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Semester 1

English for International Business Communication (LLLG07137)


English Language Education





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L2 English speakers - CEFR Level B2 /IELTS 6.5 minimum who need to improve their language skills. It is an advantage for students to have a basic understanding/knowledge of and/or interest working in business or similar professional contexts. Having taken a first year business or business-related course or equivalent at their home universities would be useful but it is not essential. The course will be open to students in any College interested in a business-oriented career or to those wishing to improve their language communication skills for the professional work-place. It is essential that students who wish to enrol on this course contact the Visiting Student Office. Places fill up quickly. **The deadline for enrolments in Semester 1 (September 2022) will be Wednesday 21 September at 5pm so visiting students who wish to take this course must request this course prior to that date. Requests for late enrolment are not guaranteed. Additionally, please note that this course cannot take place if there is not sufficient interest from visiting students. There is therefore no guarantee that the courses will take place if insufficient students request it before the deadline, and a decision will be made to run/cancel the courses after enrolments begin during Week 1 of each semester**

Course Summary

The course focuses on activating and developing language skills through cooperative task-based work. Course participants read or listen to business texts in order to exchange information and compare their own knowledge and experience of the business world. Other language practice activities include a variety of presenting formats; meeting roleplays; problem solving discussions; listening to talks; formal letter and email writing practice. There are opportunities for more individual work, for example researching and giving a presentation on a business topic of their choice.

Course Description

The course aims to improve oral fluency and confidence in speaking English through a variety of activities including participating in meeting roleplays; preparing and giving short talks; exchanging information about business situations; negotiating and participating in a simulated job interview. Writing activities focus on business correspondence (both letter and email) and writing reports. There is a general emphasis on the development of written and spoken communication skills. A range of materials from business and business media sources will be used to present and discuss aspects of business in both the UK and internationally. Throughout the course students will be encouraged to talk about their own knowledge and experience. The tasks are predominantly based on authentic business texts. Most tasks involve an integration of two or more language skills and are presented within a business topic-based syllabus framework that includes business numeracy, types of business organisation, marketing and finance in order to introduce vocabulary and conceptual knowledge so that students can talk meaningfully in English about aspects of business. Students will research a business-related topic with the aim of giving a presentation of that topic to their colleagues at a simulated business conference at the end of the course. The course is classroom-based with intensive small group and whole class discussion of topics. The aim is to provide a safe environment for L2 speakers to actively participate in such discussions. Students will be expected to prepare for class in advance (via access to online resources of reading for example) to maximise time spent on interactive activities in class. Students will also be expected to produce work in the form of written correspondence and reports, and to produce presentations, both live and recorded. Assessments are based on written report and a live research-based presentation.

Assessment Information

Written Exam 0%, Coursework 100%, Practical Exam 0%

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