Teaching Business English Syllabus

Module 1: What is Business English?

In this module, you will be introduced to the difference between teaching General English and Business English courses. You will also learn about the characteristics of the Business English learner and the advantages and disadvantages of each type of business course, including teaching one-to-one.

Module 2: Needs Analysis

This module describes the importance of a needs analysis before you start teaching a Business English class. It will help you with developing a needs analysis questionnaire and how to assess your prospective Business English class through placement tests. This module will also introduce you to aspects of a Business English syllabus.

Module 3: First Class

This module introduces you to ideas to use in your first class after you have assessed your students and understood their needs. These ideas will also prepare you to continue assessing the class after the initial needs analysis.

Module 4: Approaches and Techniques

Teaching Business English learners is different from teaching General English classes; therefore, the approaches, methods, and techniques shall vary. In this module, you will learn about the main approaches to teaching Business English learners: Integrated-skills approach, Content-based approach, and Task-based approach.

Module 5: Teaching Grammar, Vocabulary, and Pronunciation

Grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation should not be neglected in the Business English class. even the most advanced students will have the need to improve their language for giving presentations or writing reports. This module will teach you how to present or review Business English vocabulary, especially collocations, idioms, and phrasal verbs, and how to help your Business English class with sounds, intonation, and pronunciation.

Module 6: Exploiting Course Books and Authentic Business Materials

This module will help you understand the difference between teaching Business English using a textbook and creating your own handouts using authentic material. In this chapter, you will learn how to apply the methods and techniques described in chapter 5 and how to exploit the receptive skills, listening and reading comprehension, and the productive skills, speaking and writing. This module also introduces you to sample lesson plans in preparation for the final project.

Module 7: ICT Tools for Business English Courses

In this module, you will learn about the different technologies you can use with your Business English class, such as wikis, blogs, and podcasts. You will also learn about E-learning and how to teach online.