Business English is an area of English language teaching and learning that is part of the wider category of English for Specific Purposes. Unlike general English, business English focuses on the language students need in order to function in an international business setting. Students taking business English classes will generally already have a reasonable level of English language ability and course books tend to be aimed at pre-intermediate level students and above.
There are several publishers involved in producing course books for the business English classroom. The main ones are Oxford University Press and Cambridge University Press. These two publishers produce business English course books across a range of levels in British, American and International English varieties. Other publishers include Pearson/Longman, Macmillan, Collins ELT and Delta Publishing.
The books cover a wide range of business English topics from general business English to how to write business letters. Most can be bought direct from the publishers’ websites, Amazon or at your local book store. Any good quality language institute will have a well stocked resource library with plenty of titles to choose from for your business English courses, some may even want you to use a specific title with the client. For those of you working as a private business English instructor you are bound to find something to suit yours and your clients’ needs in the list of publishers covered in this infographic.
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