Raise your level of professionalism – and your students’ – with targeted training in teaching Business English.

English has become the language of international business, and as a result, the demand for teachers in this niche is strong. The value of fluency is especially tangible in the corporate setting, as the ability to communicate in the world’s lingua franca opens doors to new job opportunities and leads to career advancement.

The field of teaching Business English is ever-evolving, so it’s crucial that ESL teachers keep their skills current. From conducting needs analyses and considering stakeholder expectations, to teaching English as a global language and using authentic materials, this course gives you the 21st-century tools and techniques to effectively teach English to professionals – with confidence.


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100% Online
Start anytime and work from any device.

Personal tutor
Get feedback and ask questions throughout the course.

Flexible schedule
Work at your own pace–complete in 3 months or less.

Interactive content
Instructional videos, downloadable resources, quizzes & activities, and discussion board.

Certificate of completion and digital badge
Verifiable by employers.

Continuing education units
Earn up to 6 Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

Job placement assistance
Access our global job network via the BridgeTEFL Job Board. and connect with preferred employer partners.

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Look inside our best-in-class TEFL course curriculum.

Module 1 What Is Business English and Why Is It Important?
Module 2 Analyzing Stakeholder Needs
Module 3 Shaping the Course
Module 4 The Business Model and Assessments
Module 5 Practices in Professional Development

5 Module Quizzes

14 Instructional videos

1 Assignment

22 Resource downloads

8 Discussion board activities

Learning Objectives

When you graduate, you’ll be able to:

  • Identify a range of techniques best suited to teaching Business English and adult learners in the 21st century.

  • Develop a comprehensive needs analysis and make adjustments based on the goals of your students.

  • Consider the implications of course planning, needs assessments, and reporting for sponsored Business English students and their employers.

  • Select, create, and use authentic materials that are suited to Business English and embrace the use of English as a lingua franca.

  • Design, plan, and model a Business English syllabus and lesson plans.

  • Explain the unique learner aspects and motivations of professionals learning English for their careers and how to best balance education and career needs

These resources are designed to make the process of finding TEFL jobs or advancing in the field as clear and easy as possible for our graduates. You’ll learn how to improve your resume, find and apply to TEFL jobs, and ace your interview so that you can get the teaching job of your dreams. If you’re already teaching, you’ll find helpful information on continuing professional development, recommended TESOL organizations you can join, and teaching resources you can use in your own classroom. You’ll also learn how to take advantage of Bridge’s job placement services and connect to our community of TEFL teachers and schools worldwide.

Module 1 Finding a Job, Downloading Your Certificate, and Updating Your Resume
Module 2 Stay Connected with Bridge!
Module 3 TEFL/TESOL Professional Development Opportunities
Take the next step in your academic journey and career.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are nationally recognized units of measurement for participation in non-credit, continuing education programs. Bridge is accredited by ACCET (the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training), and any ACCET-approved Bridge course, including our online TEFL programs, can be taken for 1 CEU per 10 hours of TEFL course instruction.

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Requirements to take this course:
  • 18 years of age
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • An upper-intermediate or higher level of English proficiency (B2 level, according to the CEFR, the Common European Framework Reference for Language or a score of 5.5 or above on the IELTS exam)
  • Teaching experience or a general TEFL/TESOL certificate (recommended)*

*It is highly recommended that content teachers without previous experience in TEFL/TESOL take one of Bridge’s Professional Certifications to gain an essential understanding of key language teaching methodologies.

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Dynamic Content

Through interactive exercises and practice activities that check comprehension, you’ll actively engage with the course content as you progress through your training.

Downloadable Resources

The Teaching Business English course includes handouts and infographics that you can save and refer back to when you’re teaching.

Teaching Videos

Throughout this course, you’ll observe and reflect on a variety of teaching demonstration videos from classroom-based and online Business English lessons.

Personal Tutor and Peer Discussion Boards

Your personal tutor provides feedback on assignments and answers questions throughout the course. You’ll also share ideas and experiences with other trainees around the world on the class discussion boards.

