Advanced Business English

Advanced Business English
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.
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.
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,
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.
Lectures with the use of multimedia aids.
Oral exam on the reading, translation and commentary in English of all the contents of
the compulsory texts.
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
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, or on the Faculty notice