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Calling all Indonesian learners of English!


Terjemahan di bawah artikel dalam bahasa Inggris

Here we are. A year into a global pandemic. The world has changed considerably. And one thing that has become very obvious is how a lot of business and studying is being done online. Far more than before the Covid19 crisis began.

What does this mean for English language learning? For students learning English, it has meant a number of difficulties. The chance to travel to countries such as the UK, Australia, America and Canada has become in some cases, impossible and in other cases, extremely difficult. Quarantining in hotels on arrival for example. In the UK businesses remain closed and many English language schools, including the school I taught at, have had to close their doors.

But there is still a demand to learn English. And in particular to learn English with native English speakers and teachers with experience of teaching overseas, teaching different groups, levels and abilities and ages. From conversational English to examination preparation, business English and personal one to one coaching and mentoring, learning and improving English is still an essential part of the international student and business professional’s life.

Even though international travel for studying or business has been severely affected, there is no reason why you can not improve and practice English online with an experienced, professional, well travelled and well qualified teacher.

I am looking to expand my online English teaching to the country I call a second home – Indonesia. I am offering tailor made English language courses for Indonesian students learning English and to the wider Indonesian business community.

Why choose Tony Frobisher as YOUR English Language teacher?

I began teaching English in Indonesia in 1997. After an 8 month teaching position in Gajah Mada, north Jakarta, I returned to the UK, retrained and obtained my formal TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certificate – the CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Adults) from International House, London.

I married my wife Rini, who comes from Semarang in Central Java in November 1998 and we then moved to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia where I taught English for 6 months at International House, Malaysia. In 1999 I took up a teaching position for English First (EF) in Pondok Indah, south Jakarta. During the 2.5 years I taught in Pondok Indah, I was promoted to Senior Teacher and taught all ages from 7 to adult and developed a passion for teaching Business English. My wife and I returned to the UK in 2002 and settled in Worcester, in the West Midlands of England (near Birmingham). I started teaching for Kingsway English Centre and remained there for 18 years, again being promoted to Senior Teacher. In 2004, I completed my DELTA (Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults). I was the lead business English teacher at the school. I taught multinational groups with students from as far apart as Brazil, Algeria, Iraq, Russia and Japan. I was also involved in 1:1 teaching and exam preparation, including TOEFL, IELTS, TOEIC and OET.

What I bring to English lessons online

  • 24 years of English language teaching experience
  • Classroom and online experience
  • Business English specialist
  • Experienced in 1:1 and group sessions
  • Experienced teacher to all levels (beginner to advanced)
  • Experienced teacher to all ages (from 7 to 75+ age is no barrier!)
  • Fluent speaker of Bahasa Indonesia / able to communicate effectively in Bahasa Malay
  • Can use Indonesian to explain difficult English concepts such as grammar and prepositions
  • Understanding of the culture of Indonesia, passionate about Indonesia and wanting to help build its future in the world
  • Flexible and adaptable – from 1:1 online classes to group conversational classes, exam preparation, business coaching and project development, business skills training
  • 6 years in middle and senior management positions in the UK transport industry
  • World experience. I have travelled widely independently and have visited around 50 countries.
  • Passionate about language, about helping people to reach their potential
  • Fun, friendly and approachable
  • Feedback and advice always available, free homework correction and comment
  • Preparation time is done external to class time. If you have a 1 hour lesson, it will be a full 1 hour
  • Online lessons available via Zoom, Skype or Microsoft Teams

So if YOU want to speak and communicate better in English, let me help YOU.

Send me a message! You can contact me via

email – frobitony1@yahoo.co.uk and twitter – @vegpedaller

Memanggil semua pelajar Bahasa Indonesia Bahasa Inggris!

Inilah kami. Setahun menjadi pandemi global. Dunia telah banyak berubah. Dan satu hal yang menjadi sangat jelas adalah betapa banyak bisnis dan pembelajaran dilakukan secara online. Jauh lebih banyak dari sebelum krisis Covid19 dimulai.

