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2021/22 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ELU3001 Language for Business

Module manager: Alexandra Holloway

Taught: 1 Jun to 31 Jul View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module is an English language content-based pre-sessional designed to support students who either do not meet the English language requirements for their chosen post-graduate programme or who wish to gain a better understanding of the academic language and literacy practices in their area of study.The module is taught in partnership between academics from both the University of Leeds Language Centre and from LUBS, allowing the learning of language to be integrated and built around key content areas, and students to develop a deeper understanding of how knowledge and theory are communicated in their own subject. This module will help students develop the language skills, knowledge and understanding required for postgraduate study in business-related fields. Students will study subject-specific content to help them develop their language competence and ability to communicate at an appropriate academic level within their field of study.The first four week period will introduce students to the culture and context of postgraduate academic life in the UK and begin to develop facility in sourcing and analysing appropriate texts, planning and organising academic work and developing the ability to communicate with others in an academic context.After that, each 2 week block will be based around an introductory content lecture. Students will work on understanding this context and the language used, alongside that of core texts, through a series of language classes and seminars. Students will have the chance to work both individually and with others. The final assessment will be based around an individual piece of work and there will be some element of independent research as well as reflection.


At the end of the module students should be developing their ability to:

1. Meet the language requirements of their future academic programme;
2. Display linguistic and literacy skills to a level that will enable them to communicate competently within their discipline specific academic context at post-graduate level;
3. Be developing an awareness and understanding of the culture, context and discourse of academic study in the field of business;
4. Be developing as reflective learners with a demonstrable ability to work both autonomously and in a group situation, with a cultural awareness and understanding of ethical academic practices.

Learning outcomes
On completion of the module, students should:

1. Be developing their ability to use and manipulate written and spoken academic language to suit a clear communicative purpose, including having a wide lexical resource, a range of appropriate structures and the ability to use these coherently, accurately and fluently; [MO1]
2. Have begun to develop an awareness of subject specific genre, discourse and rhetorical function; making appropriate choices in relation to audience and purpose at whole text, paragraph and sentence level; [MO2]
3. Have begun to develop an ability to follow subject specific academic conventions in both spoken and written tasks, such as referencing, citations, synthesising sources and their own argument, meeting task requirements, turn taking and building collaborative understanding; [MO3]
4. Be developing a critical approach to their own work and the work of others through use of a range of sources, counter-argument and/ or evaluation; development of an argument with a clear position; [MO3]
5. Be able to work effectively with others on a discipline specific task; [MO4]
6. Have begun to critically reflect on their own learning and demonstrate awareness of resources and techniques they could employ to continue their own development; [MO4]
7. Be able to communicate an awareness of the cultural and ethical issues of academic study within the field of Business; [MO4]


The first four weeks will introduce students to the culture and context of postgraduate academic life in the fields of Business in the UK and begin to develop an ability to analyse appropriate texts, plan and organise academic work and develop the ability to communicate with others in an academic context.

- Reading business texts in a range of genres
- Genre analysis
- Listening and speaking skills
- Introduction to analysing business environments using models and frameworks
- Writing academic texts
- Seminar skills
- Group presentation skills
- Lexis for business
- Reflection and independent learning strategies

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Class tests, exams and assessment12.002.00
Group learning42.008.00
Independent online learning hours20.00
Private study hours79.00
Total Contact hours61.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)160.00

Private study

Private study = reading for language and skills enhancement and planning and producing formative assessments.

Independent online learning = a content-based MOOC related to business as chosen by students to support language, language skills and content.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Progress will be monitored through:

- Checking, and formative feedback of, students’ weekly performance on tasks such as short writing tasks, presentations and seminar participation
- Checking, assessing and giving feedback on students’ progress with weekly written tasks and student reflection

In class informal observation by teachers on students use of language and level of engagement

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 17/06/2022


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