Reading comprehension and vocabulary extension: economic and commercial texts in English

lmult2223  2020-2021  Louvain-la-Neuve

Reading comprehension and vocabulary extension: economic and commercial texts in English
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information below is subject to change, in particular that concerning the teaching mode (presential, distance or in a comodal or hybrid format).
4 credits
22.5 h
Q1
Teacher(s)
Language
English
Prerequisites
Prerequisites: B2 level of listening and reading and B2 level of speaking (Common European Framework of Reference).
Main themes
The course is based on a detailed description of the linguistic (grammatical, lexical and stylistic) features that are typical of the economic and commercial domain as opposed to other registers of the English language. The focus is on significantly increasing specialised vocabulary to enable students to easily understand any text in this domain. Articles from newspapers, magazines, scientific books and websites are used for reading comprehension and vocabulary extension exercises.
Aims

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 At the end of the course, students should be able to understand economic and commercial texts in English and have acquired a solid vocabulary in these areas (at C1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference).
 

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
Content
The course is based on a detailed analysis of economic and commercial English using original texts. These articles are centred on important themes, particularly macro-economics, trade, sales techniques, accounting, the management and structure of companies, insurance and banking. Various exercises and internet research are used to enhance reading skills and vocabulary extension in this domain.
Teaching methods

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.

The lectures are given face to face (or online via Teams or using dual mode teachig if face to face teaching is not possible in case of a health crisis for example).
Evaluation methods

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.

Written exam : reading comprehension activities about a series of authentic texts dealing with topics similar to the ones covered in class (40% of the final mark) and vocabulary exercises based on the vocabulary covered in the course (40% of the final mark).
Continuous assessment (20% of the final mark for the course): reading and vocabulary portfolio. 
Other information
The texts used include texts about current economic affairs, texts issued by companies, theoretical texts on economic issues as well as internet, newspaper and journal articles.
Online resources
Moodle
Bibliography
  • On Moodle
Teaching materials
  • Course notes, documents and exercises available on Moodle
Faculty or entity


Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Sigle
Credits
Prerequisites
Aims
Master [120] in Information and Communication Science and Technology

Master [120] in Multilingual Communication

Master [120] in Public Administration

Master [120] in Modern Languages and Literatures : German, Dutch and English

Master [120] in Political Sciences: International Relations

Master [120] in Communication

Master [120] in Political Sciences: General

Master [120] in Economics: General

Master [120] in Communication

Master [120] in Modern Languages and Literatures : General

Master [120] in Journalism

Master [120] in Management

Master [120] : Business Engineering