English for Professional Purposes
SummaryThis course in English for professional application stresses three particular aspects: the logical organisation and presentation of ideas; detailed proof-reading; and the conventions of various writing genres, such as business emails and proposals.
General entry requirements + English B.
For Swedish Upper Secondary Grades merit rating will be calculated according to Områdesbehörighet 6/A6
credits 32% final grades 34% national university aptitude test 34%
The course is designed to prepare the student to use English in the world of work by developing his/her ability to communicate effectively in English in a wide range of professional situations.
Learning activities are lectures, seminars, writing assignments, oral presentations, and self-study of course literature.
Syllabus for students autumn 2019
- Course Code:
- EN202L revision 1.6
- Level of specialisation
- Main fields of study:
- No main fields
- Date of ratification:
- 20 February 2019
- Decision-making body:
- Faculty of Culture and Society
- Enforcement date:
- 02 September 2019
- Replaces Syllabus ratified:
- 28 February 2012
General entry requirements + English B.
Specialisation and progression relative to the degree regulations
The course can normally be included as part of a general degree at undergraduate level.
The course is designed to develop the student's ability to communicate accurately and effectively in English, both orally and in writing, in a wide range of professional situations.
The course focuses on the following aspects:
- professional attitude and behaviour;
- careful organization of textual and visual communication with regard to genre, audience, and purpose;
- clarity, correctness and concision in writing, as well as detailed proof-reading skills;
- the acquisition of a varied and accurate contemporary professional vocabulary;
- teamwork and cross-cultural awareness; and
- discussion activities and presentations (both impromptu and formal).
Knowledge, skills and understanding
After successfully completing the course, the student will be able to:
- understand professional communication in terms of the interaction of audience, purpose, and genre;
- use both formal and informal register appropriately;
- choose grammatical structures which accurately express desired meaning, and edit his/her own and others’ texts for common errors of grammar, punctuation and style;
- demonstrate knowledge of vocabulary and natural expressions in English relating to a variety of contemporary business topics and concepts, such as intercultural networking, global relations and finance;
- understand the dynamics of teamwork and demonstrate an ability to participate actively as a team member;
- demonstrate rhetorical awareness of the compositional design elements of an image;
- deliver a formal oral presentation that gains and sustains audience interest in an accent that is understood by a majority of English speakers; and
- explain what it means to communicate as a professional as well as demonstrate a professional approach, e.g. an ability to work to agreed timetables, manage workloads, and meet deadlines
Learning activities and the main outcomes corresponding to these are short lectures (1-3, 6), workshops (1-3, 5-6, 8), writing assignments (1-5, 8), oral presentations (1, 5-7,8) and self-study of online exercises and course literature (3-4).
Assessments together with grading scales, credits and outcomes primarily tested:
- Online examination: writing with clarity, correctness, and concision (A/U – 3 credits – 3)
- Oral presentation (U/G – 2 credits – 1, 5, 7-8)
- Writing Assignment 1 (A/U – 2 credits – 1-4, 8)
- Writing Assignment 2 (A/U – 2 credits – 1-5, 8)
- Portfolio (U/G – 2 credits – 1-4, 8)
- In-class written examination (A/U – 4 credits – 1-4, 6)
A further exception is the in-class written examination, where only one re-take opportunity is offered per term. In addition to the above, you have the right to be examined on the same course the next time the course is offered, according to the same rules.
Examinations and re-take examinations will be conducted at the times and (where relevant) places that are listed in the schedule, and it is your responsibility as a course participant to stay informed of these procedures. In particular, you must register with the institution between 7-21 days in advance for the in-class written examination as well as any subsequent re-takes.
Excellent (A), Very Good (B), Good (C), Satisfactory (D), Pass (E) or Fail (U).
Course literature and other teaching materials
- Mascull, B. (2017). Business vocabulary in use: Advanced with answers and ebook with audio, 3rd ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-1-316-62822-5
- Taylor, S. (2012). Model business letters, emails and other business documents. (7th ed.). Harlow, England: Pearson. ISBN 978-0-273-75193-9
If you have participated in the course, you will have the opportunity to make known your experiences and viewpoints by completing a course evaluation administered by the University. After compiling and summarizing the information from the evaluations, the University will inform you both of the results and of any consequent measures taken. The results will be made available to the students (HF 1:14).