Specialised English Writing Skills

langl2711  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Specialised English Writing Skills
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.
3 credits
30.0 h
Byrne Timothy (coordinator);
The B2 level in writing skills (Common European Framework for languages).
Main themes
  • Memos,
  • e-mails,
  • letters,
  • CVs,
  • press releases,
  • minutes of meetings,
  • summary writing, etc.

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

1 The main objective of the course is the analysis and drafting of various types of written messages that are used on a daily basis in business contexts, viz.: memos, e-mails, business correspondence, CVs (résumés),  press releases, minutes of meetings, summaries (précis writing), etc.
He/she will also have to be able to master the language functions, the grammatical structures, the 'etiquette', the 'genre conventions', the general vocabulary as well as the specific business vocabulary, with the aim of becoming able to fluently and spontaneously write the various kinds of written business genres mentioned above.
The target level at the end of the course is C1 (CEFR).

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”.
Production of the various types of written messages that are used on a daily basis in company contexts: memos, e-mail, letters, press releases, minutes of meetings, summary (or précis) writing, etc.
Teaching methods
The student is encouraged to gradually improve his/her skills in the drafting of the above-mentioned genres, first through the analysis of models and subsequently through imitation and emulation in various concrete situations.
Weekly drafting of assignments (at home as well as in class)
Detailed correction by the teacher
Error analysis
Evaluation methods
  • Continuous assessment throughout term, including the student's participation during class, two tests and weekly assignments submitted individually or in little groups
  • No written exam at the end of term (weighting of 100 % for continuous assessment)
Timothy BYRNE, Business English Writing Skills, Leuven, ACCO, 2017 (3rd ed.)
Faculty or entity

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

Title of the programme
Master [120] in Multilingual Communication