3 things to consider before selecting a Business English Course

May 28, 2015
28 May 2015,
Business English Courses (also known as Adult English Courses) are targeted towards people with jobs. The general perception is that Business English Courses are more suited for working professionals than standard General English Courses. An important questions that comes up often is “what kind of Business English Course do I need to take to improve English?”. The answer, unfortunately, for this questions is “it depends”. Here are 3 basic questions you should ask yourself before joining a Business English program.

Selecting a Business English Course

What are you trying to achieve in terms of learning English?


What are the most important things you are looking to gain out of the English Course? Are you looking for Business English videos to watch and learn? Are you looking to do role plays that relate to your job? (Example, are you a doctor who wants to practice English conversations similar to what you would have with patients). Is your goal to do well in an exam like IELTS or TOEFL? Or is it to improve your English speaking in general so that you can be a better communicator in English. Are you looking for 100% Conversational English or do you need help with writing and listening too? Whatever your goal is, make sure you have a good understanding of what the Business English Course has to offer. Remember, most Business English Courses might not cater to your individual needs unless they are 1 on 1 private lessons.


How do you like to learn English? And what level are you at currently?


Not all of us learn English (or anything for that matter) in the same way. You might be a beginner of the language who needs to learn more grammar rules or someone who needs help improving there vocabulary and pronunciation. On the other hand, you can be someone who has learned English in school for a few years but needs to be more fluent. Either way, pick a Business English program (or adult English program) that is suited to your style of learning and level. This becomes especially important if you are learning in a group setting, where you are not receiving one on one tutoring. If the English Course is too advanced or too elementary for you, you will not benefit from it.


 Don’t get fooled by the name of the English course


There are a multitude of names used by English teachers and English schools to describe the course/programs they offer. It is super confusing! Here some examples we found from the internet.

Adult English course

Intensive English Course

Mini-Intensive English

General & Intensive English

English For Adults

English for Work

English for Professionals

English for Young Adults

English for Academics

Business English Course

Professional English

Intensive Business English

General English Course

Onsite Business English

English Courses for the workplace

Executive English Course

Corporate English Course

Online Business English Lessons

Online Adult English Lessons


This is JUST what we found by searching the internet for 5 minutes. For English language students this is a lot to process. Are these all these the same English course? Or are their differences? If so, what are they?

If you are experienced ESL student who has explored multiple avenues to improve English, you will probably know that most of the time, these different names represent very similar services. For example the Executive English program will use the same materiel and teacher as the Professional English course. So don’t get confused by the name. Or more importantly, don’t let the name of the Business English course fool you!


When learning English as an adult, the most important thing for you is time. Learning English is just ONE thing you do in your busy life, with a job, a family, and a ton of other responsibilities. You absolutely don’t want to be wasting time at the wrong English language program. Consider the 3 factors above before enrolling in a Business English Course and make the most out of the time you spend. And as always remember, the fastest and most logical way to improve your English at any age is to practice with real, native English speakers and to immerse yourself in the language.