English Grammar for Academic and Business Purposes

Course Leader: Dr Jana Kuzmina

Home Institution: University of Latvia

Course pre-requisite: B2 or higher in English on the European CEFR

Course Overview
English has become the lingua franca of the business environment, academic research as well as the medium of instruction used in higher education, thus, enabling students' increased mobility, involvement in research projects and business communication with global partners and clients, increasing the role of accuracy in communication.
The course aims at extending and perfecting of students’ knowledge of grammatical structures used in written and spoken English and at practising their use in business and academic setting.
The objectives of the course are to extend knowledge about contextual use of questions, tenses, modal verbs, nouns and determiners, adjectives and adverbs, participles and infinitives as well as the subjunctive mood in business and academic setting. The students will gain experience in using grammatical phenomena appropriately for performing successfully in various academic and business functions, e.g. writing a research proposal, the review of secondary sources, presenting the empirical findings, applying for a job, participating in a meeting or negotiations, making product or solution presentation. The course should interest students intending to start their academic research or searching for first employment in international companies.

Learning Outcomes
On completion of the course, the students will have extended their knowledge and developed their skills about the use of grammatical structures depending on the communicative situation. Students are expected to develop the following competences:
Academic competences:
1) to recognize grammatical structures in texts;
2) to explain the use of the grammatical structures in different contexts and situations;
Professional competences:
1) to use grammatical structures in different communicative situations, e.g. defence of the research paper, job interview, negotiations, meetings, presentations etc.;
2) to self-assess and assess the correctness of a text.

Course Content

1. The use of tenses in business and academic setting

2. The use of questions in business and academic setting

3. The use of modal verbs in business and academic setting

4. The use of nouns and determiners in business and academic setting

5. The use of adjectives and adverbs in business and academic setting

6. The use of participles and infinitives in business and academic setting

7. The subjunctive mood in business and academic setting

Instructional Method
A blended-learning approach will be used during the course consisting of online resources and in-class workshops.
Online resources (documents, quizzes and exercises in mobile apps) will provide pre-workshop preparation and post-workshop consolidation, e.g. reading the material with examples from British National Corpus (BNC) and practising the use of grammatical phenomena in customised exercises designed on the basis of BNC examples.
Workshops will consist of pair/group-work on task-based, practical activities, e.g. Job interview, research paper defence, meeting negotiation simulation with a particular focus on the accurate use of grammatical phenomena.
Completion of online (mobile) activities and full participation in workshop activities will be necessary for the successful achievement of the learning outcomes.

Required Course Materials
- Recommended Reading List:
Emmerson P., (2010) Business Grammar Builder, Oxford: Macmillan.
Foley M., and Hall D., (2012) My Grammar Lab Advanced C1/C2, Harlow: Pearson Education.
- Freeware accessible from mobile phones:

1. Students will receive feedback on all online and class practical activities in the form of peer and instructor review.
2. one midterm (50 %) and one final test (50%)covering the topics of the course outline should be taken by the students.