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School of Economics and Political Science
ECONOMICS AND FINANCE
Course unit
ENGLISH FOR ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS
EPP6077317, A.A. 2017/18

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2017/18

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
ECONOMICS AND FINANCE (Ord. 2017)
EC1935, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2017/18
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Degree course track Common track
Number of ECTS credits allocated 1.0
Type of assessment Evaluation
Course unit English denomination ENGLISH FOR ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS
Department of reference Department of Economics and Management
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Branch PADOVA

Lecturers
No lecturer assigned to this course unit

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Other -- -- 1.0

Mode of delivery (when and how)
Period First semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Organisation of didactics
Type of hours Credits Hours of
teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Shifts
Lecture 1.0 24 1.0 No turn

Calendar
Start of activities 02/10/2017
End of activities 19/01/2018

Syllabus
Prerequisites: The course is targeted to those Economics and Finance students who did not sit or did not pass the written test. The test, which aims at assessing an intermediate level of competence in English equal to the B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), can be sit in all the other sessions of the academic year
Target skills and knowledge: The course will help students develop and master those linguistic skills needed to effectively communicate in everyday situations as well as in workplace settings. Students will consolidate reading skills, so as to be able to understand the gist as well as the lexico-grammatical and syntactic features of a number of written texts connected with the world of finance and economics.
In particular, students will be supposed to
• reach a lexico-grammatical competence equal to the B2 level of the CEFR
• acquire a linguistic knowledge of the vocabulary and discourse of English at academic level.
• develop skills to be applied when analysing economics texts.
• develop reading, listening, presentation and reporting skills.
Examination methods: Students will sit a written test in two parts including the following exercises: Multiple choice (grammar), Word formation (morphology), Gap fill (vocabulary), Cloze test (grammar and vocabulary), Reading comprehension.
Assessment criteria: The exercises will refer to the domain of finance and economics.
The final evaluation will be “passed” or “not passed”. Students will be given a “pass” evaluation if reaching a final score of 70/100 or higher.

Students will be assessed on their ability to make appropriate lexico-grammatical choices and to read and understand texts belonging to the domain of economics and finance.
Course unit contents: Students will read and analyse a variety of texts belonging to the domain of economics and finance.
Students will also have an opportunity to revise the following grammar areas:
- Active and Passive Verb tenses
- Modal Verbs
- Phrasal Verbs
- Reported Speech
- Features of Nouns, Pronouns, Adjectives and Adverbs
- Linking Words
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Front lecturing on course-specific contents. Reading, listening, watching news. Pair work or group work . Students’ research work.
All students are required to attend classes.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Course material includes
1. Lecture notes for attending students
2. Material that will be made available on Moodle
3. The texts listed under 'Textbooks'
Students can find useful materials to start with at:
http://www.imf.org
http://www.bbc.co.uk
http://www.economist.com
https://www.ft.com
http://www.theguardian.com
http://www.europa.eu
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Duckworth, Michael, Business Grammar & Practice. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003. Cerca nel catalogo
  • MacKenzie, Ian, Professional English in Use – Finance. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2007. Facoltativo/Optional
  • Thaine, Craig, Cambridge Academic English. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2012. Facoltativo/Optional