Curricular Unit:Code:
1UndergraduateBusiness Sciences2 ects
Learning Period:Language of Instruction:Total Hours:
Winter SemesterPortuguese/English26
Learning Outcomes of the Curricular Unit:
At the end of the course, students will be expected to
•have demonstrated a systematic understanding of the English language;
• have demonstrated the ability to communicate verbally and in writing in a variety of business-related settings and situations with scholarly integrity;
• be able to identify, analyse, discuss and produce a variety of texts
•be capable of critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis of new and complex ideas in the medium of the English language
1. The world of work
1.1 Introductions and meetings
1.2. Business meetings
1.3. Social and business networking
2. Work Routines
2.1 Talking about jobs
2.2 Job applications and interviews
2.3. Telephone English
2.4 Letters and emails
2.5. Internet use at work
3. Money and Company Finances
3.1 Dealing with figures and graphs
3.2 Financial terms
3.3 Financial Reporting
4. Project- Oral Presentation
Demonstration of the Syllabus Coherence with the Curricular Unit's Objectives:
The thematic items of the syllabus aim to provide the students with generic skills, so as to be able to communicate, understand and produce messages in the English language, both in social and professional contexts, where they should be able to use the language in life-like situations. For this purpose, in this curricular unit the students are encouraged to adopt an introspective and reflexive attitude, bearing in mind a social and economic reality of business interactions.
Teaching Methodologies (Including Evaluation):
Continuous assessment OR exam
The classes consist of lectures, with an emphasis on the instrumental competences: to dialogue, to listen, to read and to understand messages in English language. Assessment is continuous. It consists of a written test and an oral presentation, by the end of the semester. The final mark is the result of various written and oral contributions.
written test = 50%
presentation of project work = 50%
Demonstration of the Coherence between the Teaching Methodologies and the Learning Outcomes:
In order to maximize specific student skills, the methodology adopted (with an emphasis on the continuous assessment of knowledge) encourages the improvement of instrumental skills, namely the ability to communicate orally and in writing, to identify and understand messages, using the English language in a variety of social and professional situations, it also being considered as a privileged means of access to knowledge in general. The methodologies adopted, with an emphasis on the practical issues, aim to encourage the students to interpret communications and phenomena pertaining to the different cultural and linguistic contexts, acquiring further experience in the gathering, identification and interpretation of data from different cultural contexts, leading to an increased understanding and adaptation to diverse cultural environments where communication is in English.
Cotton, D et al. Market Leader – Intermediate (3rd ed) (2018). Harlow : Pearson Ed. Limited
Eastwood, J. (2019). Oxford Practice Grammar – Intermediate. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Marks, Jon (2007). Check Your English Vocabulary for Banking & Finance. A&C Black Business Information and Development
Lecturer (* Responsible):
Allison Byrne (