What Is Business English?
Business English is a specialised area of English relating to the language used in business. Every year more and more people are studying courses in Business English to improve their chances of finding a job at home, career prospects and to be able to work in English speaking countries. If you’ve already studied a General English course or similar, or your English is already quite good, you might be wondering if it would be useful to study Business English.
In a Business English course, you learn the vocabulary used in business and perform different business tasks to practice applying it. These include, for example, how to do a business presentation in English, how to negotiate and business writing.
Further topics include how to conduct meetings, how to give opinions, understanding job profiles and marketing vocabulary and writing letters and emails. You will learn to develop your skills in email writing to match your prospective customer, and make the right pitch at the right time.
While business has its own vocabulary, specialised areas within business have their own (unique) vocabularies as well. Such areas include finance, politics, law and trade. It is not possible to cover all the vocabulary in these areas in a Business English course.
There just isn’t the time! It is useful to take a Business English course to learn general business vocabulary and practice carrying out business tasks in English. Many people use an English textbook or dictionary to translate specific terms in their area of work or profession.
There are also specialised courses for lawyers, bankers etc, but these are usually quite expensive and are normally paid for by the employer.
Building your personal brand in English
English is the universal language of business, trade, politics and international law. The majority of Business English students study to improve their job prospects at home.
It’s just a fact, you go to conferences and Italians speak to each other in English.
Many companies like their staff to improve their English skills and send them to study at language schools. Your English profile can bring you many opportunities from multi-national companies looking for new talent.
A good business English course will usually provide a complete guide to building your brand from developing your personal website, to becoming an “all-star”on Linkedin.
It may be worth asking your employer if they would pay for your course, while showing that it will have a benefit for the business. The second great reason to study Business English is for living abroad in an English-speaking country such as the UK, United States, Canada and Australia.
There are many jobs that you can start after you have studied English to Advanced or Upper Intermediate level. You don’t need to have studied Business English to work in a bar or restaurant, for example!
For many office-based jobs it is best to be able to understand English business terms and to have carried out business tasks before in English, such as presenting and writing.
There are still some office based jobs you can apply for however, and learn Business English as you go. They usually require some clever job searching, but they do exist! In a later article, we’ll give some advice about how to grow your business in the UK and the European Union.
Alternatively, you can contact us here and we will be happy to answer any questions and help you decide whether Business English is right for you. We will also come to your company for a free level test of your staff to see what courses will suit them best.