Apa artinya ini untuk pembelajaran bahasa Inggris? Bagi siswa yang belajar bahasa Inggris, itu berarti sejumlah kesulitan. Kesempatan untuk bepergian ke negara-negara seperti Inggris, Australia, Amerika dan Kanada dalam beberapa kasus menjadi tidak mungkin dan dalam kasus lain menjadi sangat sulit. Misalnya, mengarantina hotel pada saat kedatangan. Di Inggris, bisnis tetap tutup dan banyak sekolah bahasa Inggris, termasuk sekolah tempat saya mengajar, harus menutup pintunya.

Tetapi masih ada permintaan untuk belajar bahasa Inggris. Dan khususnya untuk belajar bahasa Inggris dengan penutur asli bahasa Inggris dan guru dengan pengalaman mengajar di luar negeri, mengajar berbagai kelompok, tingkat dan kemampuan serta usia. Dari percakapan bahasa Inggris hingga persiapan ujian, bahasa Inggris bisnis dan personal one to one coaching dan mentoring, belajar dan meningkatkan pengajaran bahasa Inggris masih menjadi bagian penting dari kehidupan pelajar internasional dan profesional bisnis.

Meskipun perjalanan internasional untuk belajar atau bisnis telah sangat terpengaruh, tidak ada alasan mengapa Anda tidak dapat meningkatkan dan mempraktikkan bahasa Inggris online dengan guru yang berpengalaman, profesional, bepergian dengan baik, dan berkualitas baik.

Saya ingin memperluas pengajaran bahasa Inggris online saya ke negara yang saya sebut sebagai rumah kedua – Indonesia. Saya menawarkan kursus bahasa Inggris yang dibuat khusus untuk siswa Indonesia yang belajar bahasa Inggris dan komunitas bisnis Indonesia yang lebih luas.

Mengapa memilih Tony Frobisher sebagai guru bahasa Inggris ANDA?

Saya mulai mengajar bahasa Inggris di Indonesia pada tahun 1997. Setelah 8 bulan posisi mengajar di Gajah Mada, Jakarta Utara, saya kembali ke Inggris, melatih kembali dan memperoleh sertifikat TEFL (Pengajaran Bahasa Inggris sebagai Bahasa Asing) formal saya – CELTA (Sertifikat Pengajaran Inggris ke Dewasa) dari International House, London.

Saya menikah dengan istri saya Rini, yang berasal dari Semarang di Jawa Tengah pada bulan November 1998 dan kami kemudian pindah ke Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia dimana saya mengajar bahasa Inggris selama 6 bulan di International House, Malaysia. Tahun 1999 saya mengambil posisi mengajar untuk English First (EF ) di Pondok Indah, Jakarta Selatan. Selama 2,5 tahun saya mengajar di Pondok Indah, saya dipromosikan menjadi Guru Senior dan mengajar segala usia dari 7 hingga dewasa dan mengembangkan minat untuk mengajar Bahasa Inggris Bisnis. Saya dan istri saya kembali ke Inggris pada tahun 2002 dan menetap di Worcester, di West Midlands of England (dekat Birmingham). Saya mulai mengajar di Kingsway English Centre dan belajar kembali di sana selama 18 tahun, sekali lagi dipromosikan menjadi Guru Senior. Pada tahun 2004, saya menyelesaikan DELTA (Diploma Pengajaran Bahasa Inggris untuk Dewasa). Saya adalah guru bahasa Inggris bisnis utama di sekolah. Saya mengajar kelompok multinasional dengan siswa dari jauh seperti Brasil, Aljazair, Irak, Rusia dan Jepang. Saya juga terlibat dalam pengajaran dan persiapan ujian 1: 1, termasuk TOEFL, IELTS, TOEIC dan OET.

