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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Language & Translation Studies Short Name: ELA1004
Level: HE1 Module Co-ordinator: ARNOLD J Mr (Lang & Trans)
Number of credits: 10 Number of ECTS credits: 5
Module Availability
Semester 2
Assessment Pattern

Unit(s) of Assessment
Weighting Towards Module Mark( %)
Continuous assessment
Final test
Final presentation
Qualifying Condition(s) 
A weighted aggregate of 40% is required to pass the module

Module Overview
A first-year module designed to develop skills in the use of English for legal and commercial purposes. Delivery is over 11 weeks in once-weekly seminars. 
Module Aims
  • To provide students with background knowledge of common law legal systems and introduce them to areas of substantive law – in particular the law of contract.
  • To develop effective communication skills in English-speaking commercial and legal environments.
  • To foster an awareness of cross-cultural issues in business communication in a global marketplace
Learning Outcomes
 By the end of the module students will have:
  • Acquired specialised vocabulary used in legal and commercial settings
  • Learned to analyse key legal and commercial text types for detail
  • Improved general ability to read and understand commercial and legal texts
  • Developed understanding of, and ability to manipulate complex syntactical structures frequently occurring in legal and commercial texts
  • Learned how to plan and deliver successful oral presentations (links in to PDP)
  • Developed an understanding of basic principles of negotiation. (links in to PDP)
  • Learned to construct written business communications both at a routine level and in situations where there is a likelihood of conflict. (links in to PDP)
  • Developed understanding of the importance of intercultural business communication, of potential cultural barriers, and of how these can be overcome. (links in to PDP)
Module Content
  • Commercial and legal terminology
  • Commercial documentation, including letters, emails, memoranda, commercial agreements, business reports and proposals
  • Legislation, case law, legal documentation, journal articles
  • Focus on form: grammatical and syntactical manipulation of language to change/improve message. Collocation, fixed phrases, punctuation
  • Analysis of commercial and legal register
  • Presentation skills and confidence-building exercises
  • Meetings and discussions in commercial and legal contexts
  • Case study and other exercises to improve skills in communicating interculturally
Methods of Teaching/Learning

A variety of authentic reading and listening texts will be used to introduce subject content. A team-teaching, cross-disciplinary approach will be used so that the language acquired will be learned in context. Legal English and International Business English textbooks will be largely followed, supplemented by other specialist materials. In addition, students will be expected to follow on-line research tasks.

Selected Texts/Journals
Recommended Texts

International Legal English, Krois-Lindner, A., (CUP & Translegal, 2006)
American Legal English, Lee D.S., Hall, C. & Hurley M. (The University of Michigan Press, 1999)
English for International Negotiations, Rogers, D. (CUP, 1997)
Oxford Handbook of Commercial Correspondence, Ashley, A. (OUP 2003)
Presenting in English, Powell, M. (Thomson, ELT 1996)

International Legal English, Krois-Lindner, A., (CUP & Translegal, 2006)American Legal English, Lee D.S., Hall, C. & Hurley M. (The University of Michigan Press, 1999)English for International Negotiations, Rogers, D. (CUP, 1997)Oxford Handbook of Commercial Correspondence, Ashley, A. (OUP 2003)Presenting in English, Powell, M. (Thomson, ELT 1996)
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