module specification

OEL066 - Business English Stage 6 (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18
Module title Business English Stage 6
Module level Level 4/5/6 (99)
Credit rating for module 15
School Guildhall School of Business and Law
Total study hours 150
50 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
100 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
In-Course Test 25%   Class Test
Coursework 25%   Individual presentation
Coursework 50%   Writing assignment 1000-1200 words
Running in 2017/18
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Spring semester North Thursday Morning

Module summary

This module is intended to support students who are following pre-MBA studies or who wish to pursue a business related career . Students study business language and communication to achieve a near-native speaker level of proficiency ,CEFR C2 they investigate the contemporary business environment , research and discuss current issues, examine intercultural aspects of business communication and prepare a variety of business related documents and presentations.

Module aims

The aims of this module are
• To improve the students’ spoken English, reading and writing skills within a business context to reach Common European Framework of Reference Level C2,( University of Cambridge Business English Certificate ‘Higher’).
• To develop their understanding of the business world and current issues and developments and to create an awareness of intercultural issues in business
• To enhance student employability and international mobility
To develop students’ ability to research and produce information using analytic skill and critical thinking.


Notional –functional contexts in which language is investigated include:
Public speaking; employment trends; consultants, banking; project management; training; common company structures and roles; mergers, shares and acquisitions; e-business; cultural diversity; recruitment and staff motivation; corporate culture and diversity; business ethics; global brands and sourcing
Lexical  and phrasing – the following will be analysed and used in a variety of contexts
• Business terminology
• Idiom and collocations
• Dependant  prepositions
• Word building structures: prefixes, suffixes and neologisms
• Multiword verbs and noun phrases 

Reading and writing – students will study texts from a variety of sources and
• Analyse longer texts
• Establish viewpoint and purpose in texts
• Examine the conventions of letter writing and emails: paragraphing and layout, punctuation and clarity analysing layout, function, purpose and requirements
• Write in a variety of registers for different purposes: formal report writing write summaries, reports, executive summaries, emails, proposals, action minutes, mission statements, information for websites, and a range of business letters.(CEFR C2)
Listening – students will be introduced to a variety of authentic and controlled sources (CEFR C2) to
• Identify information from a wide variety of authentic sources delivered at normal speed.
• Identify global and specific information and interpret meaning
• Exchange and select key information in order to complete tasks
• Take notes, summarise and reconstitute
Spoken English – students work on individual presentation and in group discussion to
• Present information: summarising and clarifying and supporting their views
• Discuss and debate , agreeing and disagreeing with proper regard to business etiquette and conventions
• Examine and discuss cultural understanding and misunderstanding in the business world
• Evaluate their own pronunciation and remedy weak sounds

Learning and teaching

The module is delivered by blended learning:
• lectures, seminars, and tutorials;
• WebLearn is used both for self-study and interactive tasks.
• small group work
• guided writing formative tasks and class based work.
• students reflect on each of the formative and assessed tasks

Learning outcomes

A. Research a business based problem and propose options and solutions in a report. Writing will be of a proficiency level of expression (University of Cambridge Business English Higher level CEFR C2)
B. Use appropriate business register and terminology in written work e.g. a proposal, an evaluation, standard business correspondence
C. Demonstrate the conventions of academic referencing, recognising sources and avoiding plagiarism
D. Present business information coherently and appropriately in order to support a personal point of view in a presentation
E. Demonstrate an intercultural understanding when approaching business related problems in discussion

Assessment strategy

Assessment is designed to test the level of the students’ competency in the learning outcomes listed above:
1) Class test: reading, use of Business English (B)
2) Individual presentations (D,E)
3) Coursework: individual writing assignment  (A,C)


New Oxford Dictionary of English (2003) Oxford, OUP
Mascull, B (2004) Business Vocabulary in Use Advanced , Cambridge, CUP
Business English in Practice (2003) Glasgow, Collins Cobuild
Emmerson, P (2007) Business English Handbook Advanced Oxford, Macmillan
Mackenzie, I (2002) English for Business Studies Cambridge, CUP