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April 16, 2007

Q and A- Business English Textbook Recommendations

Hello Readers,

This month's question is from Magdelena:

Dear ESL Lesson Plan,

I was very interested in your answer to Samantha about teaching Business English a while ago. However, I would like to know if you could ...

...recommend a few Business English textbooks to get me started.

Many thanks,


Hi Magdalena,

There are numerous Business English textbooks out on the market. Depending on your student's needs, you'll probably need to pull material from a variety of sources. I especially like the Effective Socializing/Negotiating... series published by CUP and Conversation Gambits published by Delta Systems. Here is list of my top recommendations:

1. Handshake: A Course in Communication, by Peter Viney and Karen Viney. Published in 1996 by OUP.

2. In-Company (series), by various authors. Published by Macmillan.

3. Build Your Business Vocabulary, by John Flower. Published in 1990 by Language Teaching Publications.

4. Presenting in English: How to Give Successful Presentations, by Mark Powell. Published in 1996 by Language Teaching Publications.

5. Business English Frameworks, by Paul Emmerson. Published in 2002 by CUP.

6. Business Vocabulary in Use, by Bill Mascull. Published in 2002 by CUP.

7. Effective Presentations, by Jeremy Comfort. Published in 1996 by OUP.

8. Effective Socializing, by Jeremy Comfort. Published in 1997 by OUP.

9. Effective Meetings, by Jeremy Comfort. Published in 1996 by OUP.

10. Effective Telephoning, by Jeremy Comfort. Published in 1996 by OUP.

11. Effective Negotiating, by Jeremy Comfort. Published in 1999 by OUP.

12. Conversation Gambits, by Eric Keller and Sylvia Townsend. Published in 1994 by Delta Systems.

Hope that helps.

If you have any further recommendations for Business English textbooks, feel free to list them below.

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

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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 April 16, 2007 04:39 AM

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