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Online Business English Courses

Why study Business English with Englishlink

A good knowledge of English is important to succeed in international business. Business English skills are needed for people doing business with English-speaking countries, working in local companies that use English in the workplace, or working overseas. For university students preparing to enter the job market, Business English gives you an advantage. Learning Business English online will also help you prepare for Business English qualifications like the BEC or LCCI.

You can learn Business English with our award-winning online lessons that cover typical business communication, including:

  • interviewing for a job
  • making appointments
  • discussing business talking about international trade over the telephone
  • making polite requests and dealing with complaints
  • taking messages
  • giving presentations and negotiating
  • leading a business meeting
  • writing correspondence – such as business letters reports
  • day-to-day socializing in the office

If you want to improve your general English skills (reading, listening, and speaking) and build your knowledge of grammar and vocabulary, we suggest you study general English before entering business English.

Please note. you must be a Pre-Intermediate English level student to enter business English (your Placement Test result tells us this)

Lower Business English

Englishlink offers 22 hours of Lower Business English lessons. This course is suitable for learners who have a strong knowledge of the English language – minimum of General English pre-Intermediate level – and want to learn more sophisticated vocabulary and situational language for the business environment.

The Englishlink Placement Test tells us your current level. The syllabus information below explains what you will learn in the Lower Business English course.

Upper Business English

Englishlink offers 22 hours of Upper Business English lessons. This course is suitable for learners who have a strong knowledge of the English language – minimum of General English Intermediate level – and want to learn more sophisticated vocabulary and situational language for the business environment.

The Englishlink Placement Test tells us your current level. The syllabus information below explains what you will learn in the Upper Business English course.

Lower Business – Unit 1

You learn to:

  • introduce yourself and others at work
  • say goodbye to colleagues
  • talk about different business departments
  • describe your job and responsibilities using the present simple
  • read and understand job advertisements
  • describe your skills using action verbs in the past simple
  • write a resume
  • leave and take messages politely
  • use telephoning vocabulary
  • ask for repetition, clarification and spelling on the telephone
  • learn some common job interview vocabulary, questions and answers
  • interview for a job
  • say and write numbers and prices
  • show understanding towards your customers and suppliers on the phone
  • ask for payment
  • practice common consonant sounds
  • use stress words correctly
  • use intonation to sound friendly
  • Click here to view all lessons in Unit 1

Lower Business – Unit 2

You learn to:

  • use new vocabulary to make and change business appointments
  • ask for, accept and reject meeting times
  • make formal and informal suggestions to co-workers and bosses
  • use tourism and hospitality vocabulary
  • use travel vocabulary from the US and UK
  • ask questions at the station, hotel and airport
  • compare products and services using comparatives and superlatives
  • talk about big and small differences
  • use new vocabulary when talking to people in HR
  • talk about your future career using ‘will’ and ‘going to’
  • describe salespeople and their techniques
  • talk about marketing
  • identify a business’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats
  • write a business report
  • use intonation with questions and to sound polite
  • stress words in sentences
  • pronounce consonant sounds
  • Click here to view all lessons in Unit 2

Upper Business – Unit 1

You learn to:

  • use new vocabulary to discuss international trade
  • talk about changing and continuing situations using ‘still’, ‘yet’, ‘already’, ‘any more’ and ‘no longer’
  • connect people and deal with common problems on the telephone
  • use new vocabulary to help you make long distance calls
  • describe successful teams
  • use phrasal verbs to talk about and to teammates
  • offer, refuse and accept help from your colleagues
  • use new vocabulary to talk about modern management
  • get people to do things by building rapport and making polite requests
  • agree and disagree politely
  • negotiate deals using 1st and 2nd conditionals
  • learn security vocabulary
  • review passives
  • learn vocabulary for placing and filling orders
  • write a fax
  • stress phrasal verbs
  • use linking sounds
  • stress words in sentences
  • Click here to view all lessons in Unit 3

Upper Business – Unit 2

You learn to:

  • describe parts of your computer
  • use printer vocabulary
  • write a letter of complaint
  • use visual aids in presentations
  • use language for giving presentations
  • describe up, down and sideways trends
  • talk about changes using ‘slightly’ and ‘dramatically’
  • complain about typical business problems
  • threaten to take your business elsewhere
  • deal with complaints
  • write a letter of apology
  • discuss problems with business meetings
  • learn business meeting vocabulary
  • lead a business meeting
  • participate in a business meeting
  • abbreviate common business words
  • listen and write action minutes
  • stress words in sentences correctly
  • practice vowel sounds
  • stress words correctly
  • Click here to view all lessons in Unit 4

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