Free materials for busy Business English teachers

Describing your job

By Helen Sinclair on Feb 28, 2020 4:00:00 PM in Free Materials

For groups and individuals

This activity is aimed at people who need to summarize what they do at work - in English.  Beyond that, this document can give you lots of interesting workplace conversations and is also useful if you want to learn more...

Decisions, decisions (Six Hats theory)

By Helen Sinclair on Feb 20, 2020 4:06:00 PM in Free Materials

This activity is designed to engage people who often have to make decisions at work. Participants will practise reformulation and questioning/answering skills, as well as the language for agreeing/disagreeing politely. It also has a practical...

Comparison frames

By Martin Wheeler on Feb 3, 2020 11:15:00 AM in Free Materials

More than, the same as practice

A clear explanation, followed by multiple choice, followed by free practice. A nice introduction to using comparisons.

Who owns the sharp pencil?

By Helen Sinclair on Jan 21, 2020 3:23:36 PM in Free Materials

A problem-solving activity

Written for teamwork and communication skills practice. Specific to engineers, but easily changed.

Apologizing and cancelling appointments via email

By Ian Taylor on Apr 11, 2019 4:10:00 PM in Free Materials

This lesson focuses on emails that apologize for canceling meetings, appointments, etc. It is designed to give learners an easy template to use when canceling Outlook appointments.  Learners can be asked to use them when they can’t attend lessons...

Socializing and networking: Indirect questions

By Helen Sinclair on Mar 25, 2019 3:42:26 PM in Free Materials

Loosely related to business travel, this is a simple activity for A2 and up. There are no trainer notes but you won't need them with this download and go exercise.

New learning platform available: Tip of the Week

By Brenda van Seters on Dec 5, 2018 1:22:20 PM in Free Materials

Here's an answer to the question that us busy business English teachers often get: How can I improve outside the training room?

This week, we released our new interactive learning platform. We have been distributing weekly tips to our clients for...

Concise language (spoken and written)

By Martin Wheeler on Oct 9, 2018 10:54:00 AM in Free Materials

These pages have a combination of activities starting with developing the structure and set sentences for short concise explanations as a practice in order to create a concise letter or e-mail as well as spoken language.

Apologizing and giving bad news via email

By MartinWheeler on Sep 27, 2018 9:52:00 AM in Free Materials

 

Phrases and writing practice focusing on customer communication.

Meetings Language: Conditionals practice

By Ian Taylor on Sep 11, 2018 9:27:00 AM in Free Materials

Meetings grammar and role-play

This is a mini series of lessons to help incorporate conditionals into first controlled then freer practice meeting situations. It helps participants develop speaking and writing practice with conditionals and...