E S P English for Specific Purposes
What is business English?
Simply put, Business English is a form of ESP – the specific purpose being the exact business the student is in.
Or, it is the English required to do business?
It refers to the English needed for -
- contributing in meetings
- making presentations
The exact business English needs will vary depending on each student, hence the need for a proper, in-depth needs analysis early on. Also, we need to carefully blend general English with the specialist business elements.
This is all very well, you might say, but we humble teachers aren’t likely to be experts in the IT industry, aircraft engineering, injection moulding or whatever your business may be. Surely, – but I do have a business background (aviation, tourism) which helps me, in order to teach business English (or E.S.P.).
As well as that, I’ve completed an excellent Teach International teaching business English course which included basic methodology to help me help you succeed in your very own ESP.
Hence the importance of your very own Needs Analysis.