English for Professional Purposes - 1st and 2nd semester


The learner should
a) be able to write his/her own CV and resumé
b) know how to reply to job advertisements and for professional/academic courses
c) be able to handle interviews held in English
d) know how to give a professional presentation using English, including reading text aloud
e) be able to make introductions and know how to address other professionals appropriately
f) be able to participate actively, effectively and appropriately in meetings
g) develop the skills needed to write coherent workrelated texts reports, proposals, emails, minutes,
summaries in the appropriate genre and register with a high degree of accuracy
h) be sensitive to and know how to respond to intercultural issues and situations
i) have an awareness of using English as a Lingua Franca in international and/or L2 contexts
j) further develop his/her linguistic skills and competences.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Rima Prakash


Weekly - 4

Total - Available soon

Teaching language




Barrett, B., & Sharma, P. (2010). Networking in English. Oxford: Macmillan.
Brieger, N. (2011). Business Writing B1C2. London: Collins.
Cotton, D., Falvey, D. & Kent, S. (2010). Market Leader Upper Intermediate. Harlow: Pearson Longman.
Craven, M. (2008). Real Listening and Speaking 4. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Downes, C. (2008). Cambridge English for Job Hunting. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Emmerson, P. (2002). Business English Frameworks. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Emmerson, P. (2003). Email English. Oxford: Macmillan.
Emmerson, P. (2006). Essential Business Grammar Builder. Oxford: Macmillan.
Mascull, B. (2002). Business Vocabulary in Use. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Williams, E. J. (2008). Presentations in English. Oxford: Macmillan.

Teaching method

The course follows a task- and problem-based approach, focusing primarily on speaking and writing skills. Each topic area or item is preceded by initial group discussion based around personal experience as well as prior reading, viewing or research. This is followed by personalized, individual or group tasks set in relevant meaningful contexts. The outcomes of the tasks will be subject to both peer and/or teacher revision, correction and comment. Internet-based resources will be used frequently.
The language of the course is English; students should enter the course with a minimum CEFR level of B2/C1.

Evaluation method

Assessment is formative and on-going. Writing skills account for 50% and speaking skills 50%. Writing assessment consists of 2 writing tasks in class and one task completed at home. Speaking assessment consists of continuous assessment of oral work in class, role-plays and presentations.
Minimum attendance: two thirds of classes given.

Subject matter

The course covers the following areas:
English in the workplace
CVs and resumés; letters and emails; personal statements; public profiles (LinkedIn, Proz.com); completing application forms
interview skills; assessment centre skills; performance review meetings
presentation skills; presenting in English; reading aloud & pronunciation; meeting etiquette and skills; formality and appropriacy issues
writing reports, proposals, summaries, abstracts, meeting agendas & minutes; describing data and statistics; register issues
intercultural issues; using English as a ´lingua franca´.