Books on Business English

Teaching Business English (OUP, Oxford Handbooks for Language Teachers) (Paperback) by Mark Ellis & Christine Johnson

ISBN: 978-0194371674

This book is for teachers, trainers, and course organizers in the field of Business English or considering a move into it.

It gives background to the business learner's world and strategies for approaching the training task, focusing on the learner's professional knowledge and experience.

Five-Minute Activities for Business English (Cambridge Handbooks for Language Teachers) (Paperback) by Paul Emmerson and Nick Hamilton

ISBN: 978-0521547413

This comprehensive resource book contains an easy-to-use set of short activities essential for anyone teaching Business English. Reflecting real-life business activities such as emails, noisy telephone conversations, making excuses, negotiating, handling customer complaints and cultural awareness, Five-Minute Activities for Business English helps teachers mirror the pacey feel of the work environment.

This book is also of interest to teachers of general English who are looking for stimulating skills-based activities in meaningful contexts and complements both tailored and coursebook-based materials. The four main areas covered are 'Business topics', 'Business communication skills', 'Language work' and 'Exploiting coursebooks'. These areas feature activities on various topics such as money, finance, meetings, negotiations, telephoning, management, marketing, etc.

Intercultural Business Communication by Robert Gibson (OUP, Oxford Handbooks for Language Teachers) (Paperback)

ISBN: 978-0194421805

This text provides professionals with an introduction to the theory and practice of intercultural business communication, surveying key cultural dimensions and case studies.

The approach is interactive, with exercises to encourage readers to reflect on their own attitudes and experience.

Teach Business English (Cambridge Handbooks for Language Teachers) (Paperback) by Sylvie Donna (Author)

ISBN: 978-0521585576

'The book's main contribution to the profession is in widening our repertoire of skills. This is its greatest strength and it is for this that it deserves a place on our shelves. English for Specific Purposes Journal.

'This is a book that every training manager responsible for teaching business English or for running a teaching team should have on their shelves.' TEFL Farm.

ISBN: 978-1405086059

Business English Handbook Advanced (Paperback) by Emmerson Paul (Author)

The Business English Handbook is a new advanced level business language reference and practice book for professional adults seeking to refine their Business English.

It is ideal for professionals who want a practical reference book for revision purposes, and for business students studying at university and college.

The accompanying audio CD features material taken from authentic interviews with European business professionals.

A Pocket Book of Business English by Pratten (ELB Publishing)

ISBN: 978-0952280835

This helps you to practise and expand your business vocabulary and reading skills through a series of stimulating exercises and puzzles.


How to teach Business English
by Evan Frendo (Longman 2005)

ISBN: 978-0582779969

This book provides a practical introduction to Business English for new and experienced teachers, and deals with a range of issues from needs analysis and course planning to testing and evaluation.

Basic Telephone Training
by Watson-Delestree (Thomson)

ISBN: 978-0906717424

An elementary course for anyone who needs to improve their telephone skills, particularly for the workplace. Each unit develops the language and skills needed to use the phone confidently and take messages efficiently. Areas covered include basic vocabulary, numbers, dates and spelling on the phone, key phrases and recorded messages.

Build your Business Grammar
by Tim Bowen (Thomson 2000)

ISBN: 978-1899396450

This is an intermediate grammar practice book for people learning English for business. It covers a carefully selected grammatical syllabus, chosen with the needs of business learners in mind and can be used either in a classroom or for self-study. The book contains 70 concise units and the areas covered include: problems, processes and products; change and development; projections and forecasts; comparing present and past; numbers, vague language and approximating; categorizing, exemplifying and hypothesizing; and business meetings and reports. It also provides business vocabulary, word partnerships and fixed expressions which should be useful in a wide range of business contexts and situations.

Business Language Practice by John Morrison Milne (Thomson 1994)

ISBN: 978-0906717547

Providing supplementary practice for intermediate students, this book covers five areas: the spoken language of business; basic business vocabulary; basic business grammar; business writing and reading; and understanding business texts. The book can be used at home or in class.

Business Grammar Builder
by Emmerson (Macmillan ELT)

ISBN: 978-0333754924

A grammar reference and practice book, accompanied by an audio CD, for students studying Business English at intermediate to higher level. The book contains 50 grammar units covering the most important structures and functions in Business English. Each unit is organised into two pages of explanations and two pages of exercises. The book can be used either in the classroom or for self-study.

Business Communication Games
by Lloyd and Preier (OUP)

ISBN: 978-0194572248

A very valuable book for people involved in teaching Business English.

