Business English Kickstart Course - Speak English Like a Pro

Learn business English for meetings, presentations and talking on the telephone and take your English to the next level!
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  • Lectures 16
  • Length 4.5 hours
  • Skill Level Intermediate Level
  • Languages English
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Published 4/2015 English

Course Description

The Business English Kickstart course focuses on language and speaking techniques that you can put to use right away in your job. You'll improve your business English skills and confidence in three key areas: meetings, presentations, and telephoning.

The course builds from the basics up to the more advanced business English skills and language you need in real-life business situations. And it's about more than just vocabulary. You'll learn the phrases, structures, techniques, and special expressions that will take your English ability to the next level.

Business English Pod has helped thousands of learners succeed since 2006. You too can benefit from our years of experience, learning to face common business situations with confidence and skill.

What are the requirements?

  • The course is focused on business English for the workplace and requires a basic understanding of English.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Develop real-world business English skills for meetings, presentations and talking on the phone.
  • Understand the language we use in business, why we use it and how you can use it to communicate.
  • Master key business English skills for expressing opinions, making suggestions, clarifying and discussing your job and company.
  • Improve your business English skills for communicating on the telephone with colleagues and customers.
  • Learn essential language and techniques for giving a successful presentation in English.

Who is the target audience?

  • Business English Kickstart course is intended for intermediate and advanced English learners.
  • Intermediate English speakers will learn lots of new language, techniques and vocabulary.
  • Advanced learners will develop speaking skills, fluency and overall professionalism.
  • This course is not suitable for learners who have only a very basic understanding of English.

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Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Foundation

Learn key expressions for giving and asking for opinions in both formal and informal situations.

Lesson Objectives

  • Give an opinion using more formal (or careful) language.
  • Give an opinion using informal (or direct) language.
  • Ask for the opinions of others using an appropriate level of formality.
  • Move from informal to more formal styles.
Progress Quiz - Expressing Opinions
5 questions

In this lesson we focus on the language used to introduce your ideas and make suggestions.

Lesson Objectives

  • Introducing ideas at a meeting using polite language.
  • Responding when other participants accept or reject your ideas.
  • Using tentative language.
  • Recommending a course of action.
Progress Quiz - Making Suggestions
5 questions

In this lesson we'll cover appropriate ways to reject and accept suggestions.

Lesson Objectives

  • Evaluating suggestions made at a meeting.
  • Accepting or rejecting an idea with justification.
  • Proposing alternative suggestions.
  • Showing support for an idea.
Progress Quiz - Responding to Suggestions
5 questions

Learn how to describe your job and responsibilities.

Lesson Objectives

  • Describing the basic aspects of your job.
  • Describing your day-to-day duties.
  • Describing the projects you've worked on.
  • Discussing job satisfaction.
Progress Quiz - Talking about your Job
5 questions

Learn how to describe your company and the market it operates in.

Lesson Objectives

  • Relating basic facts about your company.
  • Describing a company's culture and structure.
  • Talking about a company's reputation.
  • Discussing a company's future plans.
Progress Quiz - Talking about your Company
5 questions
Section 2: Telephoning

Learn language and techniques for professionally answering the phone in English.

Lesson Objectives

  • Professional greeting.
  • Identifying yourself.
  • Making an offer to help.
  • Asking to speak to someone.
  • Asking someone to hold.
Progress Quiz - Answering a Call
5 questions

Learn how to take and leave a message on the phone.

Lesson Objectives

  • Asking someone to leave a message.
  • Providing a clear and complete message.
  • How to acknowledge, check back and confirm information.
  • Making a final offer of help.
Progress Quiz - Taking a Message
5 questions

In this lesson we look at the language used to make appointments on the telephone.

Lesson Objectives

  • Explaining your reason for calling.
  • Requesting a meeting.
  • Discussing your schedule.
  • Politely agreeing and disagreeing.
Progress Quiz - Making an Appointment
5 questions
Section 3: Meetings

Learn how to clarify how to clarify what was said.

Lesson Objectives

  • Checking and spelling names correctly.
  • Checking information is correct.
  • Asking someone to repeat something.
  • Showing understanding.
Progress Quiz - Clarifying
5 questions

In this lesson we'll look at clarifying what was meant.

Lesson Objectives

  • Asking directly for clarification of meaning.
  • Acknowledging, checking back and confirming what somebody has said.
  • Understanding how someone feels about what they say.
  • Verifying your clarification has been understood.
Progress Quiz - Clarifying Meaning
5 questions

In this lesson we'll look at useful language and expressions for interrupting and for resisting interruptions during meetings.

Lesson Objectives

  • Interrupting.
  • Finishing what you were saying.
  • Resisting interruption.
  • Conceding and partly conceding a point.
Progress Quiz - Dealing with Interruptions
5 questions

Learn how to finish off a meeting and provide action points for follow-up.

Lesson Objectives

  • Finishing off a meeting.
  • Assigning work to people.
  • Discussing action points.
  • Talking about future plans.
Progress Quiz - Finishing off a Meeting
5 questions
Section 4: Presentations

Learn language and techniques for making a formal introduction to a presentation.

Lesson Objectives

  • Introducing yourself and the topic of your presentation.
  • Outlining the main parts of your presentation.
  • Discussing visual aids and timing.
  • Linking to the first part of your presentation.
Progress Quiz - Introducing a Presentation
5 questions

In this lesson we look at signposting and connecting the different sections of a presentation.

Lesson Objectives

  • Explaining the structure of your talk.
  • Linking between parts of your presentation.
  • Sequencing or listing information.
  • Emphasizing key points.
Progress Quiz - Signposting a Presentation
5 questions

Learn language for describing charts and trends in a presentation.

Lesson Objectives

  • Attracting attention to visuals in your presentation.
  • Emphasizing the key parts of the visuals.
  • Relating the points of your presentation to each other.
  • Referring to a previous point.
Progress Quiz - Describing Charts
5 questions

Learn how to finish off and summarizing your presentation.

Lesson Objectives

  • Finishing off the last part of your talk.
  • Summarizing.
  • Making a call to action.
  • Opening up the Q&A session.
Progress Quiz - Summarizing a Presentation
5 questions

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