Course detail

Business English 1

FP-HA1PZAcad. year: 2023/2024

The course follows up on language studied at the secondary school. It requires good knowledge of general language at pre-intermediate level as minimum. The course is focused on characteristic features of business professional communication at B1 level. It provides students with the relevant specialist language and professional communication skills they will need in the workplace.

Language of instruction


Number of ECTS credits


Mode of study

Not applicable.

Entry knowledge

Good level of English at pre-intermediate level as minimum. Grammar: Nouns – articles, countable and uncountable nouns, expressing quantity; adjectives and adverbs – comparative and superlative, comparison; pronouns – personal, possessive, demonstrative, interrogative, indefinite; numerals – cardinal, ordinal; prepositions – local and time expressions; verbs – present simple, present continuous, past simple, past continuous, present perfect simple, present perfect continuous, future – simple, continuous, other expressions of future (going to, present continuous), past perfect simple, past perfect continuous, modal verbs, question forms, negative, short answers, passive and active voice, imperative, conditional, gerund; sentence – word order, there is/there are, question forms, complex and compound sentence – time clauses, conditionals, using of infinitive. Vocabulary: socializing, personal data, school, job, daily routine, leisure time, family, food and drinks, shopping, travelling, clothing, housing, health, public services (post, bank, authorities), environment, weather.

Rules for evaluation and completion of the course

Course completion:
Credit requirements: 75% active participation in lessons, e-learning activities and exercises, final test
Exam requirements: listening comprehension, reading comprehension

Course completion for students with individual study plan:
Credit requirements: e-learning activities and exercises, final test
Exam requirements: listening comprehension, reading comprehension

Course completion in a distance form (applied only when objective external circumstances do not allow the implementation of the study program in accordance with the granted accreditation):
Credit requirements (via Moodle): 75% active participation in online lessons (MS Teams), e-learning activities and exercises, final test
Exam requirements (via Moodle): listening comprehension, reading comprehension

Course completion based on an international certificate

Due to the professional content of the subject, no general language exam at a lower level than C1 can be recognized. The international Certificate in Advanced English (CAE), Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) or Business English Certificate (BEC) Vantage or Business English Certificate (BEC) Higher exams can be recognised. Exams can be recognized up to 5 years after they were passed.

Course completion based on an exam taken at a foreign university

If a student completes a professional English language course at a foreign university whose content demonstrably corresponds to the content and level (business English at level B1 and higher) of the Business English course and passes an exam in it, this course can be recognized as equivalent to the subject Business English HA1P.


Students’ attendance and their participation in lessons is systematically monitored.


The aim of the course is to develop students' language skills that are used in professional communication (reading, listening, speaking, writing), and provide them with basic terminology and specific structures of professional language with the focus on ability to understand professional texts and communication on professional topics.
The course is intended to deepen the students’ language skills that are essential for professional communication using relevant vocabulary. Students will learn basic economic terminology that enable them to understand professional economic texts.

Study aids

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Not applicable.

Basic literature

COTTON, D.; FALVEY, D.; KENT, S.; MASCULL, B.; ROGERS, J. Market leader: intermediate: business English. 3rd ed. Harlow: Pearson Longman, 2010. ISBN 978-1-4082-3695-6. (EN)

Recommended reading

MASCULL, B.: Business Vocabulary in Use Intermediate, CUP 2010 (EN)
MURPHY, R. English grammar in use: a self-study reference and practice book for intermediate learners of English: with answers. 4th ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, c2012, x, 380 s. ISBN 9780521189064. (EN)
MANN, Malcolm a Steve TAYLORE-KNOWLES. Destination B1: grammar and vocabulary : [with answer key]. Oxford: Macmillan, 2007. ISBN 9780230035362. (EN)


Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme BAK-UAD Bachelor's, 1. year of study, winter semester, compulsory-optional
  • Programme BAK-EP Bachelor's, 1. year of study, winter semester, compulsory-optional
  • Programme BAK-PM Bachelor's, 1. year of study, winter semester, compulsory-optional

Type of course unit


Language exercise

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


The course Business English HA1PZ is focused on the characteristic features of business English at the B1 level. It provides students with the appropriate vocabulary and skills necessary for professional communication. The content of the textbook and individual lessons were developed in co-operation with the Financial Times magazine, which is one of the leading sources of information about business in the world. Students will become familiar with current topics in the field of business and at the same time develop professional language and communication skills needed for modern business.

1. U1: Brands – Favourite brands, building brand, brand, product and market.
2. U1: Brands – Present Simple and Present Continuous; Taking part in meetings.
3. U2: Travel – Travel experiences, hotel chains, business travelling, British and American travel words.
4. U2: Travel – Future tenses; Telephoning: making arrangements.
5. U3: Change - Attitudes to changes at work, words describing changes, managing meetings.
6. U3: Change - Past Simple and Present Perfect; Meetings - writing the minutes.
7. U4: Organisation – Status within an organisation, successful organisation, words and expressions describing a company structure.
8. U4: Organisation – Noun combinations; Socialising: introductions and networking.
9. U5: Advertising – Authentic advertisements, advertising campaign, words and expressions for talking about advertising.
10. U5: Advertising – Articles; Starting and structuring a presentation.
11. U6: Money – Attitudes to money, investments, words for talking about finance.
12. U6: Money – Describing trends; Dealing with figures.
13. Zápočtový test / Credit by exam.