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Intermediate: Level B1
Upper-intermediate: Level B2
Advanced: Level C1–C2

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22 April – "We have a very simple philosophy - if people like what they do, they will do it better." says Henry Engelhardt, the founder and chief executive of the Admiral insurance group. Mr Engelhardt believes in a relaxed style of management which includes organizing social events for staff and eliminating perks for upper management such as corner offices and company cars.  He feels that this business model is working as they have they been named one of the 100 best UK firms to work for 14 times and are also one of only two companies in the FTSE 100 to have shown higher profits consistently over the last ten years. BBC

For more information on customer relationship management see Business Advantage Intermediate, Unit 10.

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12 March 

In the interest of better serving our members, IATEFL BESIG has put together an online survey.  We would greatly appreciate it if you could take the time to answer the questions. It will take approximately 10 minutes.
Please click on the link to gain access to the survey. We look forward to receiving your feedback.

Pre-conference event: 1 April 2014
There is still time to secure a place in the BESIG PCE on the topic ‘How to teach business skills while teaching business English’. The PCE will be held on 1 April 2014 in Queen’s 3 and feature talks and workshops by Jonathan Deer, Martin Lisboa and fiona Mee.  Go to for details and booking information.  Places can be booked online until 19 March as well as on site in Harrogate.

Summer symposium: 13-14 June 2014
Booking has now begun for the IATEFL BESIG summer symposium in Graz, Austria.
This event is called ‘Putting the research to work: research, practical applications and materials in business English teaching’. Evan Frendo will hold the plenary on ‘Exploring business English’. For more details on the event and booking information see the BESIG website:

27th Annual IATEFL BESIG Conference: 14-16 November 2014
The call for papers for the 27th annual conference in Bonn, Germany has begun.
For more details on the venue and the conference as well as submission of papers see

To find out more about what to expect from this event, read the report on the 2013 IATEFL BESIG conference in articles.

8 January

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.

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Telephone communication is an important skill to master for all speakers of English. The latest downloadable activity on PEO focuses on functional phrases for telephoning and features opportunities for students to practise these in a role play. You can use this lesson alone or as a supplement to Unit 2 of Business Advantage intermediate, which also focuses on telephone communication. 

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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 'Trialogue: a great tool for group working' reveals a tool that can be used with groups in the classroom to help them work together. Read the blog before indicating if this is a classroom technique you follow by voting in the poll.

The most recent poll revealed that around 96% of voting teachers and trainers did not believe in abandoning dictionary definitions in favour of shared definitions. Read Bob's thought-provoking blog the 'elusive nature of language' – which questions the language we teach in the classroom – to find out why there may be a case for shared definitions.

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A look at vocabulary that is currently in the news.

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Printable teaching materials to use in classDiscover more about Cambridge’s extensive range of business English and ESP titles.
NEW: Telephone communication – A B1 activity. It can be used on its own, or with Business Advantage Intermediate.

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Dr Michael Handford, co-author of Business Advantage, discusses the use of video case studies in the classroom. You can also see samples from our DVDs, and other interviews with leading professional English writers and teachers.
All our extensive teaching material for our range of professional English titles in one place.

View the Business Advantage DVD content.

Including Business Advantage and Cambridge Business Skills series resources

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At Professional English Online there are opportunities to win prizes by answering an easy question.

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This month we are giving away another copy of Business Advantage Classware alongside a copy of the Business Advantage coursebook, for the level of your choice: Intermediate, Upper-Intermediate or Advanced. Classware is a dynamic tool for interactive whiteboards, but can also be used with a projector and a laptop or computer. It enables the teacher to display the coursebook on their device, with quick access to activities and answer keys, audio, video and texts.

Winner of April's competition prize also a copy of Classware for Business Advantage is Vincenzo Buonocore. Well done Vincenzo!

Be informed about what really matters in business English and ESP today. 

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