Category Archives: Business English and ESP

New small talk games/ worksheets page

My Business English students often complain that the most difficult part of using English in their jobs is not making presentations or chairing meetings but the networking, chatting and bumping into people in the lift that can happen before and afterwards. There … Continue reading

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New Market Leader Elementary materials page

Only up to Unit 5, but 22 relevant links so far, including a fair few worksheets written specifically for use with this book: Market Leader Elementary photocopiable classroom activities Pages for the other ML books here.

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Collins Academic Skills: Presenting and Group Work review

Another MET one. This time the reviews editor added words that suggested I’d still recommend the Group Work title, which is a rather “generous” reading of what I wrote… Group Work by Graham Burton: ISBN 978 000 750714 6 Presenting by … Continue reading

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50 Steps to Improving your Academic Writing (Garnet) review

As usual, as published in Modern English Teacher magazine. And as usual, the published version probably seems at least more positive than I was in this original version… There is no lack of well-respected ESL academic writing books on the … Continue reading

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New English for lawyers games/ worksheets page

Have combined four specific new worksheets on the topic with some of my old crime and punishment classics to make a new legal English page: Legal English games/ worksheets

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Teaching trends language

Should you wish to considerably improve the way you teach language like “considerably improve” or substantially increase the number of expressions like “substantially increase” that you introduce to IELTS, EAP, business and ESP students, I’ve finally got around to writing an article on … Continue reading

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The most important and neglected kind of academic writing?

To my pleasant surprise, about 80% of my academic writing students last term chose “emailing to academic staff” as the most useful thing we covered in that course. The surprise comes from the fact that I’ve never seen it in … Continue reading

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Extreme needs-based teaching!

I’ve been doing this for a while in one-to-one classes, but took me a while to come up with a worksheet for group classes to elicit and practise what students need in the very first lesson, even when those needs … Continue reading

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English for Academic Purposes (EAP) pages expanded and reorganised

I’m spending most of my time teaching university classes at the moment, including academic writing, academic presentations and academic discussion skills, plus English for Specific Academic Purposes classes for design, economics and social science students. As with most of my … Continue reading

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Theory and reality of the Business/ ESP approach

It sounds like a great approach most General English classes taught the CELTA way could also learn from – find out what students need and give it to them. However, it rarely works out to be quite that simple in reality. However, … Continue reading

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