Inglés Empresarial I
- Información General
Instructor: Antonio Jimenez-Munoz (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Module: Business English I (Inglés Empresarial I)
Degree: Accounting and Finance / Labour Relations and Human Resources
Institution: Facultad de Economía y Empresa (Faculty of Economics and Business), Universidad de Oviedo, Spain
Category: free elective
Credits: 6 ECTS, practical
Period: 2nd semester (January to May)
This is the first of two free electives for undergraduates in the degrees of Accounting and Finance or Labour Relations and Human Resources, and it can also serve as introduction for students of Business or Economics. It aims at consolidating English-language skills when dealing within an economic/financial context. Students must already have a basic grasp of the language (CEFR A2):
Listening / Speaking
CAN express simple opinions or requirements in a familiar context.
CAN understand straightforward information within a known area, such as on products and signs and simple textbooks or reports on familiar matters.
CAN complete forms and write short simple letters or postcards related to personal information.
Through a primarily practical focus, students after this module must progress to a pre-intermediate level (CEFR B1):
Listening / Speaking
CAN express opinions on abstract/cultural matters in a limited way or offer advice within a known area, and understand instructions or public announcements.
CAN understand routine information and articles, and the general meaning of non-routine information within a familiar area.
CAN write letters or make notes on familiar or predictable matters.
- To develop grammatical, lexical and pragmatic skills to B1 level within a business context.
- To understand language and vocabulary used within the context of accounting and finance in English
- To read and understand specilised texts on business topics, being able to summarise, reference and analyse textual data.
- To use formal and informal registers, and observe politeness when speaking and writing within a business context.
- To communicate in English to perform tasks requiring an exchange of information while observing cultural norms.
- To use communicative strategies to support your ideas, explain, give further information, express opinion, arrange plans, apologise and promote a product in English.
- To manage different sources of information to create your own texts in English.
- To organise and structure business documents in English using discourse markers and adopting adequate formats for an English-speaking readership.
- To produce texts and documents of common use in business, accounting or finance contexts, such as commercial correspondence, business documents, datasheets, reports or projects
- Topic 1. In Company
- At work: jobs, skills, careers, routines and tasks.
- Corporations: sectors, company culture, structure and history.
- On the Internet: company websites, image and branding.
- Topic 2. Company communication
- Arrangements: telephone conversations, appointments and planning.
- Getting around: travel arrangements, short messages and problems when travelling.
- On business: offsite meetings, conferences and holiday arrangements.
- Topic 3. Networking
- Contacts: informal meetings and small talk.
- Applying for the job: job offers, CVs, cover letters and online recruitment.
Methodology: as in any other language course, learning is centred upon student participation in a number of tasks which may include simulation and role-play, exchanging information, active listening and writing and reading texts. There is also a component of recommended independent study based upon grammar and vocabulary tasks which prepares the student for hands-on tasks (see Class Materials and Other Resources).
Tasks: a number of tasks and activities will be carried out, all of them related to the four basic communication skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) or linked to grammar or vocabulary topics. These tasks, mid-module mock exams and further study must be self-paced, with late May as the goal for skills training.
Evaluation: The tasks above are preparatory for the final assessment, to be done in late May. Students will do a final test comprising several papers or tasks.
- Listening paper (20%) - two extracts with one task each
- Reading paper (20%) - one extract with at least two tasks
- Writing paper (20%) - one composition on a practised format
- Use of English paper (20%) - a number of relevant grammar and vocabulary exercises
- Speaking task (20%) - a short, practical task followed by an open-question discussion (3 + 5 minutes)
Students will be graded 1 to 10 in each of these papers. The final grade will be the mean of these results. A pass grade is set at overall 50%, while 70% or above would represent merit.