Business English

Aims of the Course
The course is designed to enable students to communicate effectively in a range of business situations and have the linguistic resources available for the study of a business-based degree course and to give students the skills necessary for them to perform effectively in English in a business context.  Students are encouraged to apply any business knowledge and experience that they might have as they work through the course material.  Course books will be supplemented with material taken from other sources.

Course intensity / Structure of the course
Each Business English course consists of :
• 20 lessons per week of General English + 10 lessons per week of Specialist English.
• projects, assignments, case studies, seminars, lectures and group sessions.
• optional visits to relevant places of interests.

Example of Typical Course Content
Managing meetings.
Written business communications.
Verbal communications.
Reports and summaries.
Negotiation skills.
Presentation skills.
Interpersonal skills.
Marketing, advertising and sales.
Business projects.

Assessment and Certification
If a student follows this course, the student will be awarded the Business English Certificate as long as he or she completes all coursework and assessment pieces and shows consistently good attendance (Minimum 80%). By prior arrangement with the Director of Studies, we will also supply periodic progress reports.  The student will also be encouraged to take an external examination.

Course Duration
The duration of this course may vary depending on each student’s requirements.  Please discuss your requirements with our staff prior to enrolment.  The course is designed to run for 12 weeks.

Entry Requirements
Please consult us for information regarding the course entry dates.  The minimum age for entry to this course is 18.  Furthermore, except by special arrangement, an upper-intermediate level of English is required for entry to the course.  You may be required to take an aptitude test (before you arrive) to judge whether your standard of English is sufficient for this course.  You may wish to take a course of English Language Studies (General English) before beginning your course of Business English to make sure that you gain the maximum benefit from your studies.

Maximum Group Size
There is a maximum group size of 18, although classes normally average around 14 students, in order to allow optimum interaction between group members and the course tutor.  We also stipulate a minimum group size of four, so that the student may benefit from certain projects and class activities which require a high level of student input.

Every course includes:
• Placement test.
• Needs analysis.
• Skills development.
• Task-based activities.
• Systems work.
• Supportive error correction and constructive feedback.
• Learner skills development.
• Progress tests.
• Tutorials.
• Homework.
• Academic counselling.
• Preparation for external examinations.

The course fees are: £330 per week for the normal programme structure.

Course books / materials: the first course book is included in the price for students studying 5 or more weeks.  If a student changes level or changes course, they will need to buy a new book relevant to their new class / course / level.  Course books normally cost £35 – £45, depending on the course selected.  Workbooks (normally £25 – £35) are optional and can be purchased separately.

Students studying for 1-4 weeks may borrow books at the library for a refundable deposit.

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