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The Business English special interest group (BESIG) seeks to bring together all current and new ETAS business group members to share ideas and keep updated on the latest ETAS events in Switzerland and beyond.


Markus Dietz, BESIG Coordinator

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

If you have any questions or are interested in joining BESIG, please email Markus at

Upcoming events

Face-to-face events

  • ETAS 2021 Professional Development Day in Bern, 11th September

Useful videos, articles and other links


IATEFL BESIG YouTube channel

A great link to Mission Possible: Polishing Presentations to Sparkle & Shine. a presentation by JoAnn Salvisberg, our former president, on assessing business presentations. JoAnn gave it at the IATEFL BESIG and TEASIG 2015 Pre-Conference Event in Lucerne.

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

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, by Paul Emmerson, November 2016. A personal look at the history of British English 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.

International House Barcelona's link to Websites for Business English Teachers

British Council's English for business webpage

The Japan Association for Language Teaching 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 who 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, training and related topics

English teaching professionalblogposts by Chia Suan Chong

Paul Emmerson's website Ideas Bank for Business English Teachers