720 Business English

720 Business English

  • Study programme and level: Professional degree programme Administration 1nd Cycle
  • 2nd or 3th year
  • 6 ECTS
  • Course type: Elective
  • Tutorial: 30
  • Individual work: 105
  • Lecturer: Manica Danko, MA in TESOL


1. Objectives and competences

The objectives of the course
Student can:

  • write summaries, formal letters, memos and reports more effectively and accurately.
  • follow the conventions of business writing and incorporate this into their future work environment.
  • listen and understand formal and informal spoken texts in business situations.
  • interpret and summarise more complex formal spoken and written texts.
  • read and fill in various forms.
  • effective use of vocabulary in a range of business settings (personal, social, workplace).
  • use of grammatical structures for effective written and spoken communication.
  • be a more independent learner of English in the process of life-long learning.


  • ability for written and spoken intercourse and the ability to read and undestand the texts in more demanding every-day study and professional situations.
  • skills to work in an English –spoken interdisciplinary team.
  • ability to appreciate the diversity and multiculturalism.
  • capacity for applying knowledge in practice, for generating new ideas (creativity) and to adapt to new situations.
  • ability to learn.

2. Content

  • Teamwork, communication (REVIEW: Present tenses, Present Perfect)
  • Ordering, cash flow (Intentions, arrangements, conditionals 1,2)
  • Brand power, public relations (Future tenses, articles)
  • Relocation, new premises (Comparatives, superlatives, participles)
  • Reporting results, green initiatives (Adjectives, adverbs, determiners)
  • Health and safety (Modal verbs, Passive)
  • Business expenses (Relative pronouns, indirect questions)
  • Business travel
  • Flexible benefits (gerunds, infinitives)

3. Readings

  • O'DRISCOLL, Nina,  SCOTT-BARRETT, Fiona: BEC Vantage Masterclass Upper-Intermediate Course Book. 2003. Oxford University Press. (160 strani)
  • PLEDGER, Pat: Express: English for Human Resources Student's Book and MultiROM. 2007. Oxford University Press. (izbrana poglavja)
  • MACKENZIE, Ian: Professional English in Use Finance. 2006. Cambridge University Press. (izbrana poglavja)
  • MASCULL, Bill: Business Vocabulary in Use Advanced. 2004. Cambridge University Press. (izbrana poglavja)

4. Intended learning outcomes

Student will use key features of business English in every day study or professional life in spoken or written communication, further study and successful work at home or abroad. 
English will be an effective tool in the search for information acquired in professional literature and critical interpretation of their opinion and dissemination of knowledge in the field of administrative and managerial environment.

5. Learning and teaching methods

  • language classes in cooperation with the current study courses (presentation, seminar paper in English)
  • group work presentations

6. Assessment

  • Test (listening comprehension) (20 %)
  • Presentation with glossary (in combination with a content course) (20 %)
  • Written exam (60 %)