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Designed specifically for working professionals, to communicate more effectively in the workplace. 

Offered at three levels, these 10-week, either 20-hour or 40-hour courses are designed specifically for working professionals who wish to hone their business language skills through extensive investigation and practice to enhance their workplace communication.

Choose the most relevant course to enhance your performance by improving your speaking and pronunciation or your grammar and writing.

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 spoken or written communication skills through a range of common workplace themes
  • put new skills into action instantly through realistic communicative activities.

Free myClub language workshops, and events for all British Council adult learners.

SkillsFuture credit

You can use your SkillsFuture credit for the 'Business English Skills Training: Speaking and Pronunciation' course. Find out more here

How are our courses delivered?

Our team of highly qualified and experienced teachers are dedicated to supporting you throughout your learning journey and helping you to achieve the results you desire through guidance and feedback which is specific to you and your goals. Our courses can be delivered:

  • Part-time in a class size of maximum 16 students as we believe in keeping our classes small to maximise teacher-student interaction. As part of social distancing measures, there will now be a maximum of nine students in each classroom. 
  • 1:1/Small Group Private Lessons for adults where you get to interact with your teacher more at your own pace and time at any of our four centres, at your workplace or residence in Singapore.

Track your English language progress

The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL) is an international standard for describing language ability. Track your progress.

Learning outcomes

Business English Skills Training: Grammar and Writing

This course focuses on written business communication. It is designed primarily for Singaporean (and Malaysian) adult learners who want to achieve a higher level of written accuracy. 

This course is suitable for people in a wide variety of jobs and covers a range of written texts. 

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

  • understand the English tense system 
  • use ‘problem’ grammatical structures more accurately  
  • write a variety of sentences with greater accuracy  
  • write a variety of business texts using correct formatting and organisation 
  • write more fluently and concisely.

During the course, you will have the following assessed tasks: 

  • An email or a letter 
  • Two grammar tests 
  • A proposal or short report. 

After successfully completing this course, you can do the BEST: Speaking and Pronunciation course or any of the Business English Skills (BES) courses. 

Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL): B2 for BEST Level 3 and C1 for BEST Level 4

Business English Skills Training: Speaking and Pronunciation (SkillsFuture credit)

This course focuses on spoken communication in the workplace. It is designed primarily for Singaporean (and Malaysian) adult learners who want to achieve a higher level of spoken accuracy. 

This course is suitable for people in a variety of jobs and covers a range of spoken business interactions. 

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

  • understand the English sound system 
  • use appropriate word and sentence stress 
  • understand the features of fast, connected speech 
  • speak with greater accuracy and confidence 
  • distinguish between Singapore spoken English and other varieties of English.

During the course, you will have the following assessed tasks: 

  • A Q & A session 
  • Pronunciation (recorded) 
  • Group discussion (recorded) 
  • A final presentation. 

SkillsFuture credit

  • You can use your SkillsFuture credit for this course. Find out more here

After successfully completing this course, you can do the BEST: Grammar and Writing course or any of the Business English Skills (BES) courses. 

Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL): B2 for BEST Level 3 and C1 for BEST Level 4

Business English Skills: Better Emails

Is your inbox overflowing? Are you still waiting for important information that you asked for last week? This course will help you to develop the quality and effectiveness of your emails so that you can achieve your goals at work.

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

  • adapt emails and letters for different audiences and situations
  • plan and organise writing effectively
  • write and edit work to make it clear and concise.

Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL): B2 and above

The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL) is an international standard for describing language ability. Track your progress.

Business English Skills: Business Writing Essentials

Do you worry over the quality of your business writing? This course will help you to feel more confident in your ability to write effectively in the workplace so that you can  achieve your goals at work.

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

  • Feel more confident in your knowledge of modern business writing
  • Communicate your ideas more effectively
  • Learn how to give a professional image

Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL): B2 and above

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Business English Skills: Effective Communication at Work

This is a foundation level course, mainly aimed at Singaporean and Malaysian employees working in an office, or in a customer-fronted workplace in which clear communication is necessary. This course is ideal for customer service advisors, receptionists, technicians, retail/sales executives, helpdesk personnel, etc. who struggle to make themselves understood at work because of local dialect, or wish to improve their ability to code-switch between Singlish and English.

Course contents: 

  • 50 most common differences between Singlish and English patterns with a focus on raising awareness of differences, increasing accuracy and expanding language range
  • each unit integrates grammar, writing, pronunciation, speaking, listening practice
  • no coursebook – but handouts for each lesson, with homework self-check task, written by British Council experts with accumulated 40 years of experience in Singapore, teaching business skills to working professionals.

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

  • dealing with customers
  • emails
  • presenting a product or service
  • reporting problems: when things go wrong
  • meetings
  • dealing with colleagues
  • telephoning
  • writing clear emails
  • participating effectively in meetings
  • jobhunting: presenting yourself in professional situations.

Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL): B2 and above

The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL) is an international standard for describing language ability. Track your progress.

Business English Skills: Grammar for Business

This short 20-hour grammar foundation course is for students who wish to improve their accuracy when writing business communications and participating in business conversations.

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

  • identify which tense should be used for a specific function.
  • identify common grammatical errors related to business communication.
  • draft emails and other types of business communication.
  • make enquiries in a less direct manner.
  • give and respond to feedback.

Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL): B2 and above

The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL) is an international standard for describing language ability. Track your progress.

Business English Skills: Reports that Work

Do you want to write reports with impact? This course will help you to develop the quality and effectiveness of your reports so that you can achieve your goals at work.

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

  • write reports which are clear, well-structured and convincing
  • edit your own reports and save yourself time
  • project a more professional image through your report writing

Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL): B2 and above

The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL) is an international standard for describing language ability. Track your progress.

Business English Skills: Say it Clearly

This short 20-hour pronunciation course is for students who wish to improve their ability to speak English more effectively, with clearer pronunciation and greater fluency.

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

  • articulate English sounds and words correctly
  • identify the differences between similar sounds
  • understand word stress and its importance for clear communication
  • understand and use sentence stress to convey meaning more clearly
  • understand the features of connected speech 
  • vary your intonation to communicate meaning precisely. 

Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL): B2 and above

The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL) is an international standard for describing language ability. Track your progress.

Business English Skills: Success with Presentations

This course is for working professionals who want to feel more confident and be more fluent when giving well-structured presentations. It is suitable for people in a wide variety of jobs. 

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

  • use appropriate language to deliver effectively and accurately
  • tailor your message to suit the needs of your audience
  • structure and signpost your presentations to for maximum impact
  • describe visual materials in presentations effectively
  • use gestures and voice techniques to enhance your message.

Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL): B2 and above

The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL) is an international standard for describing language ability. Track your progress.

Course dates and fees