English for Economists
1. To introduce students to a broad spectrum of input in their discipline in the English language and to develop their understanding and use of the specialist structures and vocabulary they will encounter in their future studies or career in Economics.
2. To equip them with the skills that are vital to communicating successfully in English in this field.
The course works on two levels. On one hand, we delve deeply into the vocabulary and linguistic structures from the field through listening and reading assignments, learning how to decipher the meaning of new words and phrases through context, how to broaden our vocabulary range through word-building, and how to analyse complex texts. This input is balanced by output in the form of writing and speaking, either in class discussions or in group presentations. Our areas of specialist interest will include macroeconomics; economics, globalization and sustainability; economics and technology; the economics of healthcare, sport and agriculture; microfinance; labour markets; and strategy, policy and economic change.
On the other hand, we learn about and practice important language skills such as note-taking in lectures, understanding spoken information, evaluating and summarizing sources and discussing figures and trends. We will focus in particular depth on two of the most important communication skills: presentations using PowerPoint and academic writing.
English for Economists – which should not be confused with Business English – is taught over two semesters in the second year. It is suitable for students who have already achieved a good intermediate level of general English. As with all language courses, students will be expected to devote a fair amount of private study time to developing their vocabulary and be able to demonstrate this work in progress. Students should register for the iCorsi Platform, where important information and extra material will be placed as the course progresses.
Roberts, M., English for Economics, Garnet Education, 2012
Other recommended texts: The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, Macmillan 2018; Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary, OUP
Assessment is by final examination at the end of the second semester, and will include listening comprehension, writing and vocabulary exercises. In addition, there will be coursework due at the end of each of the first and second semesters. Consistent participation on the course will also be reflected in the final grade.
To sit the final examination, students must either present an external certification (recognized by USI) confirming the attainment of the B2 level, or pass the B2 test organized by the Faculty at the end of the first year (summer and autumn sessions), on completion of the one-year support class designed with that purpose in mind.