English For Business

Do you want to apply for work in business but lack the confidence? Are you already working in business but feel your English is holding you back? This course will help you:
develop your English to network with confidence from small talk to formal written English
set up and conduct meetings
brainstorm, make suggestions and evaluate ideas
negotiate and bargain effectively
research and understand what you want from a negotiation
clinch a deal

Who is this course for

Do you want to apply for work in business but lack the confidence? Are you already working in business but feel your English is holding you back? Then this is the course for you. It is aimed at Level 1 to Level 2 ESOL students who wish to develop their English to work in the commercial sector and also learn about how to conduct themselves in the business world. It is an ideal course for any ESOL students who wish to do or are already doing any of our general business courses such as payroll, bookkeeping, project management or business administration.

What does this course cover

This course will help you develop your vocabulary for business. You will also learn when to use formal or informal English. In particular, you will develop your English to:
- network with confidence - from small talk to formal written English
- set up and conduct meetings
- make suggestions and evaluate ideas
- negotiate and bargain effectively
- research and understand what you want from a negotiation
- clinch a deal

What will it be like

There will be a highly interactive class with students working in groups and pairs and doing many different activities to simulate the business world. You will be encouraged to think for yourself and with others and to discover new aspects of English rather than just be told by the teacher. The classroom atmosphere will be supportive and the tutor will use films, recordings and an electronic whiteboard to introduce language.

The teacher will regularly assess your speaking, listening, reading and writing and help you to plan your learning and what you need to do in order to improve. You need to keep a file with all your work in and you need to do homework to ensure you progress as well as you can.

What else do you need to buy or do

You need an A4 file, paper, pens and pencils. A Business-English dictionary is also useful. Access to the internet and a PC is highly recommended as is the use of a phone within the class.

What this course could lead to

There are a number of courses you could do after this course or at the same time: General ESOL classes (L1 or L2); Office Skills for ESOL students; Pronunciation and Presentation; Get Grammar L1-L2; Read, Write and Study Well; CAE. Courses in our Business section will also be good progression courses: Bookkeeping; Payroll; Business Administration; Project Management; See www.marywardcentre.ac.uk for more details. And ask your tutor. You can also come to and advice session on Wednesday evenings. See website for more details.

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