Cambridge Business English

The English language skills needed to succeed in a business environment.

A: Business English Preliminary (A2-B1)
Level Required: mid-Pre-Intermediate to mid-Intermediate (P3-I2)
Course Description
This course will provide students with the English language skills that they need to succeed in a business environment. It is designed for lower level English language learners and will include language work on all four of the main language skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking. After completing the course, students will be able to engage effectively in a variety of business situations in English including participating in business conversations more confidently and writing more accurately in business communications. The course will contain between 160 and 180 classroom hours with a native-speaking English language teacher who has been trained to teach the communicative teaching method.
Certification
Students will complete a test at the end of the course to verify that they have reached the CEFR B1 level of language proficiency (please see the table below). The test is designed and administered by Cambridge University English examinations centre so has international recognition. Students who complete the course successfully will be able to demonstrate to employers that they are able to function in a business environment at the B1 level.
B: Business English Vantage (B1-B2)
Level Required: mid-Intermediate to mid-Upper-Intermediate (I3-U2)
Course Description
This course will provide students with the English language skills that they need to succeed in a business environment. It is designed for mid-level English language learners and will include language work on all four of the main language skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking. After completing the course, students will be able to engage effectively in a variety of business situations in English including participating in business conversations more confidently and writing more accurately in business communications. The course will contain between 160 and 180 classroom hours with a native-speaking English language teacher who has been trained to teach the communicative teaching method.
Certification
Students will complete a test at the end of the course to verify that they have reached the CEFR B2 level of language proficiency (please see the table below). The test is designed and administered by Cambridge University English examinations centre so has international recognition. Students who complete the course successfully will be able to demonstrate to employers that they are able to function in a business environment at the B1 level.
C: Business English Higher (B2-C1)
Level Required: mid-Upper-Intermediate and higher (U3 and up)
Course Description
This course will provide students with the English language skills that they need to succeed in a business environment. It is designed for higher-level English language learners and will include language work on all four of the main language skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking. After completing the course, students will be able to engage effectively in a variety of business situations in English including participating in business conversations more confidently and writing more accurately in business communications. The course will contain between 160 and 180 classroom hours with a native-speaking English language teacher who has been trained to teach the communicative teaching method.
Certification
Students will complete a test at the end of the course to verify that they have reached the CEFR C1 level of language proficiency (please see the table below). The test is designed and administered by Cambridge University English examinations centre so has international recognition. Students who complete the course successfully will be able to demonstrate to employers that they are able to function in a business environment at the B1 level.
CEFR Level Descriptions

The chart below describes the competencies which students will be able to demonstrate at each level
of the Common European Framework of Reference for language competence (CEFR) used by the European Union.

C2
Can understand with ease virtuall everythig heard or read. Can summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiationg finer shades of meaning even in more complex situation.
C1
Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning. Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much bovious searchingfor expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.
B2
Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.
B1
Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
A2
Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family informatin. shopping, local geography, employment). Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on famiiar and routine matters. Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.
A1
Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.