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Why Take The Teaching Business English Specialty Course?

It's no secret that in the globalized economy of the 21st century, English is the undisputed international language of business & commerce.  From Buenos Aires to Seoul, from tourism to tech, the ability to communicate in English has become critical for businesses and individuals alike to survive and thrive. For graduates of International TEFL Academy, this demand generates nearly countless opportunities to get paid to live abroad while teaching English to adult professionals (and pre-professionals like university students) specifically looking to use in the context of their careers.

To better prepare ITA students and graduates for the challenge of teaching adults to use English in a business setting, ITA is proud to now offer this exclusive 30-Hour (two weeks) Business English online course. Taught by expert instructors using a curriculum developed by experts, this course will provide you with both the skills and resources you need to gain confidence in the classroom and to qualify for top positions, even if you don't have "business" experience yourself.

If I can get a job teaching English abroad with a regular TEFL certification, why should I take this specialty course?

  1. Develop skills & learn teaching methodologies specific to business English, which is a large and fast-growing segment in the field of TEFL. A regular 120+ hour TEFL class will provide you with a strong foundation of basic teaching skills, but this in-depth specialty course will provide you a comprehensive skill set to meet the needs and challenges or providing English language instruction in a business context. From writing lesson plans to selecting the best materials and resources, this course will prepare you to best meet the needs of business English students (More info).
  2. Enhance your job prospects and opportunities for promotion. Businesses seeking to train their staff, as well as the students themselves, seek to receive training from the best teachers with the highest levels of skills and training specifically in the field of business English. Taking this specialty course will set you apart from thousands of other English teachers in the job market who only possess a regular TEFL certification and no specific training for teaching business English.
  3. Boosts Confidence & Capabilities. There is a large distinction between teaching language courses to different types of learners. From classroom management to error correction, teaching English to middle-aged executives in a professional setting is a totally different ballgame compared to teaching English to children or high school students, and can be intimidating. Taking this course will provide you with the skills and confidence you need to provide effective instruction and classroom leadership skills that business professionals are seeking.

Advanced TEFL Class Details


2 weeks part-time (typically 12-15 hours per week of work).

This course includes 30 hours of online coursework, which includes readings, tasks, and peer participation. You will receive a separate digital certificate from what you receive for your standard TEFL course.


More information can be found on the TEFL Course Dates page.


Classes are capped at 20 students to ensure personal attention and maintain the highest standards of instruction.


This course will be delivered entirely online through the course management system Moodle. In Moodle, students will access online lessons, course materials, tasks, and resources. All tasks will be posted in an online forum or taken as an online quiz.

To complete this course, you must have a reliable means to access the internet. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that they meet this requirement prior to enrollment. Extensions on tasks will not be given to students because of technology problems.


This course features live lectures, webinars & chats, however, there is no required live time, and students can access recorded elements on the course website.

Advanced TEFL Course Content

This TBE Specialty Course has been specially designed to prepare language teachers to apply the general concepts of TEFL/TESL to specific professional settings and students. It incorporates the latest in teaching methodology and best practices. 

This course aims to serve as a practical guide to introduce language teachers to the world of Business English instruction and boost your ability to deliver EFL instruction to both working and pre-professional adults.

Learn more: Teaching Business English Class Syllabus for a full, comprehensive overview of the course content including chapter breakdowns, task outlines, grading scales, and course policies.


Like all ITA TEFL classes, this interactive Specialty Course is taught by seasoned university-level instructors with an advanced degree in TESOL or a related field and international teaching experience. Your instructor is available by email. You can send your instructor an email at any time of the day or night and will receive a response within 24 – 48 hours.


