English Language Courses

English for Leaders in Business

Course Description

This programme is designed for Business Leaders who use English to motivate, team build, make presentations, and ensure that projects are organised, planned, created and developed to a high standard.

The ‘one to one’ programme is tailored to the specific English language needs of the Business Leader. Or a group of colleagues might like to work in a micro group. This can take place on site here at our beautifully located Atlantic-side school in stunning West Cork, Ireland. Or you can start this course online with the same teachers you can meet one day on site here in Schull, West Cork. All our Business English courses have the option to take an interntaionally recognised Cambridge Business English or if you prefer, just General English exam. The best way to motivate you and ensure you are top choice when job hunting or seeking promotion.. You will explore how best you can develop and enhance your own performance, improve your contribution in the workplace as head of a team, department or on a board of management. You will demonstrate effective leadership – all through English. The course takes place in an ideal setting of outstanding natural beauty, beside the Atlantic ocean. The Business Leader can totally focus on developing their own Business English skills away from the distractions of their daily busy work-life. Your teachers have many years experience tutoring leaders in the business world. This is a very practical course with plenty of real life ‘language in action’. Local Business leaders visit YOU as guest speakers and you will visit them at THEIR premises. You will also develop ‘free flow & fluent’ conversation while appreciating our culturally rich and stunningly beautiful location.

What will I do?

  • Taking Minutes
  • Writing Emails
  • Meetings
  • International Marketing
  • Processes
  • Discussions
  • Preparing/Giving Presentations
  • Video Conference Calls
  • Human Resources
  • Negotiations
  • Products and Services
  • Clear Communication through English
  • Report Writing
  • Social English
  • Using the Telephone
  • Selling
  • Dealing with Figures
  • Customer Services
  • Team Building
  • Motivation
  • Business Leaders (via Skype, small talk, making requests)
  • Management
  • Networking
  • Building Relationships

WE will tai­lor make your pro­gramme and include many of the following:

  • End of Week Relaxation Activity
  • Leisure Centre Facilities
  • Cultural Awareness
  • Visits to a Local Business
  • Guest Speaker Visit
  • One to One Stress Relief Activity
  • Cultural Excursion

All skills - reading,writing, listening, speaking and pronunciation are covered but with a Business English theme and covering the relevant topics below:

Company Structure

  • Job titles
  • Departments
  • Present Simple
  • Describing your job.
  • Describing your company.
  • Drawing an organigram.
  • Meetings
  • Conditionals
  • Modals
  • Vocabulary for organising meetings (minutes, secretary, chair, etc)
  • Phrases for meetings
  • Stating aims
  • Agreeing / Disagreeing
  • Giving opinions
  • Interrupting / Dealing with interruptions
  • Asking for clarification
  • … etc


  • Phrases for telephoning
  • Prononciation: Spelling names, addresses, etc
  • Politeness
  • Modals (Could I, Would you like to, etc)
  • Profit and loss accountants
  • Requests
  • Offers
  • Complaining
  • Dealing with complaints
  • Making arrangements

Financial English

  • Talking about cash flow
  • Terminology of finance
  • Requests
  • Offers
  • Complaining
  • Dealing with complaints
  • Making arrangements


  • Phrases for greetings, introductions, partings
  • Lexis for hobbies, interests, family
  • Levels of formality
  • Present simple
  • Question forms Introducing yourself, Introducing Others, Greetings, Saying Goodbye, Talking about hobbies, interests, families

Employment/Job Applications

  • Lexis of working conditions-perks, benefits, holidays, salary, income, K, promotions, etc.
  • Comparatives
  • Lexis describing character - hard-working, a team player, a self-starter, etc.
  • Writing CVs and letters of application
  • Being interviewed and interviewing
  • Discussing advantages and disadvantages of candidates

E-business/ the Internet

  • Internet vocabulary
  • IT vocabulary
  • Writing emails


  • Question forms
  • Imperatives
  • Levels of formality in requests/orders
  • Talking about Total Quality Management
  • Talking about different management structures, philosophies
  • Role play - getting people to do things more or less politely

Business ethics

  • Modals
  • Lexis of corruption, rights, etc.
  • Talking about maternity rights, business and the environment
  • Marketing/Advertising
  • Marketing Lexis - brands, awareness campaign, etc
  • Talking about adverts they know - what is effective
  • Discussing marketing strategies - e.g. for famous brands
  • Task - design a campaign
  • Corporate Culture/Cross-cultural relations
  • Comparatives
  • Lexis to describe personality traits
  • Polite language • Describing the culture of a business/a national culture/regional culture
  • Talking about experiences of culture clash/misunderstanding
  • Talking about your ideal company culture
  • Practising polite language - greetings etc.


  • Conditionals
  • Request, Offers
  • Typical phrases; starting, making offers, refusing, accepting, asking for clarification, bargaining
  • Typical functions of negotiation: Requests, Offers, Refusal, Acceptance etc.

Describing Company History

  • Past tenses, Present Perfect
  • Key Lexis - (was) launched, was established
  • Talking about the history of your company/another company
  • Presentations
  • Language of presentations, OHP, slides, etc.: signaling language: dealing with questions
  • question forms
  • giving a presentation
  • handling questions
  • asking questions

Business Writing

  • Language of formal and informal letters
  • Language for CVs (experience, qualifications, etc)
  • Language for reports (if requested)
  • Writing letters, emails and faxes
  • Writing CVs, letters of application
  • Writing letters of complaint, enquiry, etc
  • Writing short reports

Course Fees

All Inclusive€2950Host Family, Bed, Breakfast and Evening Meal€2830

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