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IH Certificate in Teaching Business English (Online)

Who is it for?

  • Qualified teachers with little or no experience of teaching business English
  • General English teachers wanting to diversify into business English
  • Newly qualified teachers wanting to expand their teaching experience


To give participants the necessary skills and knowledge to start teaching business English.


The IH BET course is run completely online and contains 30 modules divided into 3 strands: basic business awareness, professional skills and methodology and materials:

Basic Business Awareness Professional skills Methodology and materials
Course introduction Strand introduction Learner-centred approaches
Business speaking skills Needs analysis Approaches to classroom practice
Business writing skills Syllabus design The lexical approach
Corporate structure Principles of lesson planning Practising speaking skills
Marketing “The client approach” to teaching executives Practising writing skills
Sales Conducting feedback Using authentic materials
Accountancy   Adapting published materials
Banking   Adapting materials from video and radio
Markets   The numerical-graphical approach
Human Resources Management 1   Business games
Human Resources Management 2   Creating your own materials
Product Development and production    


Structure & Assessment

There is no assessed teaching in this course. Candidates submit a post-course reflective assignment and a portfolio of seven tasks taken from the homework set in Strands 2 and 3 of the course. The final portfolio is moderated by the IH Assessment Unit. The course is run by qualified and experienced Business English teachers who hold an online tutoring qualification. The grading of the course is Pass or Fail.

Time Commitment

This is a 50-hour course if taken face to face. On average participants spend a minimum of 7 hours per week online and doing tasks.


IH staff: £250 (excluding VAT)

   £300 (including VAT)

Non-IH staff: £430 (excluding VAT)

            £516 (including VAT)

If the fee will be paid by a business outside of the UK, VAT can be deducted from the prices listed. Please enquire upon application.



  • May 6th 2017 to August 19th 2017 plus two weeks for the final assessment
  • October 21st to 10th February 2018 plus two weeks for the final assessment

How to Apply

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