Welcome to the Instructor's Guide!

This guide contains some information about the lesson modules on this website. Just click on the topic that interests you in the table, or scroll down the page.


Module Topics & Skills Module Contents Main Objectives
Using Modules Email for reading and writing Other Good Bus. Eng. Sites

I. What topics and skills areas does this site address?

This site is divided into five lesson modules for honing reading and writing skills of intermediate to advanced students using Business English. Materials include a mixture of top-down and bottom up exercises. The activities presented will help students:

* Learn the nuts and bolts of Business English for reading and writing.
* Find employment..
* Create their own company--from tracking industries/businesses, preparing misson statements, conducting market research and analysis, writing business letters, pricing strategies, to creating advertising campaigns.
* Discover and use the stock market.
* Learn about management issues like problem solving.

 II. What does each module contain?

Each module contains lesson plans for one to two weeks of classes (2-6 lessons), including suggestions for how to utilize them. Activities are not lock-stepped. The site is designed so that the lessons can be modified easily. You can take whatever fits your and your students' needs; use the materials with or without the lesson plans I've offered. Let your creativity and the tools of the internet guide you!

 III. What are the main objectives of the lessons in these modules?

Here are some of the objectives of the lessons in these modules in terms of reading and writing skills.

        *To recognize a core of words, discourse markers, and grammatical patterns, cues, and rules.
        *To analyze lexicon and to develop strategies for guessing meanings of words from contexts.
        *To teach scanning strategies for locating important pieces of information in a lengthy article.
        *To infer contexts using background information.
        *To recognize different genres of texts: varied rhetorical forms of written discourse as well as the communicative functions of differenty types of texts.
        *To predict purpose and locate main message & ideas of support for an argument.
        *To build their knowledge of the business world in the context of English language learning.

        *To utilize acceptable grammatical systems, patterns, and rules.
        *To use cohesive devices in written discourse.
        *To use rhetorical forms and conventions appropriate to the business world.
        *To convey links and connections between between main and supporting ideas.
        *To distinguish between literal and implied meanings.
        *To develop writing strategies for assessing audience interpretation.
        *To learn to write using pre-writing devices, to write fluently in first drafts, and to use paraphrases and synonyms.
        *To solicit peer and instructor feedback and to incorporate it into writing and editing drafts.

III. In what ways can instructors use these materials be used?

Instructors have three options for using these materials:
        1) Many lesson materials can be printed (including readings, exercises, and quizzes), photocopied, and used in class.
        2) Some materials are best used during class meetings in the computer lab with students working alone or in small groups.
        3) Some materials can be assigned as homework. I recommend that you email the homework assignments to students (even if you pass out the URLs in class). That way all students need do to access a website is double-click on the website address in the email--this is helpful for computer novices.

V. Why use email for teaching writing?

One of the best tools for learning to read and write in a foreign language is email. Intermediate and advanced students should be encouraged to learn to write fluently, and email is a great device for eliciting lots of writing and reading. Plus, it allows students to get to know each other well. They will generally put greater effort into a task they know their peers will see. I suggest that they keep an on-line journal and make two entries a week. Topics can be assigned and/or students can write freely about whatever (business English) topic they choose. If the class is small, entries can be sent to all students. In larger classes, the instructor should assign students to groups of 6-8 "pen pals." Check out Working Smarter, Not Harder -- this site has excellent tips for managing student email efficiently from getting them started to troubleshooting--thanks to Dr. Larry Seibert at Indiana University.

VI. Do you have suggestions for other websites on Business English?

A wealth of resources exists on the internet for teaching Business English.
The following links will take you to some sites of particular interest if you wish to do more web browsing of your own:

Computers and Teaching
Syllabits A huge selection of Business college syllabi, assignments, instructors' web pages, academic research, software, and more. Great for finding new ideas and business links. Divided by undergraduate and graduate. Browse "syllabi" for a info on a variety of business domains.
IATEFL Home page of the Business English Special Interest Group of IATEFL Interactive discussion forum, newsletter pages and conference reports.
Distance Learning: Promise or Threat? Online article by Andrew Feenberg in hypertext form with reading comprehension questions.
General Business Directories, Journals, Online News
Biz Web Lots of business links
Institute of Management and Administration Supplies a business directory of over 600 links to 16 industry sectors, as well as 17 on-line newspapers. Updated daily.
BizEd Internet Catalogue of Resources Beginning navigators should click Browse on left hand side of screen to explore resources.
A Business Researcher's Interests includes academic articles ranging a wide variety of categories such as information search, reengineering, intellectual property, information policy, and web strategy/design. For advanced students. Check out the interesting "This Organization is Dis-Organization" under the "Research and Articles on New Organizational Forms".
Bangkok Post : English newspaper containing a business section. Current articles with definitions of business terms and difficult vocabulary. A guide for teachers and tips for students on how to use it.
CNN Interactive : Great source for reading current business news.

Teaching Tools
BizEd The best in info, worst in design! An online catalog of resources for teaching business with the internet, case studies, pages to subscribe to on-line discussion groups and much more. Highly recommended. This link is for adventuresome navigators, but for the others I've scattered links to its resources for easy finds.
BizEd Learning materials A range of Bus Eng stuff divided into several different student levels.
Univ of Minnesota Collection of Business resources from Univ of Minnesota's Dr. Harold Pardue.
Neteach Sites Teachers thought were cool! Includes a section on Business English links.
Volterre Click on "For Learners and Teachers of English." Business English links, email lists, grammar resources, online chat for students, and more.

Volition Free (or cheap) stuff like magazines, toys, downloads, free faxing via the web, coupon sites, guides to best prices, and much more.
Download.com Free computer software downloads and demos.

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Basics of Business English Back Home 
Finding Employment Creating a Company
Management The Stock Market