Description du cours

Intitulé de l'Unité d'Enseignement

Economic Issues, Corporate Communication and Academic Skills

Code de l'Unité d'Enseignement

12ULG14

Année académique

2022 - 2023

Cycle

BAC

Nombre de crédits

4

Nombre heures

60

Quadrimestre

1-2

Pondération

Site

Anjou

Langue d'enseignement

Français

Enseignant responsable

ECHEVIN Laurence

Objectifs et contribution de l'Unité d'Enseignement au programme

This English course is designed for students doing the bilingual (French-English) Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. It is divided into three compulsory modules:

1. Academic writing (including a discussion essay on a corporate or socio-economic topic).

2. Corporate and socio-economic topics (focus on speaking, listening and reading skills, activation of business vocabulary in relation to corporate and socio-economic topics).

3. Effective meetings skills (focus on meeting practice, language of meetings & minutes writing), phrasal verbs, idiomatic expressions (focus on speaking and advanced vocab).

Objectives
The course English - Economic issues, corporate communication and Academic skills - aims at improving the language and communication skills of students both in corporate and academic contexts, and focuses on both oral and written (academic and professional) communication.

The course introduces students to business vocabulary related to various corporate and economic issues. These are mainly issues students are exposed to through other courses taught in English as part of the bilingual programme (economics, finance …).
Moreover, by making students fully operational in English, the programme increases the chances for international exchanges during their studies as well as their employability on a local and international fast-changing labour market.

Prérequis et corequis

Students should have successfully completed the first-year (Block 1) course "English corporate communication skills and socio-economic issues" and have reached a B2 level as described by the European Common Framework for Languages of the Council of Europe. During the first year, they were also introduced to corporate communication, socio-economic issues and academic writing. These knowledge and skills are necessary to further progress in the second and third years of the bilingual programme (Block 2 & Block 3).

Description du contenu

The course is organized in three modules:

First term:

1- Academic writing and discussion essay (focus on writing skills in an academic context).

2- Corporate and socio- economic topics (focus on speaking, listening and reading skills, activation of business vocabulary in relation to corporate and socio-economic topics).

First and second terms:

3. Effective meetings skills (focus on meeting practice, language of meetings & minutes writing), phrasal verbs, idiomatic expressions (focus on speaking and advanced vocab).

The modules are taught by different teachers.

Méthodes pédagogiques

• Interactive class

The course aims at providing students with the necessary skills and tools to progress and communicate in English in a corporate and academic context. It also aims at developing business and academic writing skills.

• How to prepare for the interactive class?

? Before the course: do all the preparations, readings, exercises required;
? During the course: take an active part in the activities (presentations, debates, role-plays, written activities);
? Prepare all assignments with care and follow the instructions given;
? Devote time, outside class to prepare for the assignments and exercises as well as to work on the self-study material.

• Self-study

? Grammar will be dealt with on the basis of the language needs of students. Remedial tools may be recommended to students accordingly.

? Vocabulary will be covered based on the reference book below. The units to be covered will be specified during the course.
Title: Business Vocabulary in Use: Advanced
Author(s): Mascull
ISBN: 9781316628232
Date published: NOVEMBER 2017
CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS

N.B.: The students wishing to attend the B2 language courses must be registered in a language group ('TP') via the Meteor website before 20/10/2022. If this deadline is missed, they will automatically be allocated a language group (and will no longer have a choice of group).

Mode d'évaluation

The course is based on a permanent evaluation process throughout the academic year:

Q1
Permanent evaluation throughout the following modules:
1 - Academic Writing - Discussion essay assessed (in December)
2 - Corporate & socio-economic issues (short presentations, debates, vocabulary exercises, working on a research paper…).
3 - Efficient meetings & advanced vocab (meetings practice...)

January exam:
• Oral exam: based on a research paper prepared by the students during the first term
• Written exam: Advanced business vocabulary (reference book) + advanced vocab related to module 2 (socio-economic topics) and module 3 (efficient meetings & advanced vocab, phrasal verbs and other phrases...) + grammatical items (such as modals at an advanced level, the reported speech, phrasal verbs...)

Q2
Permanent evaluation throughout the second part of module 3 - Effective meetings and advanced vocab – Part 2 (focus on meeting practices, language of meetings & minutes writing, revising the reported speech). Students will have to perform both speaking and writing tasks (taking part in an assessed meeting in April/May and writing the minutes of a meeting).

No exam in June – Evaluation based on continuous assessment throughout the three modules and the January exam.

Références bibliographiques

All documents will be posted on Moodle throughout the year.

We will work with the following reference book for vocabulary:
Title: Business Vocabulary in Use: Advanced Author(s): Mascull ISBN: 9781316628232 Date published: NOVEMBER 2017
CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS

The CORE project. The Economy.

Retrieved from https://core-econ.org/the-economy/book/text/0-3-contents.html

European Framework for Languages. Retrieved from

https://rm.coe.int/cefr-companion-volume-with-new-descriptors-2018/1680787989