English is the global language of business, and the demand for English language skills in the corporate world continues to soar. In today’s competitive job market, being proficient in Business English can open doors to numerous exciting career opportunities. For Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (TEFL), transitioning into Business English training is not just a leap; it’s a strategic move towards enhancing their careers and increasing their income. This article aims to convince TEFL instructors of the myriad benefits of pursuing specialist training in Teaching Business English.
- The Lucrative World of Business English
Business English training is an expanding field with boundless opportunities. By offering Business English instruction, TEFL teachers can tap into the lucrative market of professionals seeking to improve their communication skills. Corporations and individuals alike are willing to invest in high-quality language training to stay competitive in today’s globalized economy. As a result, TEFL instructors have the potential to significantly boost their income.
- Real-World Application
One of the most compelling aspects of our Teaching Business English course is its focus on practical experience. During the training, teachers have the unique opportunity to work with real business professionals. This hands-on approach allows instructors to gain insight into the specific needs and challenges of their future clients. Moreover, they can charge their own rates for teaching these professionals, ensuring they recoup the cost of the MisterBee course while they are still learning.
- Career Advancement
Transitioning into Business English training can provide TEFL teachers with a springboard for career advancement. The knowledge and expertise gained through our course not only make teachers more marketable but also opens doors to higher-paying positions within language schools, corporations, or as independent consultants. It’s a strategic move that can set them on a path to greater professional success.
- Personal Growth
Teaching Business English is not just about the financial benefits. It’s also an opportunity for personal growth. As teachers become more immersed in the corporate world, they develop a deeper understanding of business culture and dynamics. This knowledge not only enriches their teaching but broadens their horizons as well.
- Global Networking
The world of business knows no boundaries. English is the common language that bridges the gap between professionals from diverse cultural backgrounds. By teaching Business English, TEFL instructors have the privilege of connecting with people from all over the world. This international exposure not only enhances their cultural awareness but also leads to incredible networking opportunities that can be invaluable in today’s interconnected global society.
In a rapidly evolving world, where communication skills are paramount, the demand for Business English training is greater than ever. TEFL instructors who transition into this field can reap the benefits of increased income, career advancement, personal growth, and global networking. Our Teaching Business English course offers a comprehensive and practical approach to achieving these goals, making it a must for any TEFL teacher looking to enhance their career.
Don’t miss the opportunity to thrive in the world of Business English – register for the course today and watch your teaching career soar to new heights.
“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
Our training is designed for language professionals and businesspeople who wish to develop their careers by moving into Business English teaching and launching themselves as independent Business English trainers.
What will you learn?
- Needs analysis
- Personalised 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 exploring 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 is self-paced. You have up to six months to complete the course, although we do recommend that you work through one unit per week (6 hours). Much of the interaction takes place in online forums. Participants can log in and work through each unit at any time. You will have regular contact and feedback with a highly experienced, Trinity-qualified Business English tutor.
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