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HUMA3019 Academic English for Business

Module Overview

The Academic English for Business module is a core, Semester 1, subject-specific component of the Business pathway for the Pre-Master’s programme. It is designed to help you as an international students in your academic development and transition from undergraduate to postgraduate study in the Southampton Business School (SBS). This module will typically introduce you to the style, genre and subject-specific vocabulary required for effective future Master’s studies in business, and develop your subject-specific reading, writing, listening, speaking and reflective skills. Your classes will a combination of taught sessions where you will work on the specific skills you will need in your future studies in business and workshop sessions where you will practice and enhance your subject specific language skills in discussion, role-play and presentation activities. This module will prepare you for the undergraduate module you will take in the SBS in Semester Two. It complements the language and study skills that you will acquire in the other core modules which you will be taking on the Pre-Master’s programme: Critical and Contextual Thinking for Master’s Study, English for Master’s Study, Cultural Perspectives and the Research Project.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • a variety of topics relating to business.
  • some of the specific, academic skills required for Master’s study in business.
  • how to communicate effectively in English as a masters student studying business and related topics.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • interpret and analyse material relating to business from a range of sources.
  • identify, select and employ appropriate subject- specific vocabulary to communicate effectively about business.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • use a range of general and academic English vocabulary effectively;.
  • communicate effectively in English .
  • take part effectively in a variety of academic and business discussions in English.
  • present information from your personal research and study to your fellow students and tutors.
  • present and discuss ideas in a reasoned, structured and rigorous way, both orally and/or in writing and both individually and/or as a member of a group.


In this module you will explore business topics such as management of change, business ethics, marketing strategies and sustainable business in classes, workshop and project work. You will build your subject specific vocabulary, examining fundamental business concepts in English and developing your ability to communicate in English about business topics and issues. You will be required to read a variety of published material relating to business. You will summarise what you have learnt in a weekly reflective diary or blog.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Two hours of classes/workshops per week.

Independent Study126
Practical classes and workshops24
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Boddy, D. (2017). Management: An Introduction. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Project 70%
Reflective log  ( words) 30%


MethodPercentage contribution
Report  (1500 words) 100%


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Printing and Photocopying Costs

Printing an A1 size Academic Poster

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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