Business English I



Aims of the Course

On completion of the course, students will be able to

  • read and understand English texts on a B2 level of the Common European Framework;
  • understand and apply business English vocabulary and terminology from fields like management; human resources; production and operations; sales, marketing and advertising;
  • translate those terms into German and vice versa;
  • participate in discussions on those fields;
  • produce effective business communications (emails, covering letters, CVs, telephoning).


This course uses the following methods: lectures, small-group work, discussions, vocabulary development and reinforcement of grammatical structures, listening comprehensions, role plays and case studies.


This course is designed specifically for students of (International) Business Administration at the Faculty of Business, Economics and Statistics. These students have priority over students studying at other faculties.

Successful completion of the introductory and orientation period (STEOP) is a necessary prerequisite for registration. Also, students must be able to document English skills on a B2 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. For further information, please consult our homepage!


According to university regulation, this course is "prüfungsimmanent", which means that in principle students must attend every class. Exceptionally, they may miss a maximum of two sessions.
Failure to attend the first session without prior notification will result in losing the place in the course.


Business English I is assessed by means of

  • Mid-Term Test (30%)
  • Final Test (70%)
  • In order to pass the course, participants must reach an overall percentage score (PS) of more than 60%.

No dictionaries or other reference materials are allowed in the exam.


The students will be awarded a grade on the basis of their overall percentage score (PS) as follows:

  • PS 60.5-70 - Grade 4
  • PS 70.5-80 - Grade 3
  • PS 80.5-90 - Grade 2
  • PS 90.5-100 - Grade 1


  • Management / Work and motivation / Present and past tenses
  • Company structure / Managing across cultures / Future; passive
  • Recruitment / Modals; questions / CV, covering letter
  • Telephoning / Conditionals; gerund and infinitive
  • The different sectors of the economy / Production
  • Supply chain management / Make, do, have & get
  • Logistics / Quality / Telephoning
  • Products / Pronouns, determiners and possessives
  • Marketing / Articles
  • Advertising / Adjectives and adverbs; comparisons  
  • Sales / Linkers
  • Emails / Prepositions

Course Literature

  • Emmerson, Paul (2009): Business Vocabulary Builder. Macmillan Education.
  • Emmerson, Paul (2010): Business Grammar Builder. Macmillan Education.
  • MacKenzie, Ian (2010): English for Business Studies. CUP.
  • Additional material compiled by the lecturer

Online Material