English for Business

  • Summer schools
  • Language Centre
  • Application code SS-LN104
  • Starting 2020
  • Short course: Open
  • Location: Houghton Street, London

UPDATE: Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic we will no longer be offering this course in summer 2020. Please check our latest news on this situation here.  

You can still register your interest in this course for 2021 using the ‘Sign up’ button to the right.  

English is the major language of international business. The pressure is on for the ambitious individual to not only maintain a good standard of English, but to increase fluency and overall competence.

This three week-programme is designed to improve your confidence in speaking, reading, writing and listening in a business context. The focus will be on the language you need for business activities, and will provide a British perspective for creative discussion.

There is also a topic and theme-based syllabus delivered by LSE academic staff and external business practitioners.

The timetable's emphasis on collaborative projects and tasks will enable an improvement of key integrated language skills. Regular practice in class will further extend your capabilities in the way you actually use and manipulate business English.

The language level is intermediate to upper intermediate. This course may not be suitable for advanced speakers, or students who have already studied in a native English speaking environment.

Session: Three
Dates: 3 August – 21 August 2020
Lecturer: Mr Mike McGarvey


Programme details

Key facts

Level: 100 level. Read more information on levels in our FAQs

Fees:  Please see Fees and payments

Classes and Lectures: 54 hours of classes, lectures and tutorials plus two cultural visits. Classes are timetabled from 10am - 4pm.

Assessment*: Submission of a business report (25%), a group and individual presentation (25%), and a written final examination

Typical credit**: 3-4 credits (US) 7.5 ECTS points (EU)

*Assessment is optional 

**You will need to check with your home institution

For more information on exams and credit, read Teaching and assessment


Students should have a good level of English (minimum Cambridge English Scale 170, IELTS 6, TOEFL iBT 79-80, TOEFL computer 213, Pearson Academic 51) and be interested in a range of business subjects.

Programme structure

  • Input and use of key business vocabulary
  • Business correspondence
  • Oral presentation skills (e.g. pitching a business idea)
  • Lectures on business topics
  • Discussion and role-play
  • Focused grammar work
  • The language of statistics and trends
  • Business report writing

Course outcomes

To raise awareness across a range of business subjects, and to practice language as used in the business environment

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