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IH Certificate in Teaching Business English (Online)

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Course Name: IH Certificate in Teaching Business English (Online)
Course Length: 15 weeks plus 2 weeks portfolio collation

Course objectives

This course is designed to give EFL teachers a basic grasp of the main issues and techniques involved in teaching Business English so that you can feel confident enough to go away to experiment and discover for yourself in the classroom.

It provides an introduction to the business world for those teachers who have little experience of it and builds on the knowledge and experience of those who are new to teaching Business English. The content is intended to give participants the necessary skills and knowledge to start teaching Business English.

You are not required to be teaching a Business English class to take the course, but access to a Business English class is desirable as this will give you a greater option of tasks to select from on the course


Course content

The IH BET course contains 30 modules divided into 3 strands: basic business awareness, professional skills and methodology and materials outlined below:

Basic Business Awareness: Course introduction; Business speaking skills; Business writing skills; Corporate structure; Marketing; Sales; Accountancy; Banking; Markets; Human Resources Management 1; Human Resources Management 2; Product Development and production

Professional skills: Strand introduction;  Needs analysis; Syllabus design; Principles of lesson planning;  “The client approach” to teaching executives; Conducting feedback

Methodology and materials: Learner-centred approaches; Approaches to classroom practice; The lexical approach; Practising speaking skills;  Practising writing skills; Using authentic materials; Adapting published materials; Adapting materials from video and radio; The numerical-graphical approach;  Business games; Creating your own materials


Mode of assessment

  • 1500 word reflective assignment
  • 1500 word portfolio of 7 tasks

There is no assessed teaching. The assignment is externally marked by the IHWO Assessment Unit. Certificates are awarded for satisfactory completion of the assignment and portfolio.


Is this course for you?

It is suitable for teachers who have just completed the CELTA and for General English teachers who want to diversify into Business English.



The course is run online and requires regular/daily access to the internet with a good connection.



The course is run by qualified online tutors who will guide trainees through the online sessions and assess the portfolio. Time commitment It is a 15 week course plus 2 weeks for portfolio collation. It is expected that you will spend a minimum of 5 hours a week studying with extra time for the final assignment.

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