Business English is English for finding and doing a job and working successfully with English as a global business language. There are some excellent resources to help you learn the language you need.
Business in the news and media
Business vocabulary and grammar books
- The Cambridge Business English Dictionary and its free online page, including business vocabulary are both very useful.
- The Oxford Business English Dictionary for learners of English is highly recommended; it is based on a study of how people really use English.
- Macmillan Business vocabulary and grammar books (three English levels; 'Essential' (lower level), Intermediate and Upper Intermediate). Samples can be read here.
Learning English for Business - websites & business language books
- 'Presentations in English' by Erica J Williams (Macmillan Education 2008).
- BBC Learning English: 'Talking Business' includes language for presentations, meetings, negotiations and telephoning.
- BBC Learning English: 'Get That Job' focuses on job-hunting, CVs and interviews.
- BBC Learning English also has language for the workplace and 'The Handy Guide' - a series of short talks about the ideas of business experts.
- The British Council 'Business English' pages have excellent resources on business, job-hunting and language to use at work.
- The Oxford University Press website has interactive exercises at Elementary and Pre-Intermediate level for Business English learners at https://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/business-english.
- 'Email English' by Paul Emmerson - an excellent, clear, language guide (Macmillan Education, 2013).
- 'Fifty ways to improve your Telephoning and Teleconferencing Skills' by Ken Taylor (Orient Black Swan, 2011).
- 'Telephone English' by John Hughes (Macmillan Education 2006).