Getting Down to Business!
Our group from EM Strasbourg Business School in France found our Business English lessons energetic, interactive and useful.
Mastering English is one of the key challenges for young people entering international business, so we were delighted to be chosen by EM Strasbourg Business School to host a group of 11 students who had just begun their degrees. EM Strasbourg Business School is one of France’s prestigious grandes écoles, ranking in the top 15 business schools in the country, and part of the University of Strasbourg.
The students took part in a 10-week tailor-made version of our English for the Workplace and General English courses. They studied in mixed-nationality General English courses in the morning and closed-group Business English classes in the afternoon. This included workshops on CV writing, succeeding at job interviews and delivering presentations. There were also sessions by guest speakers, as well as a visit to a business lecture at the University of Southampton. I spoke to the group at the end of the course and they were full of positive feedback, especially for our teacher Andy Morgan. Andy is our in-house business specialist, who has a professional background in Defence and Security, Logistics and Finance, and Performance Optimisation.
“The classes with Andy were perfect,” Hugo, one of students, told us. “Andy is a very good teacher because he’s very energetic. When a teacher is energetic, you like to go to class and work. I learnt a lot of new things.”
Marco and Lucie agreed. “It was good and interesting. The teacher put life into the course,” said Marco, while Lucie added, “Andy is a great teacher… he’s always here to help us and give advice.”
The most useful part of the course? Job interview training was the unanimous favourite – particularly the role-plays where the students were both interviewers and interviewees. “As the interviewer, we learned from the mistakes,” observed Diego, while Charlotte enjoyed the interactive nature of this and other activities. “We interact a lot and I think it’s the best way to improve your English.”
The course concluded with group presentations based on case studies of major local businesses, including PESTLE and SWOT analyses and the results of customer surveys conducted with members of the public. Andy was full of praise for the students’ excellent performance, and wish the whole the very best of luck with their business studies and future careers!
If you’d like to find out more about our English for the Workplace course, contact Helen Barrs, Director of Studies, at firstname.lastname@example.org.