More about business English

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. There is a pretty complete list of the subjects covered in the Business English course description on the BSC website, and this list is quite similar to what you will learn in any Business English course.

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.

Studying For Work

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. Many companies like their staff to improve their English skills and send them to study at language schools. It may be worth asking your employer if it would pay for your course, while showing that it will have a benefit for the business.

Working Abroad

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 are out there! In a later article we’ll give some advice about how to find a job in the UK while you are still studying and after you’ve finished your course.

British Study Centres offers Business English courses with BULATS exam preparation. BULATS is a certificate which demonstrates your level of English to employers, and can be really helpful in finding a job in an English speaking country. Visit the Business English course page for more information about Business English in London, Oxford, Brighton and Bournemouth. Alternatively, contact us and we will be happy to answer any questions and help you decide whether Business English is right for you.

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