  • Chapter 1: Business English - Field Overview & Course Design
    • The history and development of English for specific purposes (ESP); English for General Business Purpose (EGBP) versus English for Specific Business Purpose (ESBP); Attributes needed for an instructor of Business English; Steps commonly used in Business English course design; Methods for conducting needs and job analyses for classes and tutoring; Writing course goals and objectives for Business English courses; Best practices in selecting and/or modifying materials for Business English instruction; Considerations for one-on-one Business English tutoring
  • Chapter 2: Delivering Business English Instructions
    • Creating communicative and task-based Business English lessons; Best practices for teaching grammar and new vocabulary in Business English; Best practices for teaching listening and speaking skills to Business English students; Best practices for teaching reading and writing skills to Business English students; Common cultural differences in international business and how they relate to teaching Business English.


All of your course reading materials, assignments, and quizzes will be available to you online. However, you can purchase a copy of the course textbook if you choose. 

Tuition, Enrollment & Eligibility

The Cost of the Specialty TEFL Course is $279.
($254 if purchased at the time of a Standard TEFL class registration).

IMPORTANT! You must be an enrolled student or graduate of any of our ITA Online or In-Person TEFL courses before you can enroll in The TBE Specialty Course.

  • ITA Students: you should speak to your Admissions Advisor before enrolling in any Specialty Courses.
  • Not an ITA student yet? Fill out a form here to receive detailed information about TEFL certification and job search guidance for teaching English abroad & teaching English online.




  • Online TEFL course students taking the 11-week 170-Hour Online TEFL Course can take a TEO Specialty Course both during or at the completion of their TEFL course. Due to the lesson planning skills required, it is recommended that students taking our 11-Week, 170-Hour Online TEFL Course wait until at least week five of their online course to begin the Teaching Business English or the Teaching English to Young Learners Specialty Classes.
  • In-person TEFL course students & 4-Week Intensive Online TEFL Course students must complete their TEFL course prior to beginning any specialty course.

Students should speak with their TEFL Admissions Advisor prior to enrollment & and may register when they enroll for their main TEFL Course and or at any time thereafter. 


Job Opportunities for Teaching Business English Specialty Course Students 

All students and graduates from the Teaching Business English Specialty Course receive lifetime, worldwide, and online, job search guidance from ITA's expert team of advisors. You will be prepared and supported by the ITA Team to find employment as a professional English teacher in the business sector. 

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Additional Highlights & Features For
The 30-Hour TBE Specialty Course

Gain access to extensive digital resources, including more than 40 videos

This TEFL Business English course incorporates dozens of video demonstrations so that trainees can gain clarity on how to implement the principles and practices taught throughout this class. It also includes 10 step-by-step sample activity plans & 5 EFL real-life Teacher Stories (known as "vignettes") from abroad of how to apply lessons and techniques and to provide context.

Step-by-Step Guide to Developing a Business English Course from scratch

Learn how to develop a comprehensive teaching Business English course based on the needs and goals of your students.

Peer to Peer Interaction

Each week your Teach Business English course instructor will post a discussion topic in the forum labeled Peer Participation. To receive full points, you must post a minimum of two posts per discussion topic.

Gain an understanding of common cultural differences and how they relate to teaching business English

Whether it's in the classroom or workplace, cultural differences and sensitivities can play a major role in in the learning process for business professionals. In this Teaching Business English online course, you will learn how to effectively navigate & understand cultural differences so that you can provide the best possible learning experience to your students.

Accessible through multiple devices, including mobile

Also, no need for a webcam or Microsoft Word.

Immediate access to your certificate

Once you have successfully completed the Business English TEFL course, a digital/printable version of your certificate will be available immediately (no need to wait for the mail!). NOTE: The certificate you receive for this course is separate from the certificate you receive for your 170-Hour TQUK-accredited Online TEFL Course or the onsite TEFL course that you complete through International TEFL Academy.

Comprehensive textbook

From lesson plans and teaching tips to job market insights, this fantastic resource is available on our Textbook Page.

ITA's Advanced Specialty TEFL Course Comparison

Teaching Business English

Teaching Business English Specialty Course

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  • University-level instructors
  • Digital certificate awarded at completion

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  • University-level instructors
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Teaching English To Young Learners Specialty Course

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  • University-level instructors
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