Business English is a specialised area of English relating to the language used in business. Every year more and more people are studying courses in Business English to improve their chances of finding a job at home, career prospects and to be able to work in English speaking countries.
In a Business English course you learn the vocabulary used in business and perform different business tasks to practice applying it. These include, for example, how to do a business presentation in English, how to negotiate and business writing. Further topics include how to conduct meetings, how to give opinions, understanding job profiles and marketing vocabulary and writing letters and emails.
English is the universal language of business, trade, politics and international law. The majority of Business English students study to improve their job prospects at home. Many companies like their staff to improve their English skills and send them to study at language schools. It may be worth asking your employer if it would pay for your course, while showing that it will have a benefit for the business.
The second great reason to study Business English is for living abroad in an English speaking country such as the UK, United States, Canada and Australia. There are many jobs that you can start after you have studied English to Advanced or Upper Intermediate level. You don’t need to have studied Business English to work in a bar or restaurant, for example! For many office based jobs it is best to be able to understand English business terms and to have carried out business tasks before in English, such as presenting and writing. There are still some office based jobs you can apply for however, and learn Business English as you go.