Fine Tuning Your Business English


Course introduction

English is the number one language for businesses around the world and a good command of English is an absolute essential for today's high fliers. The ability to communicate well in both writing and speaking is one of the keys to being successful at work.
With our help on this course, you will acquire the knowledge and skills needed both written and verbal to impress your boss, colleagues, customers, your family and friends.

Course Benefits

Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to;

  • Recognising the Different Parts of Speech
  • Giving effective presentations
  • Understanding present, past and future verb tenses
  • Understanding the Active versus the Passive Voice and their uses in business
  • Improve understanding of Sentence Structure
  • Learn collocations - 50 common verb-noun phrases used in business
  • Understand the uses of countable and uncountable nouns, subject/verb agreement
  • Have learned about writing proposals
  • Have learned about formal and informal writing for emails
  • Analyse differences between Business Jargon and Plain English
  • Learn about Standard vs Singaporean English; identify many common mistakes/grey areas
  • Understand conditionals

Target Audience

All who wish to improve the way they communicate in English.

Course Outline

  • Training Needs Analysis
  • Getting to know each other
  • Recognising The Different Parts of Speech
  • Effective Presentations:
  • Grammar - Present Tenses
  • Grammar - Active versus Passive
  • Sentence Structure
  • Collocations - 50 Common Verb-Noun Phrases used in Business
  • Countable and Uncountable Nouns
  • Grammar - Future Tenses
  • Writing - Proposals
  • Email - Formal and Informal Writing
  • Subject / Verb Agreement
  • There Is / There Are With Some and Any
  • Grammar - Past Tenses
  • Grammar - Cause and Effect, Ability
  • Business Jargon versus Plain English
  • Standard versus Singaporean English
  • Grammar - Conditionals - If I Were You
  • Case Study and Presentation
  • Identifying Common Mistakes / Areas for Improvement

Available Course Sessions

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Trainer Profile

Andrew Mckay

Andrew Mckay is an associate training consultant with the Management Development & Consultancy arm of MDIS.

As an English teacher, Andrew has over a decade of experience, in 3 countries – South Korea, Australia, and most recently Singapore. His experience includes training English teachers from China, teaching general English to large and small classes of mixed ages and nationalities, and giving private lessons for foreign businesspeople in Singapore. He has taught students from Japan, China, South Korea, Germany, Italy, Brazil, Indonesia, The Philippines, Mongolia, and other countries.

• 2009 - 2012: Andrew Mckay started his own company in 2009 and now teaches privately and on a consultancy basis.
• 2005 - 2009: Andrew taught English in Singapore for Ascend Education and Tyndale Education Group, and in Australia for GEOS Gold Coast.
• 2000 - 2004: Andrew taught general English to children at Kid's College (Il-San) and general & business English to adults at Jung Chul Interlab (Gangnam), Seoul, South Korea.

Andrew Mckay holds a Cambridge CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults), from the Tasmanian College of English (Australia). He also holds a Bachelor degree from the University of Tasmania.