Business English

Course Name:  Business English

Day(s)/time of class: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 18:30-20:30 (Irish Time)

Course duration: 24 hours in class + self-study and teacher feedback

Course dates: 

Monday 01 July to Wednesday 07 August 2024 (6 weeks) Course cost:  €300*+

Level(s):  B2 - C1

*Returning students receive a loyalty discount.  Please email for details.

+UCC staff and students should email to enquire about special offers.

Course Overview:

This course takes a developmental approach to learning and honing language skills in the business world.

The course includes:

  • Simulations and roleplays
  • Writing tasks
  • Authentic listening
  • Field-related reading tasks with assignments
  • Relevant vocabulary
  • Situational language tailored to the context
Learning objectives:

By the end of this course, you will:

  • Have learnt vocabulary related to the topics of sales, meetings and negotiation
  • Have practised listening for comprehension skills in a business context using authentic texts
  • Have practised speaking skills via role plays and presentations
  • Have been given feedback on the accuracy and effectiveness of your speaking skills in terms of content and language in a business setting
  • Have used and referenced authentic source materials and had reading practice (out of class)
  • Have improved your confidence in terms of selling, negotiating and participating in business meetings
  • Have reviewed content
Weekly course plan: (may change slightly depending on class needs)

Week 1:


Sales: Learn the English language to aid you in sales skills and with processes and techniques

Week 2:


Research your market.  Deliver a sales presentation

Week 3:


Setting ground rules for meetings. Setting agenda.  Different roles in a meeting

Skills for online meetings

Week 4:


Language of interrupting/clarifying/digressing

Writing minutes effectively

Week 5:


Types of negotiation.  Sample negotiations and language focus.  Authentic Listening.  Roleplays.  Elevator pitch

Week 6:


Negotiating a raise.  Negotiation gambits.  Softening/Diplomatic language. Questioning techniques.  Win/win negotiations.

Student Feedback/Assessment

Students will receive regular feedback from their teacher(s) on oral skills (content e.g. ability to negotiate well) and language-related issues (persistent errors or pronunciation features).

There will be no formal assessment on this course.

Minimum class numbers:

A minimum number of 4 students will be required for this class to run.  If 4 students do not sign up, you will be offered to transfer to another course (depending on level), postpone to another term, or a refund.

Online class connection requirements:

Microsoft Teams application, a good internet connection and a quiet space where you can speak (headphones/ earphones optional)

Attendance/End of course certificate:

Attendance will be taken in every class.  If you attend 80% of your lessons you will receive an end-of-course certificate.  Please advise the teacher if you know in advance that you will be absent.

How to Apply

Open for applications.  Part-time application form

Language Centre

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Main Office, G36, O'Rahilly Building, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland

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