Apa yang saya bawa ke pelajaran bahasa Inggris online

  • 24 tahun pengalaman mengajar bahasa Inggris
  • Ruang kelas dan pengalaman online
  • Spesialis Bahasa Inggris Bisnis
  • Berpengalaman dalam 1: 1 dan sesi kelompok
  • Guru berpengalaman untuk semua tingkatan (pemula hingga mahir)
  • Guru berpengalaman untuk segala usia (dari 7 hingga 75+ usia bukanlah penghalang!)
  • Fasih berbahasa Indonesia / mampu berkomunikasi secara efektif dalam Bahasa Melayu
  • Dapat menggunakan bahasa Indonesia untuk menjelaskan konsep bahasa Inggris yang sulit seperti tata bahasa dan preposisi
  • Memahami budaya Indonesia, bersemangat tentang Indonesia dan ingin membantu membangun masa depan di dunia
  • Fleksibel dan mudah beradaptasi – dari kelas online 1: 1 hingga kelas percakapan kelompok, persiapan ujian, pelatihan bisnis dan pengembangan proyek, pelatihan keterampilan bisnis
  • 6 tahun di posisi manajemen menengah dan senior di industri transportasi Inggris
  • Pengalaman dunia. Saya telah bepergian secara luas secara mandiri dan telah mengunjungi sekitar 50 negara.
  • Bergairah tentang bahasa, tentang membantu orang mencapai potensi mereka
    Menyenangkan, ramah, dan mudah didekati
  • Umpan balik dan saran selalu tersedia, koreksi pekerjaan rumah gratis dan komentar
  • Waktu persiapan dilakukan di luar waktu kelas. Jika Anda memiliki 1 jam pelajaran, itu akan menjadi 1 jam penuh
  • Pelajaran online tersedia melalui Zoom, Skype atau Microsoft Teams

Jadi jika ANDA ingin berbicara dan berkomunikasi dengan lebih baik dalam bahasa Inggris, izinkan saya membantu ANDA!

Kirimkan saya pesan! Anda dapat menghubungi saya melalui

email – frobitony1@yahoo.co.uk & Twitter – @vegpedaller

Tony Frobisher
BA(Hons) DELTA

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Love What You Do

Love What You Do

This lockdown is a bit of an inconvenience. Businesses closed for the foreseeable future, people unable to meet up, have a coffee and a slice of cake together in a favourite coffee shop. Even go and have a haircut. (I am cutting my own few remaining hair strands at home, as always. Smartest lockdowner in the street.)

But of course, we understand the seriousness of lockdown. The impact on so many families who have lost loved ones or who are ill due to coronavirus. And the health professionals who have worked tirelessly to care for the sick and dying. Life is on hold. But it is a small price to pay to help secure the health of the nation and hopefully the future of our country and economy.

There have been some benefits I suppose. Commuting dried up to a trickle, the roads were clear, pollution reduced, turgid meetings in stuffy rooms became enlivened and productive digital Zooms. You could even do your meeting in your underpants. Unless you stood up of course.

(For the record, I am wearing trousers in this photo.)

At work. Ready to teach. A tie and a smile at the ready

My own employment as an English language Teacher stopped. The school was one of numerous businesses that had to close in the face of the pandemic and lockdown. When it will reopen and how the business will recover is uncertain, but I hope it will. It is a place that has seen such a diverse range of students from every corner of the world, Algeria to Brazil, China to Yemen, Syria to Sudan, Mexico to Nepal. A wonderful place to work, highly motivated and professional teachers, dedicated and supportive owners and brilliant students. I hope the school will reopen and thrive as it has before. It deserves to.

Worcester Museum, the old library, opposite the school where I work. Both the school and museum are currently closed due to the coronavirus situation.

Lockdown has seen me confined to barracks, with my wife and daughter. I have continued to work online, providing English language tuition. It is something I enjoy. There is a lot of satisfaction in completing a lesson with a student who has made progress, expressed their thanks for your help and support and is smiling and looking forward to their next lesson.

