5 Steps to a Successful Business English Course
Updated: Nov 24, 2018
1. Define your “why”
Why do you want to take a business English course?
Do you want to study at a top business school in an English-speaking country?
Get a promotion at your current company?
Find a new job internationally?
Make the ultimate first impression with suppliers, partners and customers as you expand your business internationally?
Or simply earn more money so you can travel and live the life that you have always wanted?
Whatever your motivation is, think about it very clearly in advance. Wrestle with it, contemplate it and understand it.
You have to be honest with yourself and you’re the only one who will truly know why you want to improve your business English.
But once you have your reason and you are 100% sure, then you are 90% of the way to reaching fluency in business English. The decision is the hardest part!
2. Commit to a certain amount of time each week
It’s like working out. If you want a great physique then you’re going to have to work for it. No pain, no gain!
The beauty of language learning is that once you reach a certain level, all of the blood, sweat and tears are worth it because it gets easier. The language just becomes a part of you.
But before you reach fluency and it starts to get easier, you’ll have to remind yourself of your “why” more than once.
It is also part of the job of a great instructor to keep students motivated and moving towards their goals.
But if you truly want it, then a few months of intense business English training will be nothing.
So define a time on your schedule and make it a habit like getting dressed in the morning. If your course or instructor isn’t available at the time that fits your schedule, then find a new instructor!
3. Know yourself
It is important to understand what your learning style is.
Some people, for example, know that they have trouble with distractions and so feel like they need the discipline of sitting in a classroom.
But with the amazing advances in technology in recent years, many others now prefer the flexibility of being able to fit their business English course into their schedule without having to travel to a specific location.
It’s up to you but think about it and be honest with yourself.
4. Find an instructor that fits your learning style and goals
Think back to the best professor that you ever had. What made that class different from the most boring class that you ever took?
I suspect the difference probably had something to do with the instructor and the way he or she presented the material?
Keep this in mind when searching for the right business English course for you.
Combine this with #3 above to really think about the factors that made your previous language-learning experience either good or bad. Then find a business English course that offers something similar or different, accordingly.
Once you know why you want to learn business English, commit yourself to a certain amount of time each week and select the business English course and instructor that fits your learning style, then you must trust the process.
More than anything, language learning is about exposure to the language and repetition and if you’ve chosen a good instructor then these two things should be included throughout the learning process.
Don’t expect perfection. Native speakers aren’t perfect in their own language.
But if you are dedicated for just a few months, you can take your life and career to a whole new level.
Relax, and trust the process. It’s just a matter of time before you’ll be speaking business English like a native!
About the Author
Jason Gower is the creator and instructor of Expand Life Business English courses. He has more than fifteen years of business experience and has learned both German and Spanish to a C2 level. Click to learn more about Expand Life Business English courses.