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From the first day of your course, you will be assigned a personal tutor who will be with you throughout your training. Your tutor will provide feedback on your written assignments and answer any questions you have along the way.

Why should you take this course?

You want to represent yourself as professionally as possible in the Business English setting.

You’d like to specialize your skills to focus on the high-demand subfield of teaching English to adults.

You recognize that teaching Business English is rapidly evolving as employers embrace 21st-century skills.

You want the most up-to-date practices for teaching business professionals to prepare them for the modern workplace.

You want to develop the skills to conduct needs analyses and to plan an effective business English course with engaging activities.

You want to engage with other professionals teaching Business English worldwide to network and exchange ideas.


You will have 3 months from the day you enroll in your Specialized Certificate to complete it. (Most students finish the course sooner – in four to six weeks.)

If you sign up Specialized Certificate along with one of our TEFL courses, we recommend you first complete your general TEFL course and then start your Specialized Certificate course. You will then have 3 months from the day you begin your Specialized Course to complete it.

If you don’t finish in time for any reason, you can purchase an extension to complete your Specialized Certificate course, either before it expires or for up to one year after expiration. Extensions cost $100 for an additional 3 months. Please note that once your course/extension has expired, you will no longer have access to the course.

To take Bridge Specialized Certificates, you must be at least 18 years old with a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent.

It is recommended that you are either already TEFL/TESOL certified, or enroll concurrently in a Professional TEFL/TESOL course, such as the IDELTOnline to take a Specialized Certificate course.

If you are not a native English speaker, we recommend an intermediate or higher level of English proficiency (minimum B1 level, according to the CEFR, the Common European Framework Reference for Language).

You can take our Teaching English Online courses on their own and many students do so in order to complement general TEFL certification or teaching experience they already have.

If you’re not yet TEFL/TESOL certified, our Foundations and Advanced Methods in Teaching English Online may also be taken as part of the Comprehensive 240-Hour Certification Bundle. You’ll start with the foundations of teaching English in the 120-Hour Master Certificate course before specializing in teaching English online.

Yes, you may sign up for as many as you like. We recommend you complete one certificate course before beginning the 3-month timeline on the next one.

No. All the materials you will need to complete your course are available 100% online. You can complete these courses from anywhere in the world with Internet connection.

Yes. In this self-study course, you will have a tutor available to answer any questions you have and also to provide feedback and a grade on your written assignments.

You must earn an average grade of 70% or higher in order to pass and receive your Specialized Certification in Teaching Business English. Your grade is an average of your scores across the Module Quizzes and the Final Assignment.

Upon successful completion of your Specialized Certificate course, you can download and print your certificate from our online certificate verification portal for free. You may also order a hard copy certificate mailed to you anywhere in the world for an additional fee. Click here to view fees for hard copy certificate orders.

Yes! You'll earn 1 CEU for every 10 hours of Bridge certification. For example, if you successfully complete a 60-hour Specialized Certificate, you will earn 6 CEUs. Click here to learn more about CEUs.

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Demonstrate your expertise with a lifetime certificate.

  • Download and print your TEFL/TESOL certificate for free.
  • All Bridge certifications are detailed on your certificate, including Primary and Specialized.
  • Courses are stackable! The total number of hours you completed is indicated, and this number updates each time you add another course.
  • Option to order a hard copy certificate mailed to anywhere in the world!


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  • Employers can click on your badge to see detailed, verifiable information about the course you completed.
  • Demonstrate your commitment to lifelong learning – earn a new digital badge for every Bridge course you take!

We'll help you find your dream TEFL job. Here's how.


With the Bridge Job Board, you can:

  • Access hundreds of current teaching vacancies posted by our employment partners.
  • Create a Teacher Portfolio to highlight your Bridge certification and other qualifications.
  • Search recommended jobs teaching English online and worldwide, get answers to FAQs, and learn how to get started in the field.
  • Connect with trusted jobs from our Preferred Employer Partners.

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