651English 1

651 English 1

  •  Study programme and level: University degree programme Administration 1st Cycle
  • 1st year
  • 7 ECTS
  • Course type: Core
  • Tutorial: 75
  • Individual work: 135
  • Lecturer: Manica Danko, MA in TESOL


1. Objectives and competences


  • can use specific vocabulary to speak and write about thoughts on different topics related to the content of texts dealt with by explaining the main points with reasonable precision.
  • can express him/herself on topics related to administrative and business topics.
  • has a sufficient vocabulary to express him/herself with some circumlocutions on most topics related to administration and business.
  • displays the ability to act appropriately in different intercultural contexts .
  • can exploit a wide range of simple language flexibly to construct new knpowledge in the field of study and work.
  • can use IT tools to construct and expand the existing knowledge in English.


  • ability for written and spoken intercourse and the ability to read and undestand the texts in demanding every-day study and professional situations.
  • knowledge of vocabulary and functional grammar and an awareness of the main types of verbal interaction and registers of language of professional conventions.
  • skills to understand spoken messages, to initiate, sustain and conclude conversations.
  • ability to read and understand texts appropriate to the individual’s needs.
  • ability to use aids (IT technology) appropriately, and learn languages also informally as part of lifelong learning.
  • positive attitude and tolerance towards cultural differences and speakers of foreign languages.

2. Content

  • Student of public administration, education and language learning.
  • Reading ion ESP: Administration and civil service.
  • State, constitution. Formal – informal language. Reading in ESP: Elections and citizenship.
  • Vocabulary: government, constitution, election.
  • Passive/active voice in professional texts.
  • Civil service code – formal discourse.
  • Word formation.
  • Writing an abstract (IMRAD structure).
  • Reading in ESP*: Interpreting professional article and media reports.
  • Municipality and administrative unit: Obtaining permits – giving instructions. Linking words. Waste management – writing set of rules.
  • Formal letter writing (types, register).
  • Research report on local self-government.
  • Vocabulary building: Judiciary system in legislation.
  • Watching and reading in ESP: Courts and human rights.
  • Modal verbs, Translation and writing.
  • Definign concepts: Parliamentary system
  • Infinitive and gerund, numbers and figures.
  • EU facts and history, institutions.
  • EU - multilingualism and multiculturalism.
  • Career in public administration.
  • EU job prospects /applying for a job.
  • If - clauses

*ESP=English for Specific Purposes

3. Readings

  • DANKO, Manica, ZAVAŠNIK ARČNIK, Mihaela: English in Public Administration, Fakulteta za upravo, Ljubljana, 2009, 158 str.
  • EMMERSON, Paul: Business Grammar Builder. Macmillan, 2002. Izbrana poglavja. Strani: 1- 97.
  • MASCULL, Bill: Business Vocabulary in Use: Intermediate, CUP, 2002. Izbrana poglavja. Strani: 172.
  • McCARTHY, Michael in drugi: Grammar for Business, CUP, 2009. Izbrana poglavja. Strani: 272.
  • Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary, 8th Edition, 2008, OUP.
  • Spletni slovarji./Online dictionaries.

4. Intended learning outcomes

Student will use 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

5. Learning and teaching methods

  • langauge classes
  • project work
  • group presentation
  • self-e-learning

6. Assessment

  • mid-term test (15%)
  • e-learning (15%)
  • group presentation (10%)
  • written exam (60%)