Business English


This course is designed to bring the real world of international business into the language teaching classroom. It suggests the sources of professional information to ensure the maximum range and authenticity of business content for technical students.

The BE module the students should learn the effective ways to command the language in special business situations, actively interact getting the information, face with problems and solve them in a proper way.

In this context, the major aims of this module are to

  • gain knowledge of the basic principles of Business world;
  • effectively analyze business situations, critically reflecting them in written and oral communication;
  • manage business information, working in collaboration, discussing business tasks and solving problems;
  • analyze professional information, ensuring the maximum range and authenticity of business content;
  • improve language skills through the increase of the level of business competence;
  • develop writing skills in business documents preparation.


Contact Time 102 h.
Independent Hours 102 h.
Total 204 h.
ECTS 6 points

Pre Requisite Study

FCE examination or final exam GE 3

Post Requisite Study

None required.

The Module Team

The BE module is delivered by a team of tutors from the Department of Business Foreign Language. The team includes:

Elena Bazik, Senior Teacher This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Ekaterina Fibikh, Senior Teacher This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Topic areas

  1. Company and Community.
  2. Careers. Career choices.
  3. Corporate Culture.
  4. Management.
  5. Production and Operations Management.
  6. Marketing.
  7. International Trade

Useful Books

There is the following list of the main books:

  • Mascull, Bill. 2007 Business Vocabulary in Use.Intermediate. Cambridge University Press
  • Ashley A. 2007 Oxford Handbook of Commercial Correspondence. CB+WB. Oxford University Press.
  • Mackenzie, Ian. 2006 Management and Marketing.
  • With mini-dictionary of 1000 common terms.
  • Language Teaching Publications (England). Intermediate.

Allison, John; Townend, Jeremy; Emmerson, Paul; Richardson, Karen; Sydes, John; Kavanagh, Marie.2007 The Business. MacMillan Publishing. Intermediate level. Student’s Book, Teacher’s Book, DVD-Rom, Audio-CDs.


Module assessment is by:

  1. Current work during the classes and on the tests including different types of tasks and business writing paper check. There will be 3 post-unit tests (in the form of the review the 2 units tests) which will make 10% each.
  2. A final individual (or in group of 2) project which will mean the review and analysis of an actual contemporary topic on business (in the form of Power Point oral presentation including group post discussion) (20%)
  3. Oral exam in the format of BEC Vantage Exam (50%)

The assessment is held during the whole module and is based on the rating system. The maximum number of points is 100 (3 post-unit tests x 10% each, a final individual project work x 20% and the exam x 50%).

According to the number of points the grade will be given:

100% - 80% - A (Excellent)

79% - 65% - B (Good)

64% - 51% - C (Satisfactory)

The Exam:

Assessment Criteria

The assessment criteria are the same as in the BEC Vantage Exam format. To pass the exam the candidate should:

  • Understand the main idea of the authentic business text;
  • Take an active part in class discussions on business topics in the frame of their competence;
  • Speak fluently in typical business situations, practice key phrases and skills in realistic situations with other people;
  • Be able to write the most important types of document you will need to write at work;
  • Be able to solve authentic similar those student will meet in business.

Web-based resources






A full schedule of classes and activities is provided later in this booklet. Timetable details will be issued by your tutors on the Server DO. Some additional surgery hours will apply towards the end of the module, helping to prepare you for your examination.

DEVELOPERS OF THE Business English

Fibikh Ekaterina Viktorovna: Vice Dean of Humanities Faculty, Director of Foreign Languages Resource Centre, Chief of Programm "Interpreters in the Professional Sphere"


 Siberian State Aerospace University


VII -th International



Practical Conference


"Modern trends in foreign languages teaching  

at higher education institutions"

with edited volume publication

Krasnoyarsk, Russian Federation

14 of May, 2013



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