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English Language for Business Leadership

English Language for Business Leadership

English is the language of business. Enhance and perfect your English skills, and boost your career prospects in the business world, with this intensive course from Oxford Royale Academy.

A one-week programme, residential in a college of the University of Oxford.

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Course Summary

The aim of this course is to further improve students’ confidence and ability in using English to communicate in business environments.

By taking part in a variety of interesting topic-based tasks and activities, students’ will develop their knowledge of grammar and vocabulary, and their ability to understand spoken and written English for business. There is a special focus on natural spoken English and students will have many opportunities to practise speaking in English in authentic business contexts. Students will also develop their writing skills and practise writing different types of business texts.

Throughout the course students will also be helped to develop your ability to study independently – an invaluable tool for being a successful language learner and business professional. We believe in developing learner training strategies and helping students to become independent learners and students will be encouraged to self-correct and peer-correct during class activities.

Classes are structured to offer the greatest opportunity for students to communicate and gain the confidence needed to communicate effectively and successfully in English for Business Leadership. This course has been especially designed to actively focus on the areas of business vocabulary, fluency and pronunciation. Core grammar topics will be reviewed in order to make this passive knowledge active within real world business situations.

Course Outcomes

Throughout the course students will be working towards achieving a range of outcomes related to English language competencies, based on the Council of Europe framework.

  • To help students quickly improve and develop greater confidence in their English skills for business contexts
  • For students to have developed their core Business English language skills
  • To help students quickly improve their English skills for business situations
  • To build students’ confidence in their use of spoken and written Business English
  • To develop students’ knowledge of English grammar, syntax and vocabulary used in international business environments
  • To promote discussion in English of business topics of global interest
  • For students to have further developed essential business skills and built an international business network

Course Outcomes

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Week 1 Brands

Interaction- favourite brands and what makes them successful?
Listening and reading – brand management of luxury brands
Grammar- Present simple and continuous
Word focus- branding vocabulary
Communication strategies- participating effectively in meetings
Interaction- company specific case study and problem solving activity

International Business Travel

Interaction- sharing international business travel experiences
Listening and Reading-international sales
Word focus- travel vocabulary
Grammar- talking about the future
Language strategies- making arrangements
Interaction- dealing with international clients
Writing- emails


Grammar- past simple and present perfect
Language strategies- describing change
Listening and Reading- case study discussion of how companies have managed change
Interaction- managing meetings to with change

Company Structure

Listening and Reading- different types of company structure
Language strategies- discussing international company structure with a client
Word focus- noun combinations
Word focus- key vocabulary for describing and discussing company structure
Interaction- deciding on the structure of a company based on a case study

Review day
Week 2 Global Advertising

Grammar – articles
Reading, Listening and Writing- global adverts and brandin
Interaction – discussing favourite adverts
Interaction- developing an advertising campaign followed by a structured presentation to the rest of the group

Money and Finance

Word focus – language and vocabulary for talking about money and finance
Reading,Listening and Writing – financial issues
Language strategies – Describing trends and dealing with figures
Interaction – elevator pitch to prospective investors

International Business Culture

Interaction – intercultural awareness
Reading, Listening and Writing – understanding cultural differences and etiquette
Grammar -advice, obligation and necessity
Language strategies – social English situations
Word focus – idioms for talking about business relationships
Interaction – preparing a team brief on cultural expectations of a specific country and culture

International Human Resource Management

Listening- talking about job interviews
Reading- recruitment best practice
Writing- writing a job description, person specification and job advertisement
Word focus – talking about job applications
Grammar – gerund and infinitive
Interaction – conducting a job interview

Review day
Week 3 International Market Development

Reading, Listening and Writing – global trade articles
Word Focus- words and expressions for talking about international trade subjects
Interaction- international trade meeting
Word Focus – the language of negotiations
Grammar – conditionals
Interaction – negotiating a deal
Writing- summarising the discussions of a meeting

Global Business Ethics

Listening and Reading- the international ethical manager
Grammar – Narrative tenses
Word focus- vocabulary and phrases to describe ethical and unethical behaviour
Language Strategies – discussing ethics at work
Interaction – global ethical dilemmas, discussion and debate


