IH Certificate in Teaching Business English

The aim of IH Business English Teaching is to give participants the necessary skills and knowledge to start teaching business English. An interesting aspect of the Business English Teaching course is that you will work both on teaching methodology as well as business background elements.

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In this video, tutor Choreanne Frei goes into more detail about why this course is worth taking and what you can expect to get out of it. 

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 in the business English field
  • ESP (English for Specific Purposes) teachers who are interested in specialising in business English


The IH Business English Teaching 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


“The client approach” to teaching executives

Practising writing skills


Conducting feedback

Using authentic materials



Adapting published materials



Adapting materials from video and radio



The numerical-graphical approach

Human Resources Management 1


Business games

Human Resources Management 2


Creating your own materials

Product Development and production


In the video below, Choreanne explains more about the workload and what you can expect on a weekly basis.

Structure and 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 IHWO Assessment Unit.

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What are the key elements a student will take away from the IH BET course?

The key elements are a knowledge of business basics, business backgrounds, and how to incorporate these into business teaching as well as refreshing teaching methodology. Another benefit is you will connect with teachers from all over the world. You will meet teachers who already have experience teaching business English, but you will also meet novice teachers, and you can exchange ideas and experiences with these teachers, which is really an advantage for anybody taking the course.

Time commitment

On average participants spend a minimum of 7 hours per week online and doing tasks. The workload depends on you, how much do you want to invest into the course, and how much do you want to get out of the course. The more time you are prepared to invest, the more you will get out of this course. What is great about this online Business English course, is that you do not have fixed times when you have to be online, so you can tailor the course around your workload.


The course is run by qualified and experienced Business English teachers who also hold an online tutoring qualification.

Course dates

  • 15th May 2021 – 28th August 2021 (plus a further 2 weeks to complete the assessed portfolio)
  • 23rd October 2021 – 12th February 2022 (plus a further 2 weeks to complete the assessed portfolio)


The course fees stated are exclusive of 20% VAT.  VAT will be added to the fee if it is paid by a business or individual located in the UK.

Course fees must be paid in full prior to the start date.