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1 CourseGuide COURSE GUIDE: Universidad Católica de Valencia BUSINESS ENGLISH II Academic Year 2011-12 Universidad

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COURSE GUIDE:

Universidad Católica de Valencia

BUSINESS ENGLISH II

Academic Year 2011-12

COURSE GUIDE BUSINESS ENGLISH II
COURSE GUIDE BUSINESS ENGLISH II

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ECTS

Module: Cross-sectional subjects

18

Field: Modern Language

18

Subject: Business English

6

Type of learning: Basic

Year: 2 nd Semester : 2 nd

Teacher: Rut Muñiz Calderón

Department: Modern Languages

E-mail: rut.muniz@ucv.es

SUBJECT ORGANIZATION

 

BUSINESS ENGLISH

TOTAL ECTS 18

Formative Teaching Itinerary of the MODULE

 
 

Subjects and Subject-Matters

 

Subject-Matter

ECTS

SUBJECT

 

ECTS

Course/

semester

Business English

6

Business English I

6

1/2

Business English

6

Business English II

6

2/2

Business English

 

Business English III

6

3/2

3 CourseGuide COURSE GUIDE TO THE SUBJECT: Business English II Prerequisites: Have an elementary level

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COURSE GUIDE TO THE SUBJECT:

Business English II

Prerequisites: Have an elementary level of English B1 level according to the Common European Language Framework.

GENERAL GOALS

The aim of this subject is to teach students specific business English so they acquire a B2 level according to the European Common Language Framework. Therefore the four language skills are practised on this subject, that is, reading, listening, writing and speaking

The subject general objectives are the following:

a. The student should acquire the B2 grammar structures.

b. The students should understand written and oral discourse within the business context.

c. The students should be able to speak in business situations with a specific business English language.

d. The students should be able to write business texts like e-mails, notes, letters, reports, etc. With a B2 level.

e. Specific vocabulary should be learnt by the students and applied in any situation

f. Communication skills within the business context should be practiced and learnt in order

to be able to communicate in English in any situation in their future professional life. For example negotiations, meetings, business presentations, etc.

4 CROSS-SECTIONAL COMPETENCES Competence measuring scale Systemic     1 2 3 4 CG1

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CROSS-SECTIONAL COMPETENCES

Competence

measuring scale

Systemic

   

1 2

3

4

CG1

oral and written communication skills

   

X

 

CG2

Capacity for time and resources management

     

X

CG3

Capacity for solving vocabulary and grammar exercises. Capacity for understanding business texts and listening exercises

   

X

 

CG8

Ability to retrieve information from different sources

   

X

 

Instrumental

   

1 2

3

4

CG9

Elementary computing and IT skills

     

X

CG11

Read and understand business English texts

     

X

CG10

Information management

     

X

Interpersonal

   

1 2

3

4

CG12

Interpersonal skills

   

X

 

CG13

Self-Confidence and decision-making under pressure

   

X

 

CG14

Ability to work in an interdisciplinary team

     

X

CG15

Ethical commitment

     

X

SPECIFIC COMPETENCES

 

Disciplinary

   

1 2

3

4

CE16

 

Identifying the constitutional characteristics of an organization (i.e. goals and objectives, ownership, size, culture)

 

X

   

CE18

 

Capacity for identifying and understanding relevant information in the daily business context

   

X

 

CE21

Ability to develop interdisciplinary knowledge and analysis to define criteria according to which an enterprise is defined, linking the results with the analysis of its environment

   

X

 

Attitudinal

   

1 2

3

4

CE20

Basic and general managerial knowledge

 

x

   

CE22

Write and assess managerial reports

   

x

 

CE23

Write projects about different areas in management

 

x

   

CE25

Use computing and IT skills

   

x

 

CE26

Communicate with other business professionals in English

     

x

Professional

   

1 2

3

4

5 CourseGuide CE30 Ability to work in a team and to manage different types of

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CE30

Ability to work in a team and to manage different types of teams.

x

CE28

Ability to work in any company department

x

LEARNING OUTCOMES 1

 

COMPETENCES

R-1. Using the appropriate grammar structure when writing or speaking.

3,4,10,12,13,17,18

Understanding business English texts and answering comprehension questions related to them.

1,2,3,4,10,11,12,

13,14,15,17,18,19

R-3. Writing different kind of business texts like e-mails, letters, reports, proposals etc.

1,2,3,4,5,10,11,17,18

R-4

Understanding

a

business

conversation,

a

radio

1,2,3,4.9,10,13,

program, etc.

 

14,15,17,18,19

R-5 The student will be able to speak and inform about anything business topic.

1,2,3,4,5,9,10,12,17

R-6 The student will be able to negotiate and discuss In English with his classmates

 

2, 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11

R- 7 The student will be able to work in a team, playing roles and taking decisions.

2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,12,13,14

R-8. Accept and respect the different cultures as well as respect the different customs. Use the English language as an international way of communication.

