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Business English @ Sasin FAQ


Questions about our courses

Q1: What kinds of Business English courses does Sasin offer?
Q2: What is the difference between Focused Skill, Integrated Skills and Professional Skill courses?
Q3: Can I choose whatever course I like?
Q4:  My friends and I want to study together but we tested at different levels.  What can we do?
Q5: How can you determine my proficiency in English?
Q6: Will I receive a certificate at the end of the course?
Q7:  Will I receive a certificate if I miss class time because of company business?
Q8: Are all courses taught by native speakers of English?
Q9: How many students are there in a class?
Q10: Do I have to pass a final test at the end of the course in order to continue on to the next level?

Questions about How to Apply

Q11: What qualifications do I need to apply?
Q12: How can I apply?
Q13: Where can I get an application form?
Q14: Do I need to show any supporting documents when I apply?
Q15: How do I do that if I apply online?
Q16: When are Business English@Sasin  courses offered?
Q17: Can I choose the day(s) I want to study?
Q18: Is it possible to study more than one course in the same session?
Q19: How much is the course fee?
Q20: Can I pay by credit card?
Q21: How can I get a discount?
Q22: Does this fee include the course textbook?
Q23: I enrolled for a course listed on the Tentative Session Schedule but in the end the course was not not offered
        and I got my money back. What happened?

Q24: Can courses be held  at my company?

Q1: What kinds of Business English courses does Sasin offer?
A1: We have English Language Knowledge courses for people whose English proficiency and fluency still needs development. (Levels 1-4). We have  English Communication Skills  courses for people at the advanced level who need practice using strategy and planning to create and deliver their English messages: for reporting, presenting, negotiating, persuading. (Levels 3-4)
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Q2: What is the difference between Focused Skill and Integrated Skills courses?
A2:Focused Skill courses work on one skill at a time so you can develop proficiency in that area, e.g. Pronunciation, Grammar or Writing.
The Level 1 and 2 focused skill courses are the building blocks for your language development. The higher level focused skill courses (e.g. reading and discussion, pre-MBA, Professional Presentations, Practical Negotiations and the advanced writing courses) will give you the training and confidence you need to perform and succeed as an MBA student, a persuasive presenter or negotiator, or a writer of business documents.
Integrated Skills courses are like a language buffet where you get to develop your pronunciation, speaking, listening, reading, grammar and writing skills while at the same time building your business vocabulary. If your time is limited, you can take a Level 1 or 2 integrated Skills course to work on a combination of skills all at once. After your basic skills are strong, Level 3 and 4 integrated Skills courses will help you improve your overall fluency using all your English skills in a variety of business situations and for a variety of purposes.
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Q3: Can I choose whatever course I like?
A3: You can choose whatever course you like at or below your level of proficiency. If you are at Level 3, you can choose any Level 1, 2, and 3 courses but not Level 4 courses. We do our best to make sure that  students study with others at the same level.
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Q4:  My friends and I want to study together but we tested at different levels.  What can we do?
A4:  Who has the lowest level?  You can  choose any course  at or below your own level.  How many friends do you have?  We can open a special course if 12 people sign up for it.
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Q5: How can you determine my proficiency in English?
A5: Applicants are asked to take the ELLIS placement test at Sasin prior to registration. The test administration fee is 500 baht and requires about an hour of your time. You can call up to make an appointment to take the test. You may also submit recent scores from any of these tests instead: TOEFL, TOEIC, IELTS, BULATS, CU-TEP.
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Q6: Will I receive a certificate at the end of the course?
A6: In accordance with Chulalongkorn University regulations, students who achieve 80% attendance will receive an attendance certificate co-signed by the President of Chulalongkorn University and the Director of Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration. The 80% requirement is strictly observed.
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Q7:  Will I receive a certificate if I miss class time because of company business?
A7: You will not receive a certificate if you do not meet the 80%  requirement  even if you were  unable to attend because of  the requirements of your job.
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Q8: Are all courses taught by native speakers of English?

