Integrating Technology into a Business English Course

Part 1 (Professional Development for ESL/EFL Teachers)
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  • Lectures 7
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level Intermediate Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 5/2016 English

Course Description

This course was created to help ESL and EFL teachers - particularly Business English teachers, navigate technology choices, select appropriate applications for their students' development and execute lessons that are relevant to their students' needs. 

We will be discussing various applications and how they can be used in ESL/EFL classes.  Part 1 (this course) will introduce all topics and thoroughly cover social media applications: how to set up accounts, examples of how they have been effectively integrated and discovery of creative ways to use Twitter, Skype and Facebook Pages.

What are the requirements?

  • Access to a smartphone and a g-mail account are highly recommended for participants in this course.
  • All the software we will use in this course is free.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Integrate technology into their Business English courses seamlessly.
  • Improve student engagement and retention of lesson material.
  • Introduce and model basic software to students.
  • Be able to (specifically) integrate social media into an ESL course (for Part 1) and produce a mini lesson plan doing so.

Who is the target audience?

  • Experienced Business English teachers will be able to improve their courses by implementing relevant technology into their courses, thereby engaging their students and enhancing the learning experience.
  • Less experienced ESL teachers who are just getting into Business English teaching will be able to seamlessly transfer their ESL knowledge into a Business English course with the help of online tools and common software that their students already use or can learn to use easily.
  • If you are teaching in a non-tech environment to an immigrant population without access to technology, this may not be the right course for you.

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

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Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Using Technology Creatively in Business English Classes: A Course Summary

In this course, Integrating a Technology-based Project into a Business English Course, participants will be guided through various applications that can be used in and out of an ESL Business English classroom.  They will also be asked to think creatively in order to find the most appropriate ways to use these tools to enhance the student experience and improve learning.


This course is divided into 2 Parts and 5 sections, including this introduction. (Part 1 includes the first 2 sections of the whole course.):

  1. Introduction to instructional technology and its potential for enhancing Business English courses
  2. Social media for educational purposes
  3. Google applications for collaboration
  4. Digital marketing applications
  5. Creating a technology-enhanced lesson plan

Here we will go over some common applications that instructors may already use begin thinking of new ways to use these applications to enhance the student experience.

For example, using "Skype reporting" as an in-class exercise that will not only perk your students up but allow them to engage English speakers outside of the classroom.

This last part of the introduction will also ask participants to come up with a similar idea of their own on how to use an application they are already familiar with to engage students.

Section 2: Social Media for Business English Students
Let's begin with a Gmail account.
Set up and use Twitter in the classroom.
Set up and use Skype to get your students to practice speaking.
Use Facebook Pages to create a marketing tool.
10 questions

Use this link to get the lesson plan outline and then COPY the page (do not edit the existing page as it's a general template for all users): 

When your lesson plan is ready, e-mail it to

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Instructor Biography

EJ Sepp, Instructional Technology / ESL / Content Management Expert

I'm a native New Yorker and an ESL Instructional Designer - co-author of "English Express New York", a unique approach to teaching Reading and Writing for Upper Intermediate and Advanced students of English.

I started teaching ESL in 1994 while pursuing a career in TV and Film production as a writer and producer.  That led me to web production for Comedy Central and eventually larger corporate websites.

Though I love technology and many of the ways it has enhanced our lives, I will always love teaching and interacting with students from around the world.

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