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LN103: English for Business

Session: Two
Prerequisites: Students should have a good level of English (minimum Cambridge First Certificate, IELTS 6 or TOEFL 550 Paper/213 CBT) and be interested in a variety of business issues. 

The language level is intermediate to upper intermediate. This course may not be suitable for advanced speakers, or students who have already studied in a native English speaking environment.

Mr Mike McGarvey
Mr Nick Byrne

English is the major language of international business. The pressure is on for the ambitious individual to not only maintain a good standard of English, but to increase fluency and overall competence.

This three week-programme is designed to improve your confidence in speaking, reading, writing and listening in a business context. The focus will be on the language you need for business activities, and will provide a British perspective for creative discussion.

There is also a topic and theme-based syllabus delivered by LSE academic staff and external business practitioners.

The timetable's emphasis on collaborative projects and tasks will enable an improvement of key integrated language skills. Regular practice in class will further extend your capabilities in the way you actually use and manipulate business English.

Course objectives

To raise awareness across a range of business subjects. To practice language as used in the business environment. This will include:

  • Input and use of key business vocabulary
  • Business correspondence
  • Oral presentation skills (e.g. pitching a business idea)
  • Lectures on business topics
  • Discussion and role-play
  • Focused grammar work
  • The language of statistics and trends
  • Business report writing

Contact Hours
54 hours of classes, lectures and tutorials plus two cultural visits. Classes are timetabled from 10am - 4pm.

Successful completion of the course will be determined by a business report (25%), a group and individual presentation (25%), and a written final examination (50%).