Language Classroom Content & Pedagogy Teaching Mature/Lifelong Learners Practice-Oriented Long Workshop

Keeping It Real – Skills Practice Activities in the Business English Class

Sun, Nov 14, 10:45-11:45 Asia/Tokyo

Location: Room 03

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Business English learners need a wide range of cultural knowledge and specialized language related to common business situations. Critically, they need activities—both restricted-use and authentic-use—that work with a wide range of learning styles, to give them opportunities to practice as realistically as the classroom will allow. In this workshop, the presenter and participants will look at a range of activities to help learners acquire the language and knowledge they need.

  • Joseph Phillips

    Long-term (more than 30 years) university teaching experience in Japan. Author of several EFL textbooks. Co-creator of the New General Service List.

Teaching Business English is challenging. Because business takes on so many forms and is conducted in a particular cultural context, it is sometimes difficult to know where to begin. This presentation will provide an overview of a business English course, beginning with a discussion of learner needs, followed by a description of course content and performance skills fundamentals. Finally, I will present some activities from the textbook series, Communicating in Business English published by Compass Publishing. Here is a link to the publisher's representative in Japan, Tryalogue Education: