The primary aim of the course is to provide students with the fundamental tools needed to comprehend and produce written and oral texts in the context of international management. Students will need to demonstrate that they are able to understand specialist texts at an intermediate/upper-intermediate level, and to employ appropriate language forms and registers when communicating in the professional environment. The course learning objectives have been established on the basis of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (B2 level). The end objective of the course is to enable students to become autonomous learners, able to comprehend, re-elaborate and produce written/oral texts pertaining to their field of studies.
Expected learning outcomes:
Knowledge and understanding:
Students will be expected to demonstrate that they are able to reproduce the main morphosyntactic structures of the English language, together with the specialized vocabulary required to operate successfully in an international management context.
Applying knowledge and understanding:
Students will be expected to demonstrate that they have consolidated their communicative skills and are able to interact successfully in the field of international business and corporate management.
Making judgements and expressing opinions:
Students will be expected to demonstrate the ability to select the appropriate vocabulary, morphosyntactic structures, register, and to possess the necessary cultural awareness to interact successfully in an international business context.
Students must possess a grounded ability to interact appropriately in the English language.
Students will be expected to demonstrate good learning skills both when carrying out class, team, or pair work, and when working autonomously with e-learning materials.
Students are expected to possess a B1+ level in the English language and to have a sound knowledge of the following topic areas: phonetics and phonology; nouns; adjectives; articles; demonstratives and possessives; numerals; subject and object pronouns; interrogative pronouns; prepositions of time and place; present, past, and future verb forms; auxiliaries; interrogative and negative structures; modals of ability and possibility.
Block 1 - Management: Culture and Organization (35h)
- What is leadership? (investigating entrepreneurship) (7h)
- Culture and Change (organizational culture and change management) (7h)
- Organizations and Operations (organizational structure and analysis) (7h)
- Production management (MBO and process engineering) (7h)
- Strategy and the business environment (international markets and situation analysis) (7h)
- Mid-term mock exam (1h)
Block 2 - Management: People and Relations (35h)
- People as a resource (recruitment, groups and teams, diversity in the workplace) (7h)
- Developing people (motivation and rewards, hard and soft HRM) (7h)
- Industrial relations (issues in industrial relations) (7h)
- Marketing management (marketing and brand strategy) (7h)
- Management information systems (7h)
- End of course revision (1h)
The course syllabus includes, but is not limited to, communicative functions, general and specialized vocabulary, grammar and phonetics. Students will practise their written and spoken comprehension and production in thematic areas pertaining to their degree course. The following grammar items will be granted specific relevance: verb tense and mode and modal verbs; conditionals; articles; comparative and superlative forms.
Lessons will focus on the themes and discursive practices which characterize business communication in a global context. The course is subdivided into two main parts (denominated 'blocks').
Block 1 - Management: Culture and Organization (36h)
Block 2 - Management: People and Relations (36h).
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 international management. 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.
Tony Corballis, Wayne Jennings, English for Management Studies in Higher Education Studies, Garnet Education 2009.
R. Murphy, English Grammar in Use, Cambridge University Press (or any other reference grammar the student already possesses).
English for Special Purposes:
The articles focusing on business and international management skills together with any other class materials introduced during the course, will be available for download on the e-learning platform.
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 (1hour): 35 multiple choice, close, or gap-fill questions based on the grammar and vocabulary studied throughout the course, followed by a short reading comprehension passage with multiple choice or true/false questions.
Oral examination (2 parts):
Students are required to read, discuss, and comment upon one or more passages selected by the class teacher during the exam session. These passages are taken from the textbook 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.
Students are required to read and translate one or more articles selected by the class teacher during the exam session. These articles all focus on the specific thematic areas dealt with during the course and contain elements of specialized vocabulary and structures. All the articles will be listed in the detailed course syllabus and will be available for download on the e-learning platform.