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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

  • ETAS Vaud is organising a workshop on Intercultural Awareness: Sylvia Goetze Wake will be presenting at Wall Street Institute (in the Lausanne station building) on Saturday, 16th February 2019 (9.30 a.m.–12.30 p.m.). Sylvia is a frequent presenter at ETAS Conferences, and has also given workshops at CERCLES and the Language Symposium in Sierre. The price for members is 25 CHF, for non-members 35 CHF (to pay at the door). The workshop will be followed by a one-hour swap shop (choose either Young Learners / Teens or Learning Technologies). To register please write to Sharon Acton at or to Sonia Vanyan at
  • The Consultants-E (TCE) offer several annual scholarships and applications are now open for a fully funded online e-Moderation course in March. Please note that the deadline for applications is 15th February 2019. Click here to apply. ETAS members are also eligible for a 10% discount on TCE courses. More information on the courses can be found here. You'll need a code to take advantage of the discount. If you're an ETAS member, want to register and don't have the code, please get in touch with me at
  • The 53rd International IATEFL Conference & Exhibition will take place in Liverpool, UK, 2nd-5th April 2019. For detailed information and to register see here. The IATEFL BESIG Pre-Conference Event on 1st April will be held jointly with the IATEFL Teacher Training and Education Special Interest Group. It is titled "Training (Business) English teachers to prepare learners for modern workplaces: Integration of soft skills". For more information click here.
  • Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Lucerne School of Business is offering two info sessions on Thursday, 7th February 2019 and on Tuesday, 9th April 2019 about their programme CAS International Leadership - Leading across cultures (Commencement of Studies: 27th June 2019), To register for the info sessions at no charge via the website, check out this link.
  • The 2nd IATEFL Poland Business English Event in Cooperation with IATEFL BESIG will take place at the Cracow University of Economics, Poland on 11th May 2019. The event is aimed at business English professionals both in Poland and other European countries. Under the heading: “New Ideas and Approaches in Business English”, it aims to provide a platform for a comprehensive overview of important aspects of business English, covering methods, materials, media and assessment. All business English stakeholders in further and higher education, e.g. educational establishments, teachers, teacher trainers, publishers and test providers, are invited to participate. To register and offer a presentation, workshop or talk click here (deadline 28th February 2019).
  • Next ETAS Professional Development Day: on Saturday, 7th September at the International School of Bern in Gümlingen.

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