IH Cert. Teaching Business English

Dates Sort descending School Location Mode Fee
23 Oct - 12 Feb 2022
Online Training 100% Online PT £460

Who is this course designed for

If you’re a teacher and you’d like to start teaching Business English, this course is for you. You may be a newly qualified teacher or someone with experience, this course will give you all the key skills for teaching Business English.

This course is also for an ESL teacher who…

  • wants to expand their professional skills and develop in the area of teaching Business English
  • is finding it difficult to develop professionally in their location and wants to expand their English teaching skillset or open up a prospective career path
  • has taught General English/ESP/EAP and would like to develop their skills in Business English;
  • is already teaching Business English but wants to acquire new skills and find inspiration for their teaching
  • is already teaching Business English but would like to have a formal qualification in this field
  • wants to help their students with job-related presentations or other work
  • works as a private tutor who wants to expand and start teaching Business English
  • wants to improve their range of skills for employability

Entry requirements

To apply for this course, you should have some experience of teaching English. You do not need to have taught Business English previously.

Please note that your level of English should be C1 or above.

Course objectives

This course will give you the required skills to get qualified in teaching Business English. It will give you the necessary teaching methodology and the knowledge you need in business background elements to help you become a successful teacher of Business English.


Course content

There are 30 modules in this course divided into 3 strands: Basic Business Awareness, Professional Skills, and Methodology and Materials. See below for what is included in each strand.

Basic Business Awareness

Course introduction; Business speaking skills; Business writing skills; Corporate structure; Marketing; Sales; Accountancy; Banking; Markets; Human Resources Management 1; Human Resources Management 2; Product development and production.

Professional Skills

Strand introduction; Needs analysis; Syllabus design; Principles of lesson planning; “The client approach” to teaching executives; Conducting feedback.

Methodology and Materials

Learner-centred approaches; Approaches to classroom practice; The lexical approach; Practising speaking skills; Practising writing skills; Using authentic materials; Adapting published materials; Adapting materials from video and radio; The numerical-graphical approach; Business games; Creating your own materials.

This course is asynchronous which means you can access the material online whenever it suits you. You do not need to log on at a certain time every week, so the course suits busy lifestyles, work and/or family commitments, and a variety of time differences.

The discussion forum on this course creates an online community and is what participants really value. You can share best practice tips, exchange ideas, and discuss experiences of teaching Business English with your peers who will be based all over the world. Through everyone logging on and talking about what they have learnt and experienced, course participants gain a huge amount of insight, knowledge and experience which to take on board throughout their professional careers.

Your time commitment

During the course, participants should spend a minimum of seven hours per week online and doing tasks. The time you spend doing the course is flexible so you can fit it around your current life commitments. The more time you dedicate to the course, the more you’ll get out of it.


At the end of the course, participants will submit a post-course reflective assignment and a portfolio comprising seven homework tasks from the modules in strands 2 and 3. This will be moderated by the IHWO Assessment Unit.


The duration of the course is 16 weeks.


The course tutors are all qualified Business English teachers with many years of experience.

Meet our IH OTTI tutors here



The IH Cert. Teaching Business English (BET) Course is delivered by IH OTTI (the IH Online Teacher Training Institute). IH OTTI courses are accredited by AQUEDUTO, the Association for Quality Education and Training Online. This is a charitable organisation dedicated to evaluating blended and online training courses against a quality assurance framework. Aqueduto accreditation helps language teaching professionals identify high quality course providers and enrol with confidence.