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BUSINESS ENGLISH II (PASS/FAIL COURSE) mutuato
BUSINESS ENGLISH II (IDONEITÀ)

A.Y. Credits
2021/2022 8
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Catherine Lea Farwell Office Hours: after lessons or online (zoom classroom space) via email reservation: catherine.farwell@uniurb.it
Teaching in foreign languages
Course partially taught in a foreign language English
This course is taught partially in Italian and partially in a foreign language. Study materials can be provided in the foreign language and the final exam can be taken in the foreign language.

Assigned to the Degree Course

Economics and Management (LM-77)
Curriculum: MANAGEMENT AND ECONOMICS OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
Date Time Classroom / Location
Date Time Classroom / Location

Learning Objectives

The course aims to develop general and operational abilities in English, as well as specific abilities as concerns the topics and specialized terminology contained in the textbook and the other study materials utilized; particular emphasis is placed on students' understanding and communicative abilities. 

 We will study objectives, functions, and ways of carrying out English in the specialized context of business-economics-commerce; the communicative environment and the roles of participants will be specified. 

The language level is B2 on the CEFR scale i.e., the upper intermediate level.  

In particular, the Course will address the language of presentation, publicity and marketing, and of economic-business terminology and concepts.  Furthermore present will be aspects of social media and the digital/multimedia world, as well as reflection on the topic of the 'globalization' of languages and communication which have obliged English to function as a lingua franca at the international level.

Program

Note: The final exam of this course is preceded by a mandatory written test; after passing that students may attempt the last, oral, portion.                                         The  textbook Units that students should study for the ORAL exam are divided according to the two groups present in the School of Economia: students who are following the course to earn 6 credits, or 8 credits:  

  • Students attending MANAGEMENT AND ECONOMICS OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT are enrolled to earn 8 credits (in Italian: 8 cfu).  
  • They should study the following chapters/Units of the textbook Business Benchmark - Upper Intermediate:   3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 20.

Bridging Courses

No prerequisite courses are necessary before attending the Business English II course. 

However - if your English is not very strong - you are invited to take a remedial/refresher course in general English skills at the Centro Linguistico d'Ateneo (CLA - the official language learning structure at UniUrb).

These courses are offered in both semesters and are free for students enrolled at the Università di Urbino Carlo Bo.

Once you have attended a remedial/refresher course to strengthen your English: please contact the instructor of Business English II - Catherine Farwell - to decide together when you should try to take the final course written and oral exams.  

Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)

Knowledge and understanding: students will learn the most important terminology regarding the language of presentation and promotion in the field of business and advertising. Besides being familiar with the specific sector of multimedia and business, students will also study the language of “cultural diversity” and  globalization. They will acquire skills for understanding both the written and spoken language in general terms i.e., with reference to the topics studied. Students will be able to produce a written text and have a business conversation during the exam at B2 level of the Common European Framework. 
Applying knowledge and understanding: students will be able to read and understand written and audio material at B2 level, responding appropriately when questioned. 
Making judgements:  students will be able to use the language to interpret and analyse information both in general terms and in analysis of key points.  
Communication skills: students will learn to read and understand a variety of text types, both written and audio. They will develop writing skills for business communication and oral interaction at the B2 level.   
Learning skills:  students will be able to apply linguistic skills learned in previous courses, integrating specific lexis and structures to new content learned in their studies in the field of economics.

Teaching Material

The teaching material prepared by the lecturer in addition to recommended textbooks (such as for instance slides, lecture notes, exercises, bibliography) and communications from the lecturer specific to the course can be found inside the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it

Supporting Activities

Interested parties will be notified of additional activities to be conducted, again with faculty member Catherine Farwell.  The latter will hold additional teaching activities and seminars in the LL Classroom (language lab) in Palazzo Battiferri, and in classrooms. Free preparation seminars for the Cambridge Business English Certificate VANTAGE B2 exam are offered in both semesters of the academic year. In particular, it is recommended that Lin-Az graduates seriously consider these  learning support activities. By earning the BEC European Language Certificate, you can earn CFUs for your degree program and an important permanent qualification for your CV.

 As stated above: through seminars and workshops offered by Catherine Farwell, it will be possible to prepare for a Cambridge BEC exam free of charge; however - to actually take the BEC exam -students will have to register and pay to take a Cambridge BEC exam at one of the private exam centers in locations near Urbino (e.g. Pesaro).   

