Teaching business english
can be quite a challenging task. Teaching these students requires the teacher
to find out or learn about their students in order to create lessons that will improve their english
ability. It's always more beneficial to tailor the lessons to students' specific needs rather than follow a book step by step.
In order to tailor lessons to suit students’ english
needs role playing realistic scenarios of meetings, greeting clients, telephone conversations, customer service and business
negotiations are important aspects of lesson preparation. In addition, teacher
make the students do business
presentations in front of the class on different topics such as; marketing, promoting and negotiating. This will teach them how to introduce their topic, how to transition it from one idea to the next and how to conclude the topic and take questions
from the audience. Also, english
learners might need to do presentations for their business
and this will give them a starting point on how it should be done.
It’s important to teach business english
correspondence skills to the students. Many business
professionals who use english
need to write business
letters, emails, and short reports and will need to use the common phrases or expressions associated with business
writing. The teacher
should ensure that lessons focus on the writing a formal letter to employer and provide good examples to demonstrate how these would be done. During these lessons, the teacher
needs to the importance of english
grammar and punctuations.
Another very important topic is Email writing. Give your students the tools and confidence to start and end emails in a professional way. Go over phrases that they will come across and get them to practice writing each other emails that they would need to write in their every day jobs.
should ensure that he/she broadens the selection of discussion topics in business
. For example, even if a student work for an insurance company, that doesn't mean that he/she wants to talk about business
related to insurance for the entire class time. Therefore, the teacher
diverse topics which get students to be more involved in business english
speaking skills such as; how to use english
to find new jobs on the market and the advantages and disadvantages of doing business
globally. The goal of business english
is not so much to teach about business
, but to get the students to be exposed to as much english
as possible so that can effectively use the english
that they have learned to work in their business
Another point of focus is Telephone Talk through role plays. To create this activity the teacher
can use role play cards for example; one person is a receptionist and the other wants to speak to someone in the company and leaves a specific message. Put students back to back when doing these exercises. This will force them to listen to each other more carefully as in a telephone situation. These are excellent practices which will allow students to act out common situations such as meeting someone for the first time, or what to say at a dinner party. Finally, teacher
s should make sure that activities are as relevant to the students’ real job as possible.