How can you study Business English on your own?
Self-learning is a challenge, so you will need all your willpower to succeed. Establish a schedule and be strict, do not forget that perseverance is the key word. Once you have clearly understood that, then you can choose among different resources, tools and apps: there are plenty on the Internet, and many of them are for free. For instance, check university websites because they offer free online classes. Look for MOOCs since there, experts will give lectures, make you reflect upon essential skills or simply give you useful pieces of advice. The advantage of MOOCs is that you are guided and they do not last long.
If you have an intermediate or advanced level, you can look for videos, podcasts or blog posts. The BBC and the British Council propose free business skills training material. The former has created an animated series called “English at Work,” whose focus of attention is communication in the office. The latter proposes activities to expand on your interview skills, or increase your awareness of business topics. You will be able to watch videos, listen to podcasts and complete a diversity of tasks meant to help you understand the topic and use the language.
Likewise, you can easily find business magazines, leaf them through and find an article about your area of interest – technology, sales, marketing, etc. – and do not get discouraged if you don’t understand everything. What counts is that you find what you read significant, look for new words in a dictionary and create vocabulary lists which you should often review. Do not forget the possibility of subscribing to business newsletters like “Morning Brew”: the advantage is that you get a daily e-mail with interesting news about the business world.
As you can see so far, there are plenty of resources you can use to learn Business English on your own. Besides patience, dedication and discipline, you will need to set achievable objectives, keep organized, create habits and take advantage of each occasion to practice what you have learned. Studying English online for 6 months is enough to notice real progress.
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