Business English Vorbereitungskurs

2 SWS - 2 ECTS

Syllabus Preparatory Course

Aims of the course

On completion of the course, students will be able to

  • read and understand English texts on an intermediate level;
  • understand and apply business English vocabulary and terminology on an intermediate level;
  • give presentations in teams;
  • participate in discussions.


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


This course is designed specifically for students of (International) Business Administration at the Faculty of Business, Economics and Statistics.


The preparatory course is assessed by means of:

  • Presentation (20%)
  • Peer Feedback (10%)
  • Participation (20%)
  • Final Test (50%)

In order to pass the course, students 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


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.

Course Literature

  • Emmerson, Paul (2009): Business Vocabulary Builder. Macmillan Education.
  • Emmerson, Paul (2010): Business Grammar Builder. Macmillan Education.
  • Additional material compiled by the lecturer.


  • Introduction
  • Your background and career
  • Your company
  • Your job
  • Issues in the workplace
  • Pay and benefits
  • Recruitment
  • Global issues for the 21st century
  • The economy

Online Material