2023-2024 / LANG1993-1

English 2


80h Th

Number of credits

 Bachelor in business engineering7 crédits 


Emma Desforges, Ellen Harry, ISLV, Kevin Noiroux


Ellen Harry

Language(s) of instruction

English language

Organisation and examination

All year long, with partial in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

The course is based on an integrated course book at intermediate level aimed at students of business English: 2nd level English for Business: Course Book for Business Engineers.

This course book is organized around thematic units relating to management and economic life. It offers a range of activities (articles from newspapers, expert interviews, speaking and writing tasks, case studies, grammar and vocabulary exercises) dealt with and exploited in class.

It also includes sections on presentation skills, essay writing and sample exam questions.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

As this is a B2 level course, at the end of the year, the intended key learning outcomes are that the students will be able to...

  • understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in business;
  • interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party;
  • produce clear, detailed text, comprising a range of business-related documents;
  • explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options;
  • understand extended speech and lectures on familiar subjects, taken from English-speaking media;
  • show a relatively high degree of grammatical control, and correct most of their mistakes.
This is in accordance with the programme objectives for the Bachelor's degree for business engineers:
This course will allow students to acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes distinctive to a specialist's action in their field. It will help students to demonstrate scientific precision and a critical mind and will train students to work efficiently in an international and multidisciplinary team, among others in a leading position. Also, this course will encourage students to analyze their managerial practice with a critical and ethical mind. This course will help students to communicate efficiently, internally and externally, about a company, organization or project; to improve their proficiency in one foreign language (among the 3 languages required by the program); to raise their awareness of the multicultural and international features of their environment. Finally, this course will encourage students to be curious and to show a scientific precision of academic level and will improve students' creativity, autonomy and entrepreneurial spirit.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

The course is open to HEC students having successfully completed the 1st level course programme requirements, and to external students with an equivalent (intermediate) level of everyday and business English.

For Erasmus or other transferring students, they must demonstrate at least a B1 level to be able to sign up for the class. 

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

This class uses a dynamic, interactive, and effective approach to learning business English and includes:

* the transmission of grammar and vocabulary through self-assessment tests, using parts of a sample previous exam (1st week of class);
* periodic written assignments, testing writing and organizational skills;
* interactive role plays in case studies, putting into practice oral skills and business knowledge;
* business writing, using acceptable vocabulary, formality, and layout;
* improving listening skills with a focus on job interviews, human resources, international markets, ethics, leadership and competition;
* presentations in pairs improving public speaking skills, based on business;
* the transmission of relevant grammar and vocabulary through the course book, which uses material from authentic business sources.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

An 80-hour, face-to-face course taught 3 hours per week throughout the year. This may have to be adapted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Students will be informed of any changes in due time.

Recommended or required readings

Course Book: 2nd level English for Business: Course Book for Business Engineers is available as a pdf online via Lol@ the first week of class.

La grammaire anglaise de base: Published by Presse Universitaire.  Point de vue : Sart Tilman, Presse Universitaire: L'opera. 

- The grammar exercises also exist online on GABi (grammaire anglaise de base interactive). Students have access for free via MyULiege > eCampus. 

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( open-ended questions ) AND oral exam

Continuous assessment

Out-of-session test(s)

Other : Oral presentation

Additional information:

1 self-assessment test (including vocabulary, grammar, and writing) and 1 writing test will be organised during the year in the months of September and March.

The presentations will take place in both semesters. A portion of the marks given for the oral presentation are based on individual performance and the other portion are for group work.

Students who do not make a presentation cannot sit the exams in the first session. This rule also applies for those who do not take the January oral exam. In the case of a missed presentation or a missed written assignment the student will get a 0 in both sessions unless they are covered by a medical certificate.

All tests and essays will be taken into account as classwork, including in the second session. 

The exam in January will comprise an oral exam and an essay. The final exam in May/June, testing the language and skills taught throughout the year, will include a written exam and a listening comprehension. The written exam in May/June will comprise exercises on the grammar and vocabulary seen throughout the year, as well as a reading comprehension and a writing assignment.

The students who did not pass the oral exam in January (i.e have less than 50% ) AND who have a second session in English will have have to retake it in the August session along with any other part of the final exam which received less than 10/20 in May/June. 

The final marks (20 marks) will be awarded as follows:

Written exam - 8 marks (in May/June)

Oral exam - 5 marks (in January)

Essay - 1 mark (in January)

Listening comprehension exam - 2 marks 

Presentation - 3 marks

Classwork - 1 mark

NB: Final grades between 9.5 an 9.99... will NOT be rounded up to 10. 

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course


Ellen Harry Chargée d'enseignement principal Bâtiment B33, Bureau des enseignants de l'ISLV, niveau -1 Sart-Tilman tél: 04/ 366 46 52 eharry@uliege.be
Emma Desforges Chargée d'enseignement principal Bâtiment B33, Bureau des enseignants de l'ISLV, niveau -1 Sart-Tilman tél: 04/ 366 46 52 E.Desforges@uliege.be
Kevin Noiroux Chargée d'enseignement principal Bâtiment B33, Bureau des enseignants de l'ISLV, niveau -1 Sart-Tilman tél: 04/ 366 46 52 k.noiroux@uliege.be

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