Hey, I am wondering if any experienced Business teachers can help me? I have been asked by my boss to chose a Business textbook for this years class and I`m not sure which one to use. I have an OUP catalogue to chose books from but they don`t give much info and I can`t seem to find anyone who has used them before!
Last year they used Business Ventures which I have looked at and don`t like the look of (the old business teacher didn`t like it either). One to One looks ok, and so does Business Objectives. Has anyone used either of these?
I need textbooks for Beginner, Pre Intermediate and Intermediate, they are younger guys with not much spoken English working in the automobile industry in Japan. Any advice?
22 January, 2009 at 19:36
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Reply To: Help with Business Textbooks
Business Objectives is a generally ok pre-intermediate level coursebook. It’s not my favourite but I’ve used parts of it quite a lot. There’s a new International Edition now, which I haven’t really looked at in detail.
Business One to One is relatively new and, as the name would suggest, is designed for one to one students rather than groups – it’s organised according to specific business functions and skills, such as "How to deal with problems on the phone" and "How to discuss budgets", and so is designed to be tailored to an individual student’s needs. Having said that though, I’ve used many of the activities successfully with groups – there’s a strong focus on communication which I like.
I’d also recommend the [url=http://www.macmillanenglish.com/Course.aspx?id=28294]In Company[/url] series. I’ve also recently started using [url=http://www.oup.com/elt/local/global/promotion/result/result-business?cc=global]Business Result[/url], the new series from Oxford, and so far I’m very impressed by it.
Both of these series have all three levels you’re looking for (although Business Result Elementary and Pre Int aren’t coming out until March this year I think), and they have extra resources online, [url=http://www.businessenglishonline.net/InCompany/resources.htm]here for In Company[/url] and [url=http://www.oup.com/elt/catalogue/teachersites/busresult/?cc=global]here for Business Result[/url].