[ 572WEB2KFEK20 ] KS Communicative Skills English (B2)

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Workload Education level Study areas Responsible person Hours per week Coordinating university
3 ECTS B1 - Bachelor's programme 1. year Languages Thomas Rankin 2 hpw Johannes Kepler University Linz
Detailed information
Pre-requisites (*)keine
Original study plan Bachelor's programme Economics and Business 2021W
Objectives This course is designed to help students

  • develop and practice language learning skills
  • develop and practice social skills
  • develop and practice oral communication skills for business and studies
  • develop and practice written communication skills for business and studies
  • read and discuss different types of texts for business and studies
  • produce different types of texts for business and studies
  • become sensitive to concepts of language register and appropriacy
  • revise and develop their language level in all four skills areas
Subject Skills and language focus

  • Reading and listening for gist and details
  • Note-taking
  • Summarizing
  • Vocabulary building
  • Grammar revision
  • Pronunciation
  • Informal and formal writing (language and conventions)
  • Evaluation of resources
  • Discussion and negotiation
  • Problem-solving
  • Data interpretation
  • Presentation
  • Self-assessment
  • Teamwork
  • Peer evaluation and feedback


  • Developing a Learning Plan and Package
  • Personal Profile and CV
  • Current events
  • Political, economic, and social issues
  • Getting your point across in presentations and writing
  • Agreeing and disagreeing
  • Debating
  • Dilemma-solving and decision-making
  • Interpreting and evaluating data/sources
Criteria for evaluation
  • Consistent attendance (80% required) and active participation in English
  • Completion of assigned tasks for meetings
  • Four assessed writing assignments
  • Two mid to end of semester in-class written assessments (45 mins each)
  • Course Portfolio
  • Final Interview

The final grade in this course consists of your portfolio, including assigned written work, and in-class assessments (50%), oral work in class and a final interview (50%).
Please note that both your written and oral work must be positive to complete the course.

  • Individual and group activities
  • Discussion
  • Presentation
  • Text production
  • Self-study
Language English
Study material Emmerson, Paul (2009). Business Vocabulary Builder, Intermediate to Upper-intermediate, Basingstoke, UK: Macmillan.
Changing subject? No
Earlier variants They also cover the requirements of the curriculum (from - to)
572WIENKFEK18: KS Communicative Skills English (B2) (2018W-2020S)
572CISEKOMK15: KS Communicative Skills English (B2) (2015W-2018S)
1FENKF: KS Communicative Skills English (B2) (2009W-2015S)
On-site course
Maximum number of participants 25
Assignment procedure Assignment according to priority