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English for Economics II - JLB004
Title: Angličtina pro ekonomy II
Guaranteed by: The Language Centre (23-KJP)
Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences
Actual: from 2021
Semester: summer
E-Credits: 3
Examination process: summer s.:
Hours per week, examination: summer s.:0/2, Ex [HT]
Capacity: unknown / 105 (115)
Min. number of students: unlimited
4EU+: no
Virtual mobility / capacity: no
State of the course: taught
Language: English
Teaching methods: full-time
Teaching methods: full-time
Level: specialized
Note: course can be enrolled in outside the study plan
enabled for web enrollment
priority enrollment if the course is part of the study plan
Guarantor: Mgr. Lucie Poslušná
Teacher(s): Mgr. Michaela Gloverová Konečná
Mgr. Lucie Poslušná
Class: Courses for incoming students
Pre-requisite : JLB003
In complex incompatibility with: JLB053
In complex pre-requisite: JLM001
Annotation -
Last update: Mgr. Michaela Gloverová Konečná (26.01.2023)
This course is designed for both students doing a BA course and an MA course whose level of English is upper-intermediate - B2-B2+. Priority will be given to the students of IES. It focuses on reading and analysing economic texts, extending specialized vocabulary, improving communication skills and listening comprehension. Students get acquainted with the vocabulary of taxes, mergers, marketing, banking English, and securities markets. This course will be run in-school.
Aim of the course -
Last update: Mgr. Michaela Gloverová Konečná (29.01.2017)

The objective of this course is to bridge the gap between secondary school English and the needs of a university student.
After the course students should be able:
1. to follow economic lectures in English with great ease
2. to discuss economic topics in English
3. to study abroad or do the internship in an English speaking country.

Last update: Mgr. Michaela Gloverová Konečná (29.01.2024)

Obligatory literature:
1. Study materials related to individual seminars can be found in SIS under "files - SOUBORY" of individual teachers, on Google drive, or will be sent via email
2. Ken Paterson: Oxford Grammar for EAP

Recommended: R.Murphy: English Grammar in Use (Units 1-136)

Internet sources:

For more links go to

Teaching methods -
Last update: Mgr. Michaela Gloverová Konečná (29.01.2017)

Content-based language learning seminar

Students get acquainted with the specific vocabulary and its content on the basis of texts, listening and discussions. Reading is crucial, nevertheless the emphasis is also laid on communication, the exchange of information and negotiations. The methods used are pair work, group work or sometimes individual work.

Requirements to the exam -
Last update: Mgr. Michaela Gloverová Konečná (09.02.2024)


Students have to: 

1. be able to read and understand an unknown economic text 
2. recognize word formations 
3. demonstrate the knowledge of extensive economic vocabulary / through describing graphs, recognising economic definitions etc./ 
4. be familiar with the grammar of emphatic structures, linking words, hedging, inversion, stating facts and opinions, cause and effect

The assessment of the student´s performance is based on five parts. Each part is compulsory. The total is 100 points, to get the credits a student needs 51% of the total, i.e. 51 points. The examination consists of:



1. Home assignments                                                                16 points


2. Preparation and performance in academic debate                    18 points


3. Argumentative essay                                                            15 points


4.Oral examination                                                                   11 points


5. Complex Test                                                                        40 points (minimum of 20 points to be achieved)



The assessment scale:

0-50 % = F 
51-60 % = E 
61-70 % = D 
71-80 %=C 
81-90 %=B
91% and more=A 

A - outstanding performance with only minor errors, B - above the average standard but with some errors, C - generally sound work with a number of notable errors, D - fair but with significant shortcomings, E - performance meets the minimum criteria, F - fail – considerable further work is required


ad 1. Regular home assignments (commencing during the third week of the term)

Students are asked to complete home assignments as per the instructions of their teacher and save their work in the Google folder (8 assignments, each assignment 3 points). Students can take the Complex test upon the completion of all assigned work. There will be two parts to each assignment:

1.1   Exercise testing the terms and grammatical features discussed during individual seminars. Students are asked to complete the exercise and subsequently  their teacher will check the answers and provide the key (1 point).

1.2   Students will receive a motion relating to the topic of the upcoming seminar and in their Google folder they will register pros and cons, sources of information and their opening statement/their stance (1 point).

