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Business English and the role of language in business


Introduction to Business English

7.5 credits

Autumn / Spring



This course provides basic knowledge of Business English and deeper understanding of the role of language in the business world. You will practise your written and spoken language in various business contexts and for various purposes, such as reports, letters or other forms of correspondence, and make presentations for various audiences.

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Linguistic and cultural knowledge that is useful at work or at home Do you want to work in advertising and PR, translation and interpretation, politics, travel, journalism, international relations, cultural criticism? All these fields require skills in English and knowledge related to different cultures. Studying English at Södertörn University will help you use English, and language in general, in the most effective manner, allowing you to use these skills in advertising, politics or other in professions in which you need a high level of communicative skill. You will also gain the skills you need for employment in a workplace where English is the working language, which makes English a great supplement to other subjects. Studying English brings the opportunity to continue studying at Master’s level and beyond. Read about research in this subject
Business English vocabulary, correspondence and the effect of intercultural relations This course aims to help you understand and produce both written and spoken Business English in an appropriate and comprehensible way, allowing you to adapt your own language style depending on the audience, context and communicative goals. You will demonstrate the business-specific vocabulary and understanding of conventions you acquire by producing reports and correspondence, as well as delivering oral presentations. The course also covers the effect of intercultural relations on English as a business language and the importance of language in a business context. Course design Teaching is in the form of lectures and seminars, including oral presentations, and all teaching and course materials are in English. The course is assessed through active participation in seminars and the continuous assessment of written assignments and oral presentations.
A global language to help you understand the world English is a global language. Learning English opens doors to personal development and future success; you can study or work abroad, gain better understanding of the mechanisms in a multicultural society and think critically about many aspects of current societal and political problems. Learning a foreign language also brings new ways of looking at the problems in the world. English at Södertörn University specialises in teaching and research in English and fields directly linked to the subject, such as linguistics, literature and the culture of English-speaking countries. It encourages critical thinking about the links between historical, social and cultural circumstances, and well as examining how different social groups use language. Another aspect is that of how a language is learned and what influences the process.