Making a Course Outline and Syllabus
Well, you've got to be prepared. You can't just stumble into class and start talking about finance vocabulary in English without a plan! You want to create a course that starts by establishing a basis for English Business language, and then move into more specialized vocabulary. Be sure to suit the class to the level of the students and their personal interests. If you unsure of this, spend the first class doing a level assessment of the students and ask them what their expectations for the course are.
Have a look at a sample course outline here. The course is based on 20 lessons. The one-to-one classes are just a suggestion, but I have found most students love this idea and take full advantage of the opportunity.
Class 1: Level Assessment and Talk about Expectations
Class 2: Business Socializing
Class 3: Writing Emails and Making Phone Calls
Class 4: Business Meetings
Class 5: One-to-One Specialty Class
Class 6 and Class 7: How to Make a Resume in English
Class 8: Business Negotiations
Class 9: Business Writing
Class 10: One-to-One Specialty Class
Class 11: Business Ethics
Class 12: Cross-Cultural Business
Class 13: Describing Types of Businesses
Class 14: Doing Business on the Internet in English
Class 15: One-to-One Specialty Class
Class 16: Giving Interviews and Getting Interviewed
Class 17: Marketing and Advertising in English
Class 18: Business Presentations in English
Class 19: Give a Business Presentation
Class 20: One-to-One Specialty Class
What you teach is ultimately up to you, but be sure that you cover the major areas of English Business language, such as email writing and the language used at business meetings. This is a must for any ESL business course. Feel free to focus in on the needs of your students, as well. Students, who work in the marketing sector, will inevitably want to work on improving their English marketing skills and English marketing vocabulary.