Description du cours

Intitulé de l'Unité d'Enseignement

Economic Issues, Corporate Communication and Academic Skills

Code de l'Unité d'Enseignement


Année académique

2020 - 2021



Nombre de crédits


Nombre heures







Langue d'enseignement


Enseignant responsable

HOFLACK Nathalie

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

General description
This English course is designed for students following the bilingual (French-English) Bachelor 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. Discussion and debates 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 developing the language and communication skills of students both in corporate and academic contexts, and focuses on oral and written (academic and professional) communication.
The course also aims at activating topics related to corporate and economic issues covered by students in other courses taught in English in the bilingual programme. It further describes and analyses the field experience (Internship or Housing Project) using the appropriate language and communication tools in English. Finally, with the COIL project, the course aims at developing skills for team work in an intercultural setting as well as digital skills.
Moreover, English courses at ICHEC aim at making students fully operational in English, thus increasing the possibility of international exchanges during their studies as well as their employability on a local and international fast-changing job 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

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, activating corporate and socio-economic topics).
Second term:
C- COIL (Collaborative Online International Learning) - (focus on collaboration, cross-cultural, corporate and digital skills.)
D- Critical analysis of the work placement/Housing Project’s experience (focus on describing and analyzing student’s field experience in English).

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 context and on and economic issues. It also aims at developing academic and business writing skills.
• How to prepare for the interactive class?
Before the course, do the homework, readings, exercises required;
During the course: take an active part in the activities: presentations, debates, role-plays, discussions, written activities;
Prepare all assignments carefully 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.
o Grammar
Grammar will be dealt with on the basis of the language needs of students.
Remedial tools may be recommended to students based on their needs.
o Vocabulary will be covered based on the reference book below. The units to be covered will be specified during the course.

Mode d'évaluation

First term (on-line assessment: TEAMS&WISEFLOW)

Oral skills= Continuous evaluation throughout the module: Corporate & economic issues (presentations, debates, discussions), in-class or online + oral exam in January.

Writing Skills= January exam: Academic Writing - Discussion essay
• Vocabulary based on the vocabulary book and on the course.
• Listening comprehension

Second term
Continuous evaluation throughout the COIL module and the module on the critical analysis of the internship or Housing Project. Students will have to perform both speaking and writing tasks (in-class or online).

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 for vocabulary:
Title: Business Vocabulary in Use: Advanced Author(s): Mascull ISBN: 9781316628232 Date published: NOVEMBER 2017