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Business English is English especially related to international trade. It is a part of English for Specific Purposes and can be considered a specialism within English language learning and teaching; for example, the teachers' organisation IATEFL has a special interest group called BESIG [1]. Many non-native English speakers study the subject with the goal of doing business with English-speaking countries, or with companies located outside the Anglosphere but which nonetheless use English as a shared language or lingua franca. Much of the English communication that takes place within business circles all over the world occurs between non-native speakers. In cases such as these the object of the exercise is efficient and effective communication. The strict rules of grammar are in such cases sometimes ignored, when, for example, a stressed negotiator's only goal is to reach an agreement as quickly as possible[1]. (See linguist Braj Kachru's theory of the "expanding circle".)

Business English means different things to different people. For some, it focuses on vocabulary and topics used in the worlds of business, trade, finance, and international relations. For others it refers to the communication skills used in the workplace, and focuses on the language and skills needed for typical business communication such as presentations, negotiations, meetings, small talk, socializing, correspondence, report writing, and so on. In both of these cases it can be taught to native speakers of English, for example, high school students preparing to enter the job market.

It can also be a form of international English.

It is possible to study Business English at college and university; institutes around the world have on offer courses (modules) in BE, which can even lead to a degree in the subject[2].


  1. ^ English in Germany
  2. ^ International Business English BA (Hons)

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Welcome to the Business English textbook.


City of London, England
  1. Topics
    1. Work
    2. Branding
    3. Marketing
    4. Finance
    5. Big business
    6. Home office
    7. Computers and technology
    8. Engineering
    9. Sports
    10. Business books and magazines
    11. Cold calling
    12. Starting your own business
    13. American culture
    14. American business culture
    15. Time management
    16. Bad news letters
    17. Routine and good news letters
  2. Grammar
  3. Reading and Writing
  4. Speaking and Listening
  5. Interviewing
  6. Idioms
  7. Phrasal Verbs
    1. Get
    2. Turn
    3. Up
  8. Slang
  9. English Proverbs
  10. Activities and Dynamics
  11. Areas of English Proficiency
  12. Making a Personal Plan to Improve Your English
  13. Getting More Practice
  14. Tips for Teachers
  15. Course Outlines
  16. Links

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