Reading comprehension and vocabulary extension: economic and commercial texts in English

lmult2223  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Reading comprehension and vocabulary extension: economic and commercial texts in English
Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
4 credits
22.5 h
De Cock Sylvie;
Prerequisites: B2 level of listening and reading and B2 level of speaking (Common European Framework of Reference).
Main themes
The course is based on a detailed description of the linguistic (grammatical, lexical and stylistic) features that are typical of the economic and commercial domain as opposed to other registers of the English language. The focus is on significantly increasing specialised vocabulary to enable students to easily understand any text in this domain. Articles from newspapers, magazines, scientific books and websites are used for reading comprehension and vocabulary extension exercises.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 At the end of the course, students should be able to understand economic and commercial texts in English and have acquired a solid vocabulary in these areas (at C1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference).

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
The course is based on a detailed analysis of economic and commercial English using original texts. These articles are centred on important themes, particularly macro-economics, trade, sales techniques, accounting, the management and structure of companies, insurance and banking. Various exercises and internet research are used to enhance reading skills and vocabulary extension in this domain.
Evaluation methods
Written exam : reading comprehension activities about a series of authentic texts dealing with topics similar to the ones covered in class (50% of the final mark) and vocabulary exercises based on the vocabulary covered in the course (50% of the final mark)
Other information
Texts used include current economic affairs, theoretical texts on economic issues and internet and newspaper articles.
Online resources
  • On Moodle
Teaching materials
  • Course notes, documents and exercises available on Moodle
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [120] in Public Administration

Master [120] in Journalism

Master [120] in Communication

Master [120] in Modern Languages and Literatures : German, Dutch and English

Master [120] in Multilingual Communication

Master [120] in Political Sciences: General

Master [120] : Business Engineering

Master [120] in Economics: General

Master [120] in Management

Master [120] in Communication

Master [120] in Political Sciences: International Relations

Master [120] in Modern Languages and Literatures : General