First Time Teaching Business English. Need Advice

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oneota
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Re: First Time Teaching Business English. Need Advice

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Run, don't walk, to the nearest bookstore and buy Market Leader. Get both the textbook and the workbook. Have your students do the same. It's not perfect, but it is good. Also, look at Linguahouse, which has a lot of both free and for-pay lesson plans in business English, but I don't think they have a full curriculum.
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EASTERN or CENTRAl Europe? Just asking
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Honestly this question comes up a lot and I have good news for you. You can use Off2Class to access business related lessons for free. Also if you need student comprehensions levels you can track those. However, this material could be useful for future planning. This is the lesson that requires no account and if you do make an account to access more Business English Lessons, no payment is required which I think is great!

https://www.off2class.com/lesson-plan-downloads/teaching-business-english-advertising/
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It isn't easy to start something from scratch.
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First, do a needs analysis. Then give a level test that is relevant to your learner's needs. For example, if your student has trouble keeping up in meetings, a strong speaking and listening element should form part of the test, and subsequently, your curriculum. Luckily, various needs analyses and level tests for business English are available online, OneStop English, for example. Don't go ordering books before these stages or you might end up trying to match the learner to the material rather than the material to the learner!
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It isn't easy to start something from scratch. It seems that it makes sense for you to take some courses to understand the topic better. For example, I was recently offered a new position at work, but I had to understand financial modelling. Unfortunately, I didn't understand this, so I decided it would be nice to take some courses. I started looking and came across some online courses at wallstreetoasis.com/resources/why-wso/wsp. I bought the training, and I really started to understand this topic well. So to get better at something, you need to study a lot.
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A very important part of the needs analysis process should be a discussion about the context in which the course participants need to perform: Why are they learning English? Who do they communicate with in their work and under what conditions? Someone who is learning English just to brush up fluency skills will have different needs and expectations to someone who is learning English to supervise a team working in another country. We should also remember that business is conducted on a global level and there is a strong possibility that your students will be communicating with other non-native speakers. It's a good idea to research cross-cultural communication and find out how people from different backgrounds do business. You can find lots of resources on the internet relating to cross-cultural communication and there are many books on the subject.
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