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English for Business Purposes. Advanced Course - 1

Type: Optional course
When: 1, 2 module
Open to: students of one campus
Instructors: Григорова Наталья Сергеевна, Мартюшова Наталья Олеговна, Завалина Анастасия Владимировна, Камерон Деррик Ян -, Бойко Татьяна Васильевна, Григорова Наталья Сергеевна, Elena Borodkina, Olga Bredikhina, Irina Yuryevna Bukina, Diana Burimskaya, Oxana Demchenkova, Elena Anatolyevna Dolgushina, Irena Fadeeva, Natalia Vasilyevna Gridina, Evgeniya Yuryevna Klepko, Anna Likhacheva, Lubov' Nikolaevna Maslova, Ekaterina Mironenko, Natalia Mishustina, Elena Viktorovna Prilipko, Natalia Pripolzina, Veronika Repnikova, Lyudmila Yuryevna Rokotyanskaya, Yuliya Safonova, Valentina Shaforostova, Elena Alekseevna Smygunova, Yuliya Suvorova, Lioubov Sycheva, Andrei Tulum, Evgenia Vasilyeva
Language: English
ECTS credits: 3
Contact hours: 48

Course Syllabus


The discipline refers to the variable educational tracks offered to students of the curricula for bachelor's and master's degree at choice while mastering the optional course of English in accordance with the Concept of Development of English-language Communicative Competence of HSE Students. The course is designed to introduce students to the language of business, specifically to the peculiarities of building effective business communications. The course offers practical training in functional business skills such as presentations, negotiations, meeting facilitation, and brainstorming, allowing for personalization of the learning experience with a structured modular approach that gives the flexibility to focus on specific needs and learning outcomes.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • The course focuses on introducing students to the general vocabulary of work-place English and the main language functions and is aimed at acquiring language mastery relevant to common business communication areas, such as professional development and managing change. To build the basic skills of argumentative communication in English and successful representation of intentions and results to ensure the maximum range and authenticity of business content. To acquire the basic skills of business communication (structural elements, business register peculiarities, essential business vocabulary) within multiple touchpoints from which to explore the possibilities of use of any given language skill. To master presentation agility and fluency with the various skills, practical training in functional business areas such as presentations, negotiations, meeting facilitation, and brainstorming. . To apply BC skills to the specific subject area of International Affairs, from business conversations in the workplace, to negotiations and presentation skills .
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • To develop skills of using basic listening techniques (predicting, understanding main ideas and details)
  • To develop skills of using basic reading techniques skimming and scanning (predicting, understanding main ideas, understanding details)
  • To form skills of note-taking
  • To form understanding of text structure
  • To develop understanding of lectures and learning context
  • To develop skills in delivering a monologue (informative/descriptive/reasoning)
  • To develop skills in delivering a monologue: informative/descriptive/reasoning
  • To develop skills in giving a presentation (can give reasons in support or against a particular point of view, give the advantages and disadvantages of various opinions) - optional
  • To develop skills in writing e-mails (business correspondence)
  • To develop skills in writing essays (opinion, discussion)
  • To develop skills of participating in debates (active listening, questioning, responding to questions, emphasizing, discussion strategies)
  • To develop skills of participating in dialogue on general, academic, and professional topics. (active listening, questioning, responding to questions, emphasizing, discussion strategies)
  • To develop skills of writing emails.
  • To develop understanding of specialised complex longer texts*/articles and reports concerned with contemporary problems (CEFR)
  • To improve skills of writing summaries
  • To improve understanding of dialogues and polylogues on both familiar and unfamiliar topics
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Management
  • Give and take
  • Company Structure.
  • Market research
  • Money matters
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Written assessment
    EMAIL, LETTER ASSESSMENT CRITERIA (max 10 points) Task Response (max 3 points) 3 points – the student fully addresses all parts of the task: shows that he/she gets the idea of the topic, complete the task mentioning all the key moments in the body of the text; the student presents a fully developed position in response with relevant, fully extended and well supported ideas; content is relevant to the task; 2 points – the student addresses all parts of the task although some parts may be more fully covered than others: the student shows that he/she mainly gets the idea of the topic and the task is mostly done; minor irrelevances and/or omissions may occur;  1 point – the student responds to the task only in a minimal way or the answer is tangential; the format may be inappropriate; the student does not include everything they were asked to cover;  0 points – the student does not adequately address any part of the task and writes something irrelevant. Coherence and Cohesion (max 2 points)  2 points - there is a salutation, opening, body, closing and signature, used properly and well-structured; the student logically organises ideas and/or effectively uses a wide range of cohesive devices; the text is well-structured and organised in paragraphs; 1 point – one of the features is missing, but others are used properly/ there is a salutation, opening, body, closing and signature, but some of them are incorrectly used; ideas are generally organised; the student uses only basic linking words and/or a limited number of cohesive devices; the text is organised in paragraphs; 0 points – more than one of the features is missing/incorrectly used; ideas are not logically organised and/or