21145. Business English . Group 34

Subject

Name21145 - Business English
Group Grup 34 ( Campus Digital )
Academic Year 2018-19
Credits6 credits
Period 2nd semester
Language English
Titulació
  • Degree in Economics - Third year
  • Double Degree in Business Administration and Law - Fourth year
  • Degree in Labour Relations - Fourth year
  • Double Degree in Business Administration and Tourism - Fifth year
  • Degree in Geography - Third year
  • Degree in Business Administration - Fourth year

Lecturers

LecturerOffice hours for students
Start timeEnd timeDay of the weekStart dateEnd dateLocation/Building
Mariana Ripoll Fonollar
mariana.ripollmariana.ripoll@uib.esuib.es
You need to book a date with the professor in order to attend a tutorial.

Context

The objective of this subject is to help students reach a B2 level of English (according to the Common European Framework Reference for Languages), which is a necessary requirement in order to obtain a degree in the University of the Balearic Islands.

Requirements

Essential

This subject will be entirely taught in English, and it is thus the responsibility of students to make sure they have a B1 level of English before registering.Those students who do not have the required B1 level of English before the term starts are welcome to use the Continuous Language Learning Classroom, located in the Jovellanos building (see further details here:http://rrhh.uib.es/digitalAssets/137/137294_aulaangl.pdf)

Skills

Basic competences can be consulted at the following address: http://www.uib.eu/study/grau/Basic-Competences-In-Bachelors-Degree-Studies/

Specific

  • CE2.3 Preparing decision-making in companies and organisations, especially at operative and tactical levels (Preparar la toma de decisiones en empresas y organizaciones, especialmente en los niveles operativo y táctico).

General

  • CG3 Ability to communicate in English (Capacidad para comunicarse en inglés).
  • CG1 Teamwork skills development (Capacidad para trabajar en equipo).
  • CG6 (CB4) Ability to communicate information, ideas, problems, and solutions to an audience, both specialised and non-specialised (Poder transmitir información, ideas, problemas y soluciones a un público tanto especializado como no especializado).

Basic

You may consult the basic competencies students will have to achieve by the end of the degree at the following address: http://www.uib.eu/study/grau/Basic-Competences-In-Bachelors-Degree-Studies/

Content

Contents

Thematic content

Units Modules 1-12:

MODULE 1

1.1 Ways of Working.

1.2 Making Contacts.

1.3 Speaking: Talking about Yourself.

MODULE 2

2.1 Company Benefits.

2.2 Presenting your Company.

2.3 Reading: Checking for Errors.

MODULE 3

3.1 Starting a Business.

3.2 Leaving and Taking Messages.

3.3 Listening: Short Messages.

MODULE 4

4.1 Advertising.

4.2 Delegating.

4.3 Reading: Vocabulary and Collocation.

MODULE 5

5.1 The Workplace.

5.2 Participating in a Meeting.

5.3 Speaking: Short Presentations.

MODULE 6

6.1 Recruitment.

6.2 Emailing.

6.3 Reading: Linking Ideas.

MODULE 7

7.1 Sales.

7.2 Selling.

7.3 Reading: Extracting Key Information.

MODULE 8

8.1 Training.

8.2 Showing You're Listening.

8.3 Listening: Short Monologues.

MODULE 9

9.1 Branding.

9.2 Getting Through.

9.3 Writing: Reports.

MODULE 10

10.1 Management.

10.2 Solving Problems.

10.3 Listening: an Interview.

MODULE 11

11.1 Ethical Economics.

11.2 Discussing Trends.

11.3 Reading: Longer Texts.

MODULE 12

12.1 Business Law.

12.2 Handling Questions.

12.3 Speaking: Discussions.

Teaching methodology

21145 Business English follows a strong face-to-face learning approach; for this reason, students should attend their weekly lessons regularly (those students who cannot attend lessons, please refer to the Article 7 of the Reglament Acadèmic - Matrícula d'estudiants a temps parcial).

The student must obtain a minimum score of 5 out of 10 in the Final Exam in order to pass the subject. In those cases where the mathematical average is higher than 5, and the final examination scores lower than a 5, the student will have a 4.5 on his or her marks record, according to the the article 26.7 of the Reglament Acadèmic

Alternative assessment dates will not be offered to any student except in those cases mentioned in the Article 26.6of the Reglament Acadèmic.

The use of cell phones and other electronic devices is not permitted in the classroom. Laptops will be only accepted if they are necessary for the tasks related to course activities. Any electronic device (including laptops or mobile phones) are NOT allowed in the classroom during test practice, or examinations, except when directly specified by the teacher.

Plagiarism will be penalised in agreement with the UIB Academic Regulation (Article 33).

Attended activities (2,4 credits, 60 hours)

TypeNameG. typeDescriptionHours
Theory classes Large group (G)

Lessons devoted to the acquisition of necessary requirements to successfully use English language in the specific context of Business English.

22
Practical classes Medium group (M)

Sessions devoted to the practice and improvement of competence in oral communication.

27
Assessment Practice task Large group (G)

Students will complete a task to practise one of the assessment activities. Further information on this task will be provided at the beginning of the term.

