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Busines English or English for Economic Purposes: Similarites and Differences in the Foreigh Language Course Design at University

Busines English or English for Economic Purposes: Similarites and Differences in the Foreigh Language Course Design at University

Journal of Economic Regulation, , Vol. 9 (no. 3),

The article considers the problem of content selection for the development of a foreign language course for graduate students of non-linguistic specialties. The author asserts that learning a foreign language should be based on a foreign professional discourse and classifies its types in accordance with a discursive approach. The article presents detailed interpretation of economic discourse as a subtype of institutional one and business discourse, considered as the main content for a foreign language course at university. Both discourse types are closely interrelated but they have a number of fundamental differences. Economic discourse, regarded as an academic code or scientific language, consistently plunges us into the layers of the abstract language used to describe economic models and theories. All cases of using business language are interpreted as a process of business communication development, characterized by genre and contextual diversity within the same goal of doing business. Consequently, business discourse is the practical implementation of economic theoretical issues, which form the basis of economic discourse. In conclusion, the author gives recommendations on content design and materials development for master's degree students and appeals to take into account not only the personal motivational needs of a student, but also the requirements for undergraduate’s professional competence of labor market.


Keywords: business discourse; economic discourse; foreign language professional discourse; professional communication; foreign language course design; master course

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