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Business English

Business English for Executives

The best method of learning Business English in a confidential and efficient format to suit today's busy Business executives is with a skilled and experienced private Business English tutor. Business English for executives, managers, entrepreneurs, and business owners interested in upgrading their business English terminology, vocabulary and comprehension.

Business English Skills are important to:

  • Executives with new English speaking sales territories
  • Entrepreneurs looking to expand international businesses
  • Executives building skills to qualify for a promotion
  • Diplomats transferred to English speaking countries
  • MBA candidates entering a graduate program in Canada or USA
  • IT, Accountants and Lawyers with new English speaking clients
  • Doctors and dentists training with new technologies in English
  • Engineers who require new materials or equipment

Business English Skills

  • Business English Pronunciation and accent reduction
  • Business English conversation skills for informal small groups
  • Business English Listening skills including telephone skills
  • Business English Reading comprehension and reading strategies
  • Formal and informal business English writing skills
  • Cultural awareness for "western style" business
  • Business English for negotiations, discussions and explanations
  • Business English presentation skills, including public speaking
  • Business English idioms, slang, jargon and expressions

2023 Executive English Prices for One-to-One Classes

  • Two hours each week $120.
  • Three hours each week $175.
  • Five hours each week $275.
  • Twenty hours each week $1,000.
  • To inquire - Please email: or call 647 247 3897

Business English for Careers (group programs)

Business English for Careers is for employees, adults or students who require intermediate and advanced Business English to get the first job in the international English-speaking business community or get the first promotion or to enter a business school.

The Business English for Careers program is designed for small groups. The Business English for Careers program is designed to provide training in Toronto, Canada and is also offered to companies or groups in Europe, Asia and South America.

Business English for Careers includes business theory and business vocabulary: formal business English and informal business idioms and expressions, business conversations including formal introductions, inquiries, discussions, negotiations, informal business conversations, business specialties economics, finance, accounting, marketing, sales, advertising, communications, logistics, production, manufacturing, transportation, packaging and environmental practices.

Business training includes presentation skills, report writing, public speaking, letter writing, business presentations, sales presentations, product introductions, writing press releases, writing public relations articles, powerpoint presentations, creating web pages, creating and updating blogs and internet research.

Canadian American British cultural awareness and office protocol are also included in the classroom sessions. Field trips help students get used to business life and business situations in the English speaking workplace.

Teaching materials are about 20% Market Leader business audio and video vocabulary from business cases, about 40% from trade magazines, business correspondence and industry periodicals, about 20% from daily business newspapers, and about 20% from skills textbooks which includes communications, writing, and business skill specialties.

Business topics will last one week. Students can study economics, finance, accounting, marketing, sales, advertising, communications, logistics, production, manufacturing, transportation, packaging and environmental practices.

Groups are given free English language skill level assessments.

Groups of students can study 1 week, 2 weeks, 3 weeks, 4 weeks or up to 14 weeks. The program is designed to be 25 hours each week with some extra field trips and class meetings.

Globe & Mail Report on Business

The most authoritative Canadian news from the world of business featuring articles from The Globe and Mail, breaking news coverage, national news, international news, sports, weather, Report on Business.

Market Leader Textbooks

Market Leader is a five-level business English course designed to bring the real world of international business into the business English classroom. It has been developed in association with the Financial Times newspaper.

The ML books are designed for students preparing for a career in business, or by those already working who want to improve their English communication skills. Each Course Book provides approximately 90 - 120 hours of class work.

Market Leader includes recent ideas from the world of business. Each unit is topic-based and features regular role plays and company case studies. Students are encouraged to use their own experience and opinions to maximize involvement and learning.

The course book provides the main part of the teaching material, divided into topic-based units. The topics have been chosen following research among teachers to establish which are the areas of widest possible interest to the majority of their business English students.

The Course Book provides input in reading, speaking and listening, with guidance for writing tasks. Every unit contains vocabulary development activities and review of essential English grammar. There is a focus on key business functions, and each unit ends with a case study enabling students to practise language they have worked on during the unit.

A typical unit consists of the following sections:

Starting up
Students have the opportunity to think about the unit topic and to exchange ideas and opinions with each other and with the teacher. There is a variety of stimulating activities such as answering quiz questions, reflecting on difficult decisions, prioritizing options and completing charts. Throughout, students are encouraged to draw upon their life and business experience.

Essential business vocabulary is presented and practiced through a wide variety of creative and engaging exercises. Students learn new words, phrases and collocations, and are given tasks which help to activate the vocabulary they already know or have just learnt. A Vocabulary File at the end of the book gives students the opportunity to revise core vocabulary from the Course Book units under topic headings. There is further vocabulary practice in the Practice File.

There are a number of discussion activities which are designed to build up student's confidence in expressing their views in English and to improve their fluency. Discussion topics include: ?Talk about your favourite brands?, ?Rank a list of unethical activities? and ?Discuss the importance of cultural awareness in business? (Market Leader Intermediate) among many others.

