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IH Certificate in Teaching Business English

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. To prepare candidates to take the LCCE FTBE exam, if they wish.


The IH BET is a 50 hour course consisting of 30 hours of input and 20 hours of homework (reading or action research) tasks, plus a post-course reflection. The course contains 30 modules divided into 3 strands: Basic Business Awareness, Professional Skills and Methodology and Materials. Course length varies according to the Teacher Training Centre.

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 exectutives 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.

How to Apply

See which IH Teacher Training Centres run this course or study online with IH Online Teacher Training.