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Our man on Réunion: teaching business English on a remote volcanic island

Phil WadePhil Wade has taught EFL and Business English for 14 years in the UK, Europe and Asia and now lives on the remote island of Réunion in the Indian Ocean. He has set up and managed foundation, undergraduate and MA courses and now teaches in companies and writes materials. His qualifications include a BA (hons) in Marketing, a PGCE, the CELTA, MA TESOL and DELTA module 3 in Business English Blended Learning.

As well as being a teacher, Phil is also a prolific materials developer and blogger, and he has written a plan for a discussion-based business English lesson for the BESIG World Blog which you can download here. Discussion lesson plan

Phil has several blogs:

Réunion is a volcanic island with 800,000 inhabitants, which is one of France´s overseas departments. The euro is, therefore, the official currency on Réunion, as it is in Europe, but anglophone culture, and sometimes the rest of the world, can seem a long way off.

 La Réunion


Phil talks to Claire Hart about what it´s like to be a business English trainer on Réunion: the challenges he faces and the steps he takes to overcome them. Use the player below to listen to their conversation.