Why should English teachers move into Business English training?

English teachers should consider moving into Business English training for several reasons:

  • Career Development
    Business English training provides a new avenue for career development and growth for English teachers. By acquiring specialised knowledge and skills in Business English training, teachers can open up new career opportunities in corporate training, language schools, and business consulting.
  • Higher Earnings
    Business English training is a lucrative field, and teachers with the necessary skills and expertise can command higher salaries than regular English teachers.
  • Demand
    There is a growing demand for Business English training as more and more businesses become globalised and English becomes the lingua franca of business communication. Therefore, English teachers with a specialisation in Business English training are in high demand.
  • Varied Curriculum
    Business English training offers a wide range of topics and themes to explore, such as negotiations, presentations, and cross-cultural communication. This provides teachers with the opportunity to create varied and engaging lesson plans.
  • Improved Job Satisfaction
    Teaching Business English can be rewarding as it allows teachers to help professionals achieve their career goals and improve their communication skills in a practical and meaningful way.

Overall, moving into Business English training can offer English teachers a challenging and rewarding career path that allows them to develop their expertise and earn higher salaries while meeting the growing demand for English language training in the corporate world.

A 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

Our Teaching Business English 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
Course Syllabus
  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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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