Video for Business English classes

These links came from posts on the IATEFL Business English SIG

In the video, Phil Dourado talks about his book The 60 Second Leader. You'll find lots more "60 Second" videos on YouTube and I think they'd work great in a Business English class.

They're not all 60 second videos, which is a shame — as the shorter, the better for listening activities in class, in my experience.

But they are at least videos, not audios, and it's so much more interesting to watch than just to listen. Let's get rid of listening comprehension and bring in watching comprehension, as I've suggested before.

And, to people in a business world, such things are of genuine interest, which is regretably not always the case with the listening materials in general ELT coursebooks.

There's stacks more interesting things of a similar business nature (also suggest on BESIG) on and

So much good stuff from Larry Ferlazzo

What drives motivation? Great for a Business English class…

One of the great mysteries of the Internet: how on earth do people like Larry Ferlazzo find time to find so much amazing stuff?

I barely have time to read my RSS feed for Larry's Websites of the Day, so that when I eventually get round to it, my Bloglines account is overflowing with good stuff. Among what's been accumulating there:

Who needs Google when we've got Larry…?!

Great games, great links

Nik Peachey has posted a link to this list of 50 Great Games to Sharpen Your Business Skills to BESIG, the IATEFL Business English SIG (Special Interest Group).

Also on the same site,, there is a list of 100 Free Tools to Tutor Yourself in Anything, a slight exaggeration but including some great links.

Nik, who will be one of the plenary speakers at the IH Barcelona ELT Conference in February, has some great blogs for English teachers with tons of great ideas for using technology with language learners:

How to design a Business English program

The excellent site has a series of new articles on designing Business English programmes.

How do you design a course program, for Business English or any other needs? That's probably one of the questions asked most often on our post-CELTA course support group.

The tree-part series deals with the following, among other things:

In your first couple of years after CELTA (and probably long afterwards), is an absolutely priceless source of knowledge.

Business English, links and books

Some of the ELT publishers have useful resources for teaching Business English on their websites — including MacMillan (at OneStopEnglish)…

There are also interesting Business English resources on the OUP site.

You will also find things of interest (notably a Business English blog) on — which stands for Technology for Business English.

There's another (horribly designed) Business English blog here.

The wonderfully named "Business Balls" site has "free materials, articles, and ideas for ethical personal and organizational development", which anyone teaching Business English may find useful.

You will find a fuller list of Business English links on the IH Barcelona website, including primary sources like the BBC and Financial Times.

In your mail box
The discussion forum of the Business English SIG (Special Interest Group) will bring things of interest to your mailbox. The group also has an interesting links page and is part of IATEFL.

MacMillan has a Business English site which, among other things, will send you a weekly Business English lesson plan.

Don't search — have things come to you…! More links to stuff in your mailbox here on this blog.

Business English basics
On our Celta Course website there's a brief introduction to teaching Business English. But never turn to the Web if the information is readily available to you in a book, I would say.

The Web can be useful if you are looking for authentic materials for your Business English class but if it's how to teach Business English, then there are a couple of good books on the subject that are well worth reading.

  • Teaching Business English, Mark Ellis and Christine Johnson (OUP, 1994)
  • How to Teach Business English, Evan Frendo (Longman, 2005)

Both will give you the basic notions of teaching Business English (and make you feel you are better prepared for it, and hence more confident) as well as practical ideas.

If it's a coursebook you want, then — among the scores of Business English courses available — I can highly recommend the excellent Market Leader series. Market Leader is particularly good for its "case studies".

There is also a Market Leader website, with additional materials on it.

More on case studies in Business English.

Teaching 1-2-1
You may also find yourself teaching Business English "one-to-one" (as private classes), in which case there are a further two books I would recommend, again both for getting the basic principles and the practical ideas:

  • One-to-One: A Teacher's Handbook, Peter Wilberg (LTP, 1987)
  • Teaching English One to One, Patricia Osborne (Modern English Publishing, 2005)

On the Web, OneStopEnglish also has a section on Teaching 1-2-1.

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