Module Title:Business English 1
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:7
Module Delivered In 5 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Lectures - communication of knowledge and business English practices/structures from the lecturer to the student. Problem-solving exercises - students will work individually and as part of a team to resolve various business scenarios. Class discussion/debate - students will be encouraged to actively participate in the class sessions which will develop their analytical and business communication skills. Writing and other in-class business English tasks - students will develop their written, reading, aural and spoken English skills through various in-class activities. E-learning - it is envisaged that the module will be supported with online learning materials. Self-directed independent learning - the emphasis on independent learning will develop strong and autonomous work and learning practices.
Module Aim: This module aims at providing students with the necessary English language skills to communicate effectively in a professional/work context including the development of writing, speaking and presenting capabilities. The focus of the module is on English usage within the business environment.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Apply English structures competently within a business context.
LO2 Display practical language skills within real workplace scenarios including presentations, negotiations, telephoning, meetings and discussions.
LO3 Compose and produce effective business communications (e.g. letters, reports, emails) relevant to industry needs.
LO4 Demonstrate oral fluency in English appropriate to a business setting.
Pre-requisite learning
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
1. Business and Commercial Language Skills (written, oral and aural)
Business English: study of the language and terminology used when studying and working within a business/commercial field in an English speaking environment. Potential topics include conducting meetings and negotiations; agreeing and disagreeing; business transactions (ordering, delivery, quotes, payment, customer service); job applications/CVs; interview techniques.
2. Grammar/Use of English
Grammar points will be studied as they arise in class but will also include simple, compound and complex sentences; question tags; structural phrases and clauses; phrasal verbs; the passive/active voice; introduction to complex tenses.
3. Specialised Business Language
Business vocabulary; business idioms; collocations; expressions; analysing newspaper/online articles and business documents, specialised texts, charts and graphs; summarising/rewriting texts and abstracting main points; writing transactional letters/emails; article and report writing.
4. Presenting Skills
Effective presentation skills for business purposes; presentation structure and organisation; audience focus; answering questions; preparation and delivery of a clear, well-organised, professional presentation in English; researching information; selecting appropriate support material.
5. Oral/aural English Skills
Role plays; advertisement analysis; debating and negotiating; speaking and listening skills.
6. Writing and Reading Skills
Reading skills/comprehension; extracting the main ideas from business-related texts; writing and reading to develop proofreading and editing skills.
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment100.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Examination In-class assessment 1,2,3 60.00 Week 9
Oral Examination/Interview Oral presentation of a business topic 1,2,4 40.00 Sem 1 End
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination

SETU Carlow Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 3.00
Independent Learning Time Every Week 6.00
Total Hours 9.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 1.50
Independent Learning Every Week 7.50
Total Hours 9.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
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