Description du cours

Intitulé de l'Unité d'Enseignement

Economic Issues, Corporate Communication and Academic Skills

Code de l'Unité d'Enseignement


Année académique

2021 - 2022



Nombre de crédits


Nombre heures







Langue d'enseignement


Enseignant responsable

HOFLACK Nathalie

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 four compulsory modules:

1. Academic writing (including a discussion essay on a corporate or socio-economic topic).
2. Debates and other oral exercises on corporate and economic topics.
3. COIL project (Collaborative Online International Learning).
4. Critical analysis of the work placement/Housing Project’s experience.

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 …). Finally, with the COIL project, the course aims at developing both teamwork in an intercultural setting and digital skills.

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 four modules (A, B, C & D):

First term:

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

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

Second term:

C- COIL (Collaborative Online International Learning): focus on teamwork, international collaboration, cross-cultural awareness and digital skills.

D- Critical analysis of the work placement/Housing Project’s experience (focus on critical thinking skills).

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
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

Mode d'évaluation

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

Permanent evaluation throughout the module: corporate & economic issues (short presentations, debates, roleplays, vocabulary exercises …).
January exam:
• Oral exam:
Business topics covered in class

• Academic Writing - Discussion essay
• Advanced business vocabulary (reference book)

Permanent evaluation throughout the COIL module and the module on the critical analysis of the internship/Housing Project. Students will have to perform both speaking and writing tasks (presentations …).

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

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