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Business English

Business English

Code: ENG1LF001
Extent: 3 ECTS (81 h)
Timing: Semester 1
Language: English
Level: Basic studies (Language studies, B2)
Type: Compulsory

Prerequisites

No prerequisites. The course is part of the module Working in an International Environment and integrated with Developing Professional, ICT Skills for Business 1.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course the students

  • are able to communicate in selected business situations in accurate English to enhance better networking skills
  • have basic knowledge of and skills in referencing according to HAAGA-HELIA guidelines for writing assignments and reports
  • have skills in delivering oral presentations to become better sales makers and service designers
  • have cultural awareness of working in the English speaking business environment to become better cosmopolites
  • are able to read, understand and discuss articles and texts related to specific business areas
  • are able to self-reflect their learning process to develop stronger skills of leadership within
  • has enhanced his/her HH3S competences as applicable to the course.

Course contents

  • Business terminology of selected business areas
  • Business vocabulary needed for creating business plan
  • HAAGA-HELIA guidelines for writing assignments and reports
  • Oral presentations and other spoken tasks for business and study purposes
  • Cross-cultural awareness
  • Communication in English in global business environment

Cooperation with the business community

Real business based examples and cases, guest speakers as appropriate.

International dimension

International and global business approach to course themes and topics, contributions by multinational student groups.

Teaching and learning methods

Contact lessons
Individual and team assignments integrated with other courses in the module of Working in an International Environment
Possible visiting lecturers
The assessment of one’s own learning 1 h

Accreditation of prior learning

Accreditation of prior learning is observed on the course according to separate instructions.

Teacher with the main responsibility for the course

Anna Kimberley

Course materials

Krizan, A. 2007. Business Communication. Thomson. Mason. USA.
Hofstede, G. 2009. Cultures and Organizations. Mc Graw Hill.
Seely, J. The Oxford Guide to Writing and Speaking. Oxford University Press.
Current issues of The Economist, The Observer, The Financial Times
HAAGA-HELIA guidelines for writing reports/assignments
Other material provided by teacher

Assessment criteria

Grade/Learning Outcomes

1 (Min. 40%
competence level)
3 (Min. 70%
competence level)
5 (Min. 90%
competence level)
Knowledge The student has knowledge of basic English vocabulary used in business situations. He/she  describes current business situations using appropriate basic business terminology and has theoretical knowledge about delivering business presentations. The student has intermediate knowledge of business vocabulary and concepts. He/she is able to explain the meaning of business concepts using more elaborate vocabulary. The student has knowledge of business vocabulary at an advanced level. He/she demonstrates knowledge of idiomatic business English, is able to carry our elaborate discussions, arguments and debates. The student compares and estimates concepts, develops argumentative narratives.
Skills The student knows how to utilize basic tools/methods to be used in order to perform in the task required in the assignment. He/she is able to deliver presentations demonstrating minimum level of professionalism. The student is able to select and choose the right tools/methods to be utilized in order to perform in the task required in the assignment. He/she delivers oral presentations demonstrating a good level of professionalism. The student has excellent skills in choosing the tools/methods to be utilized in order to perform in the task required in the assignment. He/she delivers oral business presentations demonstrating high level of professional excellence.
Competence The student is able to complete tasks with the help and support of a supervisor and fellow students. The student is familiar with HH3S Roles The student is able to complete tasks and assignments relatively independently. The student is competent and demonstrates skills in HH3S Roles. The student is able to complete tasks and assignments very independently, also providing help and support to fellow students if needed. The student is competent and has excellent skills in HH3S Roles.

Modes of assessment and their weights

Active participation 30%
Project 30%
Exam 20%
Attendance 20%

The assessment of one's own learning does not influence the course grade. The assignment is the same for all courses/modules and the answers will also be used for course/module development. The assignment is completed on an E-form.