LIN434 - LINGUA INGLESE - LM-77 - LT - V. Gaballo

LIN434 – ADVANCED ENGLISH FOR INTERCULTURAL BUSINESS COMMUNICATION

This course is designed for learners of advanced English who want to function effectively in an international business environment by developing both their English language & communication skills and their intercultural competence. By the end of the course students will be able to: read and interpret specialized texts in management, economics and finance – write a business report, profile, etc. – give a presentation – understand the role of culture in international businesses and how it can impact negotiations – reduce conflict in verbal communication – advice companies on reconciling cultural differences.

Prerequisites

Level of proficiency of the English language: Intermediate (B2 CEFR).
The course is technology-enhanced; students need to have an e-mail account and computer literacy.

Programme

The course consists of two modules:
MODULE A – Communicating business in English
This module provides intensive work on language use, vocabulary and the essentials of workplace and corporate communication, with ample coverage of the most important topics and issues in today’s economic and business environment: international trade, advertising, marketing, use of social media, Human Resources and personal branding, financial reporting, CSR, etc.
MODULE B – Business relationships across cultures
This module examines the concepts associated with culture and communication and how this relates to global leadership.  It analyzes intercultural communication case situations and integrates conceptual understanding with “real life” intercultural experiences and observations in management.  

Assessment

Learning will be assessed through T/F, multiple choice, gap filling and matching tests, designed to
check full understanding of the key concepts explored during the course, and a Project Work,
which consists in writing a business report and presenting it orally.

Adopted textbooks

- Giuliana Garzone & Walter Giordano, Communicating Business in English (Digital Edition) - Pearson, 2020 - Page Count: 364 - ISBN (Digital): 9788891907271 - MyLab student access price: € 20.30
- Elizabeth A. Tuleja, Intercultural communication for global business: how leaders communicate for success, Routledge, 2022 (2nd ed.) - Page count: 334 - eText ISBN: 9781000387353 - Digital access: £ 34.15  

Suggested textbooks

- Advanced Grammar in Use (3rd Ed.)
- English Collocations In Use - Advanced (2nd Ed.)
- Business Vocabulary in Use - Advanced (3rd Ed.)

Teaching & Learning approach

Teaching and learning are organized according to ILV methodology (Information / Laboratory / Verification), which provides informative moments, followed by analysis and reconstruction workshops that allow students to turn theory into practice, and develop reflective thinking on their own learning processes and products.
A mix of the following teaching techniques will be used:
- Lectures
- Case studies
- Group work
- Individual research

Attendance

This is a hybrid class, which combines in-person and online activities, interactions, assignments, and assessment. Both live and online interactions are required in this course.

Students are encouraged to use an electronic portfolio to provide evidence of learning. An e-portfolio provides a means of collecting, documenting, reflecting on, and sharing various experiences and texts (written, visual, multimedia, etc.). It would, at a minimum, be a record of the coursebook activities and projects attempted, responses to any differences between their "answers" to activities and the comments provided, and feedback and reflection on the projects carried out. But it could include any other examples of texts which students came across which they can relate, through commentary, to the theories in the textbook and which may be shared with other students. It might also contain general reflection on their responses to the coursebook and what they find most useful and interesting, or contentious. Through an e-portfolio students will create their own personal learning space for the course.

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