Students read new articles from the Financial Times and other business sources. They develop their reading skills and acquire essential business vocabulary. The texts provide a context for language work and discussion later on in the unit.

The authentic listening texts are based on interviews with business people and experts in their field. Students develop listening skills such as prediction, listening for specific information, and note-taking.

Language Review
These sections develop students? awareness of the language problems common to their level of English. They focus on accuracy and knowledge of key areas of grammar. Students can use the Grammar reference at the end of the Course Book and there is further practice in the Practice File and in the Business Grammar and Usage book.

Communication Skills
This section helps learners to develop their communication skills in the key business areas of presentations, meetings, negotiations, telephoning and social English. Each section contains a Useful Language box which provides students with the support and phrases they need to carry out the business tasks in the regular role play activities.

Case study
The Market Leader case studies are linked to the business topics of each unit. They are based on realistic business problems or situations and encourage students to use the language and communication skills they have developed while working through each unit. They give students plenty of opportunities to practise speaking, listening, reading and writing skills in realistic contexts. Each case study ends with a follow-up writing task. These tasks reflect the real world of business correspondence and will also help those students preparing for Business English exams. A full writing section is provided in the Market Leader Practice File.

Review units
Each review unit is designed to recycle and revise material covered in the preceding Course Book units.

Practice File
This gives extra practice in the areas of grammar and vocabulary, together with a complete section in business writing. In each unit students work with text models and useful language, then do a writing task to consolidate the learning. The practice File provides regular self study pronunciation work (with an audio CD and exercises), and a valuable Business English survival language section.

Audio materials
All the listening activities from the Course Book (interviews with business practitioners) and the Practice File (pronunciation exercises) are available on cassettes and audio CDs, depending on users' preference.

Test File
A free Test Master CD ROM provides an entry test, some progress tests and an exit test, which reviews the work done throughout the course.

The Market Leader Videos offer students the opportunity to see the Business English they have been studying presented in real context, and the situations and characters in the films also enable them to gain an insight into business issues and working relationships. Each video is accompanied by a set of photocopiable worksheets and a transcript.

Business Entrepreneur School Projects

Start and manage your own Business

Rich entrepreneurs live in a different world, just watch any of the old "The Donald" or Martha Stewart Apprentice shows to see them recruit a junior entrepreneur. Each week the business projects illustrate "winners and losers" and "team players and loose cannons" and "real skills and pretenders" for all to see.

In TV land the "losers" just get booted. In real life, career entrepreneurs have to work at their craft. Entrepreneurs have to expand their knowledge of effective corporate management and self-employment by learning, practicing and experiencing the diverse skills necessary to succeed in today's competitive marketplace.

Business Entrepreneur School Projects are ideal for individuals who have the drive to tackle the challenges of self-employment in today's rapidly changing business environment.

Business Entrepreneur School Projects are an interactive experience that integrates new ideas into proven formats and helps graduates gain the knowledge, confidence, and experience they need to succeed.

For future corporate executives and self-employed entrepreneurs the educational benefit and experience to create, plan and launch a real live business with help is huge.

To apply for a Business Entrepreneur School Project please email.

What is a Business Incubator?

The purpose of the Business Incubator is to help new business owner/operators start successful businesses.

The initial review process is designed to streamline the business launch process.

Students prepare initial outlines explaining: the business opportunity, products or services, existing competitors or unserviced niches, licenses, registrations, incorporation, marketing research, pricing, margins, operations, logistics, import/export, wholesale/distributors/retailers, initial cash requirements, potential sources of financing, cash flow projections and time lines which include a detailed implementation plan.

Business executive mentors, experts and consultants will review the initial outlines.

The project incubation process is structured with primary market research, market analysis, operating and financial planning overlaid with project benchmarks that must be achieved.

Mentoring and instructional support includes experienced businessmen, early-stage legal, accounting, and administration services, technical experts with shipping, logistics, engineering, packaging, advertising, sales training and business coaching.

What is an Idea?

What is an Idea?

In philosophy, the term idea is common to all languages and periods. Idea has been used as a term with many different shades of meaning.

One historical view is that ideas exist in a realm separate or distinct from our everyday real life. This historical view states that we discover ideas in the same way that we discover the real world.

Plato asserted that there is a realm of Forms or Ideas, which exist independently of anyone who may have thought of these ideas. Material things are "imperfect and transient reflections or instantiations of the perfect and unchanging ideas".

Hume's "idea" is a vague mental reconstruction of perceptions with the perceptual process being described as an impression.

Locke defines "idea" as whatever is the object of understanding when a man thinks.

Most people in the modern times agree that an idea is an image existing or formed in the mind. Ideas give rise to concepts, which are the basis for knowledge in science, philosophy or business.

Concepts help to integrate apparently unrelated characteristics or phenomena into viable hypotheses and theories as the basic building blocks of science. Many people have introduced concept maps that help students to learn the inter-relationships between various concepts.

Inventions also represent a radical breakthrough in science or technology which expands the boundaries of human knowledge. Usually an invention is an object, process, or technique which displays an element of novelty. An invention can be based on existing objects or ideas that is modified or transformed into a new invention.