UniUrb students who prepare with Catherine Farwell will be able to benefit from the university student discount with Cambridge Exams (known as the CRUI fee).


Teaching, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment

Teaching

Lectures

Update:  Autumn/Fall 2021 - given the public health pandemic (covid-19) students may follow lessons in the classroom or online: please see the Blended Learning Course page for the link for the Zoom classroom hosting the Business English II course. 

Course books

The official course textbook is:

  • Business Benchmark - Upper Intermediate - Student's Book.   Guy Brook-Hart with David Clark /2nd Edition - BEC Edition)  B2 - Cambridge University Press - 2013.

Students who follow lessons - in person or online - do not need to purchase any of the other Business Benchmark texts in the same series.

  • The instructor will post on Blended Learning (the course webpage) an exercise manual in pdf form to practice business letters.
Assessment

Evaluation of Learning 

Written test: reading comprehension exercise with a business topic  - a business writing exercise  - a listening comprehension exercise with a business topic.

Oral exam - final portion of the course evaluation process: students will discuss  with the instructor the required Units of the couse textbook:  Business Benchmark Upper Intermediate Vantage

  • Passing the written test is a prerequisite to taking the final oral portion of the evaluation process.  Once students pass the written test, their pass mark is held for 1 year.  On any exam date thereafter, students may take the oral exam.   Upon written request it is possible to take both the written and the oral portions on the same exam day; however, students should request permission to do so by email - ahead of time, please.  
Disabilità e DSA

Le studentesse e gli studenti che hanno registrato la certificazione di disabilità o la certificazione di DSA presso l'Ufficio Inclusione e diritto allo studio, possono chiedere di utilizzare le mappe concettuali (per parole chiave) durante la prova di esame.

A tal fine, è necessario inviare le mappe, due settimane prima dell’appello di esame, alla o al docente del corso, che ne verificherà la coerenza con le indicazioni delle linee guida di ateneo e potrà chiederne la modifica.

Additional Information for Non-Attending Students

Teaching

Non attending students should consult the Business English II Course Webpage (Moodle – Blended Learning) and read/practice with the supplementary materials uploaded there.

Attendance

Students who have decided not to attend lessons in person or online, but to study the course materials on their own (in Italian: so-called Non Frequentanti) must procure the course textbook listed above and prepare to take a written exam (Prova Scritta) and a final, oral exam (Esame Orale).

Non attending students should consult the Business English II Course Webpage (Moodle – Blended Learning) and read/practice with the supplementary materials uploaded there.

Course books

 The official course textbook is:

  • Business Benchmark - Upper Intermediate - Student's Book.   Guy Brook-Hart with David Clark /2nd Edition - BEC Edition)  B2 - Cambridge University Press - 2013.

Students who follow lessons - in person or online - do not need to purchase any of the other Business Benchmark texts in the same series.

  • The instructor will post on Blended Learning (the course webpage) an exercise manual in pdf form to practice business letters.
Assessment

Evaluation of Learning 

Written test: reading comprehension exercise with a business topic  - a business writing exercise  - a listening comprehension exercise with a business topic.

Oral exam - final portion of the course evaluation process: students will discuss  with the instructor the required Units of the couse textbook:  Business Benchmark Upper Intermediate Vantage

  • Passing the written test is a prerequisite to taking the final oral portion of the evaluation process.  Once students pass the written test, their pass mark is held for 1 year.  On any exam date thereafter, students may take the oral exam.   Upon written request it is possible to take both the written and the oral portions on the same exam day; however, students should request permission to do so by email - ahead of time, please.  
Disabilità e DSA

Le studentesse e gli studenti che hanno registrato la certificazione di disabilità o la certificazione di DSA presso l'Ufficio Inclusione e diritto allo studio, possono chiedere di utilizzare le mappe concettuali (per parole chiave) durante la prova di esame.

A tal fine, è necessario inviare le mappe, due settimane prima dell’appello di esame, alla o al docente del corso, che ne verificherà la coerenza con le indicazioni delle linee guida di ateneo e potrà chiederne la modifica.

Notes

Students who earn European language certification can present this for university credits (a CEFR-based certificate can substitute for an optional exam in your second year of study in the Magistrale program at Economia), and - above all - such qualifications are highly valued in the job market.

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