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Business English

Conducting business in English can be a difficult task for most second language learners.

 

Jump to Business English Idioms

 

Students not only need general communication skills, but also must understand business vocabulary, expressions, and situational nuances.

 

Communication

It’s important to get your students speaking as much as possible. Sometimes we have so much to teach that we forget the importance of communication.

 

Ultimately, your students will have to communicate to sell their products, give presentations, and answer questions.

 

Make sure your students stand up, move around, and change partners often. They need to interact with as many people as possible to keep the lessons interesting and authentic.

 

For Business English classes, I organize each lesson the same way. Students appreciate consistency and look forward to each part of the lesson.

 

  1. Small Talk
  2. Review
  3. Conversation Skills
  4. Introduce Business Topic
  5. Q&A

 

Business Topics

Introduce these topics to prepare your students for international business.

  • Introduce yourself and your job
  • Introduce your company
  • Small talk
  • Giving opinions
  • Agreeing and disagreeing
  • Interrupting
  • Making suggestions
  • Requesting action
  • Checking and clarifying
  • Facilitating a meeting

 

Idioms

Use these worksheets to familiarize your students with business idioms. Your students will learn new idioms and how to use them properly.

Try Our Lessons for Business English

Business Idioms 1: Negotiation

Business Idioms 1: Negotiation

Students discuss business idioms for negotiations. Includes matching, fill in the blank, and creating original sentences.
Business Idioms 2: Negotiation

Business Idioms 2: Negotiation

Students discuss business idioms for negotiations, part 2. Includes matching, fill in the blank, and creating original sentences.
Business Idioms 3: Deadlines

Business Idioms 3: Deadlines

Students discuss business idioms for deadlines. Includes matching, fill in the blank, and creating original sentences.
Business Idioms 4: Deadlines

Business Idioms 4: Deadlines

Students discuss business idioms for deadlines, part 2. Includes matching, fill in the blank, and creating original sentences.
Business Idioms 5: Challenges

Business Idioms 5: Challenges

Students discuss business idioms for challenges. Includes matching, fill in the blank, and creating original sentences.
Business Idioms 6: Challenges

Business Idioms 6: Challenges

Students discuss business idioms for challenges, part 2. Includes matching, fill in the blank, and creating original sentences.
Business Idioms 7: Sales

Business Idioms 7: Sales

Students discuss business idioms for sales. Includes matching, fill in the blank, and creating original sentences.
Business Idioms 8: Communication

Business Idioms 8: Communication

Students discuss business idioms for communication. Includes matching, fill in the blank, and creating original sentences.
Business Idioms 9: Communication

Business Idioms 9: Communication

Students discuss business idioms for communication, part 2. Includes matching, fill in the blank, and creating original sentences.
Business Idioms 10: New Employee

Business Idioms 10: New Employee

Students discuss business idioms about new employees. Includes matching, fill in the blank, and creating original sentences.
Business Idioms 11: New Business

Business Idioms 11: New Business

Students discuss business idioms about a new business. Includes matching, fill in the blank, and creating original sentences.
Business Idioms 12: Bad Decisions

Business Idioms 12: Bad Decisions

Students discuss business idioms about bad decisions. Includes matching, fill in the blank, and creating original sentences.
Business Idioms 13: Public Speaking

Business Idioms 13: Public Speaking

Students discuss business idioms about public speaking. Includes matching, fill in the blank, and creating original sentences.
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