MEX 1507 Compulsory English


Course Unit Code MEX  1507
Course Unit Title Compulsory English
Number of Credits Noncredit course
Year Number 1
Medium English

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 business communication. In addition, grammar and vocabulary are also extensively discussed.

  1. Develop writing, reading, speaking and listening skills of students with regard to English language
  2. Equip them with knowledge and skills related to Business English. Sri Lanka.

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

  1. Use English language in a considerably grammatical and accurate manner in writing and speaking.
  2. Compose formal letters, reports and other business related documents for a given context.
  3. Conduct successful presentations and meetings.
  4. Use English more appropriately and with greater confidence, both in personal life and in the business context.
  5. Engage more effectively and efficiently in business communication (in English) in the organizational context.
Content    
Main Topics Sub Topics Number 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

 

8 hrs
2. Grammatical Foundation II 2.1 Active voice and passive voice

2.2 Conditionals

2.3 Reported speech

2.4 Prepositions and articles

 

8 hrs
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

 

8 hrs
4. Composition 4.1 Describing people and objects

4.2 Describing graphs

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

 

8 hrs
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

 

8 hrs
6. Communication Within the Organization 6.1 Memos

6.2 Notices

6.3 Meetings: writing minutes ,negotiating ,meeting etiquette

 

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

7.2 Language in report writing

8 hrs
8. Presentation Skills 8.1 Structure of a presentation

8.2 Paralinguistic features associated with presenting Visual aids

 

8 hrs
9. Reading Skills 9.1 Scanning, skimming, inferring

9.2 Reading comprehension

 

8 hrs
10. Business Jargon 10.1 Business related vocabulary

10.2 Business idioms and expressions

 

5 hrs
Mode of Study Lectures, seminars, course manuals, workshops, assignments
Evaluation 100%  Final Exam

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