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Business English II


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

- Frequency and conclusion of the curricular unit Business English I.

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

- A tutoring system organised by the teacher is also recommended, in order to promote a policyofmonitoring and promoting the educational success of all students.

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Main themes:

- Jobs, people and organizations; the career ladder; managers, executives and directors

- Production; manufacturing and services; the development process; innovation and invention; materials and suppliers

- Marketing; markets and competitors; product, price, place, promotion; the Internet and e-commerce

- Money; sales and costs; profitability and unprofitability; assets, liabilities and the balance sheet

- Finance and the esconomy; financial centres; trading; indicators

- Wrongdoing and corruption; ethics

- Business skills; meetings, presentations and negotiations


The course combines a communicative approach with authentic business material and digitalmulti-media, to give professional students relevant and immediate communication skills.Being so, the general objective of this curricular unit is:

- to develop the students 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 inbusiness studies.

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

- 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 abroader socio-cultural context.

Teaching methodologies and assessment

The syllabus aims at developing speaking, listening, writing and reading skills, through a variety ofactivities related to the area of expertise. In listening activities, students will be exposed to situationsrelated to the area of expertise. The reading sections introduce a variety of authentic texts aimed atdeveloping the ability to understand. The practice of writing builds on the work done throughwell-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 in person or remotely (20%) / a grouporalpresentation in person or remotely (20%) / a written test (60%);

- Final evaluation: written exam (100%).





Mascull, Bill. (2006). Business Vocabulary in Use: Elementary. Cambridge University Press.

Jones, Leo and Alexander, Richard. (2011). New International Business English: Students Book.Cambridge, New York: 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 ofEnglish: Cambridge University Press.

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