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Business English I


This curricular unit has been designed to prepare students who need to communicate better in English at work, by teaching a range of business communication skills.
At the end of the semester, students should be able to communicate confidently and effectively, either orally or by writing, in a range of business and everyday situations.

Students are encouraged to apply any business knowledge and experience that they might have, as they work, through the course material.

A coursebook will be used to be easier for the students to follow up with the various subjects approached. A list of outcomes in every unit shows students the language and skills they will learn. Tips and advice from the Cranfield School of Management introduces an authoritative business perspective and applies professional theory to real situations.


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Level of Qualification|Semesters|ECTS

| Semestral | 5

Year | Type of course unit | Language

1 |Mandatory |Português



Recommended complementary curricular units

- It is advisable that under the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, studentshave already obtained B1-level language skills.


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Main themes:

- Numbers and dates, ordering numbers, partial numbers

- Labor, employment, places of commerce and industries, skills and qualifications

- Time, timetables, days and dates, working time and free time

- Money, prices, currency, payments and benefits, banks

- Products and services, product instructions and problems

- Socialization

- Phone calls, emails and commercial letters

- Presentations, charts and graphs

- Meetings: organizing, chairing, opinions and explanations


The course combines a communicative approach with authentic business material and digital multi-media, to give professional students relevant and immediate communication skills.

Being so, the general objective of this curricular unit is:

- to develop the student¿s competencies in intermediate/upper intermediate comprehension and communication skills.

- to help the student understand the vocabulary and structure of the English language as it is used in business studies.

- to provide the student with basic information on economics and business to prepare him for further studies.

- to give the student practice in learning strategies that will enable him to become an independent, confident, and successful learner of business studies and business writing.

- to improve the listening, reading, writing, and critical thinking skills needed for Using English in a broader socio-cultural context.

Teaching methodologies and assessment

The syllabus aims at developing speaking, listening, writing and reading skills, through a variety of activities related to the area of expertise. In listening activities, students will be exposed to situations related to the area of expertise. The reading sections introduce a variety of authentic texts aimed at developing the ability to understand. The practice of writing builds on the work done through well-structured tasks. The main language skills will be developed through a variety of tasks (discussions, listening exercises, grammar and vocabulary revision or develop functional language).


- Continuous assessment: one individual oral presentation (20%) / a group oral presentation (20%) / a written test (60%);

- Final evaluation: written exam (100%).






Mascull, Bill. (2010). Business Vocabulary in Use: Elementary to Pre-Intermediate. Cambridge University Press.


Cotton, David, Falvey, David, Kent, Simon. (2000). Market Leader. Practice File. Intermediate Business English. Pearson Education Limited.


McCarthy, Michael & O¿Dell, Felicity. (1999). English Vocabulary In Use ¿ Intermediate: Cambridge University Press.




Murphy & Raymond. (1998). Grammar in Use. Reference and Practice for Intermediate Students of English: Cambridge University Press.


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