it. These modules are designed to make sure you can actually use them to express your own ideas.

  3. Guided Discussion. Finally, you’ll be expected to share your ideas and experiences related to the main topic. It’s a great chance to share your views on current trends, and to learn about how the teacher applies technology in his or her daily life in China. Your teacher will encourage you to use the vocabulary and grammar covered today, and to correct you as needed.

Our Teachers

All of AllSet Learning’s teachers have been trained by John Pasden in person in Shanghai. They encourage communication, correct pronunciation, and hold our clients to a higher standard. They’re also quite engaging to talk to!

To guarantee flexibility and schedule coverage as full as possible, each of our clients will have multiple teachers. Teachers coordinate and follow their clients’ studies through the AllSet Learning Hub.

Lesson Policies

We offer flexible scheduling and a money-back guarantee. Check out the details on our policies here.

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