1633 Business English for Effective Communication

1633 Business English for Effective Communication

  • Study programme and level: Professional degree programme Administration 1nd Cycle
  • 2nd or 3th year
  • 6 ECTS
  • Course type: Elective
  • Lectures: 30
  • Other forms of study: 90
  • Individual work: 60
  • Lecturer: Manica Danko, MA TESOL


1. Objectives and competences


  • participates in spoken and written discourse in business English;
  • listens and understands spoken messages;
  • uses formal English in business context;
  • listens to professional spoken messages and summarizes them in spoken and written form;
  • designs and holds an advanced oral presentation in business context.


  • ability to use spoken and written English in business context
  • ability to read and understand spoken messages in complex business situations
  • ability to explain their arguments or justify their decisions in business context
  • ability to deliver a complex spoken presentation
  • ability to work in multicultural environment.  

2. Content

  • Characteristics of business English
  • English as lingua franca in a business context
  • Business email messages
  • Summarising spoken business messages
  • Characteristics of English in spoken presentations in business context
  • Language (vocabulary) of  spoken business presentations
  • Using visuals
  • Sequencing presentations (introduction, …, conclusion, Q@A)
  • Creating visuals
  • Useful expressions in successful presentations
  • Justification and clarification in presentations
  • Argumentation of positions in presentations

3. Readings

  • Powell, M. (2011). Presenting in English: How to Give Successful Presentations.  Heinle, Cengage Learning EMEA.
  • Mascull, B. (2014).Business Vocabulary in Use Advanced. Cambridge University Press. (izbrana poglavja)
  • Izbor aktualnih besedil o poslovnih temah. Dostopno na: https://www.socialeurope.eu/

4. Intended learning outcomes

Student will be able to:

  • use typical language structures in business context;
  • se appropriate vocabulary and business terminology in spoken and written communication;
  • write a summary of spoken messages;
  • structure, prepare and hold a more complex spoken presentation in business context;
  • write appropriate formal messages and speak with business counterparts.

5. Learning and teaching methods

  • student preparations for tutorials (e-learning)
  • tutorials
  • intercurricural collaboration
  • seminar work with oral presentation

6. Assessment

  • written or oral exam (60%)
  • seminar work with oral presentation (40%)