Business & Management Course

Hospitality English And Communication (HEC)

Course Type: Certification | Study Mode: Online
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INR 7000.00
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Course Detail

The Hospitality Professional Course (HEC) consists of a series of self-paced online seminars and activities that have
been created for students who are studying or currently working in the hospitality industry. The overall purpose of
the HEC course is to maximize student s confidence when communicating within the hospitality environment. The
topics and activities in HEC are designed to inspire you to deliver service excellence by developing an a ha!
Amazing Hospitality Attitude!
The HEC reviews the vocabulary, phrases and expressions used in a variety of typical guest service situations that
would occur in a hotel or restaurant. Using appropriate language, however, is not the only key to effective customer
service. Language must be combined with an understanding of the principles of customer service and
communication techniques. This course provides both, with the goal of not only improving participants English
language skills, but also improving their ability to communicate effectively with guests and coworkers and provide
guests with outstanding service
Level of English
Participants must have a reasonable level of fluency in English to take this course. They should be able to read,
make themselves understood and understand an every-day basic level of English, even if their verbal expression is
not perfect. The HEC is not an ESL program (English as a Second Language). It is not appropriate for individuals
who have no English language skills or who are at beginner level. The program does not teach grammar and only
reviews vocabulary and expressions commonly used in specific hospitality situations.
There are 12 HEC modules. Each module will contain the following activities which are explained in more detail
Module Overview
HEC Seminar(s) and reading supplements
Seminar Assessment Quiz
Skill Builder Activities
Online Discussions
a ha! Moments
Module Overview
At the beginning of each module, always start with the Overview tab. It contains a video of one of your AHA
iCoaches. Download a module breakdown of requirements. Your iCoach will guide you throughout, and will
help you get the most out of your online course.
Reading Supplements
The 12 reading supplements act as your online textbook. Each supplement covers a particular topic or series of
topics that relate to the seminars. You can download each reading supplement to your computer in order to read
it and we recommend that you print it so that you have it to refer to while you are undertaking the program and
for future reference.
You will find each in the seminar tab of each module. These written materials form the foundation of your
program and so you are expected to read each a number of times before moving on to listening to the seminars
associated with that reading supplement.
When you click on Seminars, you will find a corresponding seminar for each module. These are a series of selfpaced,
interactive sessions. Each seminar is voiced over, so make sure the volume of your computer is turned
up. You can click Pause at any time, and replay a previous slide by using the PowerPoint navigation system.
We encourage all participants to take notes and use these as study material for the midterm and final exams.
There are 19 PowerPoint presentations that relate to the various topics presented in the reading supplements.
Each of the module topics has one, two or three PowerPoint presentations associated with each reading
supplement. The Power-Point seminars are designed to test your knowledge of the content of the reading
supplement and to allow you to practice the vocabulary and expressions you have learned.
During the seminars, you will be continually asked questions that you are expected to answer out loud, and you
will also be asked to repeat certain phrases and expressions or to read along with the presenter. You must
therefore quickly learn how to pause the presentation in order to give yourself time to answer a question and
also how to rewind or go back a few slides so that you can hear or repeat what was said again.
Whenever the presenter asks you to read something on the slide or asks you a question, you should pause the
presentation and you should answer out loud. You need to get used to reading and speaking out loud during this
course and actively using the phrases and expressions that you are learning. You also need to get used to
hearing the sound of your own voice speaking English, as much as possible.
Once you feel confident with the knowledge presented in the seminar, you are now ready to take the
corresponding quiz. Click on Quizzes and select the quiz that is in the same Module Folder as the seminar you
watched. You will have ONLY two attempts to pass each quiz with a passing grade of 70%. After you have
successfully completed the quiz, you can return to the course materials to begin a new seminar.
Skill Builder Activities
The skill builder activities allow students to put theory into practice and build on the knowledge and skills
gained from the seminars. There will be a corresponding Skill Builder for each Module. Click on the Module
and follow the instructions. Each Skill Builder is worth 5 points. Students receive 5 points for completing
them and 0 points for an incomplete activity.
Online Discussions
The discussion forum allows students to reflect on their experiences and share these experiences with peers,
online faculty and AHA iCoaches. There will be a corresponding Discussion for each Module and they are
worth 5 points each. Click on the Module and reply to the various discussion posts. Students are required to
post a reply and one response per discussion in order to earn the 5 points.
Module Progress
Once you click on a module inside your HEC course, you will see a detailed overview of the required activities
for each module. Some modules might have more than one requirement per activity so use this overview as a
way to track your progress through each module.
Two examinations will be given for this course: the midterm examination covering Modules 1-6 and the final
examination to cover Modules 7-12. After you have fully completed Modules 1-6 you will find your midterm
exam located on the Module 6 progress checklist. After you have fully completed Modules 7-12 you will find