Patent law regulates the construction and ownership of inventions based on novelty or incremental improvements to existing inventions.

Patents include the formal drawings and descriptions of the ideas or inventions which indicate and illustrate the construction, design and operation of the idea or invention.

Patents include the ownership claim of the idea or invention creator.

Successful people think an idea is a very important business start which requires several tests.

Tests help form concepts and project benefits and determine idea exclusivity and validity. The ideas, concepts and benefits are organized into a summary and then expanded into a business plan. This is how most businesses start with a new idea.

What is a Business Plan?

A business plan means different things to different people.

Many people see a business plan as the written document necessary to apply for a bank loan.

Many people see a business plan as a projection that enables a business to look ahead and prepare for problems and opportunities.

Many people see a business plan as the outline to allocate resources and focus on key points.

Many people see a business plan as a guide vital for running the business.

Many people see a business plan as a formula to optimize growth and development according to set priorities and end goals.

Many people think a business plan should outline five things: the planning process, the necessary resources, time lines, definitive business goals and the path you will follow to achieve these goals.

Many people think a business plan is simply a summary of who you are, what you plan to do, where the plan operates, how you intend to complete the plan and why you will succeed.

There is no Standard for Business Plans

Many people think a business plan should contain main Business Plan components:
Executive Summary
Management Team
Company Description
Product or Service Description
Market Research
Marketing Strategy
Implementation Schedule

Successful people think a business plan is a very important story with several audiences. These audiences include: everyone who works for your company, everyone who lends money or provides credit to your company and everyone who buys your products or services.

We can help you write that story. Learn how to create a business plan and manage your own business. To create a Business Entrepreneur School Project please email a Registration Form.

2023 Internships

The 2023 internship programs are open to new Canadians, LINC graduates, international work/study visa students, students preparing for business school, students preparing for career training, graduates preparing for work in English speaking workplaces, job seekers who need to improve their business English language skills.

International students with "acceptable vaccinations", "negative" test results, study/work permit and advanced English language and business skills can apply for paying jobs in Canada.

Students can email for additional information. ESL in Canada works with an excellent DLI which can issue work/study permits for work experience or coop and internship training programs.

The new visa regulations will improve services to genuine students, while protecting Canada's international reputation for high-quality education and reducing the potential for fraud and misuse of the program.

Study permit holders pursuing studies at publicly-funded and certain privately-funded post-secondary institutions must apply for an Off-Campus Work Permit to be able to work up to 20 hours per week off-campus during the academic session and full-time during scheduled breaks.

Any international student can apply for a Co-Op Work Permit if a co-op placement is an integral element of their course of study.

Study permits will only be issued to successful applicants who are pursuing studies at an educational institution that has been designated to receive international students.

Study permits will automatically authorize the holder to work off-campus for up to 20 hours per week during the academic session and full-time during scheduled breaks without the need to apply for a separate work permit. The study permit holder must be pursuing academic, vocational or professional training of six months or more that leads to a degree, diploma or certificate at a designated institution.

Visitors may apply for a study permit from within Canada if they are at the pre-school, primary or secondary level, are on an academic exchange or a visiting student at a designated learning institution, or have completed a course or program of study that is a condition for acceptance at a designated learning institution.

International students enrolling in courses in Canada that will last six months or less do not need a study permit. This is not changing. Students from countries whose citizens require a visitor visa will still need a valid visitor visa.

Visa rules for international work/study students do change without notice. For additional info Go to: VISA FAQS

Definitions and components of work experience

Work experience usually involves work and some performed functions by the participant.

Work experience can take several forms and involve different levels of participation.

Work placement a time period of work experience, which can be paid or unpaid, that is part of the course and necessary to complete the program of study.

Internship a short-term placement in an organization. Many study programs require from 2 to 4 internships to complete the program of study.

Work-based project ? a specific set of assessed activities carried out at the school or at at an external work location.

Work shadowing observing a staff member of an organization to understand their functions, responsibilities and skill requirements

Voluntary work unpaid work, usually carried out in your own time and can be for profit, non-profit or charity organizations.

The benefits of work experience for new graduates or job seekers.

For additional info email:

ESL in Canada Work Experience Internships

ESL in Canada offers work experience internships.

Email to schedule an interview.

International Experience Canada Reciprocal Agreements

Canada has reciprocal agreements with many countries and territories. Please check the CIC website to find country opening dates as they become available.

 Countries with agreements:

Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom, 

IEC has three streams; Working Holiday, Young Professionals and International Co-operation Internship. Visit the IEC section for more information on the three streams available to Canadian and foreign youth.

 If you're 18 to 35 (18 to 30 in some countries), come work and travel in Canada through International Experience Canada (IEC)! 

It's a government program designed to help you gain valuable international work experience, improve your language skills in English and French and work in Canada and fund the trip of a lifetime.

Overseas to Canada - Work and travel in Canada with International Experience Canada updates

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