Εnglish for Economists I

Course ID: 
ECΟ_1Ξ01Ν
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Year of Study: 
Category: 
For Erasmus Students: 
Yes

Learning Outcomes

The aim of this introductory course is to familiarize students with the English language used in the field of Economics. A series of   authentic or adapted texts from Economics university textbooks, periodicals and   web-pages are read and discussed in class for comprehension, vocabulary acquisition and development. Students learn to read and describe tables, charts and diagrams related to economics. Complex grammar and syntax found in the reading selections is explained and practiced. The selected texts are drawn mostly from Microeconomics.

By the end of this course the students will have:

  • Improved their understanding of economics terminology, especially the language used in economics textbooks and journals.
  • Learned how to comprehend and analyze authentic material (texts referring to their subject matter), with teaching focused on the development of language skills for the purposes of their field of study.

General Competences include:

  • Cultivation of skills in the use of English for economics
  • Developing production skills and understanding of written and spoken language
  • Acquiring academic writing skills

Course Contents

The selected texts are drawn mostly from Microeconomics. Every lesson includes a variety of language exercises which help students acquire the vocabulary and the skills necessary in their field of study.

Topics include:

  • Observation and Theory in Economics  - Definitions of Economics and Microeconomics
  • Scarcity - Choice –Efficiency -Constraints and Costs
  • The importance of Logic in Economics- Critical Thinking
  • Positive and Normative Economics
  • Facts Evidence and Data- The Language of Statistics- Abbreviations  in Academic Writing
  • Expressing Cause and Effect in economics academic  writing
  • Elements of an Economic System - Production-Factors of Production
  • Graphing Data- Demand and Supply-Equilibrium-Shifts vs. Movements
  • Graphs and Diagrams- The language for describing and  interpreting Graphs
  • Choice and Utility Theory - Expressing numbers in English
  • Markets - Interrelated Markets - Flexible Labour Markets
  • Monopoly and Oligopoly - Kinked Demand Curve
  • Revision – Exam practice

Teaching Activities

Lectures and classroom exercises/activities (3 hours per week)

Teaching Organization

Activity

Semester workload

Lectures and classroom exercises/activities.

13X3 = 39 hours

Reading- Language and lexical exercises

11 hours

Α. Optional Graph assignment: Description, analysis and interpretation of a graph: 10% of the final grade. To be uploaded on the  e-class module:  assignments

B. Optional on- line assignments for Listening comprehension of Microeconomic topics: 20% of the final grade. To be uploaded on  the  e-class module:  assignments

C. On  line  multiple choice quizzes through e-class module: links ( material required for the final examination)

 

Total number of hours for the Course (25 hours of work-load per ECTS credit)

50 hours (total student work-load)

Assessment

Assessment consists of:

(a) written exam at the end of the semester consisting of: true/false statements, multiple choice questions, cloze passages, matching  terms and definitions,  text  comprehension , and  short answer/ essay  questions .  (70 % of the final grade)

(b) Optional Assignment A   (10% of the final grade) 

(c) Optional Assignment B (20% of the final grade)

The final grade for the course will be based 100% on the final exam if no optional assignments are submitted.

The curriculum, the assessment method of the course and other relevant material are available in e-class and are accessible to all students.

Use of ICT

Use of IT in teaching, and in communication with the students (e-class).

Support Learning through the e-class platform

Course Info

Teaching Hours: 
3 hours per week
ECTS Credits: 
2.00
Teaching Credits: 
2.00
Weight: 
1.00
Language: 
Teaching Method: 

Current Tutors

Instructor: 

Lotsari-Groumpou Alexandra

Other Faculty
Lotsari-Groumpou Alexandra
Field of Expertise: 
English Language and Literature, Teaching English for Academic Purposes
E-mail: 
Telephone: 
Office Hours: 
Tuesday and Wednesday: 12:30-14:30

Reading List

Reading Recommendations: 
- Αγγλικά των Επιστημών Οικονομίας, Διοίκησης, Λογιστικής, Χρηματοοικονομικής και Πληροφορικής, Adams John, Fitzgerald Patrick, McCullagh Marie, McLisky Marie, Roberts Mark, Scott Roger, Tabor Carol, https://service.eudoxus.gr/search/#a/id:86201377/0