Cultural Difference in International Business

Catalogue des cours de Institut Mines-Télécom Business School






1ère Année Management,Bachelor 1ère année,1ère Année Télécom





Crédits ECTS


Heures programmées


Charge de travail




  • Langues et Sciences Humaines

Equipe pédagogique


An introduction and development of intercultural and language skills in an Academic context. It will challenge learners to analyze and respond to contemporary issues within an increasingly globalized world.

Acquis d'apprentissage

Students should be able to:
• Understand the key components of the academic writing
• Produce basic academic texts in terms of organization, patterns of argument, cohesion, formality and process.
• Produce complex but clear sentences appropriate to academic writing
• Exercise judgement and flexibility in expressing complex ideas
• Conceive, plan and deliver academic presentations
• Interact effectively in an online ‘classroom’ and webinar setting
• Use techniques to engage in reasoned debate • Facilitate discussions and show understanding in interpersonal contexts
• Use a range of reading techniques to quickly digest large quantities of reading material
• Recognize and reuse key vocabulary and language patterns appropriate to an academic context
• Recognize cultural differences with the target culture
• Produce a CV for an international academic application


Learners will aim to be able to produce academic style documents similar to those used in study at universities abroad. Learners will become familiar with cultural differences in international business and be able to adapt quickly to different working environments

Attentes du cours

Classroom expectations:
The participation grade will be based on the following criteria: • Punctuality: on-time and ready to work (non-disruptive in timekeeping) • Motivation: Only speaking English in Class, no use of translation tools • Professional: Appropriate setting, actions and interaction for professional context. • Engagement: Participating appropriately in whole-class activities • Focus / Responsiveness: Remaining focused during teacher input and on class tasks. Responds immediately and appropriately when asked. • Committed to Homework: Homework delivered on time and to the best of your ability. • Positive: Contributing to positive class atmosphere
General rules for ‘live’ sessions: Think ‘COPP’: Camera On (Mic. off unless contributing), Professional, Positive. Attendance will be taken at the beginning, end, and at random intervals during the class. If a student arrives late, or experiences technical problems, it is the student’s responsibility to signal this to the teacher immediately, and to the Helpdesk if necessary. Absences and lateness, as with any lack of participation, will affect the final grade. Severe lateness will be treated as absence. Regular class Features:
• Vocabulary revision: Students will be asked to keep a vocabulary
log that will be used for interactive testing and periods of in-class
• Open sharing of student work and reworking drafts
Pedagogical materials: Students will analyze a range of supports
from different media sources. Texts: Students will be supplied
with texts from differing sources and of differing lengths.
Students will be asked to analyze, deconstruct, and/or reconstruct
according to the objective at hand. Students will be asked to
produce texts conforming to the genre studied. Students will also
be asked to read aloud for practice in pronunciation. Full effort is
required for pronunciation practice, so a ‘theatre’ mindset is
required. While studying texts, students should make notes /
highlight unknown words, phrases and rhetorical devices during
reading to ask questions during the class Videos: Short videos will
be displayed in class with associated questions / tasks based on
the video. Students should take notes on content during all videos
unless otherwise instructed.
Interactive: Any interactive material will require autonomous
participation from the student. However, the student must signal
problems and/or questions to the teacher at the earliest
opportunity. Collaborative: Group projects will be conducted
regularly, and students will generally NOT be allowed to choose
their group. This is to respect diversity and group dynamics. It is
the group’s responsibility to make sure that all members conduct
an equal amount of work.


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All Grading will be on a scale of 0 to 20, unless otherwise stated.

1/3 CF: A written response to given input, produced in an academic style
1/3 CC: Selected Classroom assignments, as detailed by the teacher.
1/3 PP: Presence & Participation (each representing 50% of the PP grade)

Presence: Students will receive credit for attending class regularly, up to a maximum of 1/6 of their total grade. Unjustified absences will thus have a direct impact on student’s overall grade.
Participation: Students will be assessed on their participation in class, according to the criteria in ‘classroom expectations’

Validating the tandem programme will add 2 bonus points to a student’s CC grade (CC) of the corresponding language course.
It is the responsibility of the student to make up for any missed work in order to avoid these absences further impacting final grades.

CEFR Grade (A1-C2)
Students will be continuously assessed as to their language level relative to the CEFR criteria.
There is NO DIRECT RELATION between a student’s CC/CF/PP and their CEFR level.

For more information, please refer to the LSH website.

Approches pédagogiques

Students: Students should be ready for a high degree of interaction: in pairs, groups and in open class environments. Discussion will be the norm and everyone is expected to contribute in every class.
Students will be called on during every class to contribute and should be ready to activate their microphone when called on. Students should arrive to class ready to participate with the necessary materials. In addition to the regular classroom materials`, this includes a computer equipped with a webcam, microphone, and active high-speed internet connection for the duration of each session.


Programme grande école,Programme Ingénieur,Programme Bachelor

Plan du cours

The course will be composed of 3-hour sessions. All sessions are
obligatory unless otherwise indicated. Sessions will generally be
conducted as a mix of ‘live’ interactive webinar and self-driven
autonomous work, in the order ‘live-autonomous-live’.
Homework will need to be completed regularly, and will be due
before the start of each following session. Below follows a rough
outline of the course structure (non-exhaustive and subject to
Lesson 1 - Introduction to the course – Learning to learn – Atomic Habits – Getting to know you
Lesson 2 - The Promised Land - Vocabulary test - Academic writing: Topic sentences and controlling ideas
Lesson 3 - Second generation immigrants - Vocabulary test - Academic writing: Supporting sentences and conclusions
Lesson 4 - Cultural know-how - Vocabulary test - Academic writing: Paraphrasing, summarizing, synthesizing
Lesson 5 - Mini presentations - Doing business with Americans/Japanese/Chinese - Vocabulary test - Academic writing: Transitional signals + the writing process
Lesson 6 - Starting a business - Vocabulary test
Lesson 7 - What is culture? - Vocabulary test - Essay 1
Lesson 8 - The job market - Writing a cv, job interviews - Vocabulary test
Lesson 9 - What type of company environment would you like to work in?
Essay 2 - Vocabulary test
Lesson 10 - Final Presentations

Fiche mise à jour le 29/07/2020