Business English Course for ESL Students

Learn essential Business English vocabulary for presentations, meetings, negotiations, phone calls, e-mails, and more!
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  • Lectures 30
  • Length 5 hours
  • Skill Level Intermediate Level
  • Languages English
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Published 11/2012 English

Course Description

If you are learning English for your job or career, then the Business English Course is for you! It will help you communicate better in everyday professional situations.

This intermediate-level English course contains 30 lessons focusing on essential vocabulary and practical phrases for the workplace.

The lessons contain video, audio, and text, and there are also plenty of exercises to help you review and practice your Business English.

The course is divided into three sections:

Business English Basics

  • Vocabulary for interviews and daily work
  • Talking with colleagues
  • Phone calls, letters, and e-mails
  • Giving presentations

Business English Intermediate Topics

  • English for meetings and negotiations
  • How to talk about finance, computers, timelines and project management
  • Discourse markers to improve the flow of your written and spoken English

Business English Specializations

  • Medical and legal English
  • Science, art, and the environment
  • English for restaurants
  • Non-profit organizations

Course also includes:

  • 16 quizzes and 3 progress tests
  • Lessons on Business English idioms
  • Downloadable audio and text

What are the requirements?

  • Be able to read in English at the pre-intermediate level (minimum)

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Learn hundreds of common English words used in business
  • Learn practical phrases for meetings, phone calls, presentations, letters, and other situations at work

Who is the target audience?

  • Intermediate-level English as a Second Language students
  • Professionals working in multinational companies
  • University students learning English for their future careers

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Business English Basics
Let’s begin by answering the question, “Where do you work?” This seems like a simple question, but there are many ways to answer it. You’ll also learn key vocabulary words regarding jobs and employment.
8 questions

Practice the key vocabulary from Lesson 1

Today you’re going to learn the most common questions asked in job interviews – and some tips for answering them in English. First, let’s learn some vocabulary for finding a job.
9 questions

Fill in the correct word in these interview phrases.

In this lesson, you’ll learn vocabulary for people and things in the office. You’ll also learn some phrases for interacting with colleagues.
12 questions

Complete the sentences with the correct word.

Many students, even at the advanced level, HATE talking on the phone in English. This lesson will teach you phrases that you can use with confidence in any phone call.
13 questions

How well do you remember the telephone English phrases from the lesson?

What if you call somebody and they’re not available? You’ll have to leave a voicemail message on their answering machine or cell phone – so today you’re going to learn 5 simple steps to leaving a great voicemail in English.
Have you ever given a presentation in English? If you have, you know it can be quite difficult to think of the right words with the pressure of everyone watching! Don’t worry, because in this lesson you’ll learn a number of English phrases that will help your presentations sound polished and professional.
13 questions

Complete each presentation phrase with the best word!

Numbers were one of the first things you probably learned in English class – but many students have difficulty saying very big and very small numbers in English. In this lesson, you’ll practice saying complicated numbers and learn how to talk about trends.
In this lesson, you’ll learn a simple 3-part structure to use in any business letter or e-mail. Before we begin, I want to remind you of two important characteristics of business communication:
12 questions

Complete these sentences with the best word.

When writing a business letter or e-mail, it’s important to have correct punctuation and capitalization because this helps your writing look professional. In this lesson, we’re going to review the rules for capitalization and punctuation marks in English.
Slang is almost never used in business English, but idioms are often used in conversations and e-mails – so I’m going to introduce you to some common idiomatic expressions.
12 pages
Are you ready to see how much you’ve learned in the Business English Course so far? Check your progress with this 50-question test!
Section 2: Business English Intermediate Topics
Today you’re going to learn almost 100 practical English phrases to use in meetings. Many of them – such as the phrases for expressing opinions, agreeing, and disagreeing – can also be used in other situations outside of work
15 questions

Test your memory of the phrases for meetings.