Both tasks are to be completed prior to the upcoming seminar. If a student fails to do so, he/she will not gain any points for the tasks.


ad 2. Requirements for the preparation and performance in an academic debate during the summer term:

Students are asked to:

2 1.prepare a debate in a group of min. 5 students on an economic topic which corresponds with the seminar topic, provide all necessary information and key words. The panel discussion will take place during a seminar. No debate after the end of the summer term will be accepted. Each student is assessed as a part of the team. The time limit for one student is about 5 minutes. The total of points is 16.

 2.2 The group of students will provide at least three sources containing information relevant to the selected topic and send a worksheet with processed information and sources one week in advance to their teacher for approval (for Debate Worksheet Sample go to SIS, files). After being approved the teacher will send such materials to the rest of the students of the relevant seminar group so they can study the information and be prepared for the upcoming debate. 

Following the debate the students of the debating group will create a vocabulary list which after having it approved by the teacher will post on Quizlet and send a link to the teacher (see Wordlist instructions on SIS). Each member of the debating group will be asked to prepare his/her self-assessment and send it to his/her teacher (see Debate Self-assessment in SIS files).

Every single student – when in the audience - will have one question per term ready to ask the debating team (2 points).

2.3 Groups of students will sign up for a certain date in person at the beginning of the summer term or during office hours.

Those students who do not attend seminars should contact the teacher by the middle of March.

Debate assessment:

* English                                                      3 points

* Structure                                                   2 points

* Argumentation                                           3 points

* Materials                                                   3 points

* Self-assessment                                         3 points

* Quizlet                                                       2 points

* Posed question { students in the audience}   2 points

 The points are taken away from the total if a student does not reach the required standard.




 ad 3. Argumentative essay

During the final week of the term students will be asked to write an argumentative essay (700 words plus minus 70 words) based on one of the topics which will arise out of the debates held during our seminars. Such a topic will be sent out to students via email together with sources that should be mentioned in their argumentative essay. Students are to submit their argumentative essay within a week and have one attempt to write it.

Option 1 – students are asked to write their entire argumentative essay on their own, i.e. without any AI tools.

Option 2 – students may write their argumentative essay with the help of AI tools. However, they will be asked to highlight the passages which were produced with the help of a text generator and at the same time state a/ prompts submitted to the text generator b) adjustments made to the generated text, c) which text generator (or some other AI tool) was used while stating the correct AI referencing. NB: Notes b) and c) should be of approximately 200 - 300 words.

Assessment criteria - 15 points (3 x 5 points)

 1 Structure and logical transition from one paragraph to the next/ references

 2 Vocabulary and use of relevant style, grammar

 3 Clear connection between the title of the essay, the thesis statement and the concluding remarks


ad 4. Oral examination (during the examination period)

Students are to sign up in pairs for a brief online interview as per instructions provided by their teacher. During such interview they will be asked to debate one of the topics using a set of assigned terms. Further on, they will be invited to defend their argumentative essay while being posed a set of questions by their colleague.

Assessment criteria (11 points)


Appropriate use of terms in context, grammar, relevant register, and connectors    4 points

Argumentation   3,5 points

Preparation of relevant questions to be posed during the defense    3,5 points


 ad 5. Complex test (during the examination period)

Written test - the total is 40 points (a minimum of 20 points to be achieved). Students have three attempts. For Complex Test Sample go to SIS.

Test Points Final Assessment
<20 0
20 1
21 2
22 4
23 6
24 8
25 10
26 12
27 14
28 16
29 18
30 20
31 22
32 24
33 26
34 28
35 30
36 32
37 34
38 36
39 38
40 40

The actual test consists of:

* Vocabulary covered during the entire term

* Grammar (emphatic structures, linking words, hedging, inversion, stating facts and opinions, cause and effect)

* Describing trends or movements expressed in graphs

NB: The test contains instructions ONLY in English ( no translation is provided).



Syllabus -
Last update: Mgr. Michaela Gloverová Konečná (26.01.2023)

1. Academic debate

2. Argumentative essay I

3. Argumentative essay II

4. Takeovers and mergers

5. Taxing

6. Banking 

7. Currency markets

8. Securities markets

9. Accounting

10. Marketing

11. Keynesianism

12. Complex Test

The materials provided to students via SIS or Google drive and used during the course are exclusively for the purpose of study for registered members of the course English for Economists II. T




Entry requirements -
Last update: Mgr. Michaela Gloverová Konečná (29.01.2017)

To pass the credit examination of the course English for economists I is essential for enrolment.

The required level of English - B2+ /upper-intermediate/

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