Four Things Every Business English Teacher Should Know
A day of training with Lewis Lansford - the day will include four workshop sessions:
What you need to know about …• business (and what you don't need to know!) 9:30-10:45
In addition to having an English-teaching qualification, the ideal business English teacher would have an extensive background in business, a degree in management or other area of business, and would read the Financial Times on a daily basis, right? Possibly not. Yes, you need to demonstrate that your area of expertise is language and communication, but successful teachers also have a clear idea of what they know and what they don’t know, and are comfortable with both. The key is often in the questions you ask your learners and how you answer their questions – not in how much you know about business.
• transferrable skills 11:00-12:15According to a recent Deutsche Welle headline, German students are poorly prepared for the job market – and it’s not just a problem in Germany. A selection of global headlines tell a similar story: Young people lack workplace skills, firms say in survey (BBC), Employers must invest in skills development (European Commission report of transferability of skills), and so on. What are transferrable skills, why are they important, and what can English teachers do to help learners at all levels develop them? We’ll discuss these questions and talk about a few practical solutions for the classroom.
• business communication 13:00 - 14:15In international business, the majority of English-language interactions don’t involve a first-language user of English, and don't take place in a country where English is an official language. This is the reality of English as it’s used today. What does this mean for teachers and learners? What’s real English today? What kind of accent should we encourage learners to aim for? What do they need to know about culture if they’re mostly dealing with other second-language English users? What are the implications for business communication? In this session, we’ll discuss these questions and look for practical answers for how to address them in the classroom.
• student motivation and educational psychology 14:30-15:45
This workshop, in which we’ll look at some research from educational psychology, will show how unedited, ungraded video can be fully used in the classroom to encourage learner engagement and promote language development at all levels. All too often, video is seen simply as listening that happens to have pictures, rather than as the amazing multi-sensory resource that it is. And especially at lower levels, authentic listening input alone often isn’t appropriate — the language level is too high. How can teachers make full use of the benefits of video? And how can we bridge the gap between low- or intermediate-level learners and the higher-level video material they often want to watch?
Lewis is a writer, materials developer, teacher and teacher trainer based in York, UK. In an ELT and publishing career spanning nearly 30 years, he's taught business English, EAP, technical and general English. He’s written books, videos, tests, audio materials, worksheets, apps and online resources for learners of all ages across the world, including work on Pearson's Business Partner course.
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