School of Business & Management Studies

This course is a result of the survey commissioned by BOCODOL in 2000. Peer Consultants established the need to develop a course in English for Specific Purposes (ESP) aimed at upgrading communication skills of professionals in Botswana. ESP is the general term used to refer to courses designed to raise the language awareness level of professionals in different situations. To distinguish it from other courses on the market, for example, Business Communication or Business English, the title English for Professional Purposes was preferred. It specifies unambiguously its relevance to particular vocations. Taking guidance from consultants, BOCODOL, in turn, carried out its own survey to assess the current state of language use by officers of a given profession, then designed the course in consultation with stakeholders.

Programme Structure

There are two parts, namely, Part 1 and Part 2. Part 1 is specific to a particular profession, and the study material is written to address communication circumstances identifiable in that profession. Part 2, on the other hand, singles out for discussion language and communication themes common to all professions. The two parts are, therefore, complementary thereby constituting a composite package that leads to a nationally accredited qualification. The duration of the course shall be two semesters, being the equivalent of 400 study hours.

EPP Curriculum Structure

Module Title and Contents

Credit Points


Module 1: Communication  Skills  And Statement - Writing

Section 1: The Basic Communication Skills

Topic 1 – Language and  communication

Topic 2 – Listening, speaking, reading, and writing

Section 2 : Statement – writing

Topic 3 – Question types and note-taking

Topic 4 – Compiling the statement


Module 2: Investigation  Procedures And Report – Writing

Section  3: Investigation Procedures

Topic 5 – Approaching informants

Topic 6 -  interrogating and translating


Section 4: Report – Writing

Topic 7: Report types

Topic 8: Stages in report – writing


Module 3: Court Procedures And Cross-cultural Language  Issues

Section 5 : Court Procedures

Topic 9 – Presenting evidence

Topic 10 – Cross – examination

Section 6 : Cross- Cultural Language Issues

Topic 11 : Barriers to communication

Topic 12 : Case Studies



Module 4: Purposeful Reading and Message Processing

Section 7: Purposeful Reading

Topic 13 – Types of  reading

Topic 14 – Skilled reading

Section 8 : Sending and Receiving  Messages

Topic 15 - Some communication issues at the workplace

Topic 16 – Meeting procedures and message editing


Module 5: The Spoken Word and Professional Speech-making

Section 9: Participating in formal discussion

Topic 17 – Preparing for a seminar / tutorial

Topic 18 – Planning and presenting a seminar paper

Section 10: The spoken word and speech - making

Topic 19: Speaking in the workplace

Topic 20: Preparing and delivering a speech


Module 6: Carrying out Research And Preparing for Examinations

Section 11: The  Research Project

Topic 21 – Carrying out basic research

Topic 22 – Language and reference skills in research

Section 12: Preparing For Examinations

Topic 23 : The language of examinations

Topic 24 : Examination types


Total Credits


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