3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,

11,12,13,16,19

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ON-CAMPUS EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES Relationship with Learning Outcomes ACTIVITY METHODOLOGY ECTS 2 ON-CAMPUS CLASS Class

ON-CAMPUS EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES

Relationship with Learning Outcomes

ACTIVITY

METHODOLOGY

ECTS 2

ON-CAMPUS CLASS

Class sessions will involve lectures, video shows, and presentations of related topics and current issues related to course contents

R1, R2, R3,

0’8

PRACTICAL CLASSES

Practical classes will involve group activities including case studies, debates. Students should pay attention to the class schedule as lectures may be held in a classroom, open area or even in an organization.

R1,R2,R3,R4,R5,

R6,R7,R8

1’4

ORAL

PRESENTATIONS

Team working and presenting.

R2, R3, R4, R5, R6,R7,R8

0’04

ACADEMIC

TUTORIALS

Personalized attention in small groups. A period of instruction and / or guidance by a tutor in order to review and discuss the materials and topics presented in lectures, seminars, readings, performance of works, etc.

R1, R2, R3,

R4,R5,R6,R7,R8

0’08

MAKING EXAMS

Set of oral and / or written examinations during the term

R1, R2, R3, R4, R5,R6

0’08

Total

(2,4*)

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2 The subject and / or material is organized in CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES AND SELF-CONDUCTED INDIVIDUAL OR GROUP ACTIVITIES, with an estimation in ECTS. An appropriate distribution is as follows: 35-40% for classroom training activities and 65-60% for self-conducted activities. (For a course of 6 ECTS: 2.4 and 3.6 respectively). The learning methodology is described in this guide in generic terms, which is specified in the teaching units that constitute each subject and / or matter

7 CourseGuide STUDENTS PREPARATORY ACTIVITIES   ACTIVITY Methodology Relationship with Learning Outcomes

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STUDENTS PREPARATORY ACTIVITIES

 

ACTIVITY

Methodology

Relationship with Learning Outcomes

ECTS

GROUP WORK

Group preparation of tasks, problem solving, seminars, papers, reports, practical classes and / or small group tutoring. Work done through the intranet (www.plataforma.ucv.es )

R5, R6,R7,R8

0’8

 

Individual preparation of readings, essays, problem solving, seminars, papers, reports, practical classes and / or small group tutoring.

R1, R2,R3,

 

INDEPENDENT STUDENT’S WORK

R4,R5,R6,R7,R8

2’8

Work done through the intranet (www.plataforma.ucv.es )

 

Total

(3,6*)

8 SYSTEM FOR ASSESSING THE ACQUISITION OF THE COMPETENCES AND ASSESSMENT SYSTEM The evaluation system

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SYSTEM FOR ASSESSING THE ACQUISITION OF THE COMPETENCES AND ASSESSMENT SYSTEM

The evaluation system of the qualifications in the frame of the EEES is the continuous assessment.

In the continuous assessment, the attendance to class is compulsory and its evaluation, in the process of continuous assessment of the subject, will be established by the teacher in every subject.

Assessment Tool 3

LEARNING OUTCOMES ASSESSED

Allocated

Percentage

Class Attendance and Participation

R-1, R-2, R-3, R-4, R-6

10%

Class Exercises, practices, role- plays, written assignments, etc.

R-1, R-2, R-3, R-4, R-6

10%

Group presentation

R-1, R-2, R-3, R-4, R-6

10%

Final Exam: reading, vocabulary, writing and listening.

R-1, R-2, R-3, R4, R-5,R6.

70%

Note: In order to pass the subject the student must pass both the theoretical and

Note: In order to pass the subject the student must pass both the theoretical and the practical

content separately.

Note: In order to pass the subject the student must pass both the theoretical and the

MENTION OF DISTINCTION:

The mention of Distinction will be awarded to students who have achieved a score equal to or greater than 9.0. The number of Distinctions granted will not exceed 5% of students enrolled in a subject in the corresponding academic year unless enrollment is under 20, in which case only one Distinction may be granted. (Royal Decree 1125/2003).

DEVELOPMENT OF THE SUBJECT IN SECOND AND SUBSEQUENT ENROLLMENTS:

There will be a special group for students who are not enrolling for the first time if they exceed the occupancy limit of the classroom and a teacher is assigned to that group.

The professor in charge of this group will conduct 4 follow-up sessions and tutoring for 2 hours each. Assessment of skills and abilities will be done through the scheduled practice sessions In each session the subject will be developed so as to reinforce the work on the skills that each student needs to pass the course.

Assessment of content and skills will be made during the examination set in the official calendar for this course.

3 Assessment tools and techniques: review-oral, written tests (multiple choice tests, developmental,

conceptual maps

),

tutorials, projects, case studies, observation notebooks, portfolio, etc.

9 CourseGuide CONTENTS DESCRIPTION UNIT 1 COMPANIES: READING: A matter of choice LANGUAGE: Present tenses.

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CONTENTS DESCRIPTION

UNIT 1 COMPANIES:

READING: A matter of choice LANGUAGE: Present tenses. CAREER SKILLS: Talking about your job. VOCABULARY: Companies and careers.

