EJO Home Lessons - Business & Professional English

Business and
Professional English
English Home Lessons


Who is this Course For?
It is for those who need English for their work. Some participants join in order to give themselves a more attractive profile to offer to the job market in their particular field. Others take this to enhance their positions in the companies with which they are already associated. In other instances, employers and personnel officers send members of their staff teams on these courses as part of the implementation of in-company training plans.
How is the content of my course decided?

You complete an English test and a Needs Analysis during your first lesson and your host teacher plans a course specifically designed to meet your needs.

You and your host teacher review the course content and your progress as you go along but there is always a formal review half way through your course.

What happens during my lessons?

Many students taking a Business and Professional English course are fully aware that they need to improve their competence and confidence in using English generally as well as developing their skills in relation to their particular business or professional needs.

So Business and Professional English means developing your overall skills in using English but also focussing on specific functions and contexts that you need in your work.

Examples of contexts that are often asked for are:

  • Making presentations at meetings and conferences
  • Meeting potential customers and making a sale — the language of promoting and selling
  • Handling social conversations with business contacts; for example getting to know new customers
  • Talking about the economy
  • Preparing written reports
  • Achieving successful results in the TOEIC test

The daily routine and timetable is obviously discussed between you and your host and depends on your needs and the specific language areas you wish to focus on. As an example, a typical weekday on a twenty-hour-per week course might be the following:

  • 08.00
  • Breakfast with your host teacher
  • 09.15 - 10.15
  • Lesson 1 - Review of the difference in use of the past simple and the present perfect tenses and intensive practice
  • 10.30 - 11.30
  • Lesson 2 - Describing the structure of a company and the individual roles and responsibilities within it
  • 11.45 - 12.45
  • Lesson 3 - Use of the first and second conditional and intensive practice
  • 13.00
  • Lunch with your host teacher
  • 14.15 - 15.15
  • Lesson 4 - Expressing an opinion, agreeing and disagreeing in English; discussing topic in which expressing opinions is central, for example business and the environment
  • 15.30 - 16-30
  • Lesson 5 - The use of the present perfect with 'for' and 'since' and intensive practice
  • 16.45 - 17.45
  • Lesson 6 - Vocabulary development: nouns and prepositions, verbs and prepositions
  • 18.00-19.00
  • Early evening TV news and current affairs programme
  • 19.45-20.45
  • Homework assignments arising out of day's lessons
  • 21.00 — 22.00
  • Opportunity for free time, private study, relaxation or socialising
1. Please complete the enrolment form.
2. You let us know:
  • which course you would like to take
  • when you would like to come to England
  • how long you would like to come for
  • any special learning priorities or other requests or questions you may have
3. We then get in touch with you or your agent to:
  • Answer any questions you may have
  • send you a description of a host teacher we believe will be suitable for you
  • progress your booking
  • Comfortable accommodation and all meals in the home of your host teacher
  • Living as part of the household during the stay
  • Introduction to the local area
  • Your chosen number of hours of English tuition each week (20, 25 or 30)
  • Testing and Needs Analysis and a course designed to meet your individual needs
  • Use of up-to-date course resources
  • The support of the EJO Director of Studies
  • Excursions as arranged if booked in advance
  • Course report, including suggestions from your host teacher for further study after your course
  • Certificate of Attendance
At extra cost:
  • Travel from and to your own country
  • Meeting on arrival and travel between point of arrival and departure in the UK and host teacher's home
  • Expenditure associated with any excursions, local outings and visits (unless asked for and booked in advance)
  • Your travel Insurance (EJO can make arrangements for this if asked to do so in advance)
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