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Business English Courses Can Provide a Career Boost

Pamela Norman
December 17, 2020

If you are from abroad and are looking to settle in the UK or an English-speaking country, there can often be barriers when starting out and getting a job. If you have a visa sorted, for many the next biggest hurdle is the language barrier.

Within the EU many people are now able to freely work in other countries like the UK. This freedom really opens doors for some, especially as many Europeans are fluent in English because they have been taught it from a young age. English is widely taught because it is universally recognised, however many individuals are not entirely fluent in the language.

There are also several non-European countries where English may not be taught throughout school, or where it is so different from their own languages that it is difficult to grasp. This is often the case with the Far Eastern countries, but many young Japanese and Chinese people want to learn English.

In this situation, dedicated language schools can help individuals to really get to grips with English when they are adults. There are many language schools based in the UK and the location helps students to progress quicker because they are learning English in England. It is easier to learn faster in an English-speaking environment where one can practice ones skills.

In terms of the working environment, English is also the most widely used international language of business. Many people find that even though their general grasp of the language may be of an OK standard, if they were to get a job in the UK (or any other English-speaking country) their knowledge of business English may need improving.

With ever more competition for jobs in the current climate it is a good idea to equip oneself with these extra business language abilities. If people really want to get on in the business world, then a dedicated Business English course could provide that extra boost.

Such courses are often targeted at professionals who already use a certain level of English in their work, but want to advance their corporate language skills in order to advance their career. Students enroll with the aim of polishing their skills for current or prospective career opportunities.

Business English courses often cover specific applications of the language that could enhance workplace skills. Areas looked at include letter and report writing, telephone skills, participating in meetings and preparing for presentations. Participants can also be taught nuances like how to distinguish between main and subsidiary information and ways to discuss current affairs.

Options can range from general group language courses, to one-to-one classes. Intensive Business English courses are sometimes available for those who need to perfect their workplace language skills quickly. Some language schools also offer specialist English courses that are tailored for staff groups from specific business areas – such as the banking and sales sectors.

So if you want to get ahead in the world of work but feel that your language skills maybe holding you back, it may be time to consider a Business English course. These programs can prepare you for progression in your career and open up further communication opportunities for everyday life.

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