your final exam located on the Module 12 progress checklist. Before taking your final exam, you will be asked
to complete a course evaluation to help AHA further enhance our system and courses.
Please note that your midterm and final exams are automated and ONLY come on when you have completed
ALL activities. Each module must have all green checkmarks in order for the midterm and final to be activated.
Grading and Special Designation
A student must have a minimum grade of 70% to earn the HEC certificate from AHA. NOTE: The (AHA)
HEC course grade may differ from your final school grade as your school may have a different grade criteria
and percentage allocation. The grade from your school is the official grade that will be seen in your Transcript
of Records. Students who receive a final grade of 93% or higher will receive a special citation from the
American Hospitality Academy.
Your final grade in the AHA HEC course will be computed based on the following criteria and weight
distribution, for a total of 100%.
Grading Scale
Quizzes: 10%
Midterm Exam: 25%
Final Exam: 25%
Activities: 40% (Online discussions and skill builders make up this percentage)
a ha! Moments
At the end of each seminar you will be asked to watch what we call an a ha! Moment. What is an a ha!
Moment? It is a mini lesson within the lesson that allows you to reflect on what you have learned and inspires
and motivates you to continue to embrace the right customer service attitude. After each lesson, you will find
the corresponding a ha! Moment in this tab within your HEC classroom.
Passport to Culture- Inspiring Global Connections and Friendship
Your Cultural Course Lab
The cornerstone of AHA s programs is the study of culture. Our foremost concern is to promote understanding and
respect for different cultures - an important key to successful management and leadership in today s multicultural
Passport to Culture (PTC) can be considered your course cultural lab where you have the unique opportunity to
travel the world with AHA enhancing your understanding and appreciation of others. Passport to Culture allows you
to connect with others from around the world and participate in discussion forums that can make a difference in the
way you think and feel about your global neighbors.
Extra Credit Points
PTC compliments your existing courses by allowing you to earn extra credit points for each stamp collected. The
more activities and connections you make, the more stamps you receive in your passport. Extra credit points are
earned on your final grade with AHA, based on the number of stamps you collect. Two points per stamp collected
can be earned with a maximum of 12 extra credit points on your final grade.
Successful Completion and Issuance of AHA World Campus Certificate
Your instructor will inform you of the required completion dates. In addition, please check your homepage and
course page for additional announcements regarding examination schedules. After you have completed your final
exam, your score will be computed automatically and your final score will be generated. If you get a passing score,
you will have the opportunity to print your online HEC certificate.
Getting Started!
Personalized World Campus Login
If you are having trouble logging in using the login (your email address) and password sent to you from World
Campus, please check with the faculty member in charge of your section. Only students who have been previously
registered by your instructor or online course monitor will have access to World Campus. Below is a description of
the functions you will find on the blue navigation bar once logged in.
Home Page
When you log into World Campus, you will always be taken to your Home Page. All announcements and course
updates will be posted here as well as your current discussions. It is important to check your announcements often
for any changes or information that pertains to your overall successful completion.
My Courses
Each time you log into World Campus, you will need to click the My Courses tab and then click on the
Hospitality Professional Course. You will then be taken to your classroom which consists of the 8 HEC modules
and their corresponding activities and assignments. , Overview, HEC Seminars, Quizzes/Examinations, Skill
Builders, Discussions and a ha! Moments.
My Account
The My Account Tab allows you to view your transcript and update your profile. Feel free to update your profile at
anytime, by adding updated information about your personal, academic and/or professional life. Please, just keep it
appropriate for all faculty and student participants. After your course, take time to print your transcripts for your
My Transcript
The My Transcript tab allows you to track your progress for each of the graded activities. All of your scores will be
located in your transcript. You are also able to print your transcript at any time for your own records.
You are required to check your mailbox frequently for any updates from AHA, your instructor or fellow
participants. It is important to understand that your World Campus mail can only send and receive mail from fellow
World Campus users. You will not be able to use this with people who are not participating in this course. Every
time you receive a World Campus mail, you will receive the same mail in your regular email account. Please be
aware that sometimes this may go to junk mail. We suggest that you check your spam regularly.
Global eCafe
eCafe can be found when you click on the tab next to your Mail Box on the blue navigation bar. eCaf provides
participants with the added advantage of traveling the world without leaving home by connecting with students from
around the world who are currently enrolled in World Campus . Students are encouraged to use eCafe to maximize
their professional development and online experience by posting in the various student forums. Your instructor will
be monitoring student participation, which is optional. eCafe was provided as an added value to the HEC course.
My Play Book
My Playbook is full of win-win strategies that will help you maximize your career and course success. AHA
strongly encourages you to use the information in My Playbook to enhance your profesional development skills.
AHA s iCoach will be referring to it as you go through each module.
Passport to Culture
The Passport to Culture tab is where you easily click to enroll into the program and begin making new friends from
around the world. This is also where you can track the number of stamps and extra credit points you have earned to