General studies

Teaching language


Type of course


Cycle/level of course


Recommended year of study


Total number of ECTS

5 cr

Competency aims

The primary aim is to develop English language
competence, in particular Business English
communication skills required in the
professional context, i.e
- to improve spoken fluency in business
- to improve writing skills

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 communicate effectively on matters
regularly encountered at work, in school, at
- give clear, rather detailed descriptions
about the organizational structure of a company,
product components, services or processes
- interact with a high degree of fluency
in work and customer situations.
- deliver a well structured presentation.
- write basic business letters and reports

Course contents

My Place of Work, My Education,
Professional & academic writing, Business
correspondence, Business report writing,

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Level B1.1 European Framework

Previous course names

engelska 5 sp (2005 - 2013, företagsekonomi)

Additional information

Attendance is compulsory and counts towards 20% of
the course grade. Assignment deadlines are firm and
given in Itslearning. Late submissions are not

Recommended or required reading

Material will be found in Itslearning

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

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
Schaum's Guide to Writing great Research
Papers. Laurie Rozakis (McGraw-Hill)
Collins Cobuild English Dictionary

Study activities

  • Lectures - 60 hours
  • Individual- and group instruction - 25 hours
  • Small-group work - 10 hours
  • Individual studies - 40 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 135 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 135 hours
  • Of which scheduled studies: 0 hours

Mode of Delivery

Participation in tuition

Assessment methods

  • Exams (written-, oral-, home-)
  • Essays, reports, productions and portfolio

Assessment requirements

Students are required to submit all assignments
and coursework tasks for assessment. The course
grade is based on continual assessment, and the
completion of all work
submitted (80%) and participation (20%) in
classes. There is no final exam.


Kimberley Nigel


Kimberley Nigel

Group size

No limit

Assignments valid until

12 months after course has ended

Assessment methods

  • Date of examination will be announced later - Exams
  • Date will be announced later - Reports and productions

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