This lesson is divided into five parts – banking, loans, investments, taxes, and accounting. The first four parts contain vocabulary that is useful for everyone, even if you don’t work in the financial sector – and the last part will have some terms that are specific to accounting.
10 questions

How well do you remember the financial vocabulary?

Learn vocabulary related to computers, programs, and technical problems.
10 questions

Test your basic technical vocabulary

Every day, we see hundreds of advertisements (called ads for short). We see commercials on TV. We see billboards next to the road. We see posters on walls. And we receive brochures and pamphlets on the street.
Negotiation is the ability to communicate with different people (who have different interests) with the goal of finding a win-win situation: a solution that benefits everyone. Having good negotiation skills is important for resolving conflicts and reconciling differences of interest in business, politics, and everyday life.
10 questions

Perfect your phrases for talking about negotiations and contracts!

Today we’ll be talking about project development and time management. This vocabulary is important because all jobs require efficient use of time and resources.
10 questions

Review and practice the vocabulary from the lesson.

8 pages

In this lesson, you’re going to see examples of 12 discourse markers in short dialogues, and try to guess their function based on the context. Tomorrow, you’ll learn 40 more discourse markers with more details about their use.

Because there isn’t enough space on the video screen to display the dialogues together with the possible answers, you’ll need to take this lesson in text form. Read the conversations, write your answers on a piece of paper, and then scroll down further to see the correct answers with explanations (or watch the downloadable video in "Extras").

Today we’re going to go into much more detail on how to use discourse markers in sentences – since many students know the words, but make mistakes with the word order or sentence formation.
Today’s lesson will teach you 12 more idioms related to business. Let me remind you of the steps for our idioms lessons:

1. Look at the example of the idiom in context
2. Guess the meaning of the idiom
3. Wait for the correct answer and explanation

Again, this method helps you think actively about the expressions and learn to figure them out from the context.

11 pages
You’re now two-thirds of the way through the Business English Course! Review the vocabulary from Lessons 12-20 with this progress test.
Section 3: Business English Specializations
Today’s lesson is an overview of vocabulary used in medicine and dentistry. Even if you don’t work in these areas, you’ll learn many useful words for talking about health problems and treatments in English.
There are two main areas of law – criminal law and civil law. Criminal law deals with crime and punishment, whereas civil law involves settling disputes (resolving conflicts) between individuals and/or organizations.
11 questions

Review and practice the vocabulary from the lesson.

Let’s begin by talking about the scientific method – the process that scientists use for exploring the natural world and making new discoveries.
10 questions

Identify the profession of the speaker of each statement.

In this lesson, we’re going to look at three major environmental issues – pollution, endangered species and deforestation, and energy consumption.
10 questions

Choose the correct word to complete each sentence.

In this lesson, we’re going to look at three major environmental issues – pollution, endangered species and deforestation, and energy consumption.
10 questions

Review and practice the vocabulary from the lesson

Let’s imagine you’re on a business trip to an English-speaking country, and you’re invited to breakfast, lunch, or dinner with your colleagues. This lesson will teach you essential phrases for ordering at a restaurant, cafe, or bar in English.
There are many different types of non-profit organizations, but in this lesson we’re going to focus on charitable organizations (usually called charities), which focus on helping people, animals, and the environment.
10 questions

Review and practice the vocabulary from the lesson.

Welcome to our final Business Idioms lesson! As a reminder, you’ll need to interact with the idioms by guessing their meanings from the context. Choose the option that you think is the best definition for the idiom, and then wait for the answer to find out if you were correct.
8 pages
The final test on Lessons 22-29. Congratulations on finishing the course!

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Instructor Biography

Shayna Oliveira, English as a Second Language Teacher

Shayna is originally from the United States, and she currently lives in Brazil, where she works as an English teacher and translator.

She has a CELTA certification to teach English to adults and several years of teaching experience in both group and private classes. Shayna also runs a popular English-learning website for ESL students.

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