COURSE INTRODUCTION Business English 1 Contact information for Boglarka Kiss Kulenović Office hours: Monday: 15:00-16:00 Tuesday: 13:00 -15:00 Office 20 Webpage: www.efzg.hr/bkiss E-mail: [email protected] COURSE AIMS 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? 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? 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 Keywords? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business11876811 COURSE REQUIREMENTS 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 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 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 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) University Essentials Where are we now? The University of Zagreb, The Faculty of Economics and Business Lecture room ... Organization Put the institutions in order according to size: 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: 1. 2. 3. The University of Zagreb The Faculty of Economics and Business The Department of Business Foreign Languages Match up the terms: First-year student Second-year student Third-year student Fourth-year student Junior Freshman Sophomore Senior What kind of degree will you get after ... 4 years? 5 years? 9 years? Bachelor’s degree Master’s degree Doctor’s degree What’s the difference? Which one will YOU get? BA or BSc or Bachelor of Economics MA or MSc Master’s degree in Management or MBA PhD Fill in the missing prepositions 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 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: 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 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: Study p 5-6 in the Resource Bank Do p. 5/ exercise 1 Read p. 7. Look up unknown words and expressions!!!