This 40-hour, comprehensive online training with tutor is designed for TEFL/TESOL certified teachers who would like to gain valuable skills and qualify for more teaching jobs in this high-demand area.

Perfect for busy professionals, this course is self-paced, with a 3-month time limit for completion, during which you may log in and work when it’s convenient for you.

Boost your TEFL resume with Specialized Certification!

Boost your TEFL resume with Specialized Certification!

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:


Establish a knowledge base of English as global communication and its relationship with the use of cultural norms in the EFL/ESL classroom.


Examine and apply the course materials to develop a Business English syllabus.


Identify and apply current adult learning and educational theories to design lesson plans that meet Business English class goals and objectives.

40-hour Specialized Certificate in Teaching Business English

  • Course Requirements

    In order to take this course you must be at least 18 years old with a minimum of a high school diploma or the equivalent.

    Because this specialized course is designed to build on a foundation of more general training, it is recommended that you are either already TEFL/TESOL certified, or enroll in this course concurrently with a general TEFL/TESOL course, such as the IDELT Online.

    If you are not a native English speaker, you will be expected to show proof of English fluency at a C1 level or higher, according to the Common European Framework, upon enrollment. Your English level must be verified with the results of a recently taken English proficiency test (showing the equivalent to an IELTS test score of at least 7.0) or via an English proficiency test administered by Bridge.

  • Course Outline

    You may work through the 10 units at your own pace, with the guidance of a TEFL tutor, during your 3 months’ access to the Specialized Certificate course. Unit topics are as follows:

    Unit 1 – Introduction to Teaching Business English
    Unit 2 – The Business English Learner
    Unit 3 – The Business English Teacher
    Unit 4 – Current Approaches to Business English Courses
    Unit 5 – Needs-Driven Business English
    Unit 6 – From Analysis to Syllabus
    Unit 7 – Syllabus to Timetable
    Unit 8 – Business English Lesson Planning
    Unit 9 – Culture in a Business Context
    Unit 10 – Assessment and Feedback

  • Assignments/Assessment

    Throughout the course you will:

    • Read and view material found in the course, as well as in linked online resources, teacher’s contributions, and other included components.
    • Complete self-check, non-graded quizzes in each unit to check your understanding of these materials.
    • Analyze the concepts found in those materials to draw inferences in your written assignments (such as forum posts and essays) regarding best practices in teaching Business English.

    Your final grade for the course is based on the completion of two 1,000-1,500-word written assignments (graded by your tutor) and a final exam. These components are weighted as follows:

    Assignment 1 – 30% of your overall grade
    Assignment 2 – 30% of your overall grade
    Final Exam – 40% of your overall grade

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FAQs

  • How long do I have to complete a Specialized Certificate course?

    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.

  • What if I don’t finish my Specialized Certificate course within 3 months?

    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.

  • What are the requirements to take this course?

    To take Bridge Specialized Certificates, you must be at least 18 years old. If you are not a native English speaker you will need a high level of proficiency (C1) in order to successfully complete the course.

    We also recommend that students have a background in teaching English as a foreign language, either with completion of a TEFL/TESOL course or previous English teaching experience. You can also enroll in a BridgeTEFL course and a Specialized Certificate course simultaneously to meet this requirement. We recommend, however, that you work through your general course first, followed by the Specialized Certificate course(s), in order to build a foundation for this training.

  • Can I take this course on its own or do I have to add them to one of your TEFL certificates?

    Specialized Certificate courses can either be taken individually to complement general certification or teaching experience you already have. They may also be added-on to your enrollment in any BridgeTEFL course.

    If you add specialized certificates to the IDELT – Online your final certificate will reflect the total number of hours completed. For example, if you added the Specialized Certificate in Teaching English Online (40 hours) to the IDELT – Online (150 hours), you would receive a 190-hour TEFL certificate.

  • Can I take more than one Specialized Certificate?

    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.

  • Do I need a textbook for the Specialized Certificate courses?

    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.

  • Is there a tutor in this course?

    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 two written assignments.

  • What grade do I need to pass a Specialized Certificate course?

    You must earn a minimum of 70% on your course assignments/final exam, in order to pass and receive your 20 or 40-hour Specialized Certification.

  • Can I earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for this course?

    Yes! You'll earn 1 CEU for every 10 hours of BridgeTEFL certification. For example, if you successfully complete a 40-hour Specialized Certificate, you will earn 4 CEUs. Click here to learn more about CEUs.

  • How will I receive my Specialized Certificate after I complete my course?

    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.

About the Certificate

Upon successful completion of your Specialized Certificate in Teaching Business English course, you can download and print your 40-hour 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.

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Please note that if you add Specialized Certificates to a general BridgeTEFL course, such as TEFLOnline.com or the IDELT – Online, your final certificate will reflect the total number of hours completed. For example, if you added the Specialized Certificate in Teaching Business English (40 hours) to the IDELT – Online (150 hours), you would receive a 190-hour TEFL certificate, like this one:

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Not yet TEFL/TESOL certified or want to upgrade your existing training?

Combine this Specialized Certificate with the 150-hour Bridge International Diploma in English Language Teaching (IDELT – Online), a 12-week, 100% online TEFL/TESOL course for professional educators.

150-hour TEFL/TESOL Certification

150-hour TEFL/TESOL Certification exceeds international hiring standards for most jobs

Fully accredited by ACCET

Fully accredited by ACCET, which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education

earn graduate-level credit

Option to earn graduate-level credit through the University of Northern Colorado or Texas A&M University - Texarkana.

Interactive structure

Interactive structure, with cohort of international trainees

Qualified instructors

Qualified and experienced master’s-level instructors

Fully accredited by ACCET

Includes lifetime access to the BridgeTEFL Job board and Jobs Advisor.

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