About this site

This site is dedicated to inspiring Business English trainers by providing them with effective lesson materials and ideas.

These materials and ideas cover a range of topics, all levels and include How to…without tears lesson plans.

The materials have been created specifically with Business English learners in mind, but, with a little adaptation and a shift in focus, they could also be used in the General English classroom.

Everything on this site is available for free

Claire Hart has been teaching in-company courses in Southern Germany for the last five years. She has taught in both large multi-national companies and small family-run businesses. She currently teaches a combination of Business English, Technical English and ESP courses. She has recently joined the IATEFL BESIG Online Team and is a tech enthusiast. 

As a teacher, Claire is especially interested in learner autonomy, using technology inside and outside the classroom, English for Specific Purposes and, above all, an uncomplicated, learner-centred approach to Business English.

You can find Claire´s full professional profile here

 You can follow Claire on Twitter: @claire_hart. 

If you would like to collaborate with me. invite me to give a teacher training workshop or just want to say hi, you can email me at: clairehart@gmail.com.

All images are copyright Claire Hart, unless otherwise stated.

9 responses to “About this site

  1. Ed

    Hi Claire,
    nice blog here :O)
    Ed

  2. Tony Fitzpatrick

    Hi, Claire,

    Would you like to submit details of your “helicopter” course as a case report for “English at Work: Case Studies of English Language Training for the 21st Century Workforce.” (c.f. http://www.tirfonline.org/english-in-the-workforce/ )? I hink it would make a good case study in an area we have not yet covered. (Please ignore the deadline notice on the web page.)

    Yours,

    Tony Fitzpatrick (Tony.Fitzpatrick@t-online.de)

    • Hi Tony,
      I would love to submit a case study to “English at Work” – I´ve just been busy lately so haven´t gotten round to it yet. Would you still accept, if I sent it to you on Monday or Tuesday next week? Best, Claire

  3. Hi Claire
    I like your blog and the lesson plans it offers.
    I have one observation; most posts , discussions are from trainers in Germany. The challenges one faces in Asian countries, especially India, are very different.
    One of the most challenging issues is:
    Indian engineers do not think expertise in language is necessary.Many of them have their basic education in English.English teachers in Engineering colleges find it very challenging to motivate their learners.
    Any suggestions?
    Regards
    lalitha

    • Hi Lalitha,
      Good to hear you like my blog.
      You´re right–I teach in Germany and what I write on my blog is definitely influenced above all by my experiences there. I do have some learners in Germany who are at an advanced and sometimes motivating them to believe that they still need to keep working on their English and thinking about how they can improve is often a challenge too. These learners are used to being able to understand everything when they read a text and being able to express themselves as they wish when they´re speaking, for example. Recently with them I´ve been using authentic matierals in the forms of texts, audio and video recordings related to their field (construction and architecture) in which there was some language that was unfamiliar to them–these resources hadn´t been written for English learners, of course, but rather for the educated native speaker of English. It was challenging for them, but they enjoyed the challenge and it made them realise that they do in fact still have quite a lot left to learn. The result was: increased motivation.

      I also find that giving learners more autonomy during the lessons, for example, by allowing them to lead a session or part of it on a topic that they´re particularly interested in or knowledgable about, increases their motivation. They may not be prepared to give their full attention to their teacher, but if they´re the one out there in front of the rest of the group, they´ll (usually) be sure to prepare well and put some effort into it, if only because they don´t want to look stupid in front of their colleagues/ fellow students.

      I hope my suggestions are of some help to you. Learner motivation is a tremendously interesting topic and you´ve made me think about writing a blog post addressing the issue of motivation in Business English courses, so thanks for that!

      Best regards,
      Claire

  4. Wow, this is a really good site. I’m an IELTS teacher in Singapore. I have a very active blog for my personal life, but I’ve always wanted to find time to put in as much effort into a blog for my ESL teaching.

    I agree with Lalitha in that there’s a difference between teaching English in Asia and in Europe. I teach mainly Asians and their grasp of English is so low simply because their native language is so different from English. So I try to help my students get a 6.0 for IELTS which is a challenge for them, whereas for Europeans it’s not that big a deal to get 6.0.

    Anyway, keep up the good blog! Cheers!

  5. david

    This is an excellent blog…You are a great motivator and I’ve learned so much! Thank you

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