Technical and Business English

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Technical and Business English program is dedicated to offering effective communicative knowledge and skills that prepare students as business administrative professionals with integration of writing, oral presentation and interpersonal skills.


Technical and Business English offers a variety of business and professional English courses to help students reach their future career goals. Students will learn business professional communication skills and writing, banking, financing, real estate, and legal terminology. Various aspects of business English will be covered, including, but not limited to measurements, social language, participation in meetings, and presentations. Students will also learn how to analyze and produce typical office documents, such as letters, memoranda, presentations, proposals, and reports.


  • Employment of administrative services managers is estimated to grow 10 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. Administrative tasks, such as facility management and records and information management, will remain essential in a wide range of industries. This occupation belongs to industries with the highest published employment and wages.
  • Employment of financial clerks is estimated to grow 9 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. The employment of billing and posting clerks, loan interviewers and clerks, and insurance claims and policy processing clerks is expect- ed to grow, as they perform tasks that are less susceptible to automation by technology.


Program Length: 70 weeks (Maximum Time Frame: 105 weeks)
Total Credits: 92 credits (Major – 64 credits & General Education – 28 credits)


Number Course Credits
Core Requirements
TBE101 Basic Occupational Communication 4
TBE103 Computer Technology and Applications 4
TBE107 Critical Reading and Study Skills 4
TBE108 Legal Terminology 4
TBE109 Conference Papers and Presentations 4
TBE110 Document Designs 4
TBE113 Foundations and Technical Communications 4
TBE114 Descriptive Grammar 4
TBE115 Banking 4
TBE117 Communications and Documentation 4
TBE149 Business Enterprises and Corporation 4
TBE154 Business Writing 4
TBE156 Web Based Literature 4
TBE201 Professional Letter and Proposals 4
TBE204 Practical Reading and Writing 4
TBE208 Technical Reports 4
TBE210 Advanced Composition 4
TBE211 Real Estate Specialization 4
TBE214 Fundamentals of Editing 4
TBE215 Principles of Public Speaking 4
TBE250 Small Group Communication I 4
TBE251 Small Group Communication II 4
TBE270 Career Development I 4
TBE271 Career Development II 4
Total Required Core credits→ 64


Number Course Credits
BPS102 Business and Professional Speech 4
ENG101 English Composition 4
HIST203 U.S. History 4
SPN101 Introduction to Spanish I 4
SPN101 Introduction to Spanish II 4
BIO102 Introduction to Biology 4
CPS101 Introduction to Computer Science 4
MAT101 Algebra 4
MAT201 Pre-Calculus 4
CRT101 Critical Thinking 4
PSY101 Introduction to Psychology 4
SOC101 Introduction to Sociology 4
SOC201 Society and Human Behavior 4
(Select from at least one of each section) Required 7 courses


Christina Sapp

Instructor, Technical Business English

•  M.A. Early Childhood Education- City University of New York

•  B.A. Elementary Education-City University of New York

Instructor Christina Sapp joined Columbia College as an instructor in ESL program since 2010. Prior to coming to Columbia College, she was a teacher in Prince George’s County Public Schools and Hillsborough County Public School, teaching Language Arts, Reading, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Writing. During 16 years of teaching experience, she has tried to enrich the lives of students and prepare them for success in the future. She will be happy to motivate students in study as well as bring them professional knowledge.

Christine Patterson

Instructor, Technical Business English

•  B.A. Spanish and French- St. Mary’s College

•  TEFL/TESOL Certificate

Ms. Patterson studied languages in St. Mary’s College, specializing in French and Spanish. She is fluent in three different languages. She has had extensive experience over 9 years in teaching, started her career at Lado International Institute and managed ESL classes. She joined Columbia College in October 2016.

Magaret Dr. Hoo-Ballade

Instructor, Technical Business English

•  Magaret Dr. Hoo-Ballade

•  Ed. D. Education-George Washington University

•  M.A.T. Curriculum instruction-Trinity University

•  B.A. History-University of Rochester

Dr. Hoo-Ballade holds a Doctor Degree in Education from George Washing University and master’s degree in Curriculum Instruction. She had been directing research teams at Green Technology Group and had been serving as a consultant at CRW Management. With her extensive experiences, she is ready to be a great consultant of student’s future by giving great advice. Also, Dr. Hoo-Ballade worked ten years at DC Public Schools, teaching English, Language Arts, and Research Method. She joined our school to help the student to learn technical Business English in October 2013.

Natasha Thomas

Instructor, Technical Business English

•  M.A. Business-Strayer University

•  B.A. Business-Strayer University

 Instructor Natasha Thomas joins Columbia College as a Business Instructor in the Business management administration program. Prior to coming to Columbia College, she was a Business Instructor at Career Technical Institute in the medical office professional program. Natasha received her B.A. in Business Administration and MBA from Strayer University. Natasha is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Science of business technology at Capella University. Natasha’s teaching interests include operations management, marketing management, leadership and organizational behavior and business management theories. She has assisted with redesigning and redeveloping courses as a Business instructor at Columbia College and Career Technical Institute. Her primary research interest is to explore the role of digital communication channels in daily work practices that affect manager to employee relationship development in the workplace informed by social exchange theory.
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