ENG 3289 - Advanced Business English

Catalogue des cours de Institut Mines-Télécom Business School






1ère Année Management,Bachelor 1ère année,1ère Année Télécom







Crédits ECTS


Heures programmées


Charge de travail




  • Langues et Sciences Humaines

Equipe pédagogique


This course aims to develop students’ language skills and expand their active vocabulary and terminology linked to advanced level Business English. Students will be introduced to complex grammatical structures and pieces of writing and broaden their understanding of cross-cultural etiquette in written and spoken communication.

Acquis d'apprentissage

Learners will aim to master the fundamental language of academic English as applicable across a variety of skills and contexts, and work to apply this knowledge in the creation of academic-style documents fit for purpose in an international university. Participating students will be encouraged to apply for an international academic exchange at the end of the first year.


Students should be able to:

• Express themselves spontaneously, fluently and accurately
• Distinguish shades of meaning
• Understand the main ideas of complex pieces of writing by deploying a range of reading techniques to quickly digest large quantities of reading material
• Summarise information succinctly
• Reconstruct arguments and accounts and present them coherently using proper business terminology
• Produce basic academic texts in terms of organisation, patterns of argument, cohesion, formality and process.
• Produce complex but clear sentences appropriate to academic genre
• Exercise judgement and flexibility in expressing complex ideas
• Interact effectively in an online ‘classroom’ and webinar setting
• Use techniques to engage in reasoned debate
• Facilitate discussions and show understanding in interpersonal contexts
• Recognise and reuse key vocabulary and language patterns appropriate to an academic context
• Recognise cultural differences with the target culture

Attentes du cours

Students should be ready for a high degree of interaction: in pairs, groups and in open class environments. Discussion will be the norm and everyone is expected to contribute in every class. Students will be called on during every class to contribute and should be ready to activate their microphone when called on.

Students should arrive to class ready to participate with the necessary materials. In addition to the regular classroom materials`, this includes a computer equipped with a webcam, microphone, and active high-speed internet connection for the duration of each session.

Classroom expectations:
The participation grade will be based on the following criteria:
• Punctuality: on-time and ready to work (non-disruptive in time-keeping)
• Motivation: Only speaking English in Class, no use of translation tools
• Professional: Appropriate setting, actions and interaction for professional context.
• Engagement: Participating appropriately in whole-class activities
• Focus / Responsiveness: Remaining focused during teacher input and on class tasks. Responds immediately and appropriately when asked.
• Committed to Homework: Homework delivered on time and to the best of your ability.
• Positive: Contributing to positive class atmosphere

General rules for ‘live’ sessions:
Think ‘COPP’: Camera On (Mic. off unless contributing), Professional, Positive.

Attendance will be taken at the beginning, end, and at random intervals during the class. If a student arrives late, or experiences technical problems, it is the student’s responsibility to signal this to the teacher immediately, and to the Helpdesk if necessary. Absences and lateness, as with any lack of participation, will affect the final grade. Severe lateness will be treated as absence.


All Grading will be on a scale of 0 to 20, unless otherwise stated.

1/3 CF: A written response to given input, produced in an academic style
1/3 CC: Selected Classroom assignments, as detailed by the teacher.
1/3 PP: Presence & Participation (each representing 50% of the PP grade)

Presence: Students will receive credit for attending class regularly, up to a maximum of 1/6 of their total grade. Unjustified absences will thus have a direct impact on student’s overall grade.
Participation: Students will be assessed on their participation in class, according to the criteria in ‘classroom expectations’

Validating the tandem programme will add 2 bonus points to a student’s CC grade (CC) of the corresponding language course.
It is the responsibility of the student to make up for any missed work in order to avoid these absences further impacting final grades.

CEFR Grade (A1-C2)
Students will be continuously assessed as to their language level relative to the CEFR criteria.
There is NO DIRECT RELATION between a student’s CC/CF/PP and their CEFR level.

For more information, please refer to the LSH website. https://lsh.imt-bs.eu/
The results of the UV (CF & CC & PP) after the CF2 are limited to 13/20, regardless of the composite grades (except in the case of justified absence for CF1).

‘Redoublement’ can only take place in the following academic year (N+1) in a pre-defined period indicated on the academic calendar.

Approches pédagogiques

Pedagogical materials (non-contractual):
Students will analyse a range of supports from different media sources.

Texts: Students will be supplied with texts from differing sources and of differing lengths. Students will be asked to analyse, deconstruct, and/or reconstruct according to the objective at hand. Students will be asked to produce texts conforming to the genre studied.
Students may be asked to read aloud for practice in pronunciation. Full effort is required for pronunciation practice, so a ‘theatre’ mindset is required.
While studying texts, students should make notes / highlight unknown words, phrases and rhetorical devices during reading to ask questions during the class
New Media: Short videos or digital media will be presented in class with associated questions / tasks based on the input. Students should take notes on content during all presentation unless otherwise instructed.
Interactive: Any interactive material will require autonomous participation from the student. However, the student must signal problems and/or questions to the teacher at the earliest opportunity.
Collaborative: Group projects will be conducted regularly, and students will generally NOT be allowed to chose their group. This is to respect diversity and group dynamics. It is the group’s responsibility to make sure that all members conduct an equal amount of work.
Peer-grading: Students may be asked to grade each other’s work based on objective criteria, and provide feedback. Students are encouraged to grade honestly to better help their colleagues.
Vocabulary journaling / revision: Students should keep a vocabulary log and self-test on learned vocabulary throughout the semester.


Programme grande école,Programme Ingénieur,Programme Bachelor

Fiche mise à jour le 05/01/2021