BME 1007 Business English

Course Code BME 1007
Course Title Business English
Number of Credits Non- Credit
Academic Year 1

This is a non-credit elementary course on professional communication in English, commencing at a fairly basic level and touching upon the fundamentals of language. A pre-intermediate level of language proficiency would be adequate for a student to enroll in the course. This course seeks to develop all four language competencies in the areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking skills in relation to their personal as well as business life. In addition, grammar and vocabulary are also extensively discussed.

  • Develop writing, reading, speaking and listening skills of students with regard to English language

Equip them with knowledge and skills related to Business English

At the end of the course, the student will be able to,

  • use English language in a considerably grammatical and accurate manner in writing and speaking
  • compose formal letters, reports and other business related documents for a given context
  • conduct successful presentations and meetings
  • use English more appropriately and with greater confidence, both in personal life and in the business context

engage more effectively and efficiently in business communication (in English) in the organizational context

Main Topics    Sub Topics No. of Hours
1.Grammatical Foundation I 1.1 Parts of speech

1.2 Tenses- present, past, future

1.3 Sentence structures

1.4 Making questions and negation


2.Grammatical Foundation II 2.1 Active voice and passive voice

2.2 Conditionals

2.3 Reported speech

2.4 Prepositions and articles


3. Basic Aspects of Communication 3.1 Greeting others

3.2 Agreeing and disagreeing

3.3 Asking for and giving advice and opinions

3.4 Giving instructions


4. Composition 4.1 Describing people and objects

4.2 Describing graphs

4.3 Writing paragraphs (topic sentence and supporting ideas, punctuation)


5.Business Correspondence 5.1 Telephone etiquette

5.2 Memos

5.3 E-mails

5.4 Letters of inquiry, request and complaint

5.5 Cover letters


6.Communication Within the Organization 6.1 Memos

6.2 Notices

6.3 Meetings: writing minutes ,negotiating ,meeting etiquette

7.Report Writing (Information-only reports) 7.1 Structure of reports

7.2 Language in report writing

8. Presentation Skills 8.1 Structure of a presentation

8.2 Paralinguistic features associated with presenting Visual aids

9. Reading Skills 9.1 Scanning, skimming, inferring

9.2 Reading comprehension

10. Business Jargon 10.1 Business related vocabulary

10.2 Business idioms and expressions

Mode of Evaluation Final examination will be conducted.

1. Timothy, R. Foster.2002. Business English: Better business writing. Kogan page :UK
2. Andrew, Bradbury. 2000. Successful Presentation Skills. Kogan Page :UK
3. Murphy, Raymond. 2000. Murphy’s English Grammar. A self-study reference and practice book for intermediate students of english with answers: 3rd edition. Cambridge University press
4. Leo, Jones. 1996. Business English: New International Business English: Student’s book: workbook: 3 audio cassettes. university press :uk
5. Andrew, Bradbury.2000 .Successful Presentation Skills. Kogan Page :UK
6. Blundel, Richard. 1998 .Effective Business Communication. Prentice Hall