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February 23, 2007

Teacher Development- Business English

Hello Readers,

Are you looking for a way to make you become a more marketable teacher? If you've got a good grasp on teaching general English, then it might be time for you to spread your wings and ...

... become involved in teaching Business English. As we mentioned in a previous post: while it isn't essential that you have a business background, you might find that you will initially have to do some extra preparation for your classes. However, that preparation will pay off (literally) as many business English students are willing to pay extra for English lessons with a professional.

So, what are business English students looking for? Many Business English Teaching professionals suggest that they will want to get down to business and that in order to live up to their expectations, you might want to try to model the classroom activities after what takes place in an office. So, to start, you might want to put on a suit and think of yourself as a business trainer. You might also think about making power-point presentations for your class (especially if it's a large class).

So you don't have any experience in the business field? You might want to consider inquiring about doing some observations in the workplace, reading business magazines and news articles, picking up a used business 101 textbook, investing in some good business english textbooks, or even taking a business class, if possible.

Go here to read about one teacher's philosophy on teaching Business English: http://iteslj.org/Techniques/Baron-TeachingPhilosophy.html

Good luck!

Carol Rueckert
Writer, ESL Lesson Plan
E-mail: crueckert@eslemployment.com
Blog: www.esl-lesson-plan.com

"I hear, and I forget. I see, and I remember. I do, and I understand." - Chinese Proverb

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About the author of this entry:
Carol, a native English-speaker who hails from the small town of St. Joseph in Minnesota, USA, and lived and worked in China for more than 7 years. During that time, she worked with students that range in age from three to more than sixty years old. She worked in universities, private language schools, grade schools, international schools, as well as private tutoring. Besides teaching, she also worked as a head teacher, an education manager, and a material development manager. In addition to working on this newsletter, she currently writes a monthly column for Time Out Beijing. Carol is also currently working on her MA in TESOL at the Oxford Brookes University in England. Look for her posts on the ESL-Jobs-Forum discussion boards!

Posted by crueckert at February 23, 2007 02:51 AM

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