English for Professional Purposes


The learner should:
a) be able to write their 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
e) be able to make introductions and know how to address other professionals
f) be able to participate actively, effectively and appropriately in meetings
g) develop the skills needed to write coherent work-related 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

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Rima Jay Prakash


Weekly - 4

Total - 168

Teaching language



Students must possess minimum CEFR level B2/C1 in English.


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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
The language of the course is English; students should enter the course with a
minimum CEFR level of B2/C1.

Evaluation method

Método de avaliação - Speaking assessment consists of interviews, role-plays and presentations.(50%), Writing assessment consists of writing tasks set and done during the course and one final written task done in class.(50%)

Subject matter

The course covers the following areas:
- English in the workplace
- CVs and resumés; covering letters and emails; personal statements; public profiles
(LinkedIn and others)
- 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


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