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General studies

Teaching language


Type of course


Recommended year of study


Total number of ECTS

5 cr

Competency aims

The primary aim is to develop Business English communication skills required in the professional context. The course also aims to provide the student with the necessary support in study skills (writing, researching, presenting) to succeed in his/her degree studies.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student is expected to be able to-
in academic areas:
-write appropriate, coherent and cohesive academic text in correct English.
-read with greater efficiency and take effective notes from written material and lectures.
-participate more effectively in routine academic interactions.

in professional areas:
-demonstrate competence in writing and speaking in professional contexts.
-demonstrate the ability to write effective key professional documents.
-understand the relationship between appropriate style and meaning of professional texts, and apply these elements in both oral and written contexts.
-competently participate in professional discourse in English.
-prepare and deliver a business presentation with effective use of IT tools, e.g. PowerPoint.

Course contents

Principles of effective communication in the business context; review of language structures; business English (form, style, vocabulary); academic writing (the research & writing process); professional writing (business documents, correspondence, reports).
Business presentations.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Entrance Examination in English
Skill level B2 in the European Framework of Reference for Languages.

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Additional information

Attendance to all classes is compulsory.
Assignments are graded and are subject to strict deadlines. Late submissions are NOT accepted.

The final grade is based on overall course performance including assessment for: participation and completed coursework,
graded assignments,
presentation assignment.

Recommended or required reading

Recommended course book:
Business Communication. Krizan, Merrier, Jones. (Thomson South-Western 6th edition ISBN 0-324-22536-9)

Other literature:
The Good Grammar Guide. Richard Palmer (Routledge Study Guides - Routledge)
Guide to Managerial Communication - Effective Business Writing and Speaking. Mary Munter (Prentice Hall)
Mastering Communication. Nicky Stanton (Macmillan Master Series)
Oxford Guide to Writing & Speaking - The Key to Effective Communication. John Seely (Oxford University Press)
Schaum's Guide to Great Presentation Skills. Melody Templeton, Suzanne Sparks FitzGerald (McGraw-Hill)
Schaum's Guide to Writing great Research Papers. Laurie Rozakis (McGraw-Hill)
Collins Cobuild English Dictionary (HarperCollins)

Study activities

  • Lectures - 60 hours
  • Individual- and group instruction - 20 hours
  • Small-group work - 20 hours
  • Individual studies - 33 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 133 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 133 hours
  • Of which scheduled studies: 0 hours

Mode of Delivery

Participation in tuition

Assessment methods

  • Demonstrations and proficiency exams
  • Essays, reports, productions and portfolio

Assessment requirements

The course grade is based on:

Assignments and coursework 40%
Oral Presentations 40%
participation 20%


Kimberley Nigel


Kimberley Nigel

Group size

No limit

Assignments valid until

Until date 2013-06-01

Assessment methods

  • Date will be announced later - Demonstrations and presentations
  • Date will be announced later - Reports and productions

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