Business English (Part-time)

About these courses

Connect with your clients and colleagues by communicating with them more effectively in the workplace in this 48 hour course over three months.

On these courses, you will:

  • participate in dynamic classes to make your English come alive
  • connect with people from a wide variety of professional backgrounds
  • improve your speaking, reading, writing and listening skills through a range of common workplace themes
  • put new skills into action instantly through realistic communicative activities.

Where is this course taught?

Calendar and pricing

These courses are only available at our Napier Road Centre

  • Afternoon classes are from 13.00 - 15.30
  • Evening classes are from 19.35 - 21.30
  • Sunday classes are from 09.00 - 13.00
  • Price for each course is $1,670.00

Term 4: September - December 2014

Levels Dates Days
1B 23 Sep - 11 Dec Tue, Thu
2A 23 Sep - 11 Dec Tue, Thu
2B 22 Sep - 10 Dec Mon, Wed
3B 22 Sep - 10 Dec Mon, Wed
4B 23 Sep - 11 Dec Tue, Thu
4B 28 Sep - 14 Dec Sun

Term 1: January - March 2015

Levels Dates Days
1A 7 Jan - 25 Mar Mon, Wed
1B 7 Jan - 25 Mar Mon, Wed
2A 6 Jan - 26 Mar Tue, Thu
2B 6 Jan - 26 Mar Tue, Thu
3A 7 Jan - 25 Mar Mon, Wed
4A 6 Jan - 26 Mar Tue, Thu
4A 11 Jan - 29 Mar Sun

Learning outcomes

Business English 1A and 1B

These work-related courses are for students who have some fluency in using English, but who still have problems with basic grammar and little confidence in using English in their everyday working life.

The courses focus on speaking, listening, reading and writing skills as well as grammar and vocabulary-building, and concentrate on work-related themes. They are aimed at pre-intermediate level students.

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • understand and respond to simple questions about social situations, your work and the work of others
  • understand and respond to the main points of simple conversations
  • understand standard speech at normal or near-normal speed
  • read and understand basic public notices
  • understand simple written instructions at work and in other everyday situations
  • speak about yourself and your work in a basic way so that others understand you
  • show that you understand or, when necessary, ask for explanations when you don't understand
  • fill in forms and simple questionnaires
  • write messages in various forms to make enquiries, give instructions or basic information about yourself or your work.

Business English 2A and 2B

These courses focus on work-related themes and are for students who have reasonable level of fluency in English, but who still have problems with accuracy so that their communication is not always effective.

These courses cover speaking, listening, reading and writing skills, as well as grammar and vocabulary-building. They are aimed at intermediate level students.

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • talk easily with other speakers about work and social issues
  • speak clearly enough to be easily understood by others
  • exchange opinions both face-to-face and over the telephone
  • deal confidently in English with difficult situations
  • use English to make decisions and solve problems
  • understand the main points and relevant detail of authentic reading texts
  • summarise texts in English that is easily understood by others
  • write letters and emails in correct format and style
  • understand and use the basic vocabulary of marketing, planning, products, entertainment and socialising.

Business English 3A and 3B

These work-related courses are for people who already have good English skills, but still have some problems with accuracy, fluency and vocabulary.

The courses focus on speaking, listening, reading and writing skills, as well as grammar and vocabulary-building. They are aimed at upper intermediate level students.

By the end of the course you will be able to: 

  • discuss business topics with ease
  • express opinions and give appropriate reasons
  • understand and comment on the opinions of others
  • describe and comment on topics such as branding, globalisation, advertising, and travel
  • take part in meetings, negotiations, socialise in a work setting, and give presentations
  • speak clearly and naturally so that people understand you
  • understand the main points and details of authentic written business texts
  • summarise texts in speech and writing
  • recognise and use the appropriate format and language for different written text types.

Business English 4A and 4B

These work-related courses are for people whose English is already of a high standard, but who need to develop greater accuracy in both their written and spoken language, as well as broaden their vocabulary.

These courses focus on speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills, as well as grammar and vocabulary-building. They are aimed at advanced level students.

By the end of the course you will be able to: 

  • discuss business topics in detail with fluency and increasing accuracy
  • participate easily and effectively in a wide range of workplace situations, including meetings, negotiations, presentations
  • use English to resolve conflict and deal with difficult situations
  • speak clearly and naturally so that others have no difficulty understanding you
  • understand English spoken at normal speed by native and non-native speakers without needing to ask for clarification
  • express your opinions clearly and support those opinions with persuasive argument
  • understand both the main points and the minor detail of authentic  business texts
  • summarise the content of authentic texts in a concise and useful way.

Focus on pronunciation

This course focuses on how English pronunciation works and will help you be understood in an international work environment.

This course is for students who wish to improve their pronunciation of English either because they have problems in certain areas or because they need to speak clearly in the public domain.

During the course you will:

  • practise the individual sounds of English
  • learn the phonemic symbols
  • learn about individual word stress
  • learn about sentence stress and its effect on meaning
  • practise the natural rhythm of spoken English
  • learn about intonation to express meaning and politeness
  • practise listening to native speakers to identify meaning.