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Business English Fast Track (BWL1)

Teacher: Sarah Leaper-Meier

 

Aim of the course

Provide students who do not have an adequate background the opportunity to improve their English so they can follow Business English 1 in their second semester successfully.

Activities

Review of English grammar, vocabulary development, writing and speaking exercises. Im Mittelpunkt steht die systematische Entwicklung aller vier Sprachfertigkeiten sowie eine gezielte Wiederholung der Grundlagen der englischen Grammatik. Eine praxisbezogene Einführung in den Fachwortschatz des Wirtschaftsenglisches wird angeboten, um Studierenden an die Themen, die ausführlich im 2. Semester behandelt werden, heranzuführen. Typische Aufgaben des Arbeitslebens, wie z.B. geschäftlicher Umgang per Telefon, E-Mail oder Brief, werden behandelt und geübt.

Exam

90-min written

Remarks

BWL1 students are required to take the Business English Assessment Test in the first week of classes with Prof. Zaharka. This test will then recommend whether you need to take the course.

 

Business English I (BWL2)

Teacher: Christina Schäfer

Content of the course

This course focuses on core areas  in business and economics. The topics  are:

-      Application: CV and Covering Letter -      Customer service: Telephoning and emailing -      importance of politeness and diplomacy -      Work conditions and fringe benefits-      Types of retailing – Describing charts-      Marketing strategies and presentations -      Language of banking and finance – Debts, credits and investment -      Types of organizations –  Describing organigrams -      Accounting  terminology – Balance sheets -      Basic language of economics – Factors of economic growth -      Documents in international trade

You will learn and practice language and communication skills to enable you to talk about a wide variety of topics.

Coursebook

Career Express, Business English B2, published by Cornelsen

Exam
90-min written

Remarks
All students must be able to communicate understandably in both spoken and written English to pass this course: Make sure that you have crossed the communication threshold before starting the course.

Business English II (BWB 3)

This course is taught in English.

Teacher: Sharon Zaharka
Prerequisites See content of ENG1, or: Good ability to use English in speaking and writing; experience in telephoning and doing presentations; knowledge of basic Business English vocabulary.
Aim of the course
This course is designed to help students develop confidence and proficiency in discussing a wide variety of topics in different situations. Students are expected to participate actively in class, taking part in group and pair work which aims at consolidating and extending the students' knowledge of English by practising all four language skills. In addition to practising key business vocabulary and idioms, the main emphasis is put on developing the students' communicative skills. The participants practise presenting business related topics and dealing with customer complaints focusing on the active use of business vocabulary, correct grammar and public speaking ability as well as participating fluently and appropriately in business related discussions.
Coursebook
The course is based on "Business Proficiency" published by Klett. We will cover the first half of the book.
Methods
In this course, English is our language of preference, which means that students are expected to speak English at all times, including dealing with administrative questions. This course draws on a combination of the Communicative Approach and the Lexical Approach to language teaching. This means that students work mostly in pairs or small groups when completing a task, such as discussion worksheets, language games, role plays, reading and communication tasks, etc.
Assessment
Students will receive a pass/fail grade. This is based on performance in quizzes and participation in class.

Business English III (BWB4)

This course is taught in English.
Teacher: Sharon Zaharka
Prerequisites See content of BUS ENG2, or: Good ability to use English in speaking and writing; experience in doing presentations; professional telephoning skills, basic socializing skills; good knowledge of Business English vocabulary.
Aim of the course
This course is designed to help students develop confidence and proficiency in discussing complex topics in different situations. Students are expected to participate actively in class, taking part in group and pair work which aims at consolidating and extending the students' knowledge of English by practising all four language skills. In addition to practising specialized business vocabulary, the main emphasis will be put on developing the students' communicative skills. The participants practise participating fluently and appropriately in business related discussions and negotiations while focusing on the active use of business vocabulary, correct grammar and public speaking ability. Also, formal writing are learned.
Coursebook
The course is based on "Business Proficiency" published by Klett. We will cover the second half of the book.
Methods
In this course, English is our language of preference, which means that students are expected to speak English at all times, including dealing with administrative questions. This course draws on a combination of the Communicative Approach and the Lexical Approach to language teaching. This means that students work mostly in pairs or small groups when completing a task, such as discussion worksheets, language games, role plays, reading and communication tasks, etc.
Exam
30-minute spoken exam in pairs Students are assessed at the end of the semester in an oral exam in which they demonstrate – in pairs – their ability to socialize in a professional environment, discuss a controversial issue with a business partner, and give an ad hoc short presentation on a business related topic. In this exam, fluency, accuracy, professional conduct, and the active use of Business English vocabulary are the main criteria for assessment.

WRB 3 – Business English 4SWS

Instructors: Hyacinth Moodalie-Hünnemeyer, Janice Scott

This course is designed to help students develop confidence and proficiency in discussing a wide variety of business topics in different situations. Students are expected to participate actively in class, taking part in group and pair work which aims at consolidating and extending their knowledge of English by practising all four language skills. The main emphasis is put on developing the students' communicative skills. The participants practise presenting business related topics focusing on the active use of business vocabulary, collocations and idioms, correct grammar and public speaking ability as well as participating fluently and appropriately in business related discussions.  The course is based on Career Express C1, Cornelsen 2011. Additional materials in the form of handouts or uploaded documents on Moodle will be provided.

Assessment

Students are assessed at the end of the semester in an oral exam in which they demonstrate – in pairs – their ability to conduct small talk, complete a collaborative task, and give a short presentation on a business related topic covered in class. In this exam, fluency, accuracy, professional conduct, and the active use of Business English vocabulary are the main criteria.