Business language courses. Important tips for teachers

There are many different ways to learn a foreign language. Depending on the purpose, chosen methods, learning strategy, as well as the subject of the course, the way of conducting lessons will differ.

In some ways, a foreign language course for business may differ slightly from the ordinary lessons. The approach of both students and teachers is more professional. Start learning a business language is often associated with the desire to develop a career, strengthen or change position in company, as well as with the possibility to get promotion. The development of professional qualifications will play a significant role in this type of course.

To prepare and teach foreign language lessons for business, make sure you see the differences in how to teach a business language and the specificity of this language type. Pay attention to details, and this specialized course will be really professional and suitable for the business environment.

Partner relations

In many situations, the teacher is considered better than his students. He has a wealth of knowledge that he wants to communicate to his students. Learners expect advice and guidance from him, not only when it comes to learning vocabulary and grammar, but also cultural and specialist aspects of using language.

Increasingly, during a language course, the student-teacher relationship becomes blurred and the lector tries to approach the student in a friendly way, in order to best reflect the linguistic realities and explain the issues in a more accessible way.

However, it is worth keeping a distance when doing business language courses. Because the language used in business contacts is more lofty and official, there are also specialist phrases and the style changes. In this case, the lecturer can treat his student as a business partner from the beginning. It will also help the student absorb this variety of language.

Business dress code

Although the teacher is not an employee of the company, he should remember that the appearance in the business world plays an important role and he should try to look appropriate in the classroom. Students can expect a professionalism from the lector not only in behavior, but also clothing. Observing a business dress code will be a sign for students that you respect them and treat your lessons professionally.

Use professional materials

Participants of foreign language courses for business have high expectations, can pay well for meeting these expectations and require an appropriate level of lessons. For this reason, you should avoid working on photocopies or obsolete textbooks.

Make sure that the materials you use are as professional as those in your students’ work environment. Otherwise, you can lose credibility in the eyes of the students.

Rate and decide

Not all students of a foreign business language will start on the same terms and at the same level. Some may have a little experience with foreign language, for others it may be the beginning of an adventure.

Since your goal is to provide business students with exactly what they need, take the time to determine how advanced your students are. Find out what they really need so as not to waste time on material that they may already know. Take into account that some people will only care about exploring a specialized business language, not learning a language from scratch.

It is also important to set specific short- and long-term goals for your students. Most often, businessmen who decide to learn a language do it for specific business purposes.

Decide together with the students what they care for and what they expect from this course. This will allow you to set teaching methods, the order in which the material will be introduced, and determine which language skills you should develop. These goals can be different.

Some people will be interested in the ability to negotiate business contracts, others on conversations with business partners or colleagues, and others will only limit themselves to the correct formulation of official emails and contracts.

When a language teacher knows the needs of students and prepares for the course, he has the chance to meet the expectations of business students.


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