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Business English Special Interest Group

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Welcome to the Business English SIG page. Our goal is to bring together all of our current and new ETAS business group members to share ideas and to keep updated on the latest ETAS events going on around Switzerland and beyond.

If you have any questions or are interested in joining the Business English SIG, please feel free to email your BESIG Coordinator Markus Dietz at

Markus is from Germany, where he started his teaching career in 2001. In 2012 Markus moved to Lausanne, mainly to learn French, and joined ETAS just a few months later. Having a degree in Business and the Cert IBET, Markus teaches General and Business English as well as German to adults and young adults.

Upcoming events

Face-to-face events

Useful videos, articles, and other links


IATEFL BESIG Youtube channel

Here is a great link for a presentation from our former President JoAnn Salvisberg on assessing business presentations. It is titled Mishion Possible: Polishing Presentations to Sparkle & Shine. JoAnn gave it at the IATEFL BESIG and TEASIG 2015 Pre-Conference Event in Lucerne..

Marjorie Rosenberg on Language, Culture and Business (IATEFL Conference 2011 in Brighton)

TESOL France member Csilla Jaryay-Benn interviews Roy Bicknell about his talk at the TESOL France Annual Colloquium 2011.


Aspects of Business English by Helen Mehta, British Council / BBC: TeachingEnglish

Thirty Years of Business English 1986-2016, Paul Emmerson. A personal look at the history of BE right up to the present day.

Freelancers: Doing the Math by Charles Rei, Business English Ideas, June 2012

Phil Wade Interviews: Akos Gerold, EFL Magazine, November 2016. An instructive read on presentations.

Other links

IATEFL BESIG, the Business English Special Interest Group of IATEFL, is a truly professional body representing the interests and serving the needs of the international business English teaching community.

IH Barcelona's link to teaching business English

British Council's English for Business webpage

The Japan Association for Language Teaching (JALT) Business Communication Special Interest Group has been very active in the past few years. Here's a link to their Newsletters (2016 - present).

Ian McMaster's blog. Ian McMaster is the editor-in-chief of Business Spotlight, a journal for those who want to improve and practise their English reading skills with business related articles and also speak German.

Evan Frendo's blog webpage: English for the workplace

Chia Suan Chong's blog with lots of articles and entries on Business English teaching and training and related topics

English Teaching professional blogposts by Chia Suan Chong

Paul Emmerson's website Ideas Bank for Business English Teachers