Professional English: move up to Beginner level

Improve your overall level of professional English.

Why master the Beginner course in English?

Are you new to learning English and want to boost your business skills? On the Beginner course, you'll make headway learning work-focused English. The objective? You'll feel more comfortable in business conversations with your contacts, and you'll have a clearer picture of what is expected of you at work.

Key information

Beginner Course

Total duration: 26h

90 real-life situations to give you hands-on training

1000 corrected exercises to help you progress step by step

Certification at the end of the course to validate your level

Available level: Beginner

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Immersive activities

Engaging activities to project you into your daily professional life

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Individual and group online classes with certified teachers

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Beginner Course: what you need to know

If you haven’t already tried online learning, it’s understandable that you might be nervous to embark on learning a new language with this method. However, if you’re guilty of letting your textbooks get dusty, or you simply don’t have the budget to splash out on a private tutor, it’s worth considering what online learning has to offer

Here are three key reasons you might choose online learning:

  1. Choose when and where you study
  2. Move at your own pace: slow down or speed up as you need to
  3. Study the topics that serve your individual needs

What’s more, at a time when in-person classes, meetings and events are being cancelled, postponed and moved online, distance learning has become the most reliable way of learning.

If you wish to learn english for intermediate level or for advanced level online, we have all the information you need!

Whichever method you go with to learn English, there are a few simple ways to get a good start. Learning a language is a lot like learning any other skill: just as you wouldn’t start with Beethoven as a beginner to piano, we don’t recommend opening Shakespeare as a beginner to English. 

Throwing yourself into the deep end and getting lost is a quick way to demotivate yourself when it comes to learning a language, so our advice is to make short, sharp progress in a few key areas to build you confidence for greater things.

Build your vocabulary

Our first tip to learn English for beginner level students is to build vocabulary. Even if your grammar is shaky and your overall communication is a little limited, vocabulary is what will help you through the simplest of interactions. Decide on a few topics that will serve you well, depending on your needs. For example, it could be introducing yourself, making appointments, and maybe some legal vocabulary. Target those topics and learn a handful of words for different situations. That way, even if you remain lost in translation, you should still be able to navigate yourself through important situations.

Get to grips with the basics in grammar

Grammar is the bread and butter of any language, and simply put: it cannot be avoided. One of the challenges of learning grammar is that it can feel complicated, full of exceptions, and repetitive. However, the right study tool will integrate grammatical concepts into your learning so that you don’t have to face a long list of tables and rules.

Immerse yourself in English

The best way to make progress in a language is to be confronted with it as regularly as possible, even at beginner level. The most effective kind of immersion is to spend time in an English-speaking country, but realistically this isn’t always possible.

You can, however, try subtle ways to immerse your brain in English even in your everyday life. Here are a few simple strategies that will have English soaking into your brain when you least expect it:

  • Watch your favorite English-language movies and TV shows in the original, and add English subtitles to everything else
  • Listen to an English radio station for background noise
  • Watch or read the news from an English-language source
  • Spend a lot of time scrolling on your phone? Download an English language app to pass the time instead!

Build your confidence

As a beginner in English, you’re going to have moments of great progress, and moments of realization that you have a long way to go. What’s essential is that you remain confident and don’t let small setbacks deter you from continuing to learn and interact in your new language.

Building confidence in a language comes from taking small, regular steps forward through the tips we’ve outlined above, rather than rushing to meet more ambitious goals that could leave you feeling demotivated.

Online learning is a relatively new option for language learners, and with the many benefits it offers, there also come some challenges. Staying motivated is one of them.

When we learn English online, especially as a beginner, it can be difficult to stay motivated and keep on your track with your learning goals. You may have started your mission to learn English online with ideas of studying everyday and jumping from one level to the next in a couple of months, but it’s important to have patience with yourself in your online learning journey.

Tip 1: be accountable

One of the challenges of learning online is that you and you alone are responsible for your learning. Unlike a private or group lesson, there’s no one to hold you accountable for whether you did your homework or how hard you’ve been working.

One tip for recreating this sense of accountability is to set goals and reminders to help you keep on track. If you opt to learn English online, we recommend choosing a platform that not only has adequate learning materials, but also provides the tools to keep you on track. On GlobalExam, our learning materials are organized into situations and units that help you stay on track and follow your progress from zero to 100%.

Tip 2: set a schedule

Staying accountable to yourself is a lot easier if you have a schedule to follow. Once you’ve figured out how much time you need to and can invest in mastering your new skill, sit down and work out and how it’s going to fit into your existing schedule.

Did you know that it’s more effective to spend ten minutes per day learning English than a one-hour session per week? Instead of leaving English to whenever you have spare time, plan it into your days so that it doesn’t get left behind. 

Tip 3: interaction is everything

Another common challenge with online learning is feeling disconnected from other people. After all, isn’t learning a language supposed to be about interaction?

Working on grammar, text comprehension and writing exercises is important, but it may not be enough to keep you motivated all the way through your online learning journey. This is why we recommend choosing a platform that allows you to put your language skills into practice by interacting with otherlearners and teachers through online classes.

At GlobalExam, we’ve developed a whole platform dedicated to helping you learn English online. When you sign up to our Business platform, you’ll get access to a range of grammar and vocabulary exercises, as well as “situations” that help you to put your knowledge into contexts with real relevance to your living and working environments. Our platform is divided into four main categories:

All of the learning materials on our Business platform are integrated into business-related contexts, which encourage you to apply your new knowledge and skills into real life situations. As you complete situations and units, you can track your progress and see where your strengths and weaknesses are.

Our platform is designed to cater for beginner, intermediate and expert English users, so as a beginner to the language, you can follow our materials the whole way through your learning journey.

In addition to all the vocabulary and grammar tools on offer, you can learn English on GlobalExam through our online classes. There’s no better way to put your newly acquired knowledge into practice than by interacting with native speakers, and that’s exactly what you can do in our classes.

We offer two types of online classes: a thirty-minute individual lesson; or a one-hour group lesson. All our online lessons allow you to learn English online with certified native English teachers, with each lesson tailored to the learner’s individual needs.