Business English Meetings: Instant Agendas by Comfort and Brieger (Longman)

No longer available.

Business English Pair Work Finders et al (Macmillan ELT)

ISBN: 978-0140816808

This book includes four different types of exercise: information-gap; discussion; role-play, and simulation. Exercises for student A and B in the same book. Detailed teacher's notes and a glossary of business terms.

Business Games Mawer (Thomson)

ISBN: 978-0906717981

A photocopiable resource book designed to promote lively class discussion in over 70 discussion areas. The book contains three main areas: Problems, Issues and Ethics. There are 19 problems at different levels, 24 issues to stimulate debate and 28 contemporary ethical dilemmas.

Decision Maker Evans (CUP)

ISBN: 978-0521448055

The concept of Decision Maker reflects an interesting direction in Business English publications, where materials can be used as resources and are flexible for various situations. The focus on communication activities and ways to activate students' language is the major strength of this publication.' ETAS Newsletter, Switzerland.

English for Work - Everyday Business English Badger (Longman)

ISBN: 978-0582539594

Essential vocabulary and phrases are presented through realistic dialogues or texts. Helpful language notes highlight and reinforce the key language points. A variety of enjoyable practice exercises consolidate language at the end of each unit. A glossary section with space for translation into students own language. Recordings of all the dialogues on CD provide useful speaking models.

Essential Telephoning in English Garside and Barbara (CUP)

ISBN: 978-0521783910

Essential Telephoning in English is a short skills course for adult learners of Business and general English. Its 11 core units cover a wide range of communication skills such as beginning and ending a call, taking messages, dealing with problems, making appointments and communicating information. The course enables learners to check their progress with three consolidation units as well as an end-of-course review unit. It has been designed primarily for use in class but is also suitable for self-study.

Financial English Ian Mackenzie (Thomson 1994)

ISBN: 978-1899396009

This text is designed for anyone working or planning to work in the field of finance who wants to be able to discuss financial matters, read the financial press, or consult financial documents with greater ease and confidence. It is suitable for a wide range of students, from post-intermediate to advanced level. The book is divided into five areas (accounting, money and banking, selling, company finance and world economics) with a total of 86 units across these areas. It consists of mostly one-page lessons and includes a 32-page mini-dictionary of financial terms.

Insights into Business Lannon et al (Longman)

ISBN: 978-0582335530

A very useful book for anyone teaching Business English.

Management and Marketing Ian Mackenzie (Thomson 1997)

ISBN: 978-1899396801

This text teaches the specific language skills students need to function in these two key areas, while clarifying basic concepts for students with little work experience. The book contains over 70 units in three sections, covering management, production and operations, and marketing.

Presenting in English Mark Powell (Thomson 2002)

ISBN: 978-1899396306

Resulting from research into what really makes presentations so successful, this book's approach combines the language and skills needed to give effective presentations. The book is aimed at intermediate to upper intermediate students and employs simple rhetorical techniques. It shows how to deliver complicated subject matter clearly and effectively and employs models for clarifying and dealing with questions. The skills training is step-by-step and the open format allows for personalized input. An accompanying cassette is available, whose recordings are designed to improve delivery.

Telephoning in English Naterop and Revell (OUP)

ISBN: 978-0521469852

Telephoning in English is for professionals or trainee professionals in business, commerce and administration who need to make and answer phone calls. It is suitable for learners at the intermediate and upper-intermediate levels, and can be used in class or for self-study. The emphasis is on developing and consolidating practical telephone skills in a variety of interesting and relevant contexts. Activities range from message-taking and spelling practice to role play, providing learners with a comprehensive course in using the telephone in English. Second edition This has been fully revised and updated to take into account the most important recent developments in the world of telecommunications. It has also been redesigned at a larger format and in colour to make it easier to use for learners working on their own. The recorded material is available on an audio cassette set or audio CD set.

Course books

Company to Company Littlejohn (OUP)

Student's Book 9780521609753

Teacher's Book 9780521609760

Company to Company is for anyone studying or working in business, commerce or administration who needs to correspond in English. It is particularly suitable for learners at the lower-intermediate and intermediate levels, but more advanced learners who are unfamiliar with business correspondence will also find it invaluable. The fourth edition of this highly successful course contains thoroughly updated content and includes extensive work on email correspondence. It follows the successful interactive task and feedback approach of the previous editions.

