Business English

LocationRegent Street, Central London

On this innovative course, you will develop your ability to communicate in English in the workplace fast and effectively through practical, dynamic, skills-based tasks. Working in small teams using real-life data from a case study company, you will gain confidence speaking in English and learn specific business skills.

You can take this course over two weekends with online learning or intensively over five consecutive days. There's no textbooks, just interactive, authentic scenarios based on a highly successful company, Jacon who are located in Dorset. Whatever delivery duration you choose you will still experience all aspects of business at Jacon, from an initial client request for a product through to its development and finally ending with a sales pitch.

Who is this course for?

This course is aimed at:

  • individuals who wish to improve their business English
  • professionals who need to improve their communication skills in English
  • anyone seeking promotion in English speaking environments

Courses no longer available
Start date Part Duration Day and time Price Apply
12 May 2018 2 weekends plus online 4 days Saturday-Sunday, 10am-4pm £495*/£545 Already started
21 May 2018 5 days intensive 5 days Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm £495*/£545 Already started
Courses no longer available
Start date Part Duration Day and time Price Apply
16 July 2018 5 days intensive 5 days Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm £495*/£545 Course is full

*Early bird discount - £495 if booked at least 1 month in advance

Course content

The course will cover:

  • Products: comparing, contrasting, describing, analysis, evaluation.
  • Costs: comparing, negotiation, persuasion, reaching an agreement.
  • Description of a process.
  • Hypothesis, resolution (risk-based thinking and quality control).
  • Financial language (profit and loss).

Learning outcomes

Focusing on English as a tool for communication, you will develop your spoken and written language and gain practical skills for the workplace and professional environment.

Using a series of video interviews, practical workshops and task-based learning, you will learn how to:

  • confirm client's requirements, identify options, costings, negotiate and agree the final product with the client
  • deal and negotiate with suppliers
  • describe production processes
  • undertake risk analyses
  • describe quality control measures and processes
  • describe and explain a profit and loss (P&L) statement
  • deliver a company ‘pitch’

Tutor information

Fiona Daniels is a lecturer working in the Westminster Professional Language Department. She teaches Academic English and also works on the design and delivery of language tests for specific purposes, bilingual (foreign to English) and monolingual English tests.

Read more about Fiona Daniels

A minimum of B1 (or equivalent) in English.

What B1 level or equivalent means:

  • Someone who can understand the man points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work.
  • Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken.
  • Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest.
  • Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) benchmarking

The course is benchmarked against the CEFR for Languages at B2 in the following:

  • Goal-oriented cooperation CEFR B2.1
  • Interaction strategies (asking for clarification) CEFR B2.1
  • Sustained monologue CEFR B 2.1
  • Sustained monologue (putting a case) CEFR B2.1
  • Giving presentations CEFR B2.1
  • Addressing audiences CEFR B2.1
  • Reading comprehension CEFR B1.2
  • Reading for orientation CEFR B2.1
  • Reading instructions CEFR B2.1
  • Reading correspondence CEFR B2.1
  • Overall writing. CEFR B2.1
  • Written report CEFR B2.1
  • Write correspondence CEFR B2.1
  • Overall mediation CEFR B 2.1
  • Dealing with difficult and delicate situations) CEFR B 2.1
  • Creating pluricultural space CEFR B2.1
  • Stimulating the development of ideas) CEFR B2.1
  • Explaining data in speech CEFR B2.1