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

New Materials:

Business Collocations List
Advanced Collocations Exercises
Concise Writing Exercises
Subjunctive Exercises
Some/Any Exercise
Word Building Exercises
Advanced English Grammar Test
Conversation Starters
Business Email Openings: How to Start an Email
Business Email Closings:  How to End an Email
Even though/Although/Despite/In spite of Practice Exercise
Even if/Even though Practice Exercise
“Will” and “Going to” Practice Exercise
Word Order Exercises
Prepositions in Emails
Collocations Exercises
Common Mistakes in Emails
Odd-one-out Collocations Game


Teachers

Warm-ups and Activities

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

 

Skill-Based Lessons

Using Signposts in an Informal Presentation
Writing Polite Emails
Using Softening Phrases to Make Polite Requests
Agreeing, Disagreeing, Suggesting Alternatives, and Interrupting
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
Questions Review
Future Tenses Review
Descriptive Words for People

Advanced

Third and Mixed Conditionals
Clauses Stating Reasons and Conditions
Reporting Verbs
Past Modals for Criticism
Business Collocations
Negative Prefixes

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 Idioms
Conditional Conversation Questions
Teamwork
Workplace Discrimination
Hotels
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
Business Email Openings
Business Email Closings
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)
In vs. On
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

Collocations
Business Collocations
Advanced Collocations Exercises
Word Building
Euphemisms in the Workplace
Connotation vs. Denotation
Verb-Noun Collocations
Adjective-Noun and Adverb-Adjective Collocations
Prepositions Collocations
In and On Collocations
Make and Do Collocations
Phrasal Verb Collocations
Word Building
Euphemisms in the Workplace
Phrasal Verbs for Business
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
Commonly Confused Words Practice (general English)

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
“Will” and “Going to”
Even though/Although/In spite of/Despite
Even if/Even though
Some/Any
Prepositions: Common Mistakes

Writing

Concise Writing Exercises
Common Mistakes in Emails

Error Correction

Error Correction 1 (beginner)
Error Correction 1 (beginner – interactive version)
Error Correction 2A (intermediate)
Error Correction 2A (intermediate – interactive version)
Error Correction 2B (intermediate)
Error Correction 2B (intermediate – interactive version)
Error Correction 2C (intermediate)
Error Correction 2C (intermediate – interactive version)
Error Correction 3A (advanced)
Error Correction 3A (advanced – interactive version)
Common Mistakes in Emails
(All general English except for Common Mistakes in Emails)

 

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


 

About the Site:

There are a lot of 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 decided to create 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