In addition, this time at home has helped further my own creativity. I have written my first novel called The Shadows That Sang. It is now with a group of 25 friends who are reading it and providing much needed feedback. It is the story of two young brothers, growing up in a rural village in Java Indonesia, a village that lies at the foot of an active volcano. After a devastating eruption, the brothers escape, but their lives follow very different paths, from homelessness and destitution to extremism, as well as the arts, opera and music. I would love to have the book picked up by an agent, secure a publishing deal and one day see it on the shelves of bookshops. It is a hope, a dream, but without dreams what are we? I will keep plugging away, probably tearing my remaining hair out at the 15th rewrite, but determined to get the book into print.

The Shadows That Sang – a mock-up of how the cover to my first novel could look.

In addition, I have just self-published my 8th poetry collection. Life Waves – Poetry for the New Decade, is a collection of poetry written during 2019 and the first part of 2020.  The poems reflect the state of the world currently, with sections on the Coronavirus / COVID19 crisis, Nature and the Environment, Mental Health, The state of British Society and the impact of Social Media, among others.

The link to Life Waves is

Life Waves – Poetry for the New Decade. Available now on Kindle and in paperback.

Life Waves and my other poetry collections are available in both Kindle Download and paperback formats.

You can find my other poetry collections

My seven current poetry collections. The 8th collection, Life Waves, is now available.

I love writing. It keeps my mind focussed, is an outlet for my emotions and feelings. We all need to do what we love and writing provides so many tangible benefits. For my mental health it has been a lifeline, especially using poetry to communicate my feelings. Poetry played a huge role in helping me come to terms with the loss of my daughter Milla in December 2016. Poetry provided the template for my emotional expression, but writing my novel helped me escape into a different world. A place I know well, but with a narrative provided by me, with a cast of characters who took on personalities and complexity as the writing progressed.

I love teaching too. It is immediate, rewarding and satisfying. It serves both the student and the teacher. What would I choose to do full time though? It is an interesting question. If you said you could be a full-time writer, financially secure, I would choose that life immediately. But the reality is very few people are fortunate, or talented enough to be able to give up the day job and write as a career. Until I do, teaching will continue. I will still write, and I will love doing both, equally.

I specialize in conversational English at any level and all ages, as well as Business English for Professionals.

Learn English with me! 23 years of teaching English as a Foreign Language experience. All ages, all abilities, beginners to advanced.

More information is available on my website, www.frobisherenglish.com

Best wishes and keep doing what you love.

Tony Frobisher

Worcester 2020

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Splendid Isolation

It’s been a while since my last update. Too long and much going on. Visits to Indonesia and the completion of writing my first novel, called The Shadows That Sang. Based in Java, Indonesia, a story of two brothers whose world is thrown into chaos when a volcanic eruption destroys their village.

Which is how the world feels at the moment. While my wife, daughter and I were in Indonesia for a month in February this year, the coronavirus crisis was becoming more of a concern. China was dealing with an unprecedented health crisis and a few countries around the world were recording sporadic cases. As we flew home, it was evident the fear and concern of people, many wearing masks on the flight and in the airports. However, there was still a sense of the world carrying on as normal. And no indication of the rapid spread of the disease and the impact it has had on so many people throughout the world, most notably in Italy, Iran and more recently throughout central Europe.

In a matter of a couple of weeks since arriving home, Italy and Spain are under lockdown, airlines are on the brink of collapse, the UK is requiring everyone to practice social distancing and to avoid non essential travel and contact with other people. There is a palpable feeling of anxiety and fear. The news media is covering the crisis 24/7 – endlessly relaying the latest advice, interviewing the public and experts. It feels a vastly different world to the one we left when we travelled to Indonesia at the beginning of February.

How do we ‘keep calm and carry on’ when there is so much uncertainty and genuine concern? It is one thing to advise people to work from home and practice social distancing, self isolate for 14 days, avoid travel, stay at home. But occupying your time productively is something we can all do. Maintaining a fit and active mind as well as body is extremely important.

