Business English There are many reasons why people from
There are many reasons why people from non-English speaking countries learn English. Some learn it as a part of their education in the grade schools. Some like to learn languages so they choose to learn English. Some plan to go to an English-speaking country. For many people, they need to know English for business purposes. This article will discuss the various uses of English in the business world, the challenges that Business English teachers have in designing the course as well as the tools that Business English teachers can use to help participants excel with their use of English in the business world.
There are so many uses for English in the business world. Tourism, restaurants, banking, law, management, human resources, advertising, engineering, socializing, sales, correspondence and making presentations are just some of the many uses for knowing English. Our world is becoming more and more global and people are discovering that they need to know English in order to do business in many parts of the world.
This globalization has created a need for teachers who can specialize in teaching Business English. ITTT is just one of several organizations that offer a course for teachers who want to specialize in teaching Business English.
Recently, I discovered Accent International Language Consultancy (http://www.accent-international.com/executive.htm). Accent works with businesses by designing courses that 'are designed for executives and professionals who wish to study English intensively to make rapid progress.' In addition, they design the course to meet the participant's needs. Their goal is to keep the class size small because that they 'can provide the specialization and personal attention' with smaller classes and individual intensive courses.
Designing a Business English course program can be a challenge. The teacher needs to understand the needs of the participant and a general understanding of the participant's job responsibilities. Often, the teacher will conduct a needs analysis and then design a program that will work for the participants involved. Such a program must be designed to teach English that the participant can use frequently and immediately while on the job and gain confidence in producing language while on the job.
In many cases, it is the participant's company that brings the Business English course to the participants. Even though the company wants the participant's English skills to improve, the participant's attendance in the course is often dictated by the company. Teachers need to be flexible and understand that even though they have gone to great lengths to produce a quality product for the participants there will be times when the lesson will just have to wait for another day.
I have discovered a great tool for all ESL teachers. There is a website that has all kinds of useful activities for their students. This website has a page for useful expressions that can be used in a Business English course (http://www.eslgold.com/business/useful_expressions.html). These are expressions that the participant of a Business English course will use in the course of a business day. Most likely, a teacher will use drilling exercises to help the participants practice these expressions in preparation for the producing it on the job.
Another website that I have come across is http://esl.about.com/library/lessons. As I made my way through the website I came across some activities that can be used in a Business English course. For example, there is an activate stage lesson for the advanced level participants. It is a discussion and debate lesson and the students are divided into two groups. The groups are to discuss whether a tourism development company should come into town to build a tourism industry in town. The two groups would debate and discuss the effects of tourism in their town. This would be a great exercise for those who want to be able to improve their negotiation skills and greatly help them with producing spoken language.
The need for people to know Business English is growing. Companies know that their key employees need to know English and often see out teachers who can help them communicate with the language. This specialized field of teaching Business English is a challenge, but there are tools and resources to help them meet the needs of these people.
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