Hochschule Düsseldorf
University of Applied Sciences
Fachbereich Wirtschaftswissenschaften
Faculty of Business Studies

LINKS & ​TIPS 


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ACADEMIC WRITING PHRASE BANK

from the University of Manchester


THE ECONOMIST


ENGLISH with the BBC​

SIMPLE ENGLISH LESSONS

A quick fun way to revise or check some key points.

 

BUSINESS PROFICIENCY ONLINE

Those of you in BIM may not know that your book has a wonderful online site with lots of useful links and extra material.  BKM students may find specific units useful.

 

PRESENTATIONS

Steve Jobs' Stanford University address

TED TALKS​

Alexander Betts: "Why Brexit happened - and what to do next"

J K Rowling's Harvard University address: "The Fringe Benefits of Failure"

Simon Anholt: "Which country does the most good for the world?​"

Oliver Scalabre: "The next manufacturing revolution is here". Non-native speaker.

Bryan Stevenson "We need to talk about an injustice" - look out for storytelling, rule of 3 and much more!

Tim Leberecht "3 ways to (usefully) lose control of your brand" - look out for rule of 3

Kevin Allocca "Why videos go viral?" - look out for rule of 3, simplicity, sense of humour

Michael Pritchard "How do we make filthy water drinkable" - look out for VAKOG, shocking statement, use of objects and demonstration

David Christian "The history of our world in 18 minutes" - look out for use of video

Hans Rosling "The best stats you've ever seen" - look out for presentation of statistics

Presentation Zen book​

Presentation Zen 

principally slide design

Erica's pinterest board

 


GRAMMAR

BIM and BKM students should already have a solid mastery of English grammar. However, you may feel that you need for extra practice before the exam and will find the following useful.​

Oxford Business English. Business Grammar and Practice. New Edition by Michael Duckworth

Business Grammar Builder 

Also you can find these online:

English Grammar Online

English Grammar Secrets


VOCABULARY

 Basically, it doesn’t matter what system you use, as long as you have some kind of system to learn vocabulary and that you learn on a regular basis. It is advisable to use a system that suits your learning style. Take small steps and learn a few words and expressions at a time than to try and learn everything just before your exam.

There is software available to help you do this, for example, “Phase 6”:


Dict.cc app

You can create your own vocab lists, e.g. by adding words that you look up. Also, the program allows you to test yourself based on that list, which works like a virtual slip box that produces items at random and tests particularly those terms that are not yet anchored in the learner's memory.
In addition, you can publish your personal list to share it with others (e.g. fellow students) and export the list as an excel file.

Available on Google Play Store.


ACADEMIC WRITING

BIM and anyone planning to study abroad will find these books useful:

Writing Academic English 

(Longman Academic Writing Series)

Alice Oshima and Ann Hogue

Academic Vocabulary in Use with Answers 

(Cambridge)

Michael McCarthy and Felicity O'Dell