Stephen 來自美國，畢業自 Tulane University 並主修商學，後來於交通大學取得MBA資格，目前是交大的博士候選人，專攻商業競爭與策略。平時他喜歡游泳、彈吉他，最喜歡的電影是1994年的《黑色追緝令》。
本課程專注在口說的練習，教材選自 Bloomberg, HBR, Vox 等等媒體。老師將於課前公佈當週教材，每週1-2篇選文，並提供討論問題。譬如說： Nike and the history of “commodity activism”
This course focuses on discussion of the latest business news with stories involving economics, technology, and finance. Articles are sourced from leading business news outlets, including Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Bloomberg, and The Economist.
For the first class, I will provide four articles, and each subsequent class students will take turns choosing one article each (maximum four per class). The articles will be available in advance so that students may prepare at their own pace. While some articles may contain difficult content or vocabulary, reading them before class is necessary to allow informed discussion that helps students get the most value from the course.
In the first part of class, students will have an opportunity to summarize, review and discuss the contents of the articles amongst themselves. I will guide the discussion, offering commentary and playing “devil’s advocate” to produce thoughtful debate.
The second portion of class is for synthesis and reflection. Here is where we drill down deeper into the related issues and broader context of the topic. Participants will be encouraged to reflect on how the news pertains to their work and career. What have the articles made you realize about your business circumstances and direction? The focus here is on practicing immediately useful professional English conversation about timely topics that can apply to foreign business trips, international trade expos, conference calls, and more.