Teaching Business English

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Our TEFL courses will enable you to do a variety of different lessons and teaching business English is one of the fastest growing areas of the TEFL market! With English as the primary language of international business, a lot of employers now demand that all employees – no matter where in the world – have a good understanding of the language.

As a teacher, you have the perfect opportunity to capitalize on this! As it is a specialist area, ESL teachers can charge more money for business English lessons and with increasing demand from countries such as China, South Korea and Germany, there are many openings to do just that. You could also look at teaching business English online – a great option for those looking to stay in the US.

Getting qualified for teaching Business English

A lot of people think that only qualified and experienced business professionals will have the knowledge and expertise to deliver these types of lessons – but that’s not true! You will need to hone and tailor your skills accordingly and this may not be for everyone. Ensuring that you have all of the necessary training is key and our 120-hour TEFL course will qualify you for most jobs. It contains a mini-module in Business English but it would benefit you greatly to supplement this with further training. Our 30-hour Business English advanced course will follow on from the initial course and give you all the skills you need.

How to teach Business English

We have put together a quick step-by-step guide on how to deliver your first Business English lesson.

Step one: Conduct a needs analysis

This is where you really get to know your students and where to start when delivering your lessons. You will need to find out exactly what they want to achieve and if they have any specific targets in mind. With Business English, employers may have requested that their employees attend these lessons so you will need to think up ways to engage the students to keep their attendance and motivation up.

A needs analysis is the perfect way to find out which areas you will need to focus on as well. A student who perhaps works as a secretary may want lessons on improving their telephone or email writing skills whereas a manager might want help to make their presentations more professional. Textbooks are a great resource but remember to tailor your lesson to the specific student. Use books as a guide to planning your lessons initially but monitor the student’s progress and design subsequent lessons to improve on areas that are lacking. Always ask the student for feedback – it’s their lesson after all and it will help you to gauge where they want to be.

Step two: Teaching Business English

After reviewing the results of your needs analysis, the lessons that you deliver may vary. There is a wealth of different options with business English but here are some of the more common areas:

  • Business language: Starting with basic words and phrases that students can expect to encounter in the professional world is always a good place to start. Finding out their area of business or industry will help you deliver lessons specific to them.
  • Business interaction: Speaking skills are always an area that learners will want to improve on. It will help improve their communication in a professional capacity and things like presentations and negotiations are examples of what they may want to focus on. You could look at role play here as it is a great way to replicate common business situations which are relevant to you students.
  • Business correspondence:  Ensuring emails, letters, memos and proposals read well is another area to look at. Using different business materials to make this relevant to your student is definitely useful too.

Step three: Be professional

Naturally, Business English roles will have a much more formal feel to them than some other TEFL jobs, such as teaching young learners or working at summer camps.

Dressing smart, having business cards made up and referring to activities as opposed to games are just some of the things that you can do remain professional. Adults will be more receptive to different types of ice-breakers than children – a room full of business people playing Duck, Duck, Goose would be a bit odd!

What’s next?

Interested in reaping the benefits of one the fastest growing areas of TEFL? Have a look at our TEFL Jobs Center to find a position teaching Business English.

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