Business English 2

Topics: marketing, investment, banking, bonds, stocks and shares, accounting and financial statements, government and taxation, the business cycle. Business grammar: trends, graphs and figures, modal verbs, conditionals, reported speech, prepositions Communicative skills: talking about trends and developments, talking about finance, dealing with figures, telephoning, the uses of stocks and shares, talking about price changes, discussing different possible investments, discussing and presenting a company’s financial results, considering the role of government intervention in the economy, discussing government spending and taxation.

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 New. Student’s Book. 2nd Edition Hueber. Individual handouts from lecturers

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Input, exercises, pair and group work, case studies, simulations

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 course content of Business English 2.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Business English 1


Degree programme

Logistics & Transport Management (Bachelor)



ECTS Credits


Language of instruction




Academic year



2 SS



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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