English for Business Código:  M1.363    :  4
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Este es el plan docente de la asignatura. Os servirá para planificar la matrícula (consultad si la asignatura se ofrece este semestre en el espacio del Campus Más UOC / La Universidad / Planes de estudios). Una vez empiece la docencia, tenéis que consultarlo en el aula. (El plan docente puede estar sujeto a cambios).

English for Business is aimed at students who are interested in improving their communicative competence in English in the professional domain. It is a multilevel subject, but the minimum recommended level is B1 of the Common European Framework for Reference of Languages.

The course is taught entirely in English.


On completing this subject, the student will be able to do the following:

  • write work emails
  • use specific Business English vocabulary 
  • participate in conversations on professional topics in formal and informal situations
  • talk on the phone, take or leave a message, arrange a meeting, ask for information, etc.
  • participate in a video conference
  • take meeting minutes
  • lead a work meeting
  • structure and organize an oral presentation

Cross-curricular competencies

  • communicate efficiently in a work environment 
  • use ICT
  • lead and manage work groups and projects in complex, dynamic, global environments
  • develop self-management strategies and interpersonal skills in order to accomplish one’s own objectives, as well as those of groups and organizations, and to establish and maintain positive relationships



Unit 1: Writing Skills for Work

  • Opening and closing, informal vs. formal, key phrases, abbreviations, etc.
  • Requesting and providing information, arranging a meeting, dealing with internal messages, etc.
  • Invitations and directions, advice and suggestions, complaints and apologies. 

Unit 2: Speaking Skills for Work

  • Small talk - formal and informal English, being polite, asking for information and responding, etc.
  • Telephone English - taking or leaving a message, arranging a meeting, asking for information, etc.
  • Video conferences & Interviews - dealing with questions, giving information, etc.

Unit 3: Presentation Skills for Work

  • The introduction to a presentation
  • The body of the presentation, and strategies for successful presentation delivery
  • Finishing up a presentation: concluding and summarizing

Unit 4: Meeting Skills for Work

  • Getting the ball rolling: business collocations, formal and information correspondence, word stress
  • Getting down to business: business idioms, politely exchanging opinions and interrupting
  • Wrapping it up: describing numbers and units, clarifying meaning, writing meeting minutes


The UOC's Academic Regulations indicate that the assessment process is founded on individual work by the student, presuming authentic authorship and originality in the exercises carried out.

An absence of originality in authorship or abuse of the conditions in which assessment of the subject takes place represent offences that can have serious academic consequences.

The student will be awarded a fail mark (D/0) if an absence of originality is detected in answering an assessment activity (practicum, continuous assessment test (CAT), final assessment test (FAT) or that established in the course plan). This may relate to use of unauthorized materials or devices, the copying of text from the internet, the copying of notes, materials, manuals or articles (without the corresponding citation), copying from another student, or for any other improper behaviour.

A fail mark (D/0) in final continuous assessment may entail an obligation to sit an exam in person in order to pass the course (if there is an exam and passing it is enough to pass the course, as indicated in the course plan).


Esta asignatura sólo puede superarse a partir de la evaluación continua (EC). La nota final de evaluación continua se convierte en la nota final de la asignatura. La fórmula de acreditación de la asignatura es la siguiente: EC.