Teaching Business English
60-Hour Specialized Online TEFL / TESOL Certification
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 field of teaching Business English is ever-evolving, so it’s crucial that EFL/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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Teaching Business English
Get the strategies you need to integrate 21st-century business skills into the ESL/EFL classroom.
Teaching Business English
- Through interactive exercises and practice activities that check comprehension, you’ll actively engage with the course content as you progress through your training.
- The Teaching Business English course includes handouts and infographics that you can save and refer back to when you’re teaching.
- 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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Start anytime and work from any device.
Get feedback and ask questions throughout the course.
Job placement assistance
Access the Bridge Job Board to connect with our Preferred Employer Partners and explore resources to support your TEFL job search.
Work at your own pace–complete in 3 months or less.
Instructional videos, downloadable resources, quizzes & activities, and discussion board.
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Teaching Business English Course Information
|Start date||The course starts the day you enroll.|
|Certification hours||60 hours.|
|Format||100% online and self-paced.|
|Language requirements||B1 CEFR level; proof of language proficiency is not required. (See Requirements below for more details.)|
|Instructors||Personal tutor (experienced ESL/EFL instructor) to grade assignments and provide support.|
|CEUs available||6 CEUs. (Learn more about earning CEUs below.)|
|Get answers to common course questions|
|Module 01||What Is Business English and Why Is It Important?|
|Module 02||Analyzing Stakeholder Needs|
|Module 03||Shaping the Course|
|Module 04||The Business Model and Assessments|
|Module 05||Practices in Professional Development|
Discussion Board Activities
When you complete your course, 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 make the process of finding TEFL jobs or advancing in the field as clear and easy as possible. You’ll learn how to improve your resume, find and apply to TEFL jobs, and ace your interview! If you’re already teaching, you’ll find helpful information on continuing professional development. 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 01||Finding a Job, Downloading Your Certificate, and Updating Your Resume|
|Module 02||Stay Connected with Bridge!|
|Module 03||TEFL / TESOL Professional Development Opportunities|
|Age||18 years of age or older.|
|Language||An intermediate or higher level of English proficiency (B1 level, according to the CEFR, the Common European Framework Reference for Language). Proof of language proficiency is not required.|
|Technology||Previous English language teaching experience or a general TEFL / TESOL certificate (recommended)*|
|Other||Internet access with the ability to stream and watch videos. Access to desktop/laptop computer highly recommended.|
*Students can simultaneously enroll in a Professional TEFL / TESOL Course to meet this recommendation.
Continuing Education Unit (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.Learn more
The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) is the regulator of qualifications, examinations and assessments in England and the regulator of vocational qualifications in Northern Ireland.
Bridge courses have been similarly reviewed and recommended for university credit equivalencies by The American Council on Education (ACE Credit) and many university partners. Bridge is a post-secondary institution accredited by ACCET (recognized by the U.S. Department of Education) and AQUEDUTO (Association for Quality Education and Training Online). Our certifications are regulated by our accrediting agencies, and we ensure that the targeted knowledge, skills, and outcomes are addressed through depictive course assessments. Further, we are committed to making sure that our learners have a positive experience from start to finish and that our programs prepare modern teachers for career success.
To learn more about Bridge’s accreditation and university credit opportunities, please review the following chart. Please note that Ofqual equivalencies are equated to the university credit recommendations provided by the American Council on Education (ACE Credit®) and our university partners.
|BRIDGE COURSES AND HOURS||UNIVERSITY EQUIVALENCEY & CREDIT BEARING DETAILS|
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Common Questions about Specialized TEFL / TESOL Certification
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).
Specialized Certificate courses can be taken on their own to complement general certification or teaching experience you already have. They may also be added on to your enrollment in any Bridge course. If you’re new to teaching English, we recommend starting with a Professional TEFL Certificate.
If you add a Specialized Certificate to Bridge certification, your final certificate will reflect the total number of hours completed, with individual components listed. For example, if you added a Specialized Certificate in Teaching Young Learners (60 hours) to the IDELTOnline™ (150 hours), you would receive a 210-hour Bridge certificate. The two courses would be listed below the total hours.
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 score of 70% on your course assignment(s) and quizzes in order to pass and receive your Specialized Certification.
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! Our online TEFL courses are ACCET-accredited and may be taken for CEUs. You earn 1 CEU for every 10 hours of TEFL certification. For example, an online TEFL course of 100 hours would be eligible for 10 CEUs. Click here to learn more about CEUs.
Krzl Nunes, Bridge Program Advisor