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British Council

English for the Workplace

British Council via FutureLearn


Develop your workplace English skills

This course is for people who are learning English and are interested in developing English language skills for employability and workplace contexts. It will help job seekers and young professionals with the English they need.

Each week, we’ll focus on key aspects of English for the workplace. You’ll watch videos and listen to audio recordings of people in various situations. This includes those searching and applying for jobs, preparing for and taking interviews, and those starting their new jobs and working with new colleagues.

Our experienced tutor will examine some of the language used and draw your attention to useful points to improve your English in workplace contexts.

Learn some key business English vocabulary

The course does not follow a language syllabus but takes workplace English as its starting point. It offers functional language phrases and real, authentic workplace scenarios. Short quizzes and discussions will help you measure your understanding and practise your English.

As you progress through the various topics, you’ll learn plenty of business English vocabulary and workplace English expressions that you can use at work and when applying for jobs.

Improve your skills in English at work

As well as practising workplace English and learning some workplace English expressions, you’ll examine what makes a successful job application and interview.

Throughout the course, you’ll be asked to share your opinions, ideas and questions with other learners. The best way to get the most out of the course is to be prepared to join in and share your experiences.

This course is aimed at non-native English speakers who have studied English to at least pre-intermediate level (approximately A2 on the CEFR). Those interested in improving their business English for the workplace will find new vocabulary and phrases to use at work.

Taught by

Chris Cavey


4.8 rating, based on 1,477 Class Central reviews

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  • I enjoyed this course so far. I’m an advanced English speaker and I found the grammar sections in this course too easy for me. But it’s always nice to have a recap with the job hunting issues and see if I can do even better next time. The comments made by the course educators are a great motivation for the learners and it is lovely idea of interacting with other learners and exchange knowledge and view. I’ve been taking courses on futurelearn since 2017 and have recommended the website to many of my friends.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    The course workplace split to four part. The first and second part focus on looking for a job, prepare the CV , covering letter and interview. I learn some useful expressions and key point in this situation. Such as application, we have to know what...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    As a private face-to-face teacher of English as a foreign language, I am taking this course as part of my CPD because I intend to add adults to the list of my learners. Adults have different needs when they want to learn English, sometimes they are motivated...
  • Thank you, the course was useful and interesting and the content was greatly benefited

    Especially in the personal interview section and the important matters that should be paid attention to, as well as my interest in learning the language in dealing with it.
  • Thank you so much. I have learned a lot from this course. It taught me how to communicate wisely in the workplace. But sadly, I cannot take the certificate now because I do not have any dollar.
  • Anonymous
    In my view, first, I joined this course to develope my knowledge and skills of English teaching skills as I have been teaching in high schools from 2007 to date in Somalia and I took my primary, secondary and P1 teaching education in kenya which...
  • This course is very helpful for people who want to approach the British job market and are looking for their first occupation in the United Kingdom.

    The vocabulary and the sentences' structures are suitable for beginners/intermediate students but are too simple for an advanced English class.

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Very informative and work-based is English for the Workplace. Starting with the language and application models used for applying for jobs and preparing for interviews (Weeks 1-2), the course focuses on communicating and sharing learners’ thoughts, comments...
  • Pretty basic till this point [they asked for a review at the halfway point], does a good job thoroughly engaging the learners, with interactive comments and quizzes . Nice
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    I've been teaching Business English for one month an it was my first experience in a company. I was looking for a course that help me to increase my knowledge and prepare me to be a very good teacher. I needed materials to share, and the right methods...
  • The course make me know about some important issues in teaching process that is connected with children, class work and etc.
  • nice course

    in this end of the course review, I would like too appreciate the work put in by the team.
  • Anonymous
    First of all, thank you very much for this informative course.
    I could find a lot of information about how to successfully land a job starting from CV, resume to interviewing. Based on your tips as well as advice, I not only know the general rules in the format of CV and resume but also gain more confidence during a job interview. I really like your suggestion about turning off a cell phone during the interview. This is a small thing, but, it could show how professional we are.
    I have finished the halfway course and I am very much keen on participating in the remaining parts. I strongly believe that I could learn much more skills to deal with challenges in the workplace.
  • Anonymous
    The course was great. The lecture, videos, transcript, and other resources help me a lot. The comment or discussion session also allows me to interact with other learners.

    As a fresh career professional, this course has helped me understand the steps in getting a job, what are things to look at when applying for a job, how to apply for a job, how to attend interview, how to prepare for an interview, how to initiate communication in workplace and maintain communication in the workplace
  • Anonymous
    My opinion about the course is that it is really helpfull. It shows you a present way to succeed in a job interview. There have been interesting points and expression I have nerver heard, many tips for getingt a job. I think the course is well structured, not too long and interactive. You can write your though, your opinion, you can compare with your country interview and get an idea on how develop yourself when an interview is neccesary as part of a selection procedure . I would like to thanks those who are working hard, teaching and advising no native speakers like me. You all are doing a huge job. Congratulations.

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    I think this course of 'Learn English for the workplace' is wonderful course. I have already known the "British study course", and have learnt some lessons before. But, this course is very compactly compiled and very useful for the all...
  • Anonymous
    This course is rewarding, its rich on

    Usefu linformation . Important if you 're looking for a job, you can prepare yourself for the interview and succeed.

    Tips on punctuality such as arriving 15 minutes earlier for the interview, turn off mobiles , prepare clothing, questions for the interview and show interest about the company .

    It also informs abou behaviour and posture, confident, enthusiastic and friendly patient to solve problems, creative.
  • Anonymous
    I am using it to refresh my English and I find it is really useful as far as refreshing is concerned

    The topics and speeches are well thought out, and your interest rises. It is also good that the software is very "friendly". As to the grammar questions such as "to hope / to expect / to plan / to intend" or "you don't have to / you mustn't" ...well, I think that they are presented in such a way that you easily access English mental frame and structure
  • Anonymous
    It has been a good experience so far. I have learned so many new words and useful vocabulary that now I feel more confident preparing myself for a job interview, or creating a proper and suitable cv with a correct and organized covering letter. I wish someone would review the comment sections from time to time, just to point out the mistakes we are all making in the attempt of using grammar proplerly for communcative processes.
  • Anonymous
    this is a very simple course but focused. but you need more than 3 o 4 hours a week. and need at least aditional 3 o 4 hours for read de suplementary material at the end of each week.

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