Level 1-3 - Business Course

Here is a typical BUSINESS COURSE outline based on 15 sessions (of 2 hours each). Suitable grammar will be introduced as appropriate. Note: these are example outlines only – your actual course will be negotiated between you and your trainer during your first session depending on your prior knowledge, needs and individual interests. You may change the focus of your course at any time by discussing this directly with your trainer.

Level 1 - Survival
30 hours

This level is for those who know a little or no language at all. You will practice speaking, listening and reading together with some writing. You will improve your vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation of important sounds. You will also learn adjectives, adverbs, case, punctuation, singular and plural words.

Session (2 hours per session)

  • 1 Learning a language: methods and experience
  • 2 Personal Identification - Talking About Yourself
  • 3 Communication by Telephone and e-mail I
  • 4 Weather and Geography
  • 5 Meeting and greeting clients
  • 6 The Time and Daily Work Routine
  • 7 Communication by Telephone and e-mail II
  • 8 Travel and Transport
  • 9 Directions
  • 10 Cultural Attitudes towards Time and Work
  • 11 Presentations
  • 12 Socialising with clients and colleagues: cultural differences and behaviour
  • 13 Meetings
  • 14 Future plans
  • 15 Review and feedback

Level 2 - Business
30 hours

The second level will cover listening, note taking, speaking, writing formal and informal letters, simple presentations, reading small articles which will be based on the weather, politics, geography, art, food, music, culture, religion, society, history etc. with more advanced adjectives, adverbs, case and punctuation.

Session (2 hours per session)

  • 1 Review and overview
  • 2 Personal and company history
  • 3 Commercial culture and nationalities
  • 4 Descriptions – Personnel, Locations, and Products/Services
  • 5 Presentations I
  • 6 Socialising with clients and colleagues: cultural differences and behaviour
  • 7 Training: directions and instructions
  • 8 Group problem solving
  • 9 Company PR: Marketing
  • 10 Describing Company History
  • 11 Meetings: Summarising
  • 12 Life events
  • 13 Geography
  • 14 Presentations II
  • 15 Review and feedback

Level 3 -
Business 30 hours

At the third level there will be further practice of writing, speaking and use of the language in the work place. This stage will also include jokes, listening to songs, watching TV, reading newspapers and making presentations. You will also learn more advanced adjectives, adverbs, case and punctuation.

Session (2 hours per session)

  • 1 Review and overview
  • 2 Popular culture:music, TV, sport, cinema
  • 3 Popular culture: newspapers, magazines
  • 4 Time management: an examination of working methods
  • 5 Production: Describing a process
  • 6 Management and negotiation
  • 7 Stress and work related complaints
  • 8 Agreements: contractual language
  • 9 Building & maintaining links: cultural perspectives
  • 10 Perception of time and change
  • 11 Post, telephone, internet
  • 12 Presentations
  • 13 Events and activities in the target country or countries
  • 14 Cultural differences and appropriacy
  • 15 Review and feedback