One of my colleagues, Katy Simpson-Davies, is moving to Dubai, where she will be teaching business English. She asked me for some links to give her some ideas about how to improve her teaching for business, and we decided it would make a good blog post too.
The list is by no means exhaustive, just what I could find in my bookmarks and on Twitter when I was emailing Katy. She added more links once she’d had time to investigate, so this post is a joint effort. It is not intended to be a list of materials (although some of the sites include them), but rather ways to find out how to teach business English. Feel free to add other ideas in the comments!
Methodology and Resources
- ELTchat summary: how to teach business English with minimal experience of being in the business world
- The IATEFL BESIG (Business English special interest group) have a very active website. They also have a series of webinars, many of which are recorded, as well as a blog. There is also a #BESIG hashtag on Twitter, which is often added to posts about business English.
- International House provide an online Business English Training course. I did this face-to-face during my first year of teaching and found it really useful. I have done other IH courses online, and they are just as useful!
- Paul Emmerson has a very comprehensive website, including a professional development section. You can also watch a webinar he did for Macmillan called ‘Ten Top Tips for Business English‘
- Karenne Sylvester has a wide-ranging blog, with quite a large business section. She often posts things about using TED talks, which I think would be great for higher level business students.
- Tony Myers’ blog is business English specific and you can raid the blog roll (on the right) to find some more useful links.
- Evan Frendo has a blog called English for the Workplace with reflections and advice for business English teachers
- Mike Riley has a management blog for teachers, but some of the tools he shares could be useful for you. For example, I downloaded this app designed to help you improve your management skills.
- Dale Coulter is a dogme teacher who I met at the TESOL France conference. His blog is full of useful ‘lesson skeletons’ which can be adapted to all kinds of teaching.
- John Hughes has business English lessons and training tips buried in his teacher training blog. Here are three examples: one, two, three.
- Although it has no specific Business English tag or category, the Pete Sharma Associates blog has a number of posts which could be useful to business English teachers interested in technology.
- Oxford University Press have a section of their blog entitled ‘Business and English for Specific Purposes‘ with many useful posts
- The English for Specific Purposes section of One Stop English includes posts relevant to business English
- Global English is an interesting mix of articles discussing how English is viewed within businesses and economies around the world.
- IH Barcelona have their own list of useful websites for teaching business English
- Professional English Online is a Cambridge University Press resource full of free lesson plans and tips, which features regular new content. Thanks to Marjorie Rosenberg, one of the contributors, for pointing it out to me.
- Christine Burgmer’s blog for business learners is a great resource, full of short and sweet posts to keep students interested.
- Business Spotlight is a German-based magazine which also has an online arm. The website includes a number of blogs for business learners.
All of these links and more are on my diigo (social bookmarking) list for business English. It’s worth checking the tag too as I’m not sure if I remembered to include everything on the list!
I found out about all of these links through Twitter, where there is a huge community of teachers from all over the world. They are supportive and always happy to help other teachers out. To find out how to join this community, click here.
So now, grab a drink and something to eat, and get surfing!
P.S. Good luck Katy!