Business & Professional English - Core Programme

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Our Core Business and Professional English Programme covers all of the essential skills and language you need to be successful in your workplace. The course is taught by Business and Language professionals and runs from September to June.

Who is it for?

Our Business and Professional English Course is ideal for company personnel who wish to improve their Professional Skills and Business English language in a commercial context in the shortest possible time. Participants will usually have several years professional working experience and already be well established in their chosen career.

Our clients typically work in the following industries and sectors:

  • Financial services
  • Legal services
  • Manufacturing
  • Media communications
  • Management and Leadership
  • Operations
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Distribution
  • Logistics
  • National Government and Administration
  • Local government and Administration

Learning Business English has broadened my horizons globally. I no longer hesitate to speak in English.

Yoshiki Sasa, Asst. Manager, Toyo Aluminium KK Japan

The course will benefit any company employee who needs to develop effective communication skills in English for use in their working life.

What are the benefits?

Whichever course you decide to take with us, you can expect to improve your Business and Professional English in the following ways:

  • communicate more confidently
  • speak more accurately and fluently
  • write more accurately and fluently
  • participate more successfully in meetings
  • improve your written English including emailing
  • expand your professional vocabulary
  • improve your understanding of grammar
  • socialise and network with greater confidence
  • work successfully in a cross-cultural environment

In addition to the advantages outlined above, you can expect to be able to manage meetings and negotiations more effectively, improve your presentation skills, expand your business vocabulary, use the telephone with greater confidence as well as being able to discuss management theory and leadership skills with greater confidence.

Course Outline

The course comprises 21 hours a week of small group tuition during weekday daytimes and the following modules are covered:

  • Communication skills
  • Meetings – covering such topics as - Agreeing and disagreeing, Interrupting, Asking appropriate questions, Clarifying and confirming, Asking for comments, Summarising, Challenging/defending an opinion, Persuading and compromising, Making proposals, offers, suggestions, Opening/closing meetings.
  • Management (Theory and Practice) – This is taught by experienced lecturers from The University of Sheffield Management School and is delivered in an interactive lecture format. There are plenty of opportunities for questions and discussion. It is also possible to audit specific lectures and presentations on the MBA and MSc in Management programmes at the University of Sheffield Management School.
  • Negotiating including persuasion, selling techniques
  • Presentations including: Presentation of one’s own work, organisation
  • and products/services and figures and graphs and describing
  • economic and social trends
  • Pronunciation and voice training
  • Business English vocabulary
  • Teleconferencing and telephoning in English
  • Networking
  • E-mailing in English
  • Case studies and discussion
  • Cross-cultural awareness/working across cultures
  • Communication in an international context
  • including intercultural understanding
  • Economist and Harvard Business Review Readings
  • Current affairs focusing on BBC news and listening

Personal tutorial

All participants will have a 30 minute 1-1 tutorial with their assigned tutor every two weeks. The purpose of this is to highlight any study areas that need work and to provide pastoral support where needed. This is in addition to the 21 hours of tuition.

Company visit

We feel that it is important for you to see how a company, often in a similar field to your own, operates within the UK. The visit usually begins with a presentation by a senior manager or MD, and concludes with a tour of the company and a Q&A session. We offer guided visits to a range of companies within Sheffield and the Yorkshire region.
For those who are working within the public sector we can arrange visits to publicly run institutions such as: The Sheffield Crown Courts, The Houses of parliament, Local Council Offices, Schools, Police and Fire Stations.
We will prepare you for these visits.

Group size

Maximum 10 students per group from a diverse range of nationalities.

Average age of participants

We do not teach children or young adults. Most participants have several years’ experience of working. The minimum age is 25 and there is no maximum age. The average age of our clients is 37.
Therefore you will be studying in a serious environment with highly motivated people.

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Tuition Fee

£340 per week. This covers:

  • All tuition, materials and text books
  • 1-1 tutorial
  • Full report that includes our assessment of your competence and our trainer's recommendations for further study.
  • Comprehensive Social Programme
  • Company visit
  • Interactive Business and Management lecture every two weeks
  • Full enrolment as a student of The University of Sheffield. Benefits include discounted gym membership, swimming pool and use of sports facilities, reduced travel costs throughout the city, reductions at many restaurants and bars.

Course dates

The minimum enrolment period for the Business & Professional English Core Programme is two weeks. You can join on any Monday during our standard full-time term dates:

Term 1 - Monday September 25th 2017 to Friday December 15th 2017

Term 2 - Monday January 15th 2018 to Friday March 23rd 2018

Term 3 - Monday April 16th 2018 to Friday June 8th 2018

If you require a course outside of the dates listed above, we may be able to offer this. Please visit our Special & Bespoke Courses webpage for more information.

Accommodation

We can offer a range of accommodation options for all needs:
We have an excellent homestay scheme which caters for executive clients. The cost is £21 per night per person and includes bed, breakfast and evening meal, laundry service and inclusion into British family life.
If you would prefer more flexibility we can arrange self-catering accommodation in one of our University Halls of Residence for you. Please contact us for prices.
We can also recommend Hotels in the area that would be suitable for you. Prices vary with different types of accommodation.

Airport Transfer

We can arrange Airport Transfers for individuals or groups. This service costs £70 from Manchester Airport, and £200 from London Heathrow Airport each way. Please contact us for further information.

Get Further Information

You can contact Helen Johnstone, Business & Professional English Academic Director, with any enquiries you may have about our courses:

E-mail - h.johnstone@sheffield.ac.uk
Phone - +44 (0)114 222 4921

How to Apply

Please complete our enquiry form:

Business & Professional English Enquiry Form