Reading, Listening and Writing – what makes a great global business leader?
Interaction- discussion and debate on the qualities of a world class business leader
Grammar – Passive v active tenses
Word Focus – competition idioms
Interaction – the leadership challenge

Management Styles

Reading, listening and writing- different managers talking about how they manage people and how they get the best out of them
Word Focus – management qualities
Interaction – what is the best style of management?
Word Focus – management terminology
Interaction- setting up a project management team. Making decisions on the best composition of the team and the best style of management

Review day
Week 4 Global Communication

Listening, Reading and Writing – what skills are needed to be a successful global communicator?
Word Focus – key vocabulary and expressions to communicate clearly in an international business context
Interaction – what are the characteristics of a good global communicator? Debate
Language Strategies- dealing with communication breakdown
Interaction – communicating in an international business meeting
Writing- email


Interaction, Reading, Listening and Writing – what makes people and companies successful?
Grammar – present and past tenses
Interaction – successful business leaders and companies case studies

Building Relationships

Word Focus- describing relationships
Grammar – multi-word verbs
Interaction- how to build productive cross-cultural relationships
Reading, Listening and Writing – the role of marketing, sales and customer service in building the right image with target customers
Interaction- develop a plan for improving customer service, satisfaction and loyalty for a hospitality business

Customer Service

Reading, Listening and Writing- the importance of customer service
Grammar- gerunds
Interaction- Why is customer service important?
Language Strategies – complaints
Interaction- practice in dealing with complaints in speech and writing

Review day
Week 5 Raising Finance

Reading and Listening- financial statements
Word Focus – Financial vocabulary and phrases
Interaction – sources of business finance, problem solving exercise
Grammar – dependent prepositions
Interaction- finance meeting simulation
Writing – producing a financial report

Risk Management

Language Strategies – discussing different aspects of risk
Reading and Listening- Risk Management case study
Interaction- describing risk
Grammar- adverbs of degree
Interaction- risk management simulation, problem solving and decision making

Crisis Management

Reading and Listening- global businesses in times of crisis
Language Strategies- vocabulary and phrases for discussing crises
Interaction- discussion on how to handle crises with case examples
Language strategies – asking and answering difficult questions
Interaction – crisis management simulation
Writing- developing a crisis management policy

Mergers and Acquisitions

Reading and Listening- consultants views of M&A; bankers view of M&A; staff view of M&A. Case studies.
Word Focus – describing mergers and acquisitions
Interaction- discussion on the advantages and disadvantages of M&As, joint ventures and strategic alliances
Grammar – future tenses to describe prediction and probability
Interaction- M&A decision making process simulation

Review day
Week 6 Training

Listening and interaction – Apprenticeships
Reading and language – Training leaders to make connection and Emphasising a point
Writing – Clarifying and confirming in emails
Interaction – Making training decisions simulation


Listening and discussion – Clean Energy
Reading and language – Energy challenges & Articles, countable and uncountable nouns
Writing – Layout and structure of reports
Interaction – Debate on most effective forms of renewable energies and investment opportunities

Employment trends

Listening and discussion – The future of work
Reading and language – The gig economy & Ing-forms and infinitives
Interaction – Resolving conflict
Writing – Avoiding conflict in emails


Listening and discussion – Strategy, goals and values
Reading and language – Death of the 5 year strategic plan & Rhetorical questions
Interaction – Discussion and strategy simulation
Writing – Mission statements & Summarising strategy decisions from the previous case simulation

Review day


Assessment Methods

Students work and progress will be assessed on a continuous basis and students will carry out a range of spoken and written tasks during the course. To complement your teacher’s assessment.

3 x Short written assignments

1 x Presentation


Oxford College Accommodation

  • Location Oxford
  • Ages Ages: 12+, 13-15, 16-18, 19+
  • Bedroom Type Single and twin
  • Bathroom Type En-suite & Shared (single gender)
  • Year Built Founded in 1096 (University of Oxford)

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