The Functional Business English Course is an Upper Intermediate/Advanced (B2-C1) level business English course designed to develop the functional language skills necessary for professionals to communicate confidently in an international working environment. Additionally, the course aims to enhance learners’ cultural awareness and reinforce the use of appropriate tone and style across a variety of social and professional situations that occur in the workplace. Relevant business vocabulary and grammar also form an integral part of every lesson.
Students are provided a tailor-made 'Business English Course Manual’ designed by experienced business English trainers at Kickstart for upper-intermediate to advanced level learners. The manual includes authentic articles, a grammar reference section, practice exercises and an extensive glossary with a collection of both general business terms and industry specific vocabulary.
Topics covered in the Functional Business English Course include:
Students will also have access to Kickstart's online learning platform which has additional materials and grammar exercises to help students consolidate what they have learnt in class. Our clients will also receive access to an exclusive mobile app related to their course. This will remain accessible even after the course has finished allowing you to practise your business English skills anywhere, anytime!
This course also contains material to assist students preparing for the Cambridge English: Business (BEC) Vantage or Higher speaking exam. Students wishing to take one of these exams can also combine this course with a Cambridge English: Business (BEC) Exam Preparation programme.
This course can be taken independently or combined as a package with the Focused Business English Course. These courses can be taken consecutively in any order, or taken concurrently to create a semi-intensive programme.
Kickstart's Business English group courses are designed to cover the language needs of individuals in a variety of professional contexts. However, if you are seeking English for a more specific purpose or industry, we also offer tailor-made in-company training.
Materials Business English Course Manual
KickstartNet, our online learning platform
Kickstart Mobile app
Length 15 hours
Group size 4 to 10 students
Homework 2.5 hours per lesson
Price €300 (including all course materials).
For all of our courses, we offer a money-back guarantee: if you are not satisfied after the first lesson, we will refund you the full course fee (less €15 administration costs).
Catch-up lessons If a student misses a lesson during the course, catch-up lessons can be arranged at a discounted rate of €50/hour.
Highlighted below is the language level of this course. Other courses at this language level can also be seen, as well as follow-on courses.
|CEFR Level||General Courses||Conversation & Practical Courses||Business Courses||Exam Preparation Courses||Online Courses|
- Cambridge: First (FCE)
- Cambridge: Business (BEC) Vantage
|- Academic English
- Business English
- Cambridge: Advanced (CAE)
- Cambridge: Business (BEC) Higher
|- Academic English
- Business English
Functional Business +
(to be taken simultaneously 2x2.5 hrs/week for 6 weeks or consecutively)
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