Università degli Studi di Napoli "Parthenope"

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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 module aims to develop students’ communicative competence in English in diverse working environments. Students will be able to understand different kinds of texts and interact correctly at an intermediate (B2) level. The specific educational objectives are fixed on the recommendations of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). Particular emphasis will be placed on the acquisition of language structures and specialized vocabulary, with the aim of providing students with the necessary tools to understand and study a variety of texts relevant to their degree course. The module is also aimed to enhance students’ awareness of the deep interconnection between language and culture, and provide them with self-study language learning strategies.
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge and understanding
Students are expected to demonstrate the knowledge of the main morpho-syntactic structures of English and of some areas of English business vocabulary.
Applying knowledge and understanding
Students are expected to be able to apply the main English morpho-syntactic structures and understand a text on economic and touristic matters.
Making judgments
Students are expected to demonstrate the ability to choose the most appropriate register to be used in the situational context proposed by the instructor.
Communication skills
Students will demonstrate the ability to communicate in English in a clear and appropriate way in specific professional contexts. In practice activities the student will learn how to choose vocabulary and syntactic structures which are appropriate for the communicative context.
Learning skills
At the end of the course students will be able to consult authentic material in English and will be able to keep abreast of issues related to subjects that interest them using digital and printed resources in English.
Students are expected to demonstrate a good capacity of learning independently and using appropriately communicative functions, also practicing with the supplementary materials uploaded on the e-learning platform.


Knowledge of the English language at a pre-intermediate level (A2/B1), which includes the following grammar points: phonetics and phonology, common and proper nouns, adjectives, definite and indefinite articles, demonstrative adjectives and pronouns, possessives, numerals, subject and object personal pronouns, interrogative pronouns, time and place prepositions, present tenses (Simple Present, Present Continuous), auxiliary verbs, interrogative and negative forms, modals (can/can’t).


General English from the text:
COTTON, FALVEY, KENT, New Language Leader (Intermediate), Longman (new edition).

Unit 1
 Question forms
 Present simple and Present continuous
 Prefixes
 Personality adjectives
Reading: Charisma: A Kind of Magic?, p. 10

Unit 2
 Past simple
 Present perfect and Past simple
 Travel expressions
 Phrasal verbs
Reading: Explorers: Ibn Battuta, Jacques Cousteau, Valentina Tereshkova, pp. 18-19

Unit 3
 Present perfect continuous
 Present perfect simple and Present perfect continuous
 Work adjectives and expressions connected with time and work
 Dependent prepositions
Reading: Working from Home on the Rise, p. 28

Unit 4
 Future forms
 First conditional
 Phrasal verbs (2)
 allow, permit, let
Reading: How to avoid mistakes online, p. 41

Unit 5
 Second conditional
 Comparatives and Superlatives
 Advertising adjectives
 Compounds
Reading: I it acceptable to manipulate images in advertising? p. 48

Economic English

From the book:
HOBBS, STARR KEDDLE, Oxford English for Careers, Commerce 2, Oxford.

Unit 2:
Reading: Market forces, p. 12.

Unit 3:
Reading: How to market, p. 19.

Unit 9:
Reading: Building Great Brands, p. 67.

Articles and excerpts taken from specialized books or journals:

- “The economy that covid-19 could not stop”, The Economist, August 30th 2021;
- “After proudly celebrating women, Alibaba faces reckoning over harassment”, The New York Times, September 2nd 2021;
- “The cracked egg. The new economics of global cities”, The Economist, September 5th 2021;

Fundamentals of English phonetics, grammar, syntax, common and specialized vocabulary through listening/reading comprehension and speaking exercises on topics related to the degree course. . In particular, vocabulary pertaining to the following semantic areas: travel, work, languages, advertisement, business, and education. Introduction to British culture and civilization.
Particular emphasis will be placed on the following grammar topics: present tenses; past tenses; future tenses; comparatives and superlatives; modals; use of verb tenses; if-clauses.
The course is structured into two main modules, both focused on the study of grammar and specialized vocabulary (business English).

Teaching Methods

The lectures and classes will be primarily aimed at developing students’ ability to decode a variety of specialized texts in English, and their acquisition of basic business-tourism English vocabulary. Special emphasis will be placed on oral communication. Besides the lectures and the optional lab activities, students can practice and consolidate their language skills on the dedicated section on the Moodle e-learning platform by clicking the following link (you can find the English module among the units of the degree course in Economics.


General English:
COTTON, FALVEY, KENT, Language Leader (Intermediate), Longman
R. MURPHY, English Grammar in Use, Cambridge University Press (or any other reference grammar)

Business English:
HOBBS, STARR KEDDLE, Oxford English for Careers, Commerce 2, Oxford.
Articles and excerpts taken from specialized books or journals (all downloadable on the website, on the lecturer’s page). A detailed list of resources will be provided at the end of the course.

Learning assessment

The examination is divided into a written test and a discussion in English.
The written test (15 minutes): 20 multiple choices, cloze or fill in questions to carry out on the e-learning platform Moodle.it based on the grammar and vocabulary of 6 units of Language Leader and 3 units of Oxford English for Careers, Commerce 2. The target is testing the students’ knowledge about the grammar structures and the lexical aspects on the texts to be studied. The success of the written text requires a 12 right answers minimum.
The first part of the discussion in English is about one or more reading passages of general English and English for Specific Purposes taken from Language Leader and Oxford English for Careers, Commerce 2 listed in the detailed course syllabus in order to test the students ‘skills about comprehension and fluency in commenting and opinions. Other evaluation criteria will be the pronunciation correctness and the appropriate use of morpho-syntactic structures.
The second part is about reading and translating one or more specialized articles (chosen by the teacher during the examination) among the ones listed in the syllabus and unloadable from the teacher’s website in order to test the students’ lexical and syntactic knowledge facing newspaper specialized articles.
To achieve a pass in the oral test students will have to demonstrate that they have reached a sufficient level of proficiency in relation to the learning outcomes set as the course’s learning objectives.
This examination is not validated by a digit score: its success is met by the student showing a proficiency level.

More information

Module 1: (15hrs lesson)
- Charisma
- Explorers
- Homeworking
- Mistakes Online
- Photoshop
Module 2: (24hrs lesson + 6hrs project work + 3hrs mock examination)
- Market forces
- Marketing
- The Brand
- Vocabulary exercises
- Project work
- Mock examination