Who is this course designed for?

The MLS Business English (BE) course is designed as professional language training programmes for those involved in the world of business. Students studying our Business English courses are all aged 25 and over*.

Throughout the course you will continue to improve your English language ability through the context of business language. You will also practise key skills that are needed in any business environment, such as negotiation and giving presentations.

The MLS courses in Business English also provide ideal preparation for the BULATS (Business Language Testing System) or BEC (Cambridge English: Business) examinations.

* The core 20-lesson business English (BE) syllabus has a minimum age of 25; the English language elements for the 30-lesson (IBE) and 40-lesson (SIBE) courses are in integrated classes at appropriate levels with a minimum age of 16 (the average age at MLS in 2017 was 28 years).


Course Aims:

  • to improve your business English language within the environment of living and studying in the UK
  • to improve your business English skills so that the right balance of accuracy and fluency can be achieved

Course Structure:

The MLS International Business Communications syllabus is organised in timetabled classes in different Elements.  All students are tested when they arrive at MLS, and are then placed in classes at their language level.  Business English classes run at two levels; Intermediate and Upper-Intermediate/Advanced.

On the BE course you will study two Elements – Elements 5 and 6 – to make your 20 lesson programme:

  • Element 5: Business language for students aged 25 and above, developing language in a business context.
  • Element 6:  Business communication skills for students aged 25 and above, practising English in a business context.

You can also individualise your course through selection of additional course Electives.

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Sample Timetable:

20 lessons includes two Elements of study

TimesMonday to Friday
09:00 – 10:30Element 5 – business language (25+)
11:00 – 12:30Element 6 – business communication skills (25+)

Optional Business English Exam

 

The MLS Business English courses can also be ideal preparation for the BULATS test.

BULATS is a Cambridge English online test, with results expressed in terms of the CEFR (A1-C2) based on your performance. MLS is an approved test centre for BULATS. There are three separate modules available.

  • Module 1: Reading and Listening
  • Module 2: Writing
  • Module 3: Speaking

Candidates can take 1, 2 or all 3 modules as required to measure their Business English competence and will receive a Test Report Form for each module. The results for Module 1 are available on the same day, and for Modules 2 and 3 the results are usually available within a week of taking the test, making this a flexible choice of exam and one that is regularly run in MLS.

For details of examination dates and fees, see our Examinations page.


Flexible Courses

All MLS courses are made up from a variety of learning Elements, with each Element offering a different approach to learning English.

During your time at MLS it is possible to amend your course to better fit your specific needs (subject to your language level and class availability):

  • Students can exchange Elements 1-6 at no additional cost
  • Exchanging Elements 7, 8 and 9 may incur an additional cost
  • All course changes will incur an additional course materials fee

Click each Element in the diagram above (1-9) to see a full explanation of each Element of Study.

All MLS courses are made up from a variety of learning Elements – the MLS Elements of Study.

Each Element offers a different approach to learning English.  This enables us to offer you a quality learning experience that suits your individual needs.

 


Element 1 – Improve your grammar and vocabulary


Course information

Elements 1-4 are part of our General English syllabus.
Levels range from Elementary to Advanced.

What will I learn?

In these lessons you will develop your grammar and vocabulary (specific to your level).

You will learn grammar and vocabulary using the four skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening.

Sample Learning Outcomes for Intermediate level

By the end of the course, you should be able to:

  1. Grammar: Use modal verbs, first and second conditional, reported speech, future forms.
  2. Vocabulary: Use some phrasal verbs, understand and use collocations, prefixes and suffixes to extend vocabulary.

What materials are used?

You will use a General English course book (specific to your level) as well as other supplementary materials.

Is there homework/ will I be tested?

Homework activities, review and course book based progress tests are part of the course.

You can do additional self-study activities outside class using the MLS self-study computer rooms or you can borrow relevant materials from the MLS library.


Element 2 – Develop your reading and writing skills


Course information

Elements 1-4 are part of our General English syllabus.
Levels range from Elementary to Advanced.

What will I learn?

In these lessons you will develop your reading and writing skills (specific to your level).  You will explore and develop learning strategies with the aim of becoming an independent learner.  You will also review, extend and consolidate grammar and vocabulary from Element 1.

Sample learning outcomes for Intermediate level

By the end of the course, you should be able to:

Reading:

  1. Understand longer texts, notices and some authentic materials (eg routine letters, some not very technical reports and articles) that consist mainly of high frequency, everyday or job-related language.
  2. Select from and use a few strategies for coping with unfamiliar vocabulary.
  3. Use a monolingual dictionary to find examples and collocations.

