Business English Courses Overview
Kickstart School offers a three Business English courses at different levels to suit your requirements.
- Functional Business English (Level B1 CEFR)
- Professional BusinessBEC Vantage English (Level B2 CEFR)
- Advanced BusinessBEC Higher English (Level C1 CEFR)
The emphasis in all our Business English courses is on verbal communication, though reading and writing is also covered. We will give you the opportunity in business specific scenarios to enhance your vocabulary, further your confidence and improve both your fluency and accuracy in English.
Particular emphasis is given to effective and highly professional communication whether this be face to face in meetings, on the telephone, giving a presentation or writing e-mails and/or reports
All our courses are offered as “Blended learning” which consist of ‘face to face’ sessions with a native English speaking trainer and access to an online e-learning platform that gives you the opportunity to practice your language skills “anytime, anyplace, anywhere” and to receive individual feedback on all activities completed.
The lessons are in English only and are taught by experienced and fully qualified teachers.
These courses are all 30 hours in duration, usually consisting of 12 sessions of 2,5 hours, except for the Functional Business course that only takes 24 hours (12 x 2 hours).
The Professional and Advanced Business courses are designed to follow a curriculum that will enable you to take a Cambridge Business English Certificate Exam(Vantage and Higher Level respectively).
Additional exam training for both of these exams will take an extra 6 hours of tuition (2 x 3 hours) and can be taken optionally.
In order to maximise and enhance your language learning, you will be expected to complete approximately 2-3 hours of homework per week.
A typical programme could look like this but we are willing to tailor it to meet your professional requirements:
|Language on the telephone||Standard phrases, Leaving and taking messages, participating in telephone conference calls|
|Language of Meetings||Agreeing and disagreeing politely, presenting and defending an argument, clarifying your point, discussing options, recommending solutions, negotiating, chairing a meeting and taking minutes|
|Business Communications||Writing e-mails, letters, reports, development of style and tone, tact and diplomacy, linking words|
|Socialising||Receiving visitors, developing and maintaining a conversation, small alk, cultural awareness|
|Presenting||Openings and endings, stating your purpose, delivering a clear message, dealing with questions|
|Company specific vocabulary||Vocabulary used by Sales, Marketing, Finance, Human Resources, nformation Technology and any other departments specific to your professional needs|
|Current Affairs||Reading and commenting on the business news, authentic newspaper articles, listening to BBC podcasts and other media sources|
* Common European Framework of Reference for Languages