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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Language & Translation Studies Short Name: ELA2004
Level: HE2 Module Co-ordinator: ARNOLD J Mr (Lang & Trans)
Number of credits: 10 Number of ECTS credits: 5
Module Availability
Sem 2
Assessment Pattern
Unit(s) of Assessment
Weighting Towards Module Mark( %)
Continuous assessment
Final test
Final presentation
Module Overview
A second-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.
English for Legal and Commercial Purposes 1
Module Aims
To introduce students to areas of international business law, focussing in particular on contract and company law.
To develop effective communication skills in English-speaking commercial and legal environments. (developing PDP skills at HE2)
To foster an awareness of cross-cultural issues in business communication in a global marketplace. (developing PDP skills at HE2)
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
  • Developed an understanding of basic principles of negotiation.
  • Learned to construct written business communications both at a routine level and in situations where there is a likelihood of conflict
  • Developed understanding of the importance of intercultural business communication, of potential cultural barriers, and of how these can be overcome.
Module Content
  1. Commercial and legal terminology
  2. Commercial documentation, including letters, emails, memoranda, commercial agreements, business reports and proposals
  3. Legislation, case law, legal documentation, journal articles
  4. Focus on form: grammatical and syntactical manipulation of language to change/improve message. Collocation, fixed phrases, punctuation
  5. Analysis of commercial and legal register
  6. Presentation skills and confidence-building exercises
  7. Meetings and discussions in commercial and legal contexts
  8. 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
Set textbook
International Legal English, Kross-Lindner,A (CUP & Translegal, 2006)
English for Business Studies, Mackenzie I (CUP 2002)
Other recommended texts
English for Contract and Company Law, Chartrand, M., Millar, C., and Wiltshire, E. (Thomson Sweet & Maxwell, 2nd edn 2003)
Business Communication Today, Bovee, C.L. and Thill, J.V. (Pearson Education, 6th edn 1999)
English for International Negotiations Rogers D (CUP 1997)
The Language of Meetings, Goodale, M (Thomson, ELT 1987)
Oxford Handbook of Commercial Correspondence, Ashley, A (OUP 2003)
Presenting in English, Powell, M. (Thomson, ELT 1996)
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