Business English

Statut actuel
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At the end of the unit the student will have acquired the following competencies :

  • Can scan quickly through long and complex texts, locating relevant details.
  • Can quickly identify the content and relevance of news items, articles and reports on a wide range of professional topics, deciding whether closer study is worthwhile.
  • Understanding relatively complex standard oral and written linguistic input commonly
  • Can understand standard spoken language, live or broadcast on both familiar and unfamiliar topics normally encountered in personal, social, academic or vocational life. Only extreme background noise, inadequate discourse structure and/or idiomatic usage influence the ability to understand.
  • Can understand the main ideas of propositionally and linguistically complex speech on both concrete and abstract topics delivered in standard speech, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialization.
  • Can follow extended speech and complex lines of argument provided the topic is reasonably familiar, and the direction of the talk is sign-posted by explicit markers.
  • Can keep up with an animated conversation between speakers of the target language.
  • Can with some effort catch much of what is said around him/her, but may find it difficult to participate effectively in discussion with several speakers of the target language who do not modify their speech in any way.
  • Can identify the main reasons for and against an argument or idea in a discussion conducted in clear standard speech.
  • Can follow chronological sequence in extended informal speech, e.g. in a story or anecdote.
  • Using English communicatively in intercultural contexts especially while traveling.
  • Developing skills of description, argumentation and persuasion.

This module is divided into 5 units teaching integratively the four language skills along with the essential grammatical and structural aspects of English. This course will adopt both competency and task-based approaches thus providing learners with opportunities to be exposed to and use linguistic input in personal, professional and educational contexts. Each unit is covered through classroom work, practical sessions and flipped learning activities.

Crossing cultures and boders

  • Human geographies: culture m, borders andobility
  • Cultural norms and values
  • English as a lingua franca (world Englishes)
  • English here and there!

Dealing with and talking about cultual diversity in the professional world

  • Cultural awareness and successful communication
  • Talking about one’s culture
  • Dealing with cultural difference
  • Handling sensitive cultural issues

Using language creatively to create value

  • Creative use of language for personal pleasure (literature, blogging, humor…)
  • Communicating using social media
  • Creative use of language in the professional world

Running effective meetings

  • What are meetings for ?
  • Types of meetings
  • Inviting participants to a meeting
  • Setting a meeting agenda
  • Holding, handling and evaluating meetings

Project Work