Business in the media
- The Economist is a leading business and news magazine. They have some excellent online resources, including audio and video. They also have interesting publications you can buy.
- The BBC’s Business and Money news service. Go to BBC news and click "Business"
- Dragons' Den is a popular programme in which business people make presentations to successful entrepreneurs in the hope of getting investment for their companies. You can borrow series 1 and 2 of Dragons' Den on DVD from the Library. Or you can look at clips online: (1) go to the BBC homepage and search for "Dragons' Den"; (2) you could also search YouTube for “Dragons' Den” or (3) you can go to BBC iPlayer (online TV & radio service) and search for programmes.
- The Apprentice is a reality TV show in which young people compete for a job with a famous entrepreneur’s company. There is a similar show where the competitors are teenagers. You can borrow The Apprentice on DVD from the Library. Again, you could search YouTube for clips and episodes or search BBC iPlayer (online TV & radio service) for programmes.
- The Money Programme This is a 30-minute TV documentary series with a huge archive of online articles. Go the BBC homepage and then search the site for "Money Programme". Again, you could search YouTube for clips and episodes or search BBC iPlayer (online TV & radio service) for programmes.
- In Business This is a 30-minute radio documentary series. Again, you could search YouTube for clips and episodes or search BBC iPlayer (online TV & radio service) for programmes.
- Stephanomics In this programme top economists discuss topics such as the global financial crisis and the future of the Chinese and US economies.
- The Bottom Line An excellent business discussion programme in which business leaders talk about management issues. This page also has nice video clips of individual business leaders giving advice - and an archive of past radio programmes.
Business vocabulary and grammar books
- Free online Cambridge Business English Dictionary This is for anyone, not just International students, but it's quick, free and clear. It also gives you pronunciation playbacks.
- Oxford Business English Dictionary for learners of English This is the best dictionary of its kind. It’s based on a study of how people really use English. The pack includes the book and CD-ROM versions.
- Business Vocabulary Builder This is simply the best business vocabulary book at the moment.
- Essential Business Vocabulary Builder For lower intermediate and pre-intermediate level.
- Business Grammar Builder Excellent grammar training with business vocabulary and texts.
- Essential Business Grammar Builder For lower levels.
Learning English for Business - websites & books
- Presentations in English by Erica Williams.
- Talking Business is a BBC series which includes language for presentations, meetings, negotiations and telephoning.
- Get That Job is a BBC series focusing on job-hunting, CVs and interviews.
- Welcome to London – a BBC series helping you with language for hotels, eating out, transport, etc.
- The Handy Guide. A BBC series with short talks summarising the key ideas of business experts including Bill Gates, Sumantra Goshal, Peter Drucker, Michael Porter and Kenichi Ohmae. Go to The BBC Learning English homepage and click "The Handy Guide".
- The British Council website has some great resources on a wide range of subjects.
- Oxford University Press has many free online resources. Although they are related to published books, you can use these resources free – and it’s no problem if you don’t have the book.
- Business Spotlight is an excellent magazine for business English learners. It's produced in Germany but you can still use it if you don't speak German! Intermediate level plus.
- Email English by Paul Emmerson An excellent guide to the way English really is used in business emails. Contains exercises and answers.
- 50 ways to improve your Telephoning and Teleconferencing skills by Ken Taylor.
- Telephone English by John Hughes.
- 50 ways to improve your Business English using the Internet by Eric Baber.
Finding a job
- If you're looking for casual work (in a restaurant, for example) or work within the University, you can register with our YSJ Jobs & Internships portal.
- If you're looking for a serious career move, you can get help from Careers Advice at the Phoenix Centre near the Students' Union - and you'll find the CIPD's advice on CVs and interviews helpful (this is free - just open a free account when you click the link - it takes 2 minutes). And make use again of YSJ Connect.