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lanzarotti  Identity Verified
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Jul 21, 2004

YIKES! I have been teaching English for a few years, but my experience is limited to private one-to-one lessons or a couple of very small classes (max. 3 people!) where I had to follow a programme that had been given to me by the private school I was working for. Now I have been offered a REAL class, i.e. 14 kids (19 year olds), who in 30 hours must learn something about business English, marketing etc. any suggestions? I am also supposed to use audio and video supports (even cd-roms) – but I do not even know which books to get!!! By the way, I am in Italy, so the students have a rather basic knowledge of English… I have received precise instructions to avoid too much grammar and focus on the practical aspects of business English… I’m quite scared but also interesting in facing the challenge! I have time until the end of September to get everything ready…any help will be GREATLY appreciated!
Cheers!


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Judy Rojas  Identity Verified
Chile
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Have you checked Prentice Hall International? Jul 21, 2004

lanzarotti wrote:

YIKES! Now I have been offered a REAL class, i.e. 14 kids (19 year olds), who in 30 hours must learn something about business English, marketing etc. any suggestions? I am also supposed to use audio and video supports (even cd-roms) – but I do not even know which books to get!!!


Check out Prentice Hall International's Business Management English. They have books and cassettes for teaching this type of English. I found a site (http://www.ebi.es/biblioteca/biblioteca.asp) but it's in Spanish.
HIH,

Ricardo

[Edited at 2004-07-21 19:01]


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Kim Metzger  Identity Verified
Mexico
Local time: 21:53
German to English
Not to worry Jul 21, 2004

lanzarotti wrote:
they gave me until the end of September to get everything ready…any help will be GREATLY appreciated!
Cheers!


Dear lanzarotti, you've got over two months to get ready - in the meantime, I'll be looking into the issue and so will others, I'm sure. We'll help you.

Best wishes, Kim

[Edited at 2004-07-21 21:15]


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lim0nka  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 03:53
Member (2004)
English to Polish
something for a start Jul 21, 2004

I usually prepare students for the LCCI exams (where you actually have to prove only your writing skills), and at the school I work for we use "How to Pass English for Business" by Mellor and Davidson. Although these are the books preparing for the LCCI exams, the one for the first level might be just right for your students.

http://www.amazon.de/exec/obidos/ASIN/3922514286/asearch/302-2174393-4708057
Each chapter deals with one task, provides an example of how to complete it, explains how to approach the question (layout, identifying, grouping and ordering relevant information, writing the answer).

Hope you find it useful,
Anetta


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lanzarotti  Identity Verified
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thanks! Jul 22, 2004

A big thank you to you all! I'll check this forum daily, so thanks in advance to any tips and help!
have a nice day!
Maria


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Kim Metzger  Identity Verified
Mexico
Local time: 21:53
German to English
Teaching business English Jul 22, 2004

Hi Maria,
Here's an interesting site I just came across with lots of ideas and resources, many of them dedicated specifically to business English.

http://eleaston.com/

Kim

P.S. And another one.

http://www.eslcafe.com/ideas/sefer.cgi?Business:English:

[Edited at 2004-07-22 15:48]


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eldira
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Additional information Jul 23, 2004

Hi,

The following sites might be of some use:

1 Free lessons, lesson ideas, software, reading techniques and teaching material, exam guides.
http://www.churchillhouse.com/

2 An article: Adapting to the Changing Needs of Business English Clients
www.lydbury.co.uk/downloads/documents/changing_needs.pdf

3 Books:
www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/052153173X?v=glance
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www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/158112712X?v=glance

4 Sample material. ... name which you need to know to find the audio material on the ... You can add the name of your training organisation here ...
www.icc-europe.com/Publications/Sample%20pages.doc

5 Index of links for Business English training, for students and teachers of business English. ... site offers free practice material for ESL
http://academics.smcvt.edu/cbauer-ramazani/Links/business_english.htm

6 Course syllabus, time table, training methodology
www.lydbury.co.uk/cert-teb/Cert%20TEB%20Guidelines.pdf

7 Business Studies: Business English
www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/document/curricul/secondary/grade1112/business/business.html

8 Business English Links & Activities:
from: http://home.online.no/~anlun/activity.htm

9 Sustained Content for Business English Programs: Structuring ...and help to designers of Business English programs ...
alumni.iatp.org.ua/publications/files/2004042812520868.rtf

10 An ideal focus for courses in Business English. ...
www.cambridge-efl.org/support/dloads/bec/bec_hb_intro.pdf

Regards.


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lanzarotti  Identity Verified
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Thank you! :) Oct 20, 2004

A big THANK YOU to you all! The course is nearly over - next week I will have my final lesson and...I survived!!!! Your support and suggestions proved extremely useful, especially the links to teaching resources (I didn't even know they existed!)...
Cheers! Maria


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Ana Boadla
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For the next occassion Dec 26, 2004

Oxford University Press: Great textbooks.

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