A minimum English language level of Pre-Intermediate is required for this course (CEFR A1/B2).
As English is now the primary language for international business communication, it is more important than ever for people working with colleagues, clients and partners from other countries to understand each other and form effective business links. The overall aim of this course is to expose students to a range of business scenarios, increasing their confidence and improving their overall ability in each of the four main skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing.
Our Business English courses are tailored to specific needs, and therefore an exact curriculum cannot be stated here. However, a Grammar Level test and a Needs Analysis exercise are conducted at the beginning of the course and the results carefully studied. From these results, a course is designed to satisfy students’ needs and work on areas of common weakness, optimising available timescales. Typically, our Business English course would include the following skills:
Conducting & contributing to meetings, giving presentations, developing business vocabulary, telephone (and conference) calls, understanding cultural diversity, negotiating, summarising, paraphrasing, report writing, producing formal emails, letters and memos.
Below are more details about the course content for some of the above skills:
Basic Grammatical Structures:
Past, Present and Future Verb Tenses, Question Forms, Articles, Prepositions, Subject & Object Questions.
Industry-Specific Vocabulary, Word Formation, Phrasal Verbs, Idiomatic Speech, Key Word Transformations.
Listening Comprehension & Oral Fluency
Listening for General Understanding (gist), listening for Specific Detail, Reporting back, Paraphrasing, Using Linkers, Fillers & Discourse Markers to maintain fluency.
Formal & Informal language, the Passive form, Topic Sentences and Controlling Ideas in paragraphs, Summarising & Paraphrasing. Writing short pieces: formal emails, letters, and memos.
Authentic material (e.g. newspaper articles) – reading for Gist, Detailed Understanding and Prediction. Analysing ideas and offering alternative arguments.
The course uses prescribed exercises and articles, plus authentic material, in order to build confidence and expose students to real-life situations. On request, formal BULAT examination examples can be included for those students who wish to take this Cambridge ESOL examination. BULATS is the Business Language Testing System, which is a bench-marking system widely recognised by employers, education institutions and training providers.
Course Length: TBA