Writing:

  1. Use simple connected text to describe and give detailed information on personal topics (eg a visit, holiday).
  2. Write some formal letters (eg complaints, job applications).
  3. Write longer (more than one paragraph) narratives and reviews/reports.

What materials are used?

MLS teachers select course material from a range of sources including course book and authentic reading and writing activities.

Is there homework/will I be tested?

Homework/self-study activities and reviews are part of the course.

In Element 2 you will have 4-weekly General English Tests using tasks from internationally recognised EFL examinations at your level eg Cambridge PET, KET, FCE or CAE.  You will also have individual tutorials with your teacher to discuss your progress and targets.

You can do additional self-study activities outside class using the MLS self-study computer rooms or you can borrow relevant materials from the MLS library.


Element 3 – Improve your listening, speaking and pronunciation


Course information

Elements 1-4 are part of our General English syllabus.
Levels range from Elementary to Advanced.

What will I learn?

In these lessons you will develop your Listening, Speaking and Pronunciation skills (specific to your level) through study of Communication and Culture.  You will do this by:

  • practising functional language for real life situations, eg shopping, eating out, travelling, meeting new people
  • listening to and discussing current event stories, world news, business topics and general interest topics
  • discussing cultural topics (both British and other cultures)
  • accessing online resources for listening and pronunciation

Speaking activities include discussions, role plays and presentations.

Listening activities include listening to texts or videos for gist and specific information.

Sample learning outcomes for Intermediate level

By the end of the course, you should be able to:

Listening:

  1. Deal with a wider range of texts, including some TV and radio programmes on current affairs or topics of personal or professional interest.
  2. Understand longer stretches of natural clear and continuous spoken English for the main idea and some specific information.
  3. Develop listening strategies, such as prediction.

Speaking:

  1. Enter unprepared into conversation on topics that are familiar, of personal interest or concerned with everyday life, eg family, hobbies, work, travel, and current events.
  2. Express opinions, discuss and negotiate (to a limited extent).
  3. Give short presentations, ask questions, and ask for further information in other presentations.

Pronunciation:

  1. Speak with fairly fluent and clear pronunciation.
  2. Use word and sentence stress to produce the right rhythm.
  3. Use weak forms and contractions widely and confidently.

What materials are used?

MLS teachers select course material from a range of sources including course book, authentic and online resources. Element 3 lessons additionally use level-specific listening and speaking tasks from internationally recognised EFL examinations at your level, while allowing for language systems development as appropriate.

Is there homework/will I be tested?

Homework/self-study and review activities are part of the course.

You can do additional self-study activities outside class using the MLS self-study computer rooms or you can borrow relevant materials from the MLS library.


Element 4 – Prepare to take examinations


Course information

Elements 1-4 are part of our General English syllabus.
FCE classes are Upper-Intermediate level.
CAE classes are Advanced level.
IELTS classes are Intermediate (IELTS 4.0) – Advanced (IELTS 7.0)
UEAP classes are Intermediate + (IELTS 4.5) – Advanced (IELTS 7.0)

What will I learn?

In these lessons you will prepare for specific examinations including the Cambridge English FCE, CAE and IELTS. The courses include a focus on exam strategies, all parts of the exams ie reading, writing, listening and speaking as well as grammar and vocabulary appropriate to the exam.

By the end of the course, you should be familiar with the format of the exam and prepared to achieve the highest possible score according to your General English level.

If you are studying one of our University Pathway courses, you will prepare for the ELPAS (MLS English Language Proficiency Test) through study of academic study skills and academic writing.

What materials are used?

You will use an Exam course book (specific to your exam and level) as well as other supplementary materials. Practice tests or past exam papers are also used regularly.

Is there homework/will I be tested?

Homework/self-study activities, review and sample tests are part of the course.  You can do additional Exam practice in your own time using the computer rooms for online self-study or practice materials from the MLS library.  The MLS Exams Manager is available in the library for questions and support.


Element 5 – Develop English language for business


Course information

Elements 5 and 6 are part of our Business English syllabus.

Minimum entry level for these Elements is Intermediate level (B1).

What will I learn?

In these lessons you will develop business vocabulary and study grammar in a business context (specific to your level).  Element 5 can be used to help you prepare for a Cambridge BEC or BULATS examination.  You will learn grammar and business vocabulary using the four skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening.

Sample learning outcomes for Intermediate level

By the end of the course, you should be able to

  1. Use the following tenses and structures fluently and competently: present simple and continuous, past simple, future (present continuous, will, going to), present perfect (simple), passives – present and past simple, modals (obligation, permission, possibility), 1st and 2nd conditionals, comparative and superlative, reported speech and relative clauses.
  2. Use vocabulary for main business fields: finance and investment, travel, employment, marketing and advertising.
  3. Understand longer texts, notices and some authentic materials (eg routine letters/emails, reports and business articles) that consist mainly of high frequency, job-related language.

