Università degli Studi di Napoli "Parthenope"

Teaching schedule

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Course of Bachelor's Degree Programme on BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
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First Semester
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Course description

The aim of the course is to provide students with the essential linguistic tools to enable them to understand, interpret and analyse texts of an average level of difficulty and pertaining to the subject areas of economics, management, finance and marketing. A further objective is to consolidate their written and oral communicative competence when dealing with the above-mentioned subject matters.
Students will be able to interact efficiently at an intermediate (B2) level in diverse working environments and particular attention will be awarded to the need to enhance their awareness of the deep interconnection between language and culture. During the course, students will progressively acquire learning strategies which will enable them to gain confidence and autonomy in the English language.


Knowledge and understanding:
Students are expected to demonstrate their knowledge of the main morpho-syntactic structures of the English language and of some areas of English vocabulary pertaining to business, management and finance.
Students should be able to engage in a conversation on both general and specific topics connected to their future professional environment.

Applying knowledge and understanding:
Students are expected to be able to apply the main English morpho-syntactic structures learnt throughout the course and to have improved their understanding of specialized texts pertaining to the topic areas of business, management and finance.

Expressing judgment:
Students are expected to demonstrate the ability to choose the most appropriate register to be used in a given situational context, and to be aware of the role played by culture in any form of language event.

Communication skills:
Students will demonstrate the ability to communicate in English in a clear and appropriate way on the basis of the situational context in which they find themselves.

Learning skills:
Students are expected to demonstrate their ability to learn on an individual basis or through collaborative learning (project work, pair work etc.), and to exploit the communicative functions they have acquired in an appropriate manner.



Module 1: English for Business (35 h)
- Working Life/Projects (7h)
- Services, Systems /Security (7h)
- Logistics/Facilities (7h)
- Decisions/Innovation (7h)
- Performance/Success (7h)

Mid-term test (1h)

Module 2: English for Banking and Finance (35h)
- The Language of Banking (7h)
- The Structure of a Bank (7h)
- Finance in Companies (7h)
- Corporate Banking (7h)
-Central Banks and Banking Regulations (7h)

Final revision (1h)

Fundamentals of English phonetics, grammar, syntax together with everyday and specialized vocabulary acquired through listening/reading comprehension and speaking exercises on topics related to the students’ degree course (listed in the extended syllabus).

The course is subdivided into two modules, focusing respectively on English for Business (36h) and English for Banking and Finance (36h).

Teaching Methods

All classroom activities will be primarily aimed at developing students’ ability to decode a variety of specialized texts in English, and to acquire the basic vocabulary for the field of business and finance. Special emphasis will be placed on oral communication, listening activities and collaborative and cooperative learning activities.


Students are required to come to class with a copy of the following course book which will be used for classroom activities and contains the materials for the final exam:

John Hughes & Jon Naunton, Business Result – Intermediate Student’s Book (with interactive workbook and audio), Oxford University Press.

Selected units of the following reference materials will be used for classroom activities and as part of the final exam (these materials can be accessed on the e-learning platform (module “Specialistic Language English” – prof.ssa Hughes” among the EA courses).

Marjorie Rosenberg, English for Banking and Finance 2 (Vocational English Course Book), (Units 5, 6, 7, 8)
Catherine Mason, The Lawyer’s English Language Coursebook (2nd Edition), (Unit 2B)

Grammar textbook:
R. MURPHY, English Grammar in Use, Cambridge University Press (or any other reference grammar the student already possesses ).

Learning assessment

The exam is made up of two parts: a written test and an oral examination. The final grade is a mark out of 30.
Written test (1 hour): 35 multiple choice, cloze or gap fill questions based on the grammar and vocabulary studied throughout the course, followed by a short reading comprehension passage. The pass grade is 20 correct answers out of 35.

A mid-term test with the same structure as the final written test will serve as feedback for both students and tutor.
Oral examination:

Discussion of one or more articles (chosen by the tutor) taken from the textbooks used in class and listed in the detailed course syllabus.
Assessment of the oral part of the examination is based on general speaking skills including pronunciation, fluency, the use of appropriate terminology and the ability to express viewpoints and opinions in a clear and convincing manner.

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