Εnglish for Economists I
An intermediate (FCE) level of the English language is required in order to successfully attend and receive a passing grade for the course. Students with any type of certificate of proficiency in the English language are not exempt from the course.
Objectives and content:
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.
Observation and Theory in Economics - Definitions of Economics
Scarcity - Choice ?Efficiency -Constraints and Costs
The Logic of Economics- Positive and Normative Economics
Facts Evidence and Data- The Language of Statistics
Micro vs Macroeconomics -Economic Systems
Elements of an Economic System - Production-Factors of Production
Demand and Supply-Equilibrium-Shifts vs. Movements
Graphs and Diagrams - Interpreting Graphs
Markets - Interrelated Markets - Flexible Labour Markets
Monopoly and Oligopoly - Kinked Demand Curve
Students practice listening comprehension and note taking by listening to and watching introductory lectures (e-lessons) given at Departments of Economics of well known English speaking Universities. The material of these lectures is included in the final exam .
Students are advised to attend classes and encouraged to participate in classroom activities.
At the end of the course students should be able to comprehend advanced level economics related texts and determine the meaning of academic vocabulary in context. They should also understand and have the language skills to describe tables, charts and diagrams related to economics.
All learning material can be found in e-class:
The final grade is based on the final exam consisting of different types of questions such as: true/false statements , multiple choice questions, cloze passages, term definitions, text comprehension and vocabulary questions and a short essay question.
Regular attendance is taken into consideration. There is also the possibility of an optional assignment for final grade improvement.