Teaching Business English

Barcelona is a hub of international business and to stay competitive most companies require their employees to have a solid grasp of English. Teaching business English is also more lucrative for English teachers and you can command a much higher hourly rate when compared with regular English classes.

What is business English?

‘Business English’ is a term which can encapsulate everything from legal, financial, sales, marketing, customer service; to more transferrable skills such as conducting meetings, negotiating, phone skills, writing memos, giving presentations, etc.

Getting qualified to teach business English

You will be able to apply all your TEFL skills to the job but it will require a certain amount of specialisation. You will need to have at least an introductory TEFL qualification such as the Trinity CertTESOL and you can make yourself stand out by taking our blended 34-hour online and practical course.

Course information – price, dates, times

  • 30 hours of online study and 4 hours of in-company observation and teaching practice
  • 300€ total cost.
  • Start any time, study at your own pace and complete in a maximum of two months.

Course format

30 hours of online study and 4 hours of in-company observations and teaching practice.

The initial part of the course is 30 hours of online study where you will read articles, complete assignments, read blogs and watch videos. You will also have use of the chat function to contact your online course tutor to discuss the course content and your progress.

In the practical part of the course you will attend and participate in 4 hours of real business English observations and teaching practice. This will involve going to in-company business English classes at various location around Barcelona city centre to get insight into real business English classes. You will be paired with a senior teacher and get the chance to observe and teach a variety of lessons. There is a degree of flexibility in order to fit in with your own teaching timetable but the practical part should be completed within 2 weeks.

Course content

Module one

Needs analysis and teaching context

  • Conducting a needs analysis
  • Business English contexts and teaching scenarios
  • ESP – English for Specific Purposes
  • Intercultural awareness
  • Client expectations

Module two

Business English

  • Business language and interaction
  • Business correspondence
  • Transferrable skills

Module three

Working as a business English teacher

  • How to find work as a business English teacher
  • Sourcing and assessing appropriate materials
  • Using technology and teaching online

Is this course for me?

The Teaching Business English course is ideal for you if you would like an insight into the world of business English in Barcelona and gain confidence and knowledge to teach English in any business context. If you are an experienced teacher in Barcelona looking to increase your salary, or a new teacher and would like to hit the ground running you will benefit greatly from this business English course.

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