Syllabus

Title
1294 Fremdsprachliche Wirtschaftskommunikation II - Englisch
Instructors
Univ.Prof. Almut Köster, M.A.,Ph.D.
Contact details
  • Type
    PI
  • Weekly hours
    2
  • Language of instruction
    Englisch
Registration
09/27/18 to 10/03/18
Registration via LPIS
Notes to the course
Subject(s) Bachelor Programs
Dates
Day Date Time Room
Tuesday 10/09/18 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM D4.0.136
Tuesday 10/16/18 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM D4.0.136
Tuesday 10/23/18 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM D4.0.136
Tuesday 10/30/18 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM D4.0.136
Tuesday 11/06/18 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM D4.0.039
Tuesday 11/13/18 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM D4.0.019
Tuesday 11/20/18 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM D2.0.326
Tuesday 11/27/18 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM D2.0.326
Tuesday 12/04/18 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM D2.0.326
Tuesday 12/11/18 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM D2.0.326
Tuesday 12/18/18 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM D2.0.326
Tuesday 01/08/19 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM D2.0.326
Tuesday 01/15/19 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM D2.0.326
Saturday 01/19/19 09:00 AM - 10:30 AM Ort nach Ankündigung

Contents

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS A PILOT LV. SUCH CLASSES  DIFFER FROM REGULAR EBC2 LVs, SO PLEASE READ CAREFULLY ALL THE INFORMATION PROVIDED UNDER 'SYLLABUS'.

THIS COURSE IS DESIGNED PRIMARILY FOR STUDENTS WHO HAVE ALREADY TAKEN AND PASSED A PILOT EBC1 LV USING THE TEXTBOOK 'BUSINESS ADVANTAGE'. FOR SUCH STUDENTS, SPECIAL REGISTRATION ARRANGEMENTS WILL APPLY, DETAILS OF WHICH WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN GOOD TIME ON LEARN@WU.

THIS COURSE CONTINUES WITH THE TEXTBOOK 'BUSINESS ADVANTAGE'. YOU WILL NOT NEED EITHER THE EBC2 COURSEBOOK OR THE NEW HANDBOOK OF BUSINESS ENGLISH FOR THIS COURSE, WHICH IS INTENDED TO HAVE THE SAME LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY AS REGULAR EBC2 LVs. IF YOU PASS IT, YOU WILL BE ABLE TO PROCEED TO EBC3 AS NORMAL.

Please note that details relating to the syllabus may be added or changed as necessary.

Learning outcomes

LEARNING OUTCOMES (LOs)
After successfully completing this course, students will be able:

  • (LO1) to demonstrate a level of English communicative competence equivalent to B2 (upper) on the Common European Framework with respect to reading, writing, and listening skills;
  • (LO2) to understand and apply important concepts from the fields of business communication, specifically the principles and thinking behind creative management, change management and some aspects of accounting (e.g. costing) and to recall and appropriately use the essential terminology and other typical features (structures, collocations, etc) associated with them;
  • (LO3) to combine the various abilities mentioned above in order to understand intermediate level written texts about these business fields, and to discuss the above fields in an appropriate manner;
  • (LO4) to understand the principles of paragraphing, argumentation, and graph descriptions, and to apply these in short written texts;
  • (LO5) to understand and interpret content from a variety of recorded oral business communications.

In addition, this course fosters the ability:

  • to explain and summarise English texts relating to the business fields mentioned;
  • to engage in spoken and written business communication in a variety of contexts, with a focus on achieving communicational goals (in particular in decision-making and negotiating);
  • to deliver well-structured and engaging business presentations.

Attendance requirements

As with all PI courses, attendance is a requirement to pass EBC2. As a special concession, you may miss up to three (3) meetings of your LV. However, if you miss a fourth, you will no longer be able to pass the course. This condition applies whatever the reasons for your absences may have been.

Teaching/learning method(s)

The course is divided into thirteen units, each based on an aspect of one of the business fields mentioned in learning outcome LO2 and the communication skills in LO3 to LO5 above. Classes involve a range of activities, including:

  • discussion of business topics and issues;
  • vocabulary development and reinforcement of grammatical structures;
  • listening comprehension;
  • spoken communication practice;
  • oral presentations;      
  • text production;
  • examination preparation.

Assessment

As with all PI courses, attendance is a requirement to pass this LV (see above).

If you satisfy the attendance requirement above, your final score will be made up of the following four elements:

  • Presentation - 20%
  • Home Exercise - 5%
  • Participation - 2%
  • Final Test - 73%

In general, no dictionaries or other reference materials are allowed in the test. Exceptionally, if you are neither a German nor an English native speaker, you may use a bilingual dictionary of German and your mother tongue (but NOT any form of electronic translation device) in the Final/Exceptional Test.

Your grade will be based on your final score, as follows:

  • 0-59% - grade 5
  • 60-67% - grade 4
  • 68-75% - grade 3
  • 76-84% - grade 2
  • 85-100% - grade 1

This LV is a PI, so if you receive a grade 5 you will have to re-take EBC1 in a later semester in full (i.e., including class attendance and all 4 assessment elements).

Prerequisites for participation and waiting lists

You must have passed EBC1 and all exams in the CBK to take EBC2. It is strongly recommended that you take this course if you did the EBC1 pilot with "Business Advantage".  You can register ONLY by means of the LPIS system. For exact dates and times of classes, please see the WU's Directory of Classes (Vorlesungsverzeichnis / VVZ).

As this is a PI course, there is no need to register separately for any of the tests.

Readings

1 Author: Handford M, Lisboa M, Koester A & Pitt A
Title:

Business Advantage B2


Publisher: Klett / Cambridge University Press
Year: 2012
Content relevant for class examination: Yes
Recommendation: Essential reading for all students
Type: Book
2 Author: Mautner G.
Title:

Englische Grammatik für die Wirtschaftskommunikation


Publisher: Linde
Edition: 3., überarbeitete und erweiterte Auflage
Year: 2014
Recommendation: Strongly recommended (but no absolute necessity for purchase)
Type: Book
3 Author: Mautner, G.
Title:

Language Training for English Business Communication: Prüfungsvorbereitung für EBC1 & EBC2


Edition: 3., überarbeitete und erweiterte Auflage
Year: 2011
Recommendation: Strongly recommended (but no absolute necessity for purchase)

Recommended previous knowledge and skills

In order to take EBC2 you must have:

Availability of lecturer(s)

You can contact your instructor during their office hours, immediately before or after class or by mail.

Study tips

  1. As EBC2 covers more complex areas of business and economics than EBC1, you may not have studied these in your own language yet; or, if you have done so, you may have found them quite difficult. In either of these cases, you should consider reading (more) in your own language about the basic ideas they involve BEFORE you try to deal with them in English.
     
  2. You should continue to apply the good study habits you have hopefully developed in EBC1. Remind yourself about these on the EBC1 portal. In particular, in order to obtain feedback on your written work or raise questions about the business content, you should make use of the Office Hours (Sprechstunden) held by your EBC2 instructor. If they are at times unsuitable for you, please contact her / him to arrange an alternative appointment.
     
  3. You should maintain your regular reading of relevant business and economic texts, extending to include more challenging sources such as the Economist, the Financial Times and the Wall Street Journal.
Last edited: 2018-11-12



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