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2012/2013  BA-HA_R51  Oral Communication Skills in English

English Title
Oral Communication Skills in English

Course information

Language English
Exam ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Course period Autumn, Spring, Fourth Quarter
Teaching : wednesday 9.50-12.25, week 36-41,43-46
Changes in schedule may occur.
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Study board
Study Board for BSc in Economics and Business Administration
Course coordinator
  • Alex Klinge - Department of International Business Communication
Secretary - Tine Silfvander- ts.iadh@cbs.dk
Main Category of the Course
  • Communication
  • Language and Intercultural Studies
Last updated on 18-03-2013
Learning objectives
The course’s development of personal competences:
Interpersonal and intercultural skills. Ability to assess others’ work in a diplomatic manner.
The learning objectives to achieve within Oral Communication Skills in English are:
  • To give a clear, well-structured presentation of a complex subject, expanding and supporting points of view at some length with subsidiary points, reasons and relevant examples.
  • To handle questions well, responding spontaneously and almost effortlessly.
  • To be able to get involved in discussions, identifying accurately arguments supporting and opposing points of view.
  • To express ideas and opinions with precision, present and respond to complex lines of argument convincingly.
  • To communicate spontaneously, often showing remarkable fluency and ease of expression in even longer complex stretches of speech.
  • To produce clear, smoothly-flowing, well-structured speech, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.
  • To develop a good command of a broad lexical repertoire allowing gaps to be readily overcome with circumlocutions; little obvious searching for expressions or avoidance strategies. To develop a good command of idiomatic expressions and collocations.
  • To maintain good grammatical control; occasional "slips" or non-systematic errors and minor flaws in sentence structure may still occur, but they are rare and can often be corrected in retrospect.
  • To develop pronunciation which is clearly intelligible even if a foreign accent is sometimes evident and occasional mispronunciations occur.
The course is only open to all students whose first language is not English. The students may be grouped into classes based on their proficiency in English.
This course starts at the B2 level on the Common European Framework of Reference and works toward achievement at the C1 level.
10-minute oral presentation of a pre-prepared topic
10-minute oral presentation of a pre-prepared topic:
Type of test Oral Exam
Marking scale 7-step scale
Second examiner Second internal examiner
Exam period Autumn Term and Spring Term
Aids With time for preparation
Duration Please, see the detailed regulations below
10-minute oral presentation of a pre-prepared topic. The evaluation focuses on oral fluency and accuracy but will also focus on the structure and content of the presentation.

The make-up/re-exam will be held in the same way and with the same conditions as the ordinary exam.
Course content

The primary aim of this course is to improve the students’ ability to speak and understand spoken English in general and develop skills in the following areas in particular:

  • Structuring and delivering formal presentations
  • Taking part in discussions

These activities will also include some training in reading and writing presentations in English. This is to facilitate the students’ absorption of academic and professional knowledge based on varied texts to further their participation in class discussions and their ability to make presentations of their projects.

The course is based on reading, presenting and discussing topical texts e.g. from newspapers, journals etc. The texts concern economic, political, social and business subjects. Students’ knowledge of subjects, which form part and parcel of their business studies, together with their background knowledge, will be drawn on. Students will be introduced to various formats of oral presentations. In connection with the presentations and discussions there will be guidance and training in structuring and presenting material.

Teaching methods
Expected literature

Compendium of readings and exercises

Last updated on 18-03-2013