Free Resources for Business English

A collection of business English lessons and other free resources for business English.

New:
How to Help your Students with their Emails
Tips for Teaching English to Spanish Speakers
How to Teach Presentation Skills
How to Teach Phrasal Verbs 
Idioms Builder (practice over 300 idioms)
Needs Analysis Questionnaire
Common Mistakes in Emails 3: Collocation Errors
Phrasal Verb Games
Common Mistakes in Emails 2
Idioms Game 1
Idioms Game 2


Teachers

Warm-ups and Activities

Warm-ups and Activities for Business English Classes
Fluency Activities for Business English
Phrasal Verb Games
Business Collocations Game
Collocations Game
Odd-one-out Collocations Game
Idioms Game 1
Idioms Game 2
Business English Taboo Cards
Business English Scattergories Lists
Business English Game: Being Tactful and Polite
Conversation Starters

 

Skills and Functions Lessons

Using Signposts in an Informal Presentation
Writing Polite Emails
Using Softening Phrases to Make Polite Requests
Saying “No” Politely
Job Interview Skills: Answering Behavioral Questions

 

Grammar and Vocabulary Lessons

Intermediate

Prepositions at the End of Question Clauses
First and Second Conditional
Talking about Past Abilities: could, was/were able to, and managed to
Using “used to”
Infinitive vs. Gerund
Irregular Verbs – Simple Past
Business Collocations
“Make” and “Do” Collocations
Negative Prefixes
Shades of Meaning 1
Shades of Meaning 2

Advanced

Third and Mixed Conditionals
Clauses Stating Reasons and Conditions

External Links

Below are some excellent business English lessons from UsingEnglish.com.

Adverbs of Frequency
Adverbs of Frequency Game
Indefinite Articles
Present Simple/Present Continuous
Prepositions for Emails
Prepositions for Negotiations
Present Perfect for Experiences (Have you ever questions)
Present Perfect Simple/Present Perfect Continuous
Present Perfect for Expected Actions
Numbers Review

 

Conversation Lessons

Debate Topics for Business English
Conversation Starters
Idioms Conversation Questions
Using Phrasal Verbs
Using Business Idioms
Conditional Conversation Questions
Teamwork
Workplace Discrimination
Consumer Protection
Advertising
Corporate Crime
Brands
Perks
Good and Bad Managers
Customer Service
Intellectual Property
Why Work Doesn’t Happen at Work (with TED Talk)
English as a Global Language (with TED Talk)

 

Pronunciation Lessons

Commonly Mispronounced Words
Pronunciation Changes in Words that are Both Nouns and Verbs
Minimal Pairs
Reductions
Stress in Compound Nouns

Students

Business Vocabulary

Business Idioms
Phrasal Verbs
Business Collocations
Signposts for Presentations
Abbreviations and Acronyms
Expressions for Phone Calls
Polite Expressions
Expressions for Starting, Continuing, and Ending a Conversation
Business Email Openings
Business Email Closings
Business Nouns and their Collocations
Business Verbs and their Collocations
Expressions for Describing your Job/Company
Expressions for Agreeing, Disagreeing, Suggesting Alternatives, and Interrupting
Expressions for Conference Calls (from ecsplicite.com)
Powerful Verbs for Resume Writing (from themuse.com)
Do and Make Collocations for Business
Customer Service
Advertising
Retail
Air Travel
Negotiations (from English Club)
Descriptive Words for People (from savvyfolio.net)

 

Practice Exercises

Vocabulary

Idioms Builder 
Collocations
Business Collocations
Advanced Collocations Exercises
Word Building
Euphemisms in the Workplace
Connotation vs. Denotation
Verb-Noun Collocations
Adjective-Noun and Adverb-Adjective Collocations
Preposition Collocations
In and On Collocations
Make and Do Collocations
Phrasal Verb Collocations
Business Nouns Exercise 1
Business Nouns Exercise 2
Phrasal Verbs for Business
Phrasal Verbs with Multiple Meanings
Idioms for Describing People
Idioms about Success
Idioms about Time
Idioms about Feelings and Moods
Idioms about Money
Idioms about Adversity, Challenges, and Failure
Idioms Related to Negotiations and Disagreements
Idioms about Conversation and Communication
Positive Adjectives for Describing People
Negative Adjectives for Describing People
Commonly Confused Words Practice (general English)
Learning Vocabulary through Videos – Top 10 Business Rivalries (advanced)

Grammar

Advanced

Advanced English Grammar Test
Past Modals
Third Conditional
Subjunctive

Intermediate

Word Order
Prepositions in Emails
Irregular Verbs: Simple Past
In/on/at
Very/Really vs. Too
Infinitive or Gerund
Adjective or Adverb
First and Second Conditional
Even though/Although/In spite of/Despite
Even if/Even though
Some/Any
Less/Fewer

Writing

Concise Writing Exercises
Common Mistakes in Emails
Common Mistakes in Emails 2
Common Mistakes in Emails 3: Collocation Errors

Error Correction

Error Correction 1 (beginner)
Error Correction 2A (intermediate)
Error Correction 2B (intermediate)
Error Correction 2C (intermediate)
Error Correction 3A (advanced)
Common Mistakes in Emails
Common Mistakes in Emails 2
Common Mistakes in Emails 3: Collocation Errors
Error Correction for Spanish Speakers (for Spanish speakers)
False Friends (Spanish-English) Exercise (for Spanish speakers)

 

Student Guides

Signposts for Presentations
Conditionals Guide
Using Two Verbs Together
Past Modals for Degrees of Certainty
Pronunciation Changes in Words that are Both Nouns and Verbs
Concise Writing Guide
Mistakes Spanish Speakers Make in English


 

About the Site

There are many websites for English teachers and students. Most sites, however, only focus on general English. If you need help teaching or learning business English, finding good materials online can be difficult.

With that in mind, I created a site dedicated to providing free materials to business English teachers and students.

Whether you are a teacher or a student, I hope you find the site useful. Please check back again as additional materials are constantly being added.

-Brad