International Express Liz Taylor (Oxford 2004)

ISBN: 978-0194574143

This highly practical course bridges the gap between general English and the professional world of working adults. The syllabus is based on the needs of people in work who use English as an international means of communication. It addresses the needs of adults who use English in their professional lives, but who find that general coursebooks are too general, and Business English courses too specialized. The course makes full use of the experience, motivation and skills of working adult learners - units are topic-based with sophisticated international topics appropriate to adult learners. Students are encouraged to communicate confidently in a range of realistic professional situations, including socializing, making contacts and telephoning, and authentic contexts are used to present grammar structures using a discovery method. The workbook provides extra exercises on grammar, reading, writing and listening.

Business Focus David Grant and Robert McLarty (Oxford 2004)

ISBN: 978-0194385480

A two-level foundation course in business English. 100 hours of teaching material, supported by a further 100 hours of self-study materials on CD-ROM, on audio CD and in the Student's Book and Workbook.

Market Leader David Cotton, David Falvey, Simon Kent (Longman 2000)

ISBN: 978-1405881395

Market Leader is the major business English course for tomorrow's business leaders. Incorporating material from the Financial Times©, it brings business right into the classroom.

Business Vocabulary in Use Advanced Bill Mascull (Cambridge 2004)

ISBN: 978-0521775298

'An enormous amount of detail taking students to hitherto unattained heights of business linguistic sophistication. The content is both broad and comprehensive in scope. The language is up-to-date and relevant to today's business world, covering such topics as e-mails, the internet and e-commerce.' TEFL Farm.

Business Basics Grant and McLarty ( OUP)

ISBN: 978-0194573436

This is an updated edition of this complete first course in English for business. "Business Basics" now leads on to "Business Focus" - the new course for pre-intermediate Business English students.

Business Class Cotton and Robbins (Nelson)

ISBN: 978-0175563371

Topics such as Corporate Strategy and marketing Ethics are developed through the extensive use of authentic material. Focuses on advanced level grammar and vocabulary. Each unit concludes with a Case Study task, which involves students in a role-play, simulation or problem solving activity.

Business Opportunities Hollett (OUP)

ISBN: 978-0194520287

Clear presentation and practice of essential business language.

Business Vision Wallwork (OUP)

ISBN: 978-0194379809

A contemporary, highly practical language course for professional adults.

In Company Powell (Macmillan ELT)

ISBN: 978-0333957349

In Company has edtablished itself as the English course for professionals because of its immediate results through topic- based content, active skills, and real world tasks that are instantly relevant to everyday business life. In Company Second Edition builds on the success of the original but is now updated and improved with a host of new features.

The Language of Meetings Goodale (Thomson)

ISBN: 978-0906717462

This book provides the language necessary to present an argument, ask/express and opinion, agree/disagree, interrupt, question, clarify, support, oppose and persuade.

New International Business English Jones and Alexander (OUP)

ISBN: 978-0521774703

This bestselling course is the ideal next step for students who have completed Working in English. Fifteen topic-based units cover a wide range of business situations and the course provides frequent opportunity for discussion and thorough vocabulary development. The Teacher's Book offers a complete introduction to the aims, design and principles of the course, including step-by-step procedures for each section, suggested timings and photocopiable resource material. The Workbook contains a valuable grammar review. The Student's Book now comes with a free BEC Vantage Preparation CD-ROM that contains an introduction to the BEC Vantage exam and a full practice test including audio.

Working in English Jones (CUP)

ISBN: 978-0521776837

Working In English is a comprehensive course for Business English learners from Leo Jones, co-author of the successful New International Business English course. The core course comprises 40 one-hour units organised into seven modules. It is supplemented by extra activities from the Teacher's Book to offer maximum flexibility. The units focus on the practical day-to-day activities that all business people - whatever their level or experience - are involved in. The accompanying Video contains specially filmed documentary sequences, made in Europe and the USA, that relate to the themes of the modules and provide authentic input to the course. The pocket-sized Personal Study Book offers useful reference material and fun practice activities to do out of class. It comes with a free audio CD to provide extra self-study listening practice.

Working Week Watson-Delestree and Hill (Thomson)

ISBN: 978-1899396856

This intermediate business course has an emphasis on speaking, listening and business correspondence. The course is divided into ten units, each corresponding to a morning or afternoon of business over five working days and is based on everyday situations found in most businesses in the course of a typical week: coping with messages; giving instructions; unwanted callers; stock availability; correspondences; insisting; complaints; dealing with problems; making decisions; travel arrangement; getting people to pay; phoning around; playing for time; and dealing with numbers. Activities involve realistic problem-solving; using phone, fax and e-mail; grammar revision; intensive listening; discussion; and everyday correspondence.