Advanced Business English PROF. LAURA BELLONI COURSE AIMS The course sets out to further develop (in line with the standard First-level Degree objectives) the student’s communication skills in the various segments of English for business communication, empowering their grammatical, lexical, textual and cultural abilities. COURSE CONTENT Special emphasis will be placed on the reception of written English (newspapers, magazines and essays) in the specific specialisation languages and according to the different textual genres, especially as a source of ideas for written and oral production. In addition, some of the communicative situations characteristic of English business communication will provide the basis for reflection and language practice aimed at strengthening the student’s communicative skills and proficiency, as well as their argumentive effectiveness in English. READING LIST Compulsory texts: M. HEWINGS, Advanced Grammar in Use (upper-intermediate) – with answers (second edition), Cambridge University Press, latest reprint. E. REGGIANI, In the (salmon) pink 4. L’Inglese per la comunicazione economica sulle pagine del Financial Times: scorci del Commonwealth, EDUCatt, Milano, 2009. E. REGGIANI, Econolingua. Glossario di parole-chiave dal Financial Times, 1998-2008, EDUCatt, Milano, 2009. Suggested reading: P. STRUTT, Market Leader: Business Grammar and Usage. Business English, Longman, Harlow, 2000. M. MCCARTHY-J. MCCARTEN-D. CLARK-R. CLARK, Grammar for Business (with Audio CD), Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, latest ed. A. TUCK, Oxford Dictionary of Business English for Learners of English, Oxford University Press, Oxford, latest ed. LONGMAN, Business English Dictionary, Longman, Harlow, latest ed. F. PICCHI, L’Inglese dell’Economia. Dizionario Economico e Commerciale Inglese-Italiano, Italiano-Inglese, Zanichelli, Bologna, latest ed. F. PICCHI, Economics and Business. Dizionario Enciclopedico e Commerciale Inglese-Italiano, Italiano-Inglese, Zanichelli, Bologna, latest ed. TEACHING METHOD Lectures with the use of multimedia aids. ASSESSMENT METHOD Oral exam on the reading, translation and commentary in English of all the contents of the compulsory texts. NOTES The programme published here is subject to change should any particular didactic needs arise, in which case any such changes will be published online through the coordinator’s Blackboard course page, which all students must visit regularly in its entirety and learn its contents. The Advanced Business English courses are also open to those students whose study programme calls for English Language (Advanced Course) or English for Business Communication (Advanced Course), as well as to pre-reform course students whose study programme calls for English Language. Further information can be found on the lecturer's webpage at http://docenti.unicatt.it/web/searchByName.do?language=ENG, or on the Faculty notice board.