Teaching Business English

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This course is aimed at EFL teachers who would like to specialise in teaching Business English.

It is an ideal supplement for newly qualified EFL teachers who feel more comfortable teaching in a business environment than in a general language school. In many non-English countries, corporate English is a growth industry in which there is an increasing demand for dedicated and qualified teachers who have a solid understanding of business processes, procedures and terminology. 

The course we offer focuses on the functions and skills that business people need to use English effectively in the workplace. The course covers the entire process of Corporate English Training, from the initial interview to the final assessment. 

The course is a combination of distance learning and tutorials. Upon registration, you will be given a manual with assignments to complete. Your tutor will give you personalised feedback on each assignment while personally guiding you through the trickier parts of the syllabus – such as proficiency assessments and needs analysis. During these tutorials, you will be able to clarify any problems you may have with the course. Practical work in compiling a course syllabus and sourcing materials will be done face-to-face with the tutor. 

The modules for this course include: 

  • The special nature of business English
  • Establishing the client’s needs
  • Proficiency assessment
  • Designing a course
  • Selecting, writing, collecting and developing materials
  • Teaching business skills
  • Cultural diversity in international business
  • Distance training: computer VOIP and tele-training
  • Evaluation and assessment
  • Fundamental business principles and terminology
  • Progress and final testing vs continuous portfolio assessment


A 30-hour intensive theoretical and skills development course in the
Teaching of Business English.

Available as:
- 22 hours of distance study with assignments corrected by our facilitator and 08 hours face-to-face instruction
-  Distance course only (no face-to-face) 




Acceptance on our course is not automatic. We do require that all applicants have English first language proficiency and tertiary education or work experience. Accent and use of English is very important if you wish to compete in an international TEFL environment.

At least 18 years of age

Matriculated, preferably with some tertiary education or work experience

An interview (face-to-face or telephonically) and pre-course task may be required


Difference between TEFL & TESOL?

There is no fundamental difference in methodology. Completely foreign contexts (where people learning English are exposed to absolutely no English outside the classroom) are becoming increasingly rare. TESOL is a catch-all term for foreign and second/additional language contexts. 

We use the term TESOL for our comprehensive course because the trend in the field is increasingly tending to the use of TESOL rather than TEFL. Longer courses of 100+ hours are also becoming increasingly common. 


difference between a TESOL certificate and the CELTA?

The TESOL course covers the same content as the CELTA and is constantly updated to keep abreast of international best practice. The only real difference is that the TESOL course is not moderated or accredited by Cambridge University.

This means that we avoid having to pay Cambridge a fee and are thus able to offer the training at a substantially lower cost.

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