The course sets out to equip students with the tools to strengthen their linguistic and communicative competence in English as well as their knowledge and use of English grammar, syntax and vocabulary to enable them to understand economic and financial texts written in English
Expected lerning 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 economic and financial 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 financial matters.
Students are expected to demonstrate the ability to choose the most appropriate register to be used in the situational context proposed by the instructor.
Students will demonstrate the ability to communicate in English in a clear and appropriate way in specific professional contexts.
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.
Communicative competences at B1+/B2 CEFR Level.
Communicative functions relating to the contents of the Degree Programme divided into 5 macro areas and broken down into specific topics: Communication and Business Relations (Digital Technologies, Intercultural Competence, Ethical Business; Markets and Marketing (Market Structure, International Marketing); Business Management (Management Styles, Human Resource Management, Business Strategy); Entrepreneurialism (Business Success, Start-Ups, Risk); Finance (Types of Financing, Financial Tools). Lexis and grammar: countable and non-countable nous, past tenses, quantifiers, the passive, verb patterns, conditional sentences, articles, dependent prepositions, relative clauses, text reference, indirect speech.
The course will consist of traditional lectures and workshops based on cooperative learning and roleplaying.
The lectures will be held in English. The communicative approach will be adopted in order to promote the development of oral and written comprehension and production skills for effective communication in English for economics and finance at B2/C1 CEFR level.
The students will also have the opportunity to improve their skills and competences through extra material provided during the course or through suitable activities available at the ad hoc section of the Parthenope University e-learning platform.
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Brook-Hart G, Business Benchmark, Upper Intermediate Student’s Book, Cambridge University Press, 2013
The assessment of expected learning outcomes will take place in several ways and at different times. Specifically, learning outcomes will be verified during the course through ad hoc oral activities as well as a mid-course written test consisting of structured and semi-structured questions with the aim to assess the acquisition of knowledge and the use of role play interaction in specific business contexts to assess the acquisition of skills.
The summative examination will consist of both a written and an oral test. The written test will include several sections encompassing multiple-choice questions to assess the reading comprehension of a business text, and other matching, blank-filling, completion or multiple-choice tasks to check the knowledge of the grammar contents and business-related lexis (1 hour test) studied during the course. The oral test will be based on the discussion of the business texts and business conversations studied during the course, as well as on the translation of short business passages.
The final test does not have a mark but is a simple pass/fail test based on whether the student has reached the required level of proficiency.
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