Business English 1

Topics: The different sectors of the economy, takeovers, products and brands, advertising, market structure and competition, international trade, recruitment, efficiency and employment, company structure Commercial correspondence: letters/e-mails Grammar: tenses, noun combinations, articles, adjectives and adverbs, nationality words, gerunds and infinitives, linking words, nouns, pronouns

Mode of delivery

face to face



Recommended or required reading and other learning resources/tools

MacKenzie, Ian. English for Business Studies. A course for Business Studies and Economics Students. Student’s Book. 3rd edition. Cambridge University Press. Emmerson, Paul. Business Grammar Builder. Intermediate to Upper-Intermediate. Student's Book. 2nd Edition. Hueber; Macmillan Publishers

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Presenting input, exercises, group work, pair work

Assessment methods and criteria

The final grade will be based on each student’s point score in the continual assessment (=immanente Leistungsfeststellung) reflecting participation in class, assignments, presentation, the results of the vocabulary quizzes plus the final written exam. The course assessment covers the entire content of Business English 1.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

English "Maturaniveau" (B2)


Degree programme

Logistics & Transport Management (Bachelor)



ECTS Credits


Language of instruction




Academic year



1 WS



Learning outcome

After the successful completion of this module the students will be able to use general English grammar correctly and communicate in English in various business situations both in speaking and in writing. Official learning outcomes module English 1 (semesters 1 & 2): By the end of this module, students can • understand and are competent to use • the English tenses (active and passive); • auxiliary, full and modal verbs; • multi-word verbs • gerund and infinitive constructions; • countable and uncountable nouns; • adjectives and adverbs; • adverbs of degree • statements, questions and negations; • conditional sentences; • reported speech; • the articles; • relative clauses; • noun combinations; • prefixes • prepositions • linking words and phrases; If non-native, students have acquired an easy-to-understand international English accent. Moreover, students can • differentiate between British and American English in spelling, pronunciation and vocabulary. • describe trends, graphs, charts, and tables using appropriate structures also for figures and currencies. • can write formal and informal business letters/emails • make travel, meeting, conference, hotel or similar arrangements • inquire about a product or service • respond to an inquiry • complain about a product or service • respond to a complaint • apply for a job • can read authentic business-related texts or watch business-related news coverage and summarize them in their own words, answer questions about them and discuss the main points • make telephone arrangements or obtain and give information on the phone • socialize / do small talk / network • use basic skills and language for presentations, meetings and negotiations • agree and disagree politely • listen actively • ask and answer difficult questions

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