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English for Economists


Bostock L.

Course director


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 the role of economics and economists in the world; macroeconomics; economics, globalization and sustainability; the economics of healthcare, sport and agriculture; microfinance; and labour markets.

On the other hand, we learn about and practice important language skills such as seminar/meeting discussions, understanding spoken information, and communicating 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.


  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 language they will encounter in their future studies or career in finance, economics and business.
  2. To equip them with the writing and presentation skills that are vital to communicating successfully in English in this field.

Teaching mode

In presence

Learning methods

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 need 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.

Examination information

Assessment is principally 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 the first semester. Consistent participation on the course will also be reflected in the final grade.

To sit the final examination, students must first pass general English at B2 level. The university accepts IELTS Level 6 or Cambridge B2 First, or a pass in the B2 examination organised by the university three times a year. For the university B2 examination, prior course attendance is required.