UNIT 2 LEADERSHIP:

READING: When to terrorise talent. LANGUAGE: Articles. CAREER SKILLS: Getting things done. VOCABULARY: Synonyms and collocations.

UNIT 3 STRATEGY:

READING: Nike’s Goddess LANGUAGE: Future forms CAREER SKILLS: Short presentations. VOCABULARY: Suffixes.

UNIT 4 PAY:

READING: The reward of failure. LANGUAGE: Present Perfect and Past Simple. CAREER SKILLS: Evaluating performance. VOCABULARY: Multi part verbs.

UNIT 5 DEVELOPMENT:

READING: Gas for Peru versus green imperialism. LANGUAGE: Modal verbs. CAREER SKILLS: Showing cause and effect.

VOCABULARY: Development and the environment. UNIT 6 MARKETING: READING: Money can buy you love. LANGUAGE:
VOCABULARY: Development and the environment.
UNIT 6 MARKETING:
READING: Money can buy you love.
LANGUAGE: Comparatives and superlatives.
CAREER SKILLS: Considering alternatives.
VOCABULARY: Brands.
UNIT 7 OUTSOURCING:
READING: The new global shift.
LANGUAGE: Conditionals 1 and 2.
CAREER SKILLS: Making and responding to suggestions.
VOCABULARY: Offshoring collocations.
UNIT 8 FINANCE:
READING: Europe’s Enron.
LANGUAGE: Adjectives and adverbs.
CAREER SKILLS: Referring to visuals.
VOCABULARY: Corporate governance.
UNIT 9 RECRUITMENT:
READING: A full house.
LANGUAGE: Relative pronouns.
CAREER SKILLS: Smalltalk.
VOCABULARY: Word-building.
UNIT 10 COUNTERFEITING:
READING: Imitating property is theft.
LANGUAGE: Conditionals 1-3.
CAREER SKILLS: Giving reasons.
VOCABULARY: Counterfeiting. Prefixes.
UNIT 11 MARKETS:
READING: Going, going, gone?
LANGUAGE: Gerunds and infinitives.

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11 CourseGuide CAREER SKILLS: Making and responding to offers. VOCABULARY: Compound nouns. UNIT 12 LOBBIES:

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CAREER SKILLS: Making and responding to offers. VOCABULARY: Compound nouns.

UNIT 12 LOBBIES:

READING: Of celebrities, charity and trade. LANGUAGE: Modal verbs of obligation. CAREER SKILLS: Making a case. VOCABULARY: Trade and lobbies.

UNIT 13 COMMUNICATION:

READING: Coping with infoglut. LANGUAGE: Reported speech. CAREER SKILLS: Summarising. VOCABULARY: Information overload.

UNIT 14 LOGISTICS:

READING: The best thing since the barcode. LANGUAGE: Passives. CAREER SKILLS: Dealing with questions. VOCABULARY: Supply Chain management. Compound nouns.

UNIT 15 INNOVATION:

READING: Failure is glorious. LANGUAGE: Past modals. CAREER SKILLS: Reviewing achievement. VOCABULARY: Product development. Synonyms.

12 REFERENCES BASIC BIBLIOGRAPHY BARRALL, I.; BARRALL, N.;(2007) Intelligent Business .Coursebook. Workbook. Skills

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REFERENCES

BASIC BIBLIOGRAPHY BARRALL, I.; BARRALL, N.;(2007) Intelligent Business .Coursebook. Workbook. Skills book. (Intermediate).

Cambridge BEC Vantage. Practice tests, Self-Study edition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

COTTON, D; FALVEY, D; Y KENT, S (2001). Market Leader. Course Book. Business English. Essex: Pearson Education Limited.

EASTWOOD, JOHN: (1992). Oxford Practice Grammar. Second Edition with Tests. Oxford:

Oxford University Press.

EMERSON, PAUL. (2002). Business English Grammar Builder. Oxford: McMillan Education.

FLINDERS, S. & SWEENEY, S. (1996) Pair work: Conversation practice for business people. Penguin Books.

MASCULL, B. (2002) Business Vocabulary in Use. Cambridge University Press

MURPHY, R. (1990). Essential Grammar in Use with answers. Cambridge: Cambridge

University Press.

MURPHY, R.; (1995). English Grammar in Use. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

ROBBINS, S. (2004) Business Vocabulary in Practice. HarperCollins Publishers

STRUTT, P. (2000) Market Leader. Business Grammar and Usage. Business English. Essex:

Pearson Education Limited.

THOMSON A. J. & MARTINET, A. V. (1991) A Practical English Grammar. Exercises. Oxford:

Oxford University Press

DICTIONARIES

The Oxford Spanish Dictionary. Editorial Oxford.

Business English Dictionary. (2007)

Second Edition. Essex: Ed. Longman.

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TEMPORAL ORGANIZATION OF LEARNING:

 
   

NUMBER OF

UNIT

LECTURES

1

1

2

2

2

2

3

3

2

4

4

2

5

5

2

6

6

2

7

7

2

8

8

2

9

9

2

10

10

2

11

11

2

12

12

2

13

13

2

14

14

2

15

15

2