I have reached out to many of my contacts and former students, many of whom live in Spain and Italy. I am in a fortunate position to be able to work from home and offer online English lessons. I believe an hour of face to face (online of course) conversation can be both educational and therapeutic. A chance to talk to someone about anything, to take their mind off the situation or to discuss what is happening. An outlet to discuss what is on their mind – and receive some useful English language practice and tuition at the same time.

I hope people will find a way to manage their time in this difficult situation. If we dwell on the fear, the worry, the uncertainty, it will only compound our feelings and affect our mental health detrimentally. We all need to take a break from the information overload we expose ourselves to on social media and via our TVs, radios and newspapers. While we need to be kind to others, to assist those who are vulnerable and at risk, we also need to be kind to ourselves.

Stay safe, keep washing your hands, listen to and follow the government and medical authority’s advice. But look after yourself as much as you look after your loved ones. We all need to be strong together and together we will get through this crisis.

If anyone would like to have online English language lessons, please contact me. Contact details, lesson information, payment and other details are available on this website.

Best wishes,

Tony Frobisher

Motivation and Change

Resolutions – The Verb Year

Resolutions – The Verb Year
(Verbs Are Doing Words)

Be kind
Think selflessly
Give to others

Need not want
Waste less
Spend less

Listen more
Say more
Talk less

Write more
Read more
Communicate better

Sit in silence
Embrace quiet
Welcome solitude

Think more
Overthink less
Worry less

Appreciate people
Switch off social media
Notice life

Challenge yourself
Push yourself
Believe in yourself more

Chase dreams
Never give up
Always hope


A very happy new year. May 2019 fulfil and may you find your peace.

These are my resolutions. Attainable, doable. No excuses.

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Business English is Boring – Apparently

Today we are going to learn some language for meetings…..

Time for Business? 

A collective groan fills the classroom. The teacher inwardly sighs, wishing he were somewhere far more stimulating, like Lidl. The students head fall with an audible smack as they hit the table, dreading the next turgid hour and a half of ‘stuff they don’t want to learn’, ‘things they already know’, ‘words and phrases they’ll never use’ , ‘a complete waste of time’.

Ever been there? Tasked with teaching a subject that is seemingly one the students hate and indeed one you as the teacher can not get enthused to teach?

Welcome to the world of teaching Business English. A world where the Director of Studies chuckles with an evil laugh as they draw up the next week’s schedule and pencil in someone for the ‘graveyard shift’. Post lunch, Business English class. A world where eyes role and knees tremble, hoping a bout of severe diarrhea wreaks havoc upon bowels and weekends so that Monday does not arrive and the teaching of Business English can be avoided. And some other poor bugger (hopefully the director of studies – oh the irony) has to teach the class instead.

Yes, for some teachers, Business English is a curse worse than a plague of boils. It is the last thing they want to teach, the area of English they feel least competent and practiced in. The area they wish to avoid at all costs. They would rather teach a class of delinquent 15 year olds the language of politeness and respect, than step up to the task of teaching presentation language.

But why is Business English feared by some and on the other hand, embraced by a few (myself included, I really enjoy Business classes)?

The reasons are various, but I would narrow it down to the following;