4
Assessment Final exam Large group (G)

The final exam will include multiple-choice questions which test the students' competence in relation to three different skills: Reading, Use of English (Grammar and Vocabulary), and Listening. Students must obtain a minimum mark of 5 in this test in order to pass the subject. Incorrect answers will not be penalised.

4
Assessment Writing exercise Large group (G)

Students will need to produce a piece of writing related to their field of study. The exam will feature two choices out of the four text types dealt with throughout the term, and students will have to choose and develop only ONE of them in 120-180 words.

2
Assessment Oral presentation Large group (G)

Students will have to prove their ability to communicate coherently in spoken English. Students must choose a topic related to their field of study and develop it in an oral presentation. Further guidelines will be provided at the beginning of the term, including the number of group members, the time limit, and the last day to notify the relevant details (students failing to respect the deadline will be penalised according to the lecturer's criteria).

1

At the beginning of the semester the subject schedule will be available to students through the UIBdigital platform. This schedule will at least include the dates for the continuous assessment exams and assignment deadlines. Furthermore, the lecturer will inform students as to whether the subject syllabus will be carried out according to the schedule or otherwise, including Campus Extens.

Non-attended activities (3,6 credits, 90 hours)

TypeNameDescriptionHours
Individual self-study

Students will plan their individual work and complete a number of activities.

90

Specific risks and protective measures

The learning activities of this course do not entail specific health or safety risks for the students and therefore no special protective measures are needed.

Student learning assessment

Students will have to complete a series of tasks during the course, an oral exam, a writing task and a final exam.

In accordance with article 33 of the Academic Regulations, "regardless of the disciplinary procedure that may be followed against the offending student , the demonstrably fraudulent performance of any of the evaluation elements included in the teaching guides of the subjects will lead, at the discretion of the teacher, to an undervaluation in the qualification that may suppose the qualification of "suspense 0" in the annual evaluation of the subject".

Practice task
Type Assessment
Technique Real or simulated task performance tests ( non-retrievable )
Description

Students will complete a task to practise one of the assessment activities. Further information on this task will be provided at the beginning of the term.

Assessment criteria

Students will have to complete a task to practise one assessment activity (see the section ?Methodology? for further details).

Final grade percentage: 10%

Final exam
Type Assessment
Technique Objective tests ( retrievable )
Description

The final exam will include multiple-choice questions which test the students' competence in relation to three different skills: Reading, Use of English (Grammar and Vocabulary), and Listening. Students must obtain a minimum mark of 5 in this test in order to pass the subject. Incorrect answers will not be penalised.

Assessment criteria

The final exam will include exercises which test the students' competence in relation to three different skills: Reading, Use of English, and Listening.

This exam must be passed with a minimum of a 5 in order to successfully pass the subject (see the section ?Methodology? for further details).

Final grade percentage: 50% with minimum grade 5

Writing exercise
Type Assessment
Technique Extended-response, discursive examinations ( non-retrievable )
Description

Students will need to produce a piece of writing related to their field of study. The exam will feature two choices out of the four text types dealt with throughout the term, and students will have to choose and develop only ONE of them in 120-180 words.

Assessment criteria

Students will need to produce a piece of writing related to their field of study (see the section ?Methodology? for further details).

Final grade percentage: 20%

Oral presentation
Type Assessment
Technique Oral tests ( non-retrievable )
Description

Students will have to prove their ability to communicate coherently in spoken English. Students must choose a topic related to their field of study and develop it in an oral presentation. Further guidelines will be provided at the beginning of the term, including the number of group members, the time limit, and the last day to notify the relevant details (students failing to respect the deadline will be penalised according to the lecturer's criteria).

Assessment criteria

Students will have to prove their ability to communicate coherently in spoken English by developing a topic related to their field of study (see the section ?Methodology? for further details).

Final grade percentage: 20%

Resources, bibliography and additional documentation

Basic bibliography

Students must obtain a copy of the following textbook before the beginning of the term:
Hughes, J. (2010). Total Business 2. Oxford: Summertown Publishing. (ISBN 9780462098654).

Additional bibliography

Vince, M. (2009). First Certificate Language Practice with Key . Basingstoke: Macmillan.
Vince, M. (2008). Macmillan English Grammar: In Context . Oxford: Macmillan Education.
Vince, M. and P. Emmerson (2003). Intermediate Language Practice with Key . Basingstoke: Macmillan.
Vince, M. and K. McNicholas (2003). Elementary Language Practice with Key . Basingstoke: Macmillan.

Other resources

http://englishonline.sites.uol.com.br/english/intermediate.htm http://
www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/language http://www.uefap.com/index.htm http://a4esl.org
http://www.grammar-quizzes.com/index.html http://english.baladre.org/sedaviwebfront/grammarindex.htm
http://www.englishexercises.org

Online resources for listening

http://englishlistening.com
http://soundsofenglish.org
http://esl.about.com
http://www.eslcafe.com
http://englishonline.sites.uol.com.br/english/intermediate.htm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/language
http://www.uefap.com/index.htm
http://a4esl.org
http://www.audioenglish.net/

BBC The British Council
http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/
http://www.britishcouncil.org/learnenglish-central-grammar-grammar-games-archive.htm


Online dictionaries and related resources:

http://dictionary.cambridge.org/
http://www.wordreference.com//