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2011/2012  BA-HA_R73  English Skills for Business Students

English Title
English Skills for Business Students

Course Information

Language English
Point 7,5 ECTS (225 SAT)
Type Elective
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Course Period Autumn . Spring . Fourth Quarter
This course will be offered in Spring 2012
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Study Board
Study Board for BSc in Economics and Business Administration
Course Coordinator
  • Spencer Shaw - Department of International Language Studies and Computational Linquistics
Secretary - Tine Silfvander- ts.iadh@cbs.dk
Main Category of the Course
  • Communication
  • Language and Intercultural Studies
Last updated on 29 maj 2012
Learning Objectives
Special attention is given to the cultivation of Interpersonal and intercultural skills. The aim is to improve fluency in English communication, socially and commercially, by formalising the mastery of both spoken and written argumentation.
  • To be able to follow lectures and discussions on familiar subject matters presented in a straightforward fashion
  • Understand the main ideas of complex speech on both concrete and abstract topics delivered in a standard dialect, including technical discussions in the student’s own field of specialisation
  • To read and understand articles and reports on current problems in which the writers express specific attitudes and points of view
  • To understand in detail texts within student’s own field of interest or academic/professional speciality
  • To initiate, maintain and end dialogues with effective turn taking and engage in extended conversation in a clear, participatory fashion on general topics
  • To give clear, detailed descriptions on a wide range of subjects
  • To explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options
  • To have sufficient vocabulary to express oneself connected to academic field and general topics
  • To communicate with reasonable accuracy and correct mistakes if they have led to misunderstandings
  • To write clear and detailed texts (compositions, reports or texts of presentation) on various topics related to student’s field of interest
  • To write summaries from different sources and media
  • To develop an argument systematically in a composition or report, emphasizing decisive points and including supporting details
The course is only open to intermediate level (minimum B1) non-native speakers of English. It is not possible to register for both HR63 and HR 65 in the same semester and it is not possible to register for HR63 if you have previously taken HR65. This course starts at the B1 level on the Common European Framework of Reference and works toward achievement at the B2 level.
4 hour closed book exam
4 hour closed book exam:
Assessment Written Exam
Marking Scale 7-step scale
Censorship No censorship
Exam Period Autumn Term and Spring Term
Aids Closed Book
Duration 4 Hours

The exam is a 4 hour written closed book exam. There are no dictionaries or exam aids allowed. The exam is PC-based with no internet access. It is possible to write in hand.
The exam comprises 4 questions. Three questions are based on a written text where the answer is formatted either as a business report, business letter, summary and critique, or case study presentation. The first question is a grammar question comprising multiple choice, punctuation and rewriting.
Assessment is based on 12-point grading scale.
Course Content

The course will focus on developing skills in:

· Effective reading

· Academic and business writing

· English as an International Language

· Oral communication for business meetings and presentations

Teaching Methods

Compendium of readings and exercises