The theme for the IATEFL BESIG Pre-Conference Event (PCE): Business or Business English?
How much business background do business English trainers need to have? Are we responsible for teaching just vocabulary, grammar and communication skills in a foreign language, or do we also need to understand exactly what it is that our clients deal with in their jobs? Is it possible to completely separate the teaching of business English for the teaching of business skills and business content – even if we have not actually worked in the particular business area ourselves?
This issue facing many of us in the Business English field will be discussed in a combination of presentations and workshops. Participants will have the chance to exchange information with others in the field and to experience how these topics are handled by those in different countries and fields of expertise.