cohesive devices do not indicate a logical relationship between ideas; the text is not organised in paragraphs. Lexical Resource and Range (max 2 points)[Разрыв обтекания текста]2 points – the student uses a wide range of subject-specific vocabulary including some uncommon lexical items appropriately; there may be 1 inaccuracy, but mainly words fit the content of the task; 1 point – the student uses a sufficient range of subject-specific vocabulary appropriately, but may make 1 mistake in spelling, word formation or word choice;  0 points – the student only uses basic vocabulary, with very limited control of spelling, word formation or word choice; errors are numerous (2 and more) and impede understanding. Grammatical Range and Accuracy (max 2 points) 2 points – the student uses a wide range of grammar structures with control and flexibility and may make 1 minor mistake; the student uses correct punctuation; 1 point – the student uses various structures and tenses, but may make 2 mistakes, which impede understanding; punctuation is mainly correct; 0 points – the student only uses basic structures and/or makes numerous mistakes (3 and more) which severely impede understanding; makes numerous punctuation mistakes. Level/track specific criteria (max 1 point)  1 point – proper choice and use of language depending on the target audience of the email and the genre; 0 points – incorrect use of language for a given purpose.
  • non-blocking Oral assessment
    Oral assessment includes a monologue on a given topic, a dialogue and/or a presentation. The elements of oral assessment cannot be retaken. Criteria for presentations are attached as a separate file.
  • non-blocking Final assessment
    The final test is held in class within 10 days before the exam period offline or online on MS Teams platforms. Students must log in using their first name and surname. If a student connects to the videoconferencing session late, the time allocated for the element of assessment may be extended at the examiner’s discretion (p. 34 of Regulations for Interim and Ongoing Assessments of Students at National Research University Higher School of Economics). The exam is conducted in written form online, remotely without proctoring. Taking a break during the Exam is not allowed. To take the exam, a student should: check the operation of the webcam, microphone, headphones or speakers, the speed of the Internet (for the best results, it is recommended to connect the computer to the network via a cable); prepare the necessary items for the exam tasks (pens, A4 paper for a draft); disable other applications in the task manager of the computer, except for the platform (Zoom or MS Teams). The student provides the necessary conditions for the exam: • sufficient level of illumination; • low noise level; • absence of interference with video and audio signal transmission; • a fully operational webcam (including built-in laptop cameras); • a fully operational microphone (including built-in laptop cameras); • a permanent and stable Internet connection with a data transfer rate of at least 5 Mbps. During the writing part of the exam, it is prohibited to: • turn off the webcam and microphone, reduce its level of sensitivity to sound; • use auto-correct functions, notes, textbooks, other educational materials; • leave the desk area during the Exam (leave the visibility zone of the webcam); • use headphones, headsets for any other reason than to complete the Listening section of the exam; • use “smart” gadgets (smartphone, tablet, etc.); • involve another person to help with the Exam, talk with another person during the Exam; • read tasks out loud; In the event of a long-term communication failure with the Zoom or MS Teams platform during the exam, the student must record the fact of the loss of communication with the platform (take a screenshot/photograph of the entire screen so that the time and the application/web browser window are visible, get a response from the Internet provider) and report the problem to the office of the student’s Program and to the teacher (in one email). Note: According to part33 of Regulations for Interim and Ongoing Assessments of Students at National Research University Higher School of Economics «…. The use of materials not permitted by this list, attempts to communicate with other students or other individuals (e.g., through electronic means of communication), unauthorized movement in the examination room, having electronic means of communication that are not allowed by the teacher, intended disconnection from the video conference or switching browser tab, when it is clear that the teacher forbids the action, and other violations of examination procedure constitute ground for the end of exam for the particular student (student’s removal from the examination room, disconnection from the videoconference, etc.) with a subsequent “0” grade in the examination grade column.
  • non-blocking Independent work assessment
    Independent work includes activities that students do at home, in the classroom and online work. The elements of independent work cannot be retaken.
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • 2021/2022 2nd module
    0.25 * Written assessment + 0.3 * Final assessment + 0.2 * Oral assessment + 0.25 * Independent work assessment


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Business partner B2+ : coursebook, , 2019

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Company to company : a communicative approach to business correspondence in English: student's book, Littlejohn, A., 2003
  • Company to Company: a new approach to business correspondence in English : Student's Book, Littlejohn, A., 1994
  • Effective presentations, Comfort, J., 2009
  • Financial English with mini-dictionary of finance, MacKenzie, I., 2000
  • Management and marketing with mini-dictionary, MacKenzie, I., 1997
  • Стогниева О. Н. - АНГЛИЙСКИЙ ЯЗЫК ДЛЯ ЭКОНОМИСТОВ (B1–B2). ENGLISH FOR BUSINESS STUDIES IN HIGHER EDUCATION. Учебное пособие для академического бакалавриата - М.:Издательство Юрайт - 2019 - 197с. - ISBN: 978-5-534-10008-2 - Текст электронный // ЭБС ЮРАЙТ - URL: https://urait.ru/book/angliyskiy-yazyk-dlya-ekonomistov-b1-b2-english-for-business-studies-in-higher-education-429129