Business English II (HUM103)

Course description

Speaking a language that is understood by decision makers is critical for success in business as well as in business studies. The primary goal of the Business English II for Economics course is to provide instruction and practice in oral and written English using business-related topics as its content base. The course also aims at developing students’ speaking, listening, reading and writing skills for academic purposes. Through a variety of team and individual assignments, the course is designed to develop students’ self-study skills and learner independence.


The course aims to:

  • build business and finance vocabulary;
  • practice speaking while successfully using sophisticated professional terminology;
  • develop reading of authentic material skills for general understanding as well as for detail;
  • improve students’ listening, reading, writing and critical thinking skills for academic and professional success;
  • expand interpersonal, academic and language abilities necessary to succeed in a university environment;
  • develop effective presentation and teamwork skills;
  • develop creative problem solving and successful participation in meetings skills;
  • enhance writing for business purposes skills.

Learning outcomes

  • Knowledge and its application.  Demonstrate comprehension of authentic texts related to their studies for general idea and for detail; appraise, discuss, review and summarize information.
  • Research skills. Select, classify, logically organize information and draw conclusions. Appraise, interpret, compare and summarize peer work.
  • Special abilities. Derive vocabulary meaning from context; develop vocabulary building skills and demonstrate acquisition of sufficient vocabulary in the topic areas defined in the course outline.
  • Social abilities. Apply business communication skills in key performance areas such as exchanging information, discussing and presenting business issues.
  • Personal skills.  Organise their learning process and work autonomously on course projects. Demonstrate understanding of academic responsibility and integrity.