First cycle
degree courses
Second cycle
degree courses
Single cycle
degree courses
School of Economics and Political Science
BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
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
BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
EP2423, 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
E-Learning website https://elearning.unipd.it/economia/course/view.php?idnumber=2017-EP2423-000ZZ-2017-EPP6077317-N0
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Branch PADOVA
Single Course unit The Course unit CANNOT be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit is available ONLY for students enrolled in BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

Lecturers
Teacher in charge Emanuela Tenca

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

Examination board
Examination board not defined

Syllabus
Prerequisites: The course is targeted to those Business Administration students who did not sit or did not pass the written test at the beginning of the academic year.

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 exam sessions.

For more information please check the course page in Moodle.
Target skills and knowledge: The course will help you develop and master those linguistic skills needed to effectively communicate in everyday situations as well as in workplace settings.

You will consolidate your 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 belonging to business discourse.

In particular, you will

• reach a lexico-grammatical competence equal to the B2 level of the CEFR;
• develop your reading skills;
• acquire knowledge of the vocabulary and discourse of English for Business Purposes;
• develop skills to be applied when analysing business texts.
Examination methods: You will sit a written test including the following exercises: multiple choice (grammar), word formation (morphology), gap fill (vocabulary), cloze test (grammar), sentence transformation (grammar), reading comprehension.

All exercises refer to the domain of business and economics.

The final evaluation will be “passed” or “not passed”. You will be awarded a “pass” evaluation if you reach a final score of 70/100 or higher.
Assessment criteria: You will be assessed on your ability to make appropriate lexico-grammatical choices and to read and understand texts belonging to the business domain.
Course unit contents: You will read and analyse a variety of texts belonging to the domain of economics and business.

You will also revise the following grammar topics:

- active and passive voice;
- modal verbs;
- phrasal verbs;
- reported speech;
- features of nouns, pronouns, adjectives and adverbs;
- linking words and phrases.

You will also learn terminology belonging to the areas of business and economics.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Front lecturing on course-specific contents and in-class practice to prepare for the exam. Pair work/group work.

Attendance is highly recommended. Attenders are supposed to come to class having done their homework, and ready to partecipate actively to the lesson.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Course material includes

1. a compulsory textbook we will use in class (Intelligent business coursebook - Upper Intermediate, Longman/Pearson, see 'Textbooks' below);
2. lecture notes for attending students;
3. material that will be made available in Moodle;
4. other optional texts listed under 'Textbooks'.

You can find useful materials to start with at:

http://www.europa.eu
http://www.imf.org
http://www.bbc.co.uk
http://www.economist.com
http://www.theguardian.com
https://www.ft.com
http://interbrand.com
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Duckworth, Michael, Business Grammar & Practice. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003. Facoltativo/Optional Cerca nel catalogo
  • Mascull, Bill, Business Vocabulary in Use Intermediate. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010. Facoltativo/Optional
  • Thaine, Craig, Cambridge Academic English. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2012. Facoltativo/Optional
  • Trappe, Tonya; Tullis, Graham, Intelligent business coursebook - Upper Intermediate. Harlow: Pearson/Longman, 2006. Obbligatorio/Compulsory Cerca nel catalogo
  • Vince, Michael; French, Amanda, IELTS language practice - English grammar and vocabulary. Oxford: MacMillan, 2011. Consigliato per il ripasso autonomo della grammatica/Recommended for self-study Cerca nel catalogo