By the authors of the successful Business Basics New Edition, Business Focus equips pre-intermediate learners with the English they need to communicate in the workplace. Business Focus is for adults in any job and at any level of employment.
Who is it for?
Busy professionals already in business.
Key FeaturesBusiness Focus is a course for working people who need to communicate in English immediately.
The syllabus is built around the functional needs of students: unit headings include ‘Making contact’, ‘Sharing information’, and ‘Dealing with problems’.
The units concentrate on activating language. Units feature games, role-plays, and special discussion sections, Focus on Business Issues.
Communication is aided by key words and key expressions appearing at the bottom of each page, for easy classroom reference.
Every Student’s Book comes with a FREE CD-ROM including video clips from OUP’s business video series Big City. The CD-ROM also includes a bank of email writing phrases, and audio recordings of each unit’s wordlist to aid students in pronunciation.
Every workbook comes with a FREE audio CD, with additional listening material for the busy professional’s journey home.
Business Focus comprises ten units, each one integrating five strands, called: words, grammar, expressions, communication and issues. Each finishes with a short quiz. The term “words” covers collocations and set phrases. This target lexis is challenging yet appropriate for Pre-intermediate business students: brand, competitor, consumer, head office etc. The grammar syllabus reaches Conditionals and passive. Expressions covers topics and functions, and the focus on communication sections include role plays and e-mail writing activities. A final topic strand, Issues, encourages discussion on familiar themes such as time management and work-life balance.
A highlight is the free CD-ROM at the back, containing a video phrasebank, with extracts from the video Big City Level 2. This provides a lot useful extra practice. There are some noteworthy photocopiable activities in the Teacher’s Book by John Huges, including an excellent project planning grid.
The photographs, diagrams and graphics are varied, and include some attractively presented colour charts. The back of the book is bursting with features – a language reference section, which includes information on common errors, tapescripts and a glossary. A solid course book for this level, which should do what it claims: “close the gap between learning business English and using it at work”.