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Intensive Semester or Year

Gain a competitive edge in the world of work, business and commerce. This intensive immersion course raises your English level and develops the language, skills and cultural understanding you need for success.



Low Intermediate to Advanced

Course Duration
Minimum 24 weeks;
(Multi-destination minimum 12 weeks per centre)
Course start dates
  • Every Monday

Lessons per week

30 lessons per week

(20 lessons: General English, 10 lessons: Business English)
1 lesson = 45 minutes
Available In
Maximum in Class
  • Malta : max 12 in class
  •  Cape Town, Manchester, Brighton, Oxford, Boston, New York, San Francisco, Miami, Los Angeles, San Diego, Washington, Toronto, Vancouver, : max 15 in class.
  • Bristol, Cambridge, London,: max 14 in class

This course is suitable for students who

  • Who want to develop fluency, accuracy and the appropriate language to operate successfully in an English-speaking workplace
  • Who would like to gain an internationally recognised Business English qualification
  • Who want to learn the communication skills to excel within a wide range of corporate situations
  • Who wish to spend time learning intensively in an English-speaking country
  • Who want to boost their international career prospects

What can you expect on this course?

Upon joining the Business Year programme you will:

  • Sit a placement test to determine your current level of English
  • Join a class with other business-focused students of the same level
  • Meet your personal mentor, your teachers and your Business Year Co-ordinator
  • Receive your personal Language Portfolio, a unique study tool tailored to your individual needs, goals and motivation for learning Business English
  • Embark on an empowering and thorough English language course, designed to raise your General English level and enable you to communicate fluently and effectively in a wide range of corporate contexts
  • Be provided with the support, monitoring and feedback you need to excel as you make your way towards fluency
  • Receive continual personal assessment through class tutorials, homework and regular progress and level tests
  • Have confidence that your learning is on track, you are fulfilling your potential, and your new skills are opening doors for you in the world of work

Become fluent in the language of international business

With a focus on relevant corporate situations, you will develop the fluency, accuracy and confidence to deal with clients and colleagues in English, plus the reading, writing, speaking and listening skills you need to function in a wide range of business situations. Language will be taught within such contexts as:

  • Personal identification e.g. exchanging information about yourself, your role and your company, completing forms, exchanging correspondence which gives personal details
  • Travel and meetings e.g. making reservations, enquiries, orders and conference bookings
  • Using the telephone e.g. common abbreviations and acronyms, giving and interpreting numerical data, exchanging information, taking messages
  • Buying and selling e.g. understanding prices and rates, negotiating contracts, making agreements, making offers
  • Products and services e.g. advertising and branding, product launches, trade fairs, supply and distribution, making comparisons, customer support
  • Results and achievements e.g. describing and explaining company background, performance results, trends, events and changes
  • General business environments and routines e.g. planning meetings, arranging appointments, making recommendations and justifying decisions
  • Professional relationships and entertaining clients e.g. inviting, accepting and refusing offers and invitations, welcoming foreign visitors, discussing interests and leisure activities
  • Health and safety e.g. understanding a company’s health and safety policy, instructions and notices

Company structures, systems and processes e.g. exchanging information on company facilities, production, ordering and delivery systems, and company processes such as staff selection, promotion and appraisal
General business issues e.g. management, HR, promotional strategies, training courses, conferences, recruitment, company budgets, sponsorship, use of IT.

Mentoring and guidance
Our Business Year students receive an excellent level of personal attention, with motivation and support provided on three levels:

  1. Regular one-to-one meetings with your personal mentor
  2. Class tutorials, to add a personalised layer to your learning in the classroom
  3. Meetings with your Business Year Co-ordinator, who is dedicated monitoring and tracking your academic results, and ensuring your time at EC is as successful and rewarding as possible

Additional Business Year benefits include:

  • Reading Club, focusing on topics relating to the business world
  • Independent Research Skills, which will enhance your research and presentation skills
  • Lectures on a wide range of interesting topics
  • Structured guidance to assist with participation and motivation in class
  • General and nationality-specific pronunciation clinics
  • Self-access library stocked with books and resources for private study, personal research and reflection
  • Full calendar of social and leisure activities
  • Personal Language Portfolio, which will help you become more independant in your learning journey