Welcome to the BESIG World Blog. Each month we’ve got a different guest author lined up who will be sharing thoughts and experiences on teaching business English from countries around the globe.

  • Global Perspectives on Business English: Teaching in Uruguay

     Mercedes Viola has been involved in business English teaching in her home country of Uruguay for a considerable period of time, but this facts belies the extent to which business English courses are available in this relatively small South American country. Uruguay is surrounded by Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries and everyone on the continent get by with speaking their own tongue or a mixture of the two if they´re dealing with business partners from their region. As global collaboration and contact in the world of work become more prevalent, however, many Uruguayan business people are looking to business English training to help them achieve more effective international more communication. Mercedes shares her perspective on business English teaching with us as well as some insights into what it´s like to be a business English teacher in Uruguay. As Mercedes will be beamed in from Uruguay to deliver a workshop at the IATEFL BESIG Annual Conference on 17th November, we also asked her to give us a sneek preview of what she will be talking about and to tell us some about the satellite event she will be organising in Montevideo on the same day for teachers from Uruguay and Argentina. You can find out more about the IATEFL BESIG Annual Conference Online Programme here.


     Mercedes Viola lives and works in Uruguay. She holds a degree from the Universidad de la Republica Oriental del Uruguay and an MA in TESOL. She has been running a language school for more than 20 years. She is in charge of designing business English learning experiences for government-owned organizations, universities and   many well known global companies such as Microsoft, HP, American Express, McDonalds, Deloitte, John Deere and MasterCard. She designs materials for business English clients and trains new teachers on business. She is a writer for the Teaching English site of the British Council and a member of the IATEFL BESIG Online Team. You can visit her website and she also blogs here


    Listen to Mercedes Viola´s interview with Claire Hart here:


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