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Monday, February 21, 2005
Please visit for Business English resources. This blog has been discontinued.

Wednesday, October 06, 2004
BBC - homepage - Home of the BBC on the Internet

This is a really cool site. Check it out!

Wednesday, September 24, 2003
BBC World Service | Learning English | News English - Words in the News
Short news stories with script and Real Audio sound. Key vocabulary highlighted and explained. Extensive archives. Another excellent BBC resource.

Saturday, September 20, 2003
BBC World Service | Learning English
News English, Audio, Video, Business English, Grammar & Vocabulary, Message Boards, Discussion Groups and Quizzes are just some of the resources available here. Perhaps the best site on the web?

Sunday, December 01, 2002
Online Technical Writing: Oral Presentations
Useful tips on making oral presentations with links to presentation sites and a sample script (presentation on automobile airbags for sales representatives).

Sunday, November 24, 2002
BBC - Schools - GCSE Bitesize Revision - Business Studies
Aimed at students revising for GCSE exams (i.e. 14-16 years) in Britain, the site covers six topics : Business Aims and Organisation, Business Environment, Finance, Marketing, People in Business and Production. Each topic is divided into subtopics. For example, the Marketing section deals with Branding & Packaging, The Marketing Mix, Market Research, Market Segmentation and Product Lifecycle. There is a Glossary of key terms and a TRUE/FALSE test for each topic. Sample GCSE exam questions, answers and examiner’s notes are also given. A useful resource for acquiring the basic vocabulary in different business areas.

English-Online Business Studies Course in Marketing
This course is part of the English for Everybody and looks at marketing, advertising, and public relations. The lessons are for students who are at about the TOEFL or CAE level of English. Each unit has three areas of study:
I. - pre-teaches the vocabulary you will find in parts II & III.
II. - is a report or discussion dealing with a marketing campaign. You may need to answer questions, or interpret charts or statistics.
III. - is a document or some form of marketing which follows from the material you have seen in part II. Again you may have to interpret the material or answer questions.
One of the few free courses for learners of English in the area of marketing. Excellent for improving reading and vocabulary skills.

Biz/ed is a unique service for students, teachers and lecturers of business, economics, accounting, leisure and recreation and travel and tourism. The site contains:
Internet Resources
A searchable and browsable catalogue of over 3000 quality checked Internet resources
Learning Materials
A wide range of materials including worksheets, resource databases, presentations, glossaries, case studies, interactive questions ...
Data sets and data skills materials for economics, business and finance
Company Info
Frequently asked questions about various companies, company data and links to company case studies
Virtual Worlds
Large-scale learning resources developed exclusively by Biz/ed including a Virtual Factory, Virtual Economy and Virtual Developing Country
Current Topics
A magazine style section with newsletters, daily economics and business news, sample exam questions and a searchable archive of key economics and business issues and events. A wonderfully rich resource for students and teachers alike.

Saturday, November 23, 2002
Business English Crosswords
Seven online crosswords which focus on business vocabulary. These puzzles are easy to use and provide students with an interesting way of practising new vocabulary. Students can check if they are correct by clicking on the error button which then highlights any letters that aren’t right.

Friday, November 22, 2002
The Language Key
The Language Key is a monthly self-study Business English magazine, printed and published in Hong Kong since 1994. On the website you can download the complete April 2002 issue in pdf format and listen to the audio files.

Linguarama: Postscript Magazine
POSTSCRIPT is Linguarama's self-study magazine for learners of English. Each issue has a theme on which many of the exercises are based, for example Sales, Personnel or Banking. There are exercises on reading, writing, grammar, pronunciation, style, vocabulary and usage and each exercise has an answer key so that you can correct your work yourself online. You can even download the whole and work offline.

Wednesday, November 20, 2002
European Foundation: Industrial relations - Knowledge base
The Foundation's knowledge base on industrial relations is comprised of innovative information resources such as: the EIRO database of news and comparative analysis, the glossaries series and findings from research programmes.

Tuesday, June 04, 2002
GlobalEnglish - Culture Notes Topics
Extensive culture notes on topics such as Business Agreements, Clothing, Meals, Gift Giving, Greetings and a whole lot more. An invaluable source of information.