  • Lack of Business Experience – Left university, partied around S.E.Asia for a year and a bit, came home, worked in Tescos for 6 months, did the CELTA, started teaching in a far flung corner of China or Indonesia, never worked in a corporate environment, nor a temporary office job. Never experienced the world of ‘work’, of meetings and presentations, of financial information, of negotiations and international business class travel….
  • A Feeling of Inferiority – You are 25 years old, a graduate in media studies and fine art. You are faced with a class of 50 year old middle and senior managers, specialists in their area of business, more experience of the world of business than you have been alive, high fliers in their company. All eyes are on you. ‘What do YOU know?’. Are YOU a fraud? What can YOU actually teach THEM?
  • The Subject Matter – The language of meetings, diplomatic language, negotiations, dealing with people, conflict in the workplace, presenting, interview skills etc etc. You start looking through the Business English textbooks and immediately feel your eyes glaze over. Soporific, somnolent, snooze inducing stuff. zzzZZZZ. And you have to make this stuff attractive, interesting, easy to follow and practicable in  application. The wolves are waiting and they are hungry. Off you go…
  • Why Me? – It is a good question. In some schools the Business English class is seen as the least preferred class to teach. It is not ‘sexy ‘ English. It is not fun. It is boring, the students are dull, unreceptive, unwilling to learn anything new, sent by their boss and not particularly motivated. Why me? What have I done to deserve this? It feels as if you are being punished. Why? I was only 2 minutes late to class last Thursday….
  • Lack of Preparedness – It is Friday afternoon. The new schedule is posted. You check and find it is your turn. Pass the poisoned chalice. Monday Business class awaits. What on earth are you going to teach them? I don’t have any materials prepared….I haven’t got any cool handouts for them. Monday arrives and blind panic has resulted in photocopying a bog standard textbook (though to qualify myself, they are many excellent Business English textbooks out there)…OK then, page 1. Saying Hello at a meeting….. The groans grow louder
  • Not Wanting to Let Anyone Down – You are a professional. You take pride in your work. You enjoy interacting with students and creating and delivering effective, fun and useful lessons. You love to see the progress your students make. But Business English feels like a step too far. You can’t deliver anywhere near as effective lessons. You will let the students down and feel a failure. You want to do yourself justice, but feel you won’t be able to meet their expectations or your own. They might even go to the Director of Studies and…..complain!!!

OK. Stop. Breathe. Relax. 

Computer Says No?
Business English doesn’t need to draw a blank…

Business English is ….

FUN, INTERESTING, EXCITING, MOTIVATING, ENJOYABLE, USEFUL, SOMETHING EVERY TEACHER CAN TEACH, SOMETHING NOT TO BE AFRAID OF

There, I said it. Business English is an area of English Language teaching that is challenging, but can be approached in a practical way and can be as satisfying to your students and yourself as any other English lesson. Over the last 21 years teaching English to adults in a variety if professions and occupations, I have specialized in Business English. It is the one area that I feel most comfortable in. I have seen friends and colleagues go pale at the thought of teaching business and have coached and mentored them in how to approach Business English. Am I strange? No, not really. Everyone has their own preferred niche, but this should not preclude you from teaching any part of English, whether that is business, exam preparation, language for specific purposes such as medicine, law, engineering, aviation etc, any age group from young children to adults, etc. 

These are my top tips for teaching Business English.

