Business & Professional English

Our Business and Professional English Programme provides all the essential skills and language you need to be successful in your career. Our highly experienced tutors will develop your workplace communication abilities in small classes with fellow professionals from a diverse range of international organisations.

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Business & Professional English Core Programme

Our core programme for current professionals runs from September to June each year.

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Developing the International Manager

Study our core programme with additional 1 to 1 tuition focusing on your professional interests.

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Special & Bespoke Programmes

We can also provide unique programmes tailored to your specific needs, or those of your organisation.

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Staff Profiles

Meet our highly experienced Business & Professional English tutors.

Barbara Harasimowicz
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Barbara Harasimowicz MBA. Dip TESOL

Business English Tutor & Trainer

Barbara has worked for The University of Sheffield since 1985.  As well as having an Executive MBA from the University of Sheffield's Management School, she also holds a Trinity College London diploma in TESOL. 

She has taught on the Developing the International Manager Programme firstly at the Management School from 1990 - 2005 and subsequently on the ELTC's Business & Professional English programme. Her special interests are teaching Economist and Harvard Business Review Readings and Discussion, Cross Cultural Communication, and Pronunciation and voice work.

Luiz Montanheiro
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Dr Luiz Montanheiro

Teaching Fellow at the Sheffield University Management School

Dr Luiz Montanheiro has worked in the UK’s University sector for over 30 years. He has developed international links and worked with many EU Universities involving them in conferences, round-table discussions, academic programme design, and staff and students exchanges sponsored by the EU. He has taught in a variety of under- and post-graduate programmes, also in-house delivery of Masters’ courses in British companies. For nearly fifteen years he has held a visiting chair in Business Ethics and Management Strategy at the Faculty of Economics-Universidade do Algarve in Portugal.

In the UK, he has taken part in many accreditation and validation programmes for post-graduation and overseas partners. He has examined several DBAs and PhDs in the UK. He is external examiner for three British Universities with responsibility for Masters programmes and MBA in the academic area of International Business and Strategic Management. In the past, he was the director of the MBA programme in Sheffield for almost 10 years. Currently he holds a Teaching Fellowship post at the Management School of the Sheffield University which is one of the 100-top universities in the world.

His consultancy work has had engagements with the EU and other departmental offices in overseas countries, e.g. Brazil, Croatia, Kazakhstan, Singapore, Slovenia, and Vietnam. Also, he has spoken at several international events, chaired conferences, and held academic journal editorialships with several publications in the area of Public-Private Partnerships, business enterprise, and sustainability.

Suzanne Priestley
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Suzanne Priestley RSA Diploma in TEFL, MA Applied Linguistics

Business English Language Tutor

Suzanne Priestley has a wide experience of providing Business English language training overseas and in British universities for over twenty years. International experience includes training business clients in Japan, Brazil, Hong Kong, Beijing and Budapest as well as delivering a management English Training program to academic staff and students at the University of Kiev (2009). Overseas business clients have come from a wide range of backgrounds which include major international companies such as Unilever and the former secretary of the current president of Hungary. Suzanne is also an experienced teacher trainer and whilst living in Hong Kong was a trainer for the CTBE business English teacher training course (2001-2006).

Suzanne joined the Business & Professional English team at the ELTC in Sheffield in 2007 and since then has really enjoyed the opportunities that the centre offers to engage with different students and cultures within a business context.

Richard Raby
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Richard Raby

Business & Professional English Tutor

Richard's business experience comes from running his own company, Lingua Software Ltd, for 15 years. The company was established to meet the software needs of non-English speaking communities in the UK through the importation and development of specialist software for non-Roman scripts. The company established partnerships with software developers in India, Pakistan and the USA and provided sales and training, to local government, libraries, companies, schools and universities in the UK and other European countries.

Richard was the author of the British Library report “Computers and Asian Languages” and it was as a result of the interest shown in this report, and his knowledge of Indic scripts, that he set up the company.

As the software market changed Richard turned his language knowledge to teaching English, firstly at Huddersfield University, on the Forensic Science Masters programme, then, for the past four years, at the University of Sheffield where he teaches both Business & Professional English and English for Academic Purposes.

Graham Williams

Graham Williams

Business & Professional English Tutor

Graham was a Chartered Psychologist and has over thirty years experience of lecturing in higher education. He initially worked in business first as an office manager and then as a training manager for major British companies. He then joined Sheffield Polytechnic (now Sheffield Hallam University) where he worked in the Management Studies Department, specialising in the training of trainers and management teacher development, before moving to Public Sector and Education Management Development where he taught Organisation Behaviour and Human Resource Management.

From 1980 to 1985 he worked in the Cayman Islands (British West Indies) on both a full-time and part-time basis where he was concerned with developing senior managers in Education, the Prison Service and in Business. In 1985 he moved to Hong Kong initially to teach Human Resource Management at Hong Kong Polytechnic before being recruited by City University of Hong Kong to be the founding director of their MBA Programme, which he directed for six years. Later he became the Associate Head of the Division of Commerce at City University of Hong Kong. During his time in Hong Kong he taught on the senior Command Courses for the Royal Hong Police for eleven years, set up and taught on the Jardine Executive Trainee Scheme for their graduate trainees and ran Action Learning Groups for Hong Kong International Terminals.

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Dr Luiz Montanheiro and Business & Professional English student Hirofumi Heya recently attended an event at Sheffield Town Hall to discuss Living Standards across the South Yorkshire Metro Area.

The event was organised by the Resolution Foundation to launch their new report titled "Forging ahead or falling behind: Devolution and the future of living standards in the Sheffield City Region".

The launch was followed by a panel discussion and Q&A session with:

  • Dan Jarvis, MP for Barnsley Central
  • Julie A Kenny CBE DL, Entrepreneur
  • Craig Berry, Deputy Director of Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI)
  • Emma Stone, Director of Policy and Research at Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF)
  • Stephen Clarke, Research and Policy Analyst at the Resolution Foundation
  • Torsten Bell, Director of the Resolution Foundation

There was agreement amongst the panel that the Sheffield and wider South Yorkshire economy has a lot of potential, especially in areas such as Advanced Manufacturing, and further investment in this area can improve the region's future prospects.