Course detail

English Skills for Workplace Communication

FSI-0SEAcad. year: 2023/2024

The course is intended to develop the English language skills to communicate confidently in an international workplace. The focus is on spoken language, practising communication skills and developing the ability to pass the recruitment process, present ideas and negotiate in an international workplace.

Language of instruction


Number of ECTS credits


Mode of study

Not applicable.

Entry knowledge

The minimum entry requirement is the English knowledge corresponding to B1 level.

Rules for evaluation and completion of the course

Course-unit credit is awarded on condition of having attended the seminars actively and worked out assigned tasks. The overal evaluation reflects students' projects.
Attendance at seminars is compulsory and is systematically checked by the teacher. Students are allowed to miss two seminars. In well-founded cases, extra absences can be made up for after consulting the situation with the teacher. Attendance and active participation in classes are necessary conditions for taking an examination.


The course is aimed at delevoping business communication skills students will need in their future careers at B2 level.

A student who successfully passes the 0SE course can contribute effectively to meetings and discussions in various situations and use language skills needed for successful communication in the workplace. Students will be able to interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity, give a prepared presentation, negotiate and chair meetings. The skills will help students when applying for new jobs, or developing their future career. They will also be useful for various study-related situations where the English language is required.

Study aids

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Not applicable.

Basic literature

APPLEBY, Rachel. Business One:One. Advanced. Oxford: OUP, 2009. ISBN 978-0194576819. (EN)

CHAN, Mable. English for business communication. London: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2020. Routledge applied English language introductions. ISBN 978-1-138-48168-8.


Recommended reading

HEWINGS, Martin. Advanced grammar in use: a self-study reference and practice book for advanced learners of English : with answers and CD-ROM. 3rd ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013. ISBN 978-1-107-69989-2. (EN)

COTTON, David, David FALVEY, Simon KENT, Bill MASCULL, John ROGERS a Lewis LANSFORD. Market leader: upper intermediate : business English. 3rd ed. Harlow: Pearson Education, 2012. ISBN 978-1-4082-3709-0.


Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme B-OBN-P Bachelor's, 1. year of study, summer semester, elective
  • Programme BIT Bachelor's, 1. year of study, summer semester, elective
  • Programme BIT Bachelor's, 1. year of study, summer semester, elective

  • Programme IT-BC-3 Bachelor's

    branch BIT , 1. year of study, summer semester, elective

  • Programme N-OBN-P Master's, 1. year of study, summer semester, elective

Type of course unit


Language exercise

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


  1. Socializing and networking in business context.
  2. Writing formal letters, cover letter, CV.
  3. Job interviews, recruitment process.
  4. Introduction to presentation skills, public speaking.
  5. Presentation structure, handling questions.
  6. Elevator pitch.
  7. Meetings, chairing skills.
  8. Meetings: useful phrases, examples, practice.
  9. Negotiating: introduction and basic concepts.
  10. Negotiating: useful phrases, examples, practice.
  11. Team work, team building.
  12. Students' projects.
  13. Assessment.

E-learning texts

pitch (cs) - Dear students, I am forwarding you the material for an elevator pitch that will be presented on Monday. I would like to ask you to prepare as many questions as possible. You will find it in "Aktuality". Thanks a lot . Best wishes, Ilona Pavlíková