Inglés Empresarial II
- Información General
Instructor: Antonio Jimenez-Munoz (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Module: Business English II (Inglés Empresarial II)
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: 1st semester (September to January)
This is the second 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 expansion 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 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.
Through a primarily practical focus, students after this module must progress to an intermediate level (CEFR B2):
Listening / Speaking
CAN follow or give a talk on a familiar topic or keep up a conversation on a fairly wide range of topics.
CAN scan texts for relevant information, and understand detailed instructions or advice.
CAN make notes while someone is talking or write a letter including nonstandard requests.
- To develop grammatical, lexical and pragmatic skills to B2 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 plan and deliver sucessful presentations on business-related topics in English.
- To manage different sources of information to create your own texts in English.
- To chair and take part in meetings, using appropriate expressions for turn-taking, expressing opinion, drawing conclusions, etc. in English.
- To organise and structure business documents in English using discourse markers and adopting adequate formats for an English-speaking readership.
Topic 1. Parts of the process
- Describing: product details and specifications.
- Procedures: production methods and systems.
- Delivery: international sales and distribution.
Topic 2. Giving presentations in English
- Presenting skills: signposting, chunking and structuring.
- Marketing: methods in advertising and branding.
- Beyond language: cultural aspects in marketing and presenting.
Topic 3. Figuring out
- Statistically: interpreting graphs, charts and trends.
- Company balance: presenting business results.
- Funding: pitching your product and attracting investment.
Tema 4. The human factor
- Get that job: interview and selection processes.
- Human Resources: managing people
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 January as the goal for skills training.
Evaluation: The tasks above are preparatory for the final assessment, to be done in late January. Students will do a final test comprising several papers or tasks.
- Listening paper (20%) - two extracts with one task each
- Reading paper (15%) - one extract with at least two tasks
- Writing paper (15%) - one composition on a practised format
- Use of English paper (20%) - a number of relevant grammar and vocabulary exercises
- Speaking task (30%) - a short presentation on a previously arranged topic, followed by discussion (5 + 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.