Study programmes / B-EPA Economic policy and administration / Language in Business - English
Course code:OKAJ
Course title in language of instruction:Language in Business - English
Course title in Czech:Obchodní jazyk - angličtina
Course title in English:Language in Business - English
Mode of completion and number of credits:Exam (2 credits)
(1 ECTS credit = 28 hours of workload)
Mode of delivery/Timetabled classes:full-time, 0/2; part-time, 16/0
(full-time, hours of lectures per week / hours of seminars per week; part-time, lectures per period / seminars per period)
Language of instruction:English
Level of course:bachelor
Semester:SS 2018/2019 - FBE
Name of lecturer:Mgr. Michal Mikeš (supervisor)
Prerequisites:not Final Bachelor Exam and to study at faculty Personal Finance
 
Aims of the course:The goal of the subject is to develop students' language skills and knowledge at the B2 level, bringing into focus business vocabulary and correspondence. Students will acquire and deepen knowledge of advanced grammatical structures, key business vocabulary and different types of business correspondence and their content and formal aspects.
Course contents:
1.Business or pleasure? (allowance 0/2)
 
a.Corporate entertainment. Small talk.
b.Tense review.

2.Relationship-building (allowance 0/2)
 
a.Networking skills. Social English.
b.Multi-verb sentences.

3.Information exchange (allowance 0/2)
 
a.Meetings, paraphrasing, pointing out discrepancies.
b.Conditionals.

4.Leading meetings (allowance 0/2)
 
a.Meeting management. Chairing a meeting.
b.Linking and contrasting ideas.

5.Making decisions (allowance 0/2)
 
a.Workplace dilemmas. Worst-case scenarios. Crisis management.
b.Articles.

6.Making an impact (allowance 0/2)
 
a.Presentations: openings and closings. Rhetorical techniques.
b.Present perfect simple vs. Present perfect continuous.

7.Voice and visuals (allowance 0/2)
 
a.Presentations: visuals. Giving feedback on presentation.
b.Modal verbs.

8.Promoting your ideas (allowance 0/2)
 
a.Presentations: public speaking. Sales pitch.
b.Phrasal verbs. The passive.

9.Emailing (allowance 0/2)
 
a.Dealing with emails. Appropriate email style.
b.Future forms.

10.Problems on the phone (allowance 0/2)
 
a.Telephone phrases. Dealing with customer complaint.
b.Complex question formation.

11.Out and about (allowance 0/2)
 
a.Business travel. Conversation over business lunch.
b.Narrative tenses.

12.Negotiating deals (allowance 0/2)
 
a.Negotiating tactics and phrases. Diplomatic language

13.Revision (allowance 0/0)
 
a.Revision of previous lessons.

Learning outcomes and competences:
Generic competences:
 
-ability to apply knowledge
-ability to understand foreign cultures and customes
-ability to work in international context
-ability to work independently
-communication in second language
-interpersonal skills
-professional knowledge
-skilled at utilizing and processing information
-work in team

Specific competences:
 
-Student can actively apply acquired knowledge of grammar and business vocabulary in both written and oral communication.
-Student can describe formal and informal correspondence styles and knows vocabulary typical of the styles.
-Student has deepened and extended knowledge of advanced grammatical structures and vocabulary related to the business field.
-Student is able to distinguish formal and informal correspondence styles and choose adequate vocabulary typical of the styles.
-Student is able to write a structured formal letter and apply knowledge of vocabulary typical of formal style.
-Student is familiar with different types of business correspondence and masters their content and formal aspects.

Type of course unit:optional
Year of study:Not applicable - the subject could be chosen at anytime during the course of the programme.
Work placement:There is no compulsory work placement in the course unit.
Recommended study modules:none
Assessment methods:Completion of the subject is conditioned by two midterm tests, mandatory attendance, a credit test and an oral exam. The oral exam is based on a discussion related to the given topics, duration of the exam is 15 minutes. Students have a dictionary at their disposal during the preparation time. The duration of the preparation is 15 minutes. The overall language skills are tested (range of vocabulary, accuracy, fluency, pronunciation). The minimum required level to pass the exam parts is 60%. The final score is the average score of the written tests and oral exam.
 
Learning activities and study load (hours of study load)
Type of teaching methodDaily attendanceCombined form
Direct teaching
     lecture0 h6 h
     practice28 h0 h
     consultation0 h10 h
Self-study
     preparation for exam12 h18 h
     preparation for regular testing16 h22 h
Total56 h56 h

Basic reading list
  • ALLISON, J. -- POWELL, M. In Company 3.0 Upper Intermediate Student´s Book Pack. London: Macmillan, 2014. 158 p. ISBN 978-0-230-45535-1.
  • MURPHY, R. English Grammar in Use Fourth Edition. Cambridge: CUP, 2012. 380 p. ISBN 978-0-521-18939-2.
Recommended reading list
  • SCRIVENER, J. -- HOLLOWAY, C. -- BAADE, K. Skills for Business Studies. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012. 167 p. ISBN 0-194-73952-X.
  • TURNER, R. -- DUCKWORTH, M. Business Result. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012. 167 p. ISBN 0-194-73951-1.
  • EMMERSON, P. Business Vocabulary Builder. Oxford: MACMILLAN, 2009. 176 p. ISBN 3-190-32722-X.
  • EMMERSON, P. Email English. Oxford: MACMILLAN, 2004. 96 p. ISBN 3-190-02884-2.