English: Professional English 1 Group B (ILV)


Course lecturer:

 Gabrielle Smith , MA
Specialization AreaIntercultural Management
Course numberB4.06365.10.161
Course codeENG1
Semester of degree program Semester 1
Mode of delivery Presencecourse
ECTS credits2,0
Language of instruction English

On successful completion of the course, students:

  • Have developed reading and note-taking skills to identify key ideas and arguments presented in an academic text;
  • Can summarize academic texts appropriately in written and spoken form
  • Can write an argumentative essay giving reasons in support of and against a particular viewpoint, citing relevant sources;
  • Can express themselves grammatically accurately and coherently using appropriate register and context specific vocabulary to clarify cause and effect, problems and solutions;
  • Can lead a discussion/debate, share and express opinion, incorporating supporting arguments on topics of interest and relevant to their field of study

The course will cover the following topics/content:

  • Team debate & building a strong spoken argument;
  • Introduction to academic research, selecting and citing appropriate sources;
  • Critical reading & note-taking strategies;
  • Summarizing academic texts;
  • Academic vocabulary;
  • The argumentative essay and academic writing style;

Authentic materials will be provided by the lecturer and adapted to student needs.
Recommended reading and reference works:
Business Spotlight Magazine https://www.business-spotlight.de/
Harvard Business Review https://hbr.org/
TED Talks www.ted.com
Presentation Guru https://www.presentation-guru.com/
Bailey, S. (2010). Academic Writing for International Students of Business
Emmerson, P. (2010) Business Grammar Builder - Intermediate to Upper-Intermediate, Macmillan
McCarthy, M. /O'Dell, F. (2016) Academic Vocab in Use, CUP

Moderated group work, lecture, discussion, self-study

Cumulative module examination
The module grade is calculated weighted by the ECTS credits of the individual courses of the module and results as follows:
ILV "English: Professional English 1" - 2 ECTS

  • Assessment type: Compulsory assessment
  • Assessment method/s: Class participation, written assignment, team debate, continual assessment, homework; written final examination
10% Homework
10% Active participation: attendance, class discussions, teamwork
10% Quiz: vocabulary and academic writing/reading
35% Team debate
35% Final paper: Argumentative Essay