Business English 1

  • Business topics
    • The different sectors of the economy
    • Takeovers
    • Products and brands
    • Advertising
    • Market structure and competition
    • International trade
    • Recruitment
    • Efficiency and employment
    • Company structure
  • Business correspondence: letters/e-mails, reports, presentations
  • Grammar
  • Tenses
  • 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 (2010): English for Business Studies. A course for Business Studies and Economics Students. Student’s Book. 3rd ed. Cambridge University Press.
  • Emmerson, Paul (2010): Business Grammar Builder. Intermediate to Upper-Intermediate. Student's Book. 2nd ed. Hueber; Macmillan Publishers.
  • Business magazine: The Economist
  • Business Spotlight Magazine

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Face-to-face teaching in class (input, discussions, role plays, presentations, written activities), case studies, distance learning, blended learning, support through various media

Assessment methods and criteria

Continuous assessment:

  • Weekly written quizzes 60%
  • Presentation 20%
  • Participation and performance in class, homework, and assignments 20%

Prerequisites and co-requisites

English CEFR Level B2


Degree programme

Logistics & Transport Management (Bachelor)



ECTS Credits


Language of instruction




Academic year



1 WS



Learning outcome

After successful completion of the course students can

  • understand and competently use the grammatical structures in “course content”
  • use formal and informal presentations styles for business talks
  • give a professional company presentation
  • write formal and informal business letters and emails
  • apply for a job by writing CVs and cover letters
  • participate in and conduct job interviews
  • write short business reports
  • design an advertising campaign
  • talk professionally about free trade
  • describe trends, graphs, charts, and tables using appropriate structures also for figures and currencies
  • 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
  • read and understand authentic business-related texts or watch business-related news coverage and summarize them in their own words
  • make telephone arrangements or obtain and give information on the phone
  • socialize / do small talk / network
  • listen actively
  • ask and answer difficult questions

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