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Talking Business

Business English
Starting Soon
16 hours
Upper Intermediate

Use the news to practice your business speaking skills and build your confidence

This 16-hour online course will help you further practice your business speaking skills in English, feel confident participating in business discussions, and stay up-to-date with current and emerging business issues.

Based on news stories from the international business media, such as Harvard Business Review, Financial Times, Youtube and TED talks, each session will examine the relevant vocabulary, discuss the meaning, and unpack the implications of the story under discussion. Different activities, like discussions, role-plays, case studies, or short presentations will also be used in class. The program is taught in small groups of up to 12 people. There is no homework.

How to be Interesting
How to make the right impression when making small talk professionally. The BBC  

The Great Resignation, Quiet Quitting and Boomerang Employees
Talking about some of the trends in employment today. Various sources

Forced Fun
Examining team building activities and why they don’t always work. Harvard Business Review

Corporate Cross-Cultural Mistakes 
Exploring some of the costly mistakes businesses have made when doing business with other cultures. The Conversation

White Collar Crime 
Discussing some of the (in)famous examples of corporate financial crime. Forbes

How brands grow
Exchanging opinions about how some business grow their brands. Ted Talk 

Hands on / hands off managers  
Talking about how to select the right management approach for your employees.

Presentations from hell
Exchanging opinions what makes a bad presentation and how to avoid giving one. TED talk


You can register, or have your employer register you up to one day before the start date of the program if there are still available places. Add the program to the shopping basket. The first time you place an order you need to register. For company registrations please check the box “I am booking on behalf of my company”. Then, you fill out your personal details and you select an invoice or receipt to be issued. Then you must pay the tuition fee. Payment is available by: a) debit, prepaid, or credit card (interest-free installments will be visible if available), b) Bank payment ID, that you can use to pay at the bank or via ebanking, or c) IRIS and direct debiting your bank account.

Please note that once you successfully place your order you will receive an automated confirmation message. This does not mean that your registration is complete. Your place is reserved once you pay the relevant tuition fee. When payment is visible, we will contact you to confirm your registration. Employers who enroll 3 or more employees in the program receive a 10% discount on the total amount of fees. This discount is visible in the shopping cart. 


Michael Robbs
Business English Instructor

Michael Robbs holds a BA in Interdisciplinary Human Studies from University of Bradford, UK, and an MA in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from St. Michael's College, USA. He is an award-win ...

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