What materials are used?

You will use a Business English course book (specific to your level) as well as other supplementary materials.

Is there homework/will I be tested?

Homework/self-study activities, review and course book based progress tests are part of the course.

In Element 5 you will have 6-weekly Business English Tests using tasks from internationally recognised EFL examinations at your level eg Cambridge BEC Preliminary and Vantage.  You will also have individual tutorials with your teacher to discuss your progress and targets.

You can do additional self-study activities outside class using the MLS self-study computer rooms or you can borrow relevant materials from the MLS library.


Element 6 – Practice business English communication skills


Course information

Elements 5 and 6 are part of our Business English syllabus.

Minimum entry level for these Elements is Intermediate level (B1).

What will I learn?

In these lessons you will develop Business Communication Skills (specific to your level).

Course content is negotiated by the class from a selection of skills from the following modules: Effective Personal Development; Effective Business Speaking; Effective Team Leadership; Effective Customer Relationship; and Effective Business Writing.

Typical lesson activities include presentations, case studies, role plays, business discussions or writing tasks.

Sample learning outcomes for Intermediate level

By the end of the course, you should be able to:

  1. Take part in a variety of spoken activities related to business including socializing, discussions, meetings, telephone conversations, interviews and presentations.
  2. Write various types of business correspondence, including forms, telephone messages, informal and formal emails, letters of enquiry, job application letters, CVs and short business reports.

What materials are used?

MLS teachers select course material from a range of sources including course book and authentic materials.

Is there homework/will I be tested?

Homework/self-study activities and reviews are part of the course.

You can do additional self-study activities outside class using the MLS self-study computer rooms or you can borrow relevant materials from the MLS library.


Element 7 – Study Business-related subjects and other specialisms in English


Course information

Element 7 forms part of our Vocational Business Language and University Pathway courses.

Subjects studied are chosen from of a wide range of options within specialisations such as Management; Marketing; Legal Studies; Finance; and Business.  Courses are offered at RQF levels 3, 4, and 5.

Lessons develop subject knowledge together with your ability in English language.

External certification is available (NCFE and Pearson BTEC EDEXCEL).

University counselling is also available at no additional cost in order to help students who wish to go to university to complete their university application.

What will I learn?

In these lessons you will learn about a topic or a subject that interests you.  Course content is selected from of a wide range of options within specialisations such as Management; Marketing; Legal Studies; Finance; or Business.

You will learn about your chosen subject using English language, rather than your native language.  You will develop a knowledge of your chosen subject together with developing your linguistic ability in English.  This is a natural way of developing language ability and one that corresponds to the way we originally learn our first language.

Typical lesson activities include presentations, case studies, role plays, business discussions or writing tasks.

Sample Learning Outcomes for RQF level 3

By the end of the course, you should be able to:

  1. Explain why digital marketing is used by organisations and how it plays a part of our everyday lives.
  2. Define SMART objectives for a company, teams and individuals that are related to the current goals of an organisation.
  3. Understand the range of personal investment opportunities and their evaluation.
  4. Understand fundamental concepts and terminology related to what constitutes a legal contract.
  5. Set up spreadsheets in Excel using formulae and charts.

What materials are used?

MLS teachers select course material from a range of sources including course books and authentic materials.

Is there homework/will I be tested?

Homework/self-study activities and reviews are part of the course.

You can do additional self-study activities outside class using the MLS self-study computer rooms or you can borrow relevant materials from the MLS library.

Assignment work is an integrated part of the course forming a vehicle for learning and for assessment.  The type/format of the assignment depends upon the subject being studied.  An assignment could be an examination or an extended piece of work that may consist of:

  • Written reports, essays
  • In-class tests
  • Creation of financial documents
  • Work-based projects
  • PowerPoint (or similar) presentations
  • Interviews/role plays

Element 8 – Learn English for Aviation


Element 8 forms part of our English for Aviation syllabus.

Designed to meet the English language training requirements of pilots and air traffic controllers, MLS provides courses for aviation language proficiency development up to ICAO Operational Level 4 and beyond.


Element 9 – Bespoke one-to-one or closed group training


Element 9 provides one-to-one or small group (maximum 6) training to meet your specific training needs.

MLS are experts in delivering English for a range of specialist professional purposes including: Finance; Law; Hospitality; Management; HR; Marketing; Medical English; Business Management and many more.