A8: Yes, except for the pronunciation, listening and presentation courses which are taught by a highly qualified Thai instructor.
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Q9: How many students are there in a class?
A9: We try to limit class size to 16 but the Pronunciation, and Professional Presentation courses are limited to 12 and 14 respectively. Writing courses tend to be smaller.
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Q10: Do I have to pass a final test at the end of the course in order to continue on to the next level?
A10: It depends on the course.  The Speaking—Listening--Reading courses do include a final test.  It is not easy to jump from one level to the next. You should expect to take two or three courses at your entry level before moving up. Your instructor will evaluate your readiness to move up at the end of each course even if you were not tested. We use the instructor’s evaluation in deciding whether you are ready to move from one level to another.  In addition, you can retake the Ellis placement test at any time to do a level check.
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Q11: What qualifications do I need to apply?
A11: You must have a Bachelor's degree or equivalent.  
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Q12: How can I apply?
A12: Just fill out an application form on line  at http://www.sasin.edu/programs/english/apply.aspx or download an application form http://www.sasin.edu/programs/english/pdf/Application   and fax it to us at “Business English” 0 2218 4036.
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Q13: Where can I get an application form?
A13: You will find the form by clicking  on Application Details (in the upper right hand corner of the www.sasin.edu website). You can also apply in person at the Management Communication English Unit (MCE) Office on the eighth floor of Sasa Patasala Building here at Sasin. Most applications are handled online or via fax.
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Q14: Do I need to show any supporting documents when I apply?
A14: Yes, you must present a copy of your university transcript or diploma after you have taken the Placement Test and are ready to register for a course.
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Q15: How do I do that if I apply online?
A15: You can send us a copy of your transcript or diploma  by fax or e-mail together with your pay-in slip.
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Q16: When are Business English @ Sasin  courses offered?
A16: We open seven 6-week  sessions every year.  Classes are offered on weekday evenings (Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday) and Saturday and Sunday.  Intensive courses run 6 hours/week over one session (10 weeks).  Extensive courses run 3 hours/week over two sessions (20 weeks).
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Q17: Can I choose the day(s) I want to study?
A17: Yes, but not all courses are offered at all times so you may be asked to attend on a day that was not your first choice.
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Q18: Is it possible to study more than one course in the same session?
A18: Yes, some students enroll in two or three courses in a single session if they are getting ready for graduate study or need to attend an international conference.
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Q19: How much is the course fee?
A19: It depends on the course. The 36-hour courses range from 7,900 baht, for basic courses, to 8,900 baht—depending on the amount of homework the teacher must correct, and the extra facilities required for the course (computers, printers, video equipment, video technician, etc). The Writing Coach is most personalized and most expensive at 19,000 baht.
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Q20:  Can I pay by credit card?
A20:  We do not accept credit card payment at this time.
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Q21:  How can I get a discount?
You will receive a 5% discount when you  enroll in a consecutive course. A 10% discount will also apply to any courses you take after that.
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Q22: Does this fee include the course textbook?
A22: Yes.
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Q23: I enrolled for a course listed on the Tentative Session Schedule but in the end the course was not not offered and I got my money back. What happened?
A23: We offer courses based on actual demand from current students and new applicants. Sometimes our intake of new students includes too few at a certain level to fill a class. We usually need minimum enrollment of  12 students to open a course. We also schedule classes according to the preferences of students, as indicated on the application forms.
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Q24:  Can courses be held at my company?
We can arrange separate classes exclusively for corporate groups at Sasin or our teachers can teach in-house using  company facilities.     
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Contact:
Management Communication English Unit Office (8th Floor)
Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration of Chulalongkorn University
Sasa Patasala Building
Soi Chulalongkorn 12(2), Phyathai Road
Bangkok 10330, Thailand
Tel: 0-2218-3897, 0-2218-4027
Fax: 0-2218-4036
E-mail: BusinessEnglish@Sasin.Edu


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