Business English II


2 SWS - 3 ECTS


Aims of the Course

On completion of the course, students will be able to

·        read and understand upper-intermediate Business English texts;

·        understand and apply business English vocabulary and terminology from fields like management, company finance, financial markets, international trade, CSR, taxation, economic policy;

·        translate those terms into German and vice versa;

·        participate in discussions on those fields;

·        produce communicatively effective written business texts (graph descriptions; business reports and proposals);

·        give presentations in teams.


This course uses the following methods: lectures, small-group work, team presentations with individual written feedback, discussions, listening comprehensions, vocabulary development and reinforcement of grammatical structures, 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.

In order to take Business English II, students must have passed Business English I.


Business English II is assessed by means of 

·        Presentation (30%)

·        OOPT (10%)

·        Final Test (60%)

In order to pass the course, students must

1)    reach an overall percentage score (PS) of more than 60% and

2)    reach more than 90 points on the OOPT. (accepted certificates)

The presentation is a compulsory component.

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


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.


·        Banking 

·        Referencing

·        Stocks and bonds

·        Presentations

·        Accounting and financial statements 

·        Prepositions

·        Market structure, competition and takeovers

·        Linkers

·        Government and taxation

·        Business trends

·        The business cycle

·        Graph descriptions

·        Corporate social responsibility

·        Phrasal verbs

·        Exchange rates

·        Gerund and infinitive

·        International trade

·        Business reports

·        Women in business

·        Business proposals

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.

·        Cavusgil, S. Tamer; Knight, Gary; Riesenberger, John: International Business. The New Realities. Fifth Edition, Pearson 2020.

·        Additional material compiled by the lecturer

Online Material

·        Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary. [online] available from <> [7 August 2019].

·        Collins Cobuild Advanced Dictionary. [online] available from <> [7 August 2019].

·        Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English. [online] available from <> [7 August 2019].

·        Macmillan Dictionary Online. [online] available from <> [7 August 2019].

·        Merriam-Webster Online. [online] available from <http://www.merriam-> [7 August 2019].

·        Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary of English. [online] available from <> [7 August 2019].

·        The Financial Times Lexicon. [online] available from <> [7 August 2019].