We mean business!
1st year (Major 1/2)
First year English module M1 (CEF: B1)
Windesheim Business School
Authors: Dinand Warringa, Marianne van Vlierden, Ellen Keates August 2014, revised
For you, personally, the question is whether or not your English meets the requirements demanded of a student in Higher Education. In terms of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEF) this means this module aims at reaching the B1 level of proficiency in Business English. However, regardless of your previous field of study, no exemption will be granted for following the Start-Up English module as we thoroughly prepare you for all other Business English modules you may have in the future.
The module consists of seven two-hour lessons in which you will be able to display your language skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking. Whether or not you have the necessary knowledge to meet the required level of proficiency will be tested in a written (multiple choice) examination during the exam period. The final grade must be at least 5.5 for you to be awarded the 2 credits available for this module. Again, this module serves as the starting point for all English courses at the Windesheim Business School, irrespective of your field of study.
We believe it is of vital importance to not only acquire passive language skills but also practise and acquire active skills in English. Make sure that you actively participate in the English classes to prepare yourself for the final exam in which both of these skills will be tested.
We hope this is a challenging experience and that you will do your utmost to come “up to scratch”. Good luck!
Marianne van Vlierden
Revised by Bas de Leve
Study guide We mean Business Major 1 (1.1/1.2)
This module consists of seven two-hours’ lectures in which you are given the opportunity to demonstrate your English language skills such as reading, listening, writing and speaking.
Your proficiency is tested in a multiple choice examination which takes place in the test period. The written exam is a one-hour multiple choice exam, consisting of 40 questions in which 3 alternatives are given for each question. The questions will assess your knowledge of English grammar and business vocabulary as well as reading, writing and listening skills. Apart from testing your grammatical knowledge, there will be questions on vocabulary and the texts from this reader. Moreover, reading proficiency will be tested as well by answering a few questions on a new text.
In addition, you will have the chance to gain a bonus of 0.3 points by doing a Listening Test in week 5. This listening test is ONLY done in class in week 5! The bonus will only count for the first regular exam: i.e. for the exam of the block in which the module was taught. Due to administrative reasons it is not possible to take the bonus with you for a resit exam.
Your final grade should at least be 5.5 in order to get your 2 ECs. You are expected to have done your homework assignments before coming to class.
In order to be able to prepare for your classes and participate in them, you must have this reader, which can be found on ELO (N@tschool) which you then print yourself. Be sure to have a copy with you in week 2! You will also need to have Core Business (Noordhoff publishers; ISBN 978-90-01-79472-9) for self-study and lectures. Be sure to have the book as quickly as possible since it will be used in every lesson! Keep in mind that the personal code on the voucher that comes with the book gives you access to the website that can be used for self-study and additional practice material.
In week 4 you will do a test (in Dutch: ‘formatieve toets’) which will give you an indication of the level of your English. This test will be done during...
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