Business English Language Program

Business English is English language especially related to the international trade. It means different things to different people. For some, it focuses on vocabulary and topics used in the worlds of business, trade, finance, and international relations. For others it refers to the communication skills used in the workplace, and focuses on the language and skills needed for typical business communication such as presentations, negotiations, meetings, small talk, socializing, correspondence, report writing, and so on.

MBA Egypt Business English language training program is comprised of four core stages: Elementary, Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, and Upper-intermediate. Each of these stages is comprised of three levels 36-hours per level covering different business topics. Participants work from materials such as case studies, textbooks, the Internet, and articles from business publications such as The New York Times and Financial Times.

The participants learn different business concepts and skills, current issues, and vocabulary of the corporate world as well as developing their communication skills through listening to and discussing authentic articles and interviews with business people.

Customization in the material to cope with the organizations needs is one of our priorities. One of the important needs of the organizations is the business writing and e-mail etiquette. Therefore, business writing and e-mail etiquette tips are provided in the English courses to enhance the writing skills relating to the organizations needs. Samples of the organizations reports are provided to practice business writing related to the organization background.

Course Objectives :
  1. Equipping participants with English language skills required at the workplace.
  2. Enlarging participants’ knowledge of the business world.
  3. Developing essential business communication skills needed to succeed in business such as making presentations, negotiating, telephoning, participating in meetings, and using English in social situations.
  4. Developing participants’ fluency and confidence in using the language of business.
  5. Developing participants’ accuracy in using the language by focusing on common problem areas.
  6. Raising participants’ cultural awareness.
  7. Demonstrating best business practices in written communication through writing and responding to e-mail correspondence.
  8. Enhancing report writing skills.

Course Outline

Below are the objectives covered in each of the stages indicating the core topics and issues which identify the language functions that participants will be able to perform by the end of each stage.

Elementary Stage

By the end of this stage, the participants will be able to:

  1. Introduce themselves and greet other people.
  2. Ask for and provide information about jobs and responsibilities.
  3. Read and understand a company profile.
  4. Give directions and use prepositions of place correctly.
  5. Exchange numerical information.
  6. Ask and answer questions about facilities, products and services of a company.
  7. Write short e-mails requesting and providing information.

Pre-intermediate Stage

By the end of the pre-intermediate stage, the participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss business activities of companies and describe current projects.
  2. Discuss the features of successful marketing strategies.
  3. Talk about strategies for career development.
  4. Explain rises and falls in a company’s performance, describe changes that took place, and describe graphs and statistics.
  5. Give an informal presentation of products of a company.
  6. Talk about future plans, intentions, and arrangements.
  7. Describe qualities of a good manager.
  8. Participate in meetings, suggest, agree and reject suggestions.
  9. Write business e-mails.

Intermediate Stage

By the end of the intermediate stage, the participants will be able to:

  1. Identify different means of advertising.
  2. Discuss ideas about outsourcing products.
  3. Talk about present and past trends.
  4. Hold a discussion about globalization using different terminology.
  5. Demonstrate how to do business across cultures.
  6. Discuss the qualities of good leadership.
  7. Discuss ethical issues.
  8. Participate effectively in business meetings.
  9. Apply networking skills.
  10. Write business e-mails.

Upper-intermediate Stage

By the end of the upper intermediate stage, the participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss the features of good communication describing different communication channels.
  2. Talk about problems they may encounter in the course of business communication.
  3. Describe people using personal characteristics.
  4. Use the language necessary for arranging, participating in, and chairing meetings.
  5. Explain statistics.
  6. Handle customer complaints effectively.
  7. Prepare for and deliver a presentation.
  8. Discuss motivational practices of modern businesses.
  9. Discuss different concepts of job satisfaction.
  10. Write reports, business e-mails, and sales letters.