  1. No one is an expert in everything – I have 6 years experience in management. However, this was a long time before I embarked on my career as a language teacher. Was I / Am I an expert in business? Absolutely not. I have experience that has supported me in teaching Business English and has been invaluable in classrooms, but I am no expert. What I have is an INTEREST in business, but moreover, an interest in my students and what they do. This forms the basis of many lessons, discussions and classroom activities . Remember that the students coming to learn Business English do not expect you to be an expert in their industry. Nor are they expecting you to teach them their job. They are looking to you to help them do their job better in English. Equipping them with better vocabulary and expressions, a more intuitive and fluent listening and speaking ability, an improved pronunciation that makes them understood more easily and the ‘English Toolbox’ to aid them deliver better presentations, meetings, negotiations. At the end of the day always remember that the student is the expert.
  2. Business English is Real Language – Business English is just English. With a specific application and relevance. The language of meetings is specific vocabulary used to do a number of functions; suggesting, offering, agreeing, disagreeing, interrupting, correcting, clarifying etc. And do we not do those things in everyday situations? It is true there are some words and phrases with unique use as Business English expressions (to table a proposal, to chair a meeting), but these are generally easy to understand from context.
  3. Use the Experience in the Classroom – People like to talk about themselves and are naturally curious. Let your Business students be a resource. Far too many teachers fall into the trap of believing every lesson has to be teacher led for 60 or 90 minutes. Business students love the opportunity to present in small groups, to discuss their own position and industry, but moreover are very interested in knowing about their fellow students and what they do. Small group sessions / discussions which can be filmed and played back will highlight key vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation, direct / indirect language which can be used in the next part of the class. 
  4. Students Often Believe They Are Better Than They Really Are – Yes, you sometimes have students who know it all. Who think they have every part of this speaking English game cracked, they are perfect. Really? In my experience, every single student I have taught, even those who I would class as Advanced or Proficient make mistakes. Or fail to understand the nuances of the  language. Or have inappropriate intonation (The Russian students are often excellent, but speak with a low, flat monotone, that sounds bored, uninterested, unhappy and creates a negative response in the listener. Their vocabulary and grammar are excellent, but they don’t realise how poor they sound). While they are the experts in their job, you are the expert in English. 
  5. Even the Smallest Areas Can Trip Up the Best Students – Try this exercise. Spellings in English. Read out (or phone students) information for the students to write down. Email addresses, complicated addresses, foreign names, names including accents and umlauts. Even the most competent students struggle because it is not often practiced. But getting accurate information is crucial (especially if you spell an email address wrong….)
  6. Take An Interest in Business – Now you do not need to read the Financial Times back to back every day for a month. But listen to the business news on the radio, go online and read a couple of articles from online newspapers, watch the news, watch business programmes such as Dragon’s Den and The Apprentice. These are excellent sources of vocabulary and points of discussion. Dragon’s Den is great for negotiation language, using conditionals (what would you do?), selling, presentation language, body language, fast native speech, product design, entrepreneurship etc etc. The Apprentice introduces creative solution finding, strategic planning (or a lack of), delegation and management, decision making, conflict and conflict resolution. Business English is everywhere around us and there is so much beyond the textbooks that you can use in lesson planning; either as a lesson in itself or to supplement textbook exercises.
  7. Enjoy Business English – I have had some of the best fun classes teaching Business English. Your students are people. They are there to learn and to enjoy themselves while doing so. They are not always deadly serious and dull (in fact in 21 years of teaching Business English, 99% of my students have found the classroom environment invigorating, fun and enjoyable. Either in 1:1 or class situations, most students relish the chance to learn English, because they are NOT at work. It is a different thing to do. Many senior managers and business owners I have taught have the best sense of humour and are the most relaxed people I have taught. They want to learn, they want to enjoy the process, they don’t want to be bored, they have expectations, but they are easy to work with, they will also be proactive in telling you what they like and don’t like, and how they like to learn. 
  8. Be Relevant and Flexible – I always spend time with a new class or a new 1:1 student discussing learner expectations and do a needs analysis. I will then tailor my lessons to the needs of the student(s). I teach the students, and maintain a flexible approach, not what I want them to learn. I negotiate their priorities and design classes that fit these requests. Not everyone will have the same priorities, but doing a needs analysis will allow every student their input into the lesson content. Always have a back up plan. Always have a back up lesson or activity available. “We have done meetings, we don’t want to do financial language (Hurrah!), can we do a conversation lesson?” Be flexible.
Example of Needs Analysis for Business English Lessons

So, if you are dreading being asked to teach the Business English class, try to approach it in a different way. It is an English class, with highly motivated and intelligent, interesting people, who are interested in you, who want you and for them to succeed and above all, want to learn and to enjoy the process of doing so. I think of Business English the other way round. For me it is “English for Business”. My job is to provide the students with the English skills and language necessary to help them do their jobs better when required to use English. 

Good luck and have fun! Business does not have to be boring. But it does have to be interesting, relevant, useful, engaging and FUN!

If you would like to know more about teaching Business English please get in touch. I would love to hear from you. If you are a student interested in improving your Business English knowledge, let me know and I would be delighted to help you. Details of my Skype Online Lessons are on this website. 

Best wishes,

Tony