English for Business Communication 1
FP-AOP1Acad. year: 2019/2020
The course follows up on language studied in the compulsory course of Business English in the first year of study. The course is focused on general language as well as characteristic features of business communication at B2 level. It provides students with the relevant specialist language and professional communication skills they will need in the workplace.
Learning outcomes of the course unit
The course is intended to deepen the student’s language skills necessary for professional communication using relevant vocabulary.
The course is intended for students who are familiar with the language at B1 level (intermediate) since it focuses mainly on vocabulary and communication skills. They are expected to have completed the course of Business English in the first year of their study.
Recommended optional programme components
Recommended or required reading
APPLEBY, R. and WATKINS, F. International Express Upper-Intermediate Student's Book Third Edition. OUP 2014. ISBN 978-0-19-459761-6 (EN)
MASCULL, Bill. Business vocabulary in use: advanced. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010. ISBN 978-0-521-74940-4. (EN)
MURPHY, Raymond. English grammar in use: a self-study reference and practice book for intermediate learners of English: with answers. 4th ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, c2012, x, 380 s. ISBN 9780521189064. (EN)
MANN, Malcolm a Steve TAYLORE-KNOWLES. Destination B2: grammar and vocabulary : [with answer key]. Oxford: Macmillan, 2006. ISBN 9780230035386. (EN)
Planned learning activities and teaching methods
The course it taught by means of language lessons focused on practicing language skills and developing vocabulary. It includes also individual work of students.
Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes
Credit: credit test
75% course attendance is required.
Language of instruction
1) Unit 1 – Tense review. Prefixes.
2) Unit 1 – Conversational strategies. Making a good impression.
3) Unit 2 – Perfect tenses. Rules and limits.
4) Unit 2 – Report writing. Checking and clarifying.
5) Unit 3 – Relative clauses. Suffixes and collocations.
6) Unit 3 – Dynamic presentations. Hedging, contrasting and generalizing.
8) Unit 4 – Narrative tenses. Gerunds and infinitives.
9) Unit 4 – Being assertive. Handling complaints.
10) Unit 5 – Future tenses and future expressions.
11) Unit 5 – Describing graphs. Problems and solutions.
13) Credit test.
The aim of the course is to acquaint the students with language skills used in professional communication (reading, listening, speaking, writing) and to provide them with specific structures of business English.
Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences
Attendance at seminars is systematically checked by the teacher. Absence may be in justified cases compensated for by the agreement with the teacher.