Skills Upgrade: Teach Business English (Language Teaching)

Improve teaching skills; learn business English; be more in-demand; & earn a higher salary. For teachers and students.
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  • Lectures 22
  • Length 3 hours
  • Skill Level Intermediate Level
  • Languages English
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Published 11/2013 English

Course Description

This course will provide you with all you need to know to get started teaching Business English. If you are a teacher new to teaching business English; an experienced teacher looking for professional development opportunities; an MA TESOL student wanting to learn about this branch of ELT; a program coordinator at a TESOL Certificate program; or even an Advanced-Level Business English student; you will find this course useful.

You will learn the basics of course design and assessment, as well as foundations for teaching English for Business Purposes (EBP) that will improve your teaching skills in any teaching situation.

Each lecture includes additional materials which you can use in your own classroom or as professional development.

Start learning today -- earn higher teaching evaluations and gain a reputation as a professional teacher. If you follow the principles outlined in this course, you will be ahead of 95% of other teachers.

What students are saying about "Skills Upgrade: Teach Business English:"

“Greatly structured course."

“It will enhance your knowledge and career in teaching English!"

“During the course, I began to feel much more confident that I could successfully teach a Business English course."

Enroll NOW and take your teaching to new heights!

What are the requirements?

  • Some experience teaching ESL or EFL

What am I going to get from this course?

  • You will know what to expect in terms of students and the teacher's role in English for Business Purposes (EBP) contexts.
  • You will learn how to conduct a Needs Assessment and use it to inform your Course Design.
  • You will learn how to place students and how to assess their progress.
  • You will have an understanding of the kinds of materials used in EBP.
  • You will have an understanding of facilitation in the EBP classroom.
  • You will learn how to give useful feedback to your EBP students.
  • You will know the basics of teaching EBP Speaking Skills: Socializing, Meetings/Negotiations, and Presentations.
  • You will have an understanding of how to assist students with written correspondence used in EBP contexts.

Who is the target audience?

  • ESL or EFL Teachers who are new to teaching Business English
  • Advanced English Language Learners who would like to get a general overview of the field of Business English

What you get with this course?

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

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Business English Basics

Teaching Business English is a bit different from teaching other kinds of English. A solid understanding of those differences, coupled with typical learning outcomes in the business English classroom, is essential before embarking on this course.

Business English Basics Quiz
4 questions
Section 2: The Business English Course

This lecture examines how we can involve students in the learning process right from the start; to get them to take responsibility for their learning. We also learn the basics of designing a course around a set of needs. Please read through the extra materials below first in order to get the most of of this lecture.


Know the steps involved when designing a Business English course.

Needs Assessment and Course Design Quiz
6 questions

It is essential that teachers know how to place students accurately, otherwise we are doing them a huge disservice. We also need to be comfortable testing what they have learned in the classroom. This lecture addresses these points.


What is assessment? What kinds of assessment should teachers implement in their classes?

Assessment Quiz
3 questions
Section 3: Foundations for Teaching Business English

After watching this lecture you will be familiar with the types of materials commonly used in the Business English classroom.

Materials Quiz
3 questions

Giving targeted feedback is perhaps the most important task of the Business English teacher. We also need to be able to give clear instructions and keep things moving at a good pace in class. Learn what to do before, during, and after classroom activities.


What should the instructor be doing while the students are working together?


Know how to give relevant feedback that will lead to uptake.

Facilitation and Feedback Quiz
9 questions
Section 4: Teaching Functional Language

After watching this lecture you will be able to teach language for meetings, assess students' performance during a meeting, and run your class like a meeting.


How can we "score" meetings?

6 pages

Use this practice scenario with your students to practice all Meetings functions.

Teaching Language for Negotiations

In this lecture you will learn about various types of presentations and how to facilitate those in class. You will also be able to teach your students how to prepare a presentation.


Here you will learn how to assess student presentations, as well as the basics of teaching body language and visual aids.


What do students need to be able to do when meeting a colleague, whether for the first time or during subsequent meetings? How can we ensure that students are ready to do this after leaving our course?


Learn how to teach language for emailing and how to assess emails.

Bonus Lecture: The SP-MACS Format for Business Emails

Learn how to help students increase their confidence when speaking on the phone.

Section 5: The Integrated Course: Putting it All Together

Case studies are extended role plays. While linguistically challenging, they are the most effective way to improve all language skills at once.


Learn how to get your students to communicate the results of their case study utilizing a variety of methods.


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Instructor Biography

ELT Online, Quality Training for English Language Teachers & Students

ELT Online provides quality professional development opportunities to those in the field of English Language Teaching; as well as high-quality training to English Language Learners. Specialties include Business English, English for Academic Purposes, New Teacher Training, and Test Prep Courses.

The instructor, Joshua Durey has been in the field of ELT since 2003 as a teacher of English to speakers of other languages. During that time he has taught in four countries and has helped 1,000s of students improve their General and Business English. He earned his BA in Business Management from the University of Arkansas, and his MA in Teaching English as a Foreign or Second Language from the University of Birmingham, Birmingham, England.

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