You can watch an interview with Polly Courtice, Director of the Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership (CPSL) on the Business Advantage Advanced DVD. Polly has been in the news this week as Prince William is beginning a course organised by the CPSL.
The IATEFL BESIG Pre-Conference Event, sponsored by Cambridge English, will be held on 1 April 2014 in Harrogate, UK as part of the programme of the annual IATEFL conference. This year’s topic is ‘How to teach business skills through teaching business English’ and will feature workshops by Martin Lisboa and Bob Dignen. The BESIG day will follow on 3 April and include the Open Forum with refreshments kindly sponsored by Cambridge University Press.
A report on November's IATEFL BESIG conference can be found in articles.
The IATEFL BESIG Summer Symposium 2014 will also take place from 13–14 June in Graz, Austria. It is called ‘Putting the research to work: research, practical applications and materials in the business English classroom.’ The plenary speaker will be Evan Frendo and the call for papers continues until 14 January 2014.
A third writing competition for budding creators of classroom material has been announced, with prizes to be supplied by IATEFL BESIG and Cambridge English.
Congratulations to our blogger Bob Dignen for picking up the David Riley Award for Innovation in Business English at the BESIG IATEFL conference at the beginning of November. Bob picked up the joint award with colleague Steve Flinders at York Associates. We are delighted that Bob is able to continue blogging for us while writing award-winning classroom materials!
A new downloadable activity on PEO focuses on problem-solving in difficult work-related situations; for example, departments that are not working together. You can use this reading and discussion alone or a supplement to Unit 13 of Business Advantage Advanced, which also focuses on problem-solving.
Read Bob's blog on business English and ESP issues and then vote in the poll or comment. Bob Dignen is author of Communicating Across Cultures and now, a joint winner of the David Riley Award for Innovation in Business English – congratulations Bob!
Bob's latest blog 'Why do you ask?' Being virtually effective, suggests an important but sometimes neglected skill which would be a useful focus of classroom training by teachers .
The most recent poll revealed an encouraging 80% of teachers and trainers had set new professional goals in 2014.
A look at vocabulary that is currently in the news.
At Professional English Online there are opportunities to win prizes by answering an easy question. The winner of the most recent prize Communicating Across Cultures – including the DVD – will be announced shortly.
February's Book of the month and competition prize is a copy of English for the Financial Sector Student's book and audio DVD by Ian McKenzie. Focussing on a wide range of financial topics, it is ideal for use in the classroom with business English students at level B2 or above.
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Report on the 26th IATEFL BESIG Annual Conference in Prague