BUSINESS ENGLISH PROFESSIONAL
To use common vocabulary around business emails including greetings, closings, stating the purpose of the email. To introduce some common verbs used in email language (e.g. attach, forward, reply, archive). To practice some common phrases used in emails (e.g. follow up, touch base, feel free). To introduce some common email acronyms (e.g. ASAP, btw, FYI). To practice reading email symbols (e.g. @ = at). Vocabulary covered: recipient, urgent, subject line, follow up (on something), touch base, thank you in advance, look forward to (something), do not hesitate to…, let me know, writing in regards to…, feel free to…, arrange a time to, regarding, attach, forward, reply, archive, enquire, CC:, BCC:, spam, attachment, inbox, outbox, signature, contact, out-of-office response, underscore, backslash, hyphen, dash, forward slash, prompt.
To use common vocabulary used during different stages of a business meeting (introductions, reviewing past business/meeting notes, discussing items, finishing the meeting). To introduce common phrasal verbs used in business meetings (e.g. run out of, reach out). To introduce common expressions used in meetings. Vocabulary covered: small talk, attending, absentees, standing in, tasks, the Chair / chairperson, minutes, prior commitment, run through, take over, go over, move on, agenda, item, input, on the same page, reach out to, break up, brainstorm, run out of (time), close, deal with, come back to (something), punctual, clarification, consensus, objectives, preside over.
To practice common vocabulary used in business presentations including describing upward / downward trends and other trends and graphs. To practice the use of qualifying adverbs and the use of approximation and precision. Vocabulary covered: trends, climb, considerable, decline, decrease, dramatic, drop, enormous, fall, grow, huge, improve, increase, minimal, moderate, peak, reduce, remain stable, sharp, significant, slight, steady, steep, substantial, sudden, rapid, rise.
To practice common vocabulary used in networking both with a focus on business events, conferences and social networking. To practice common small talk expressions (e.g. what do you do?). Vocabulary covered: accommodate, arrangement, authenticity, blog, booth, coincidence, deactivated, engage, friend request, hashtag, head out, influence, microblogging, networking event, make small talk, meeting, platform, post, run into (someone), session, small world, tag, traffic, trending, user-generated content, viral.
To use common vocabulary used during negotiations. To introduce common business negotiation idioms (e.g. get down to business, meet half-way). To practice being polite (including modal verbs for politeness, the past tense to be polite and other common ways to be polite). To practice the use of conditional phrases in negotiations (e.g. as long as, on condition that). Vocabulary covered: a show of hands, a win-win situation, meet half-way, stick to the point, get down to business, have (something) to add, close the deal, diplomatic, final offer, in favor of (something), concern, consideration, under one condition, proposal, consult, decline, interrupt, reconvene, recap, clarify, compromise, mutual, tactful, binding, non-negotiable, unanimous, face-to-face, provision, consensus, tactic, interest, contingency
To use vocabulary around international business etiquette and cross-cultural communication. To introduce the concepts of different business practices in different countries (attire, forms of address, gift giving etc…). To introduce the use of if and unless in present conditional situations. Vocabulary covered: etiquette, protocol, offend, first impression, set the tone, business casual, conservatively, dress code, attire, the norm, handshake, firm, bow, form of address, on time, bribe, blunt, interrupt, flowery, provide, meet, pay, introduce, struggle, focus, return.