Comprehensive 60-hour course in
International Business English Training
“I really want to thank you. This course has changed my life and the way I look at Business English, and now even more after the completion of the course. It was challenging at times but with your guidance, examples and experience I could continue and see it through. Looking forward to using the new knowledge and skills.” – Stephen in South Africa
The Business English industry is huge. At any time there are thousands of people worldwide learning Business English, be it in schools, colleges, workplaces, private language schools or via the internet.
Teaching Business English is designed for language professionals and businesspeople who wish to develop their career by moving into Business English teaching and to launch themselves as independent Business English trainers.
What will you learn?
- Needs analysis
- Personalized course design
- Materials development
- Selecting resources
- Dealing with cultural differences
- Effective course delivery (both online & face-to-face)
- Evaluation & assessment
- Concepts and Language in a Business Context
We’ll begin our journey by exploring our virtual learning environment (VLE) and finding our way around some of the course resources. We’ll start looking at some Business English concepts and vocabulary, and familiarising ourselves with some useful tools and external resources. We’ll also focus on Socialising as a Business English Communication skill.
- What is Business English?
Building upon the Unit 1 introductory tasks, in Unit 2 we’ll be thinking more about what Business English implies. We’ll be considering English for Specific Purposes (ESP), and how Business English and General English teaching differ. We’ll also begin to think about Business English learners in terms of their characteristics, motivation, needs and expectations. We’ll explore business settings and contexts, and familiarise ourselves with current and historic trends in professional English teaching. Finally, we’ll turn to the next BEC skill: Presentations.
- Needs Analysis & Research
Having explored ideas of what Business English actually is, we can now think about the learner in more depth. In Unit 3 we’ll focus on needs analysis and profiling of learners’ communication and language needs. We’ll consider how to identify the communication purpose and language needs of the company, and how to negotiate course content. We’ll also look at techniques for researching companies, industries and sectors. Finally, we’ll turn to the next BEC skill: Meetings.
- Materials & Resources
Armed with our needs analyses, we now have an understanding of our learners’ requirements, and can begin to think about the course that we will deliver. We’ll start by thinking about the kinds of materials and resources that are available to Business English teachers. Finally, we’ll turn to the next BEC skill: Negotiations.
- Internationalism & Culture
At the beginning of our course, we thought about why people study Business English, and globalisation is a key factor in terms of employment within international companies, the need to trade globally, and English being the lingua franca (common language) of the modern world. In unit 5 we’ll look at globalisation in more depth. Finally, we’ll turn to the next BEC skill: Business Travel.
- Course & Syllabus Design
Back in Unit 3 we considered needs analyses. Building from there, in Unit 6 we’ll look at interpreting needs analyses to set learning and training goals. We’ll think about course and syllabus design, and how to develop a Scheme of Work. We’ll also take a look at the Common European Framework for Reference (CEFR). Finally, we’ll turn to the next BEC skill: Telephoning.
- Methods, Approaches & Course Delivery
In Unit 7, we will be looking at course delivery. We’ll explore lexical, discovery and task-based approaches, and consider the use of technology in our teaching. We’ll explore blended learning and online learning. Finally, we’ll turn to the next BEC skill: Interviews.
- Evaluation & Assessment
In Unit 8, we’ll be considering evaluation and assessment, in terms of both our learners and our course delivery. We’ll also look at staff appraisals, and how to give feedback to learners and to their HR departments. Finally, we’ll turn to the next BEC skill: Reports.
- The Written Assignment
The written assignment focuses on an individual learner. You will be performing a needs analysis, creating a Scheme of Work and providing a rationale for your training plan. Unit 9 provides support in writing this final assessment. We’ll also wrap up our tour of BEC skills by looking at Business Writing.
- Professional Development & Your BE Career
This final unit of the course provides advice and resources for launching your independent Business English teaching career.
Earn-while-you-learn! As part of the course you will be designing 30 hours of training for an authentic Business English learner. You can set your own rate for teaching your learner, so the Teaching Business English course more than pays for itself!
By the end of this course:
- You will have a thorough understanding of all aspects of teaching Business English
- You will be able to deliver your own independent BE training, both online and face-to-face
Course length, dates & times
This 60-hour course runs on continuous enrolment, so you can start today! You have up to 6 months to complete the training at your own pace. There are no live sessions. All of the interaction takes place in online forums. Participants can log in and work through each unit at any time.