COURSE INTRODUCTION
Business English 1
Contact information for
Boglarka Kiss Kulenović
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Office hours:
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Monday: 15:00-16:00
Tuesday: 13:00 -15:00
Office 20
Webpage: www.efzg.hr/bkiss
E-mail: [email protected]
COURSE AIMS
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to develop business communication skills (writing,
speaking and listening)
to acquire specialist vocabulary (on selected
business topics)
to encourage critical thinking (analysis, synthesis,
foreseeing, deducing, selecting…)
to understand the difference between
written/spoken language and formal/informal
language
to learn how to use dictionaries and other
reference material
Current headlines from the business press
Keywords?
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PM unveils marriage tax breaks plan
Messi in Spain tax fraud hearing
Blackberry loss after sales slump
Energy costs fuel Japan price growth
UK economic growth confirmed at 0.7%
Strong investor interest in Royal Mail float
US buyout groups acquire RBS branches
China to launch free trade zone
Apple iPhone 5C Launched In California
Current headlines from the business press
Keywords?
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PM unveils marriage tax breaks plan
Messi in Spain tax fraud hearing
Blackberry loss after sales slump
Energy costs fuel Japan price growth
UK economic growth confirmed at 0.7%
Strong investor interest in Royal Mail float
US buyout groups acquire RBS branches
China to launch free trade zone
Apple iPhone 5C Launched In California
Listening
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Keywords?
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business11876811
COURSE REQUIREMENTS
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regular attendance
You will not get a signature if you miss
more than 3 seminars.
All doctor’s notes and other proofs of
absence to be handed in the week of your
return to classes.
active in-class participation (home
assignments, participation in discussions);
deliver a group (5-6) presentation;
passing progress tests and/or exams.
TWO WAYS TO GET A GRADE
1) PROGRESS TESTING - BEFORE REGULAR
EXAM DATES
 regular attendance
 active class participation
 Group presentation
 Occasional pop quizzes
 Homework assignments
 midterm test + endterm test + business letters test =
minimum 51%
 oral exam
 FINAL GRADE = written tests + oral test+ class
participation
2) REGULAR EXAM DATES
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regular attendance
Homework assignments
Group presentation
final comprehensive written test (regular
exam period)
final comprehensive oral exam (regular exam
period)
3. THE ORAL EXAM
At the oral exam you are expected to:
 present business topics covered during the course
and discuss them with your peers
 express a viewpoint on a topical issue (advantages,
disadvantages, agreeing, disagreeing…) and to ask
relevant questions.
THE PRESENTATION
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The teams, topics and presentation times will
be assigned by the teacher
YOUR GROUP’S OWN WORK!!!
successful team-work
thorough research
clear structure
ability to use the language of presentations
effectively
ability to present information in visual form
correctly
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PPT presentation
duration:10-15 minutes
answering questions from the group (hostile
and friendly)
The presentations will be held after classes
during the semester.
1 Presenting group and 2 observing groups.
REQUIRED LITERATURE
Business English Resource Bank I Bring to
next class!
 MacKenzie, I. (2010) English for Business
Studies, Third edition
Available in
 Algoritam
 VBZ Knjižara (Tomićeva ulica, kod uspinjače)
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University Essentials
Where are we now?
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The University of Zagreb,
The Faculty of Economics and Business
Lecture room ...
Organization
Put the institutions in order according to size:
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The Department of Business Foreign
Languages
The University of Zagreb
The Faculty of Economics and Business
Organization
Put the institutions in order according to size:
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The University of Zagreb
The Faculty of Economics and Business
The Department of Business Foreign
Languages
Match up the terms:
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First-year student
Second-year student
Third-year student
Fourth-year student
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Junior
Freshman
Sophomore
Senior
What kind of degree will you get after ...
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4 years?
5 years?
9 years?
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Bachelor’s degree
Master’s degree
Doctor’s degree
What’s the difference?
Which one will YOU get?
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BA or BSc or Bachelor of Economics
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MA or MSc
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Master’s degree in Management or MBA
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PhD
Fill in the missing prepositions
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He has a BA _____ English literature.
She has a master’s degree ____ Economics.
He has a PhD _____ the University of
Zagreb.
Take a course ___ Macroeconomics.
Enrol __ a course.
Attend a course ___ Business English.
Participate ___ classes.
Sign up ____ an exam a week early.
Fill in the missing prepositions
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He has a BA _in__ English literature.
She has a master’s degree _ in _ Economics.
He has a PhD _from__ the University of
Zagreb.
Take a course _in__ Macroeconomics.
Enrol _on_ a course.
Attend a course _ in __ Business English.
Participate _ in __ classes.
Sign up _for__ an exam a week early.
Explain the difference:
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Full-time students – part-time students
Undergraduate students – graduate students
Compulsory course – elective course
Class attendance – class participation
Written exam – oral exam
Midterm test – comprehensive exam
Take an exam – pass an exam
ECTS
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European Credit Transfer System
Purpose:To help compare courses in different
European universities.
Reason: To make it easier for students to
take courses abroad.
Homework:
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Study p 5-6 in the Resource Bank
Do p. 5/ exercise 1
Read p. 7. Look up unknown words and
expressions!!!
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