English for Business II

ENG11 English for Business II

Spring 2024

  • Topics

    English for Business II is the second course of English as an elective subject. It provides a very good basis for communicating effectively in professional settings where the common language is English. The foucs is on terminology and professional communication. The course is closely related to other courses in the NHH bachelor programme and is tailor-made for those who wish to communicate business-related knowledge in English. The course consists of two main components: Business topics and Activities. The Business topics comprise the following: UK/US trade, economy and society, Banking, Financial markets, Corporate finance, Business cycles and government intervention, and Language, business and culture. Activities are case-based and comprise e.g. presentations and negotiations. 

  • Learning outcome

    Upon completion of the course the student

    Knowledge of

    • the English economic-administrative and legal terminology and phraseology relevant for Norwegian businesses/organisations, for internal as well as external communication purposes
    • the English language system for use in business and public organisations
    • important topics within business and trade
    • important economic, political and cultural aspects of the UK and USA of special relevance to business and trade


    • can give presentations on economic-administrative topics
    • can carry out complex professional activities, such as negotiations in intercultural contexts,  in an adequate manner

    General competences

    • has good insight into important principles for written and oral professional communication in English

  • Teaching

    Like English for Business I, this is a course where interactive learning is focused on. The two main components, Business topics and Activities, are closely connected. A topic is typically introduced through a video and/or lecture and then further developed through oral and written activities. Some of the activities will be web-based, while others are organised as individual or group-based activities done in class time. The teaching language is English, but Norwegian is used to develop understanding of terms and concepts in both languages. The course therefore requires good competence in Norwegian.

  • Required prerequisites

    ENG10 English for Business I is a prerequisite for taking ENG11.

  • Compulsory Activity

    Compulsory attendance at 75% of lectures

    A set of web-based language tests (carried out as quizzes in Canvas)

    Participation in a filmed oral group activity

  • Assessment

    A portfolio with the following assignments (all individual):

    • 2 written assignments: job application with CV; report with executive summary
    • 1 oral assignment: filmed presentation
    • Reflection protocol with self-assessment focus 

    The whole portfolio must be submitted in the same semester. A retake implies submitting the whole portfolio again.

  • Grading Scale

    Grading scale A-F

  • Computer tools

    PC or tablet are used in all lectures. The course contains obligatory web exercises in grammar, vocabulary and terminology.

  • Literature

    Readings, lecture slides and other teaching material posted on Canvas 

    Recommended dictionaries etc.:

    Clark, S., Pointon, G. (2014). Words: A user's guide. Abingdon, Oxon/New York: Routledge.

    Collins Business Vocabulary in Practice.

    English for Learners: http://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english-cobuild-learners

    ​Longman Business English Dictionary. Pearson.


ECTS Credits
Teaching language
The course is taught in English, but with a considerable component of Norwegian terminology. Competence in Norwegian is therefore a prerequisite for taking the course.


Course responsible

Professor Trine Dahl, Professor Gisle Andersen (course responsible), Associate Professor Kaisa Pietikäinen, Department of Professional and Intercultural Communication