Live online delivery, via Zoom
When: January 26 – March 30, 2023 – every Thursday 18:00-21:00
Language of Instruction: English
Audience: By registration only
Why can you trust the School of Graduate and Professional Education with your training?
Our Trainers are our greatest asset, and we are proud to have a highly-trained and experienced team eager to support you on your learning journey.
All of our Trainers:
- are adult learning experts who teach and train only adults
- are certified Business English Trainers
- have been delivering instruction online since 2013
- keep up to date with the latest developments in Business English training
- are regularly observed by experienced academic managers
- are committed to helping you achieve your goals
Oral Business English is our hugely popular 30-hour specialist training course for professionals wishing to improve oral fluency and accuracy as well as extend their business English vocabulary range. It involves carefully structured highly interactive workshops and covers topics of interest to today’s business professionals.
Who is this course for?
The course is for professionals from all industries who wish to gain confidence and strengthen their oral skills in English in order to communicate more effectively in a variety of contexts.
Our community of learners includes past participants from the following industries: pharma; engineering and construction; banking; the media and entertainment; and energy among many others.
Success in business hinges on effective communication skills. Developing oral competency in a business environment is crucial for communicating ideas, persuading, building relationships, increasing productivity and much more. This course will allow you to improve your oral skills in a dedicated adult learning environment with working professionals having similar goals. Our Trainers are at the forefront of their profession and are eager to help you achieve your personal and professional goals.
The course also provides training on:
- improving pronunciation to enhance intelligibility so you can communicate clearly and be understood (challenging English sounds, word stress, sentence stress, connected speech, intonation)
- presentation skills
- developing effective learning strategies and learner autonomy
To fully benefit from the course, it is recommended that you are an independent user of English and are approximately at B2 level in the Common European Framework of Reference for languages (CEFR).
Upon completion of this course, you will be better able to:
- talk about yourself, your role and your company
- express ideas/opinions clearly and convincingly
- participate in discussions on a range of business-related topics
- actively contribute to meetings
- build relationships by socializing and networking confidently
- deliver effective presentations (focusing on structure and appropriate signposting language)
Online course additional information
Whether you study in-class or online, your experience of the course will be the same. The Facilitator delivers the training live, using the Zoom platform, instead of physically being in class. You will interact with your peers and have an engaging and enjoyable learning journey while improving your Business English skills and expanding your vocabulary.
To participate online, you will need the following. For more information you can download our Online Training Guide.
- a laptop or a desktop computer (handheld devices lack certain functionalities so are unsuitable)
- a broadband speed wired Internet connection
- earphones or a headset
- a microphone (standalone or built into the earphones or headset)
- a webcam
- Zoom (it is free and will be downloaded onto your computer as soon as you click on the link you will receive from us)
Once you are online, you, your Trainer and your co-Trainees will be able to hear and see each other as well as use the chat function. Your Trainer will be able to share her screen, write on a whiteboard and put you into online groups for collaborative work.
Your Facilitator is fully trained to deliver Oral Business English both face-to-face and virtually. You will receive help and support throughout the course whichever delivery mode you choose, so registering for an in-class or online course just depends on your personal preferences and circumstances.
What is certain is that improving your English oral skills has never been easier.
Certificate of Participation
In order to be awarded the Certificate of Participation from the Deree – School of Graduate and Professional Education, you will need to attend 70% of the course (7 sessions), complete 7 online tasks and deliver a short presentation in week 10.
The course runs for 10 consecutive weeks and consists of a 3-hour workshop per week
(30 contact hours in total).
What our Alumni say
“‘Oral Business English’ was a great learning experience for me. The course was perfectly organized by Deree and our trainer was marvelous. Her teaching skills and methods improved my participation in the course and increased my knowledge.”
“My experience of the 10-week course is really impressive.
It was a class with wonderful people and an excellent Trainer.
Interesting conversations and tasks took place every week, and I always looked forward to the lesson.
Vocabulary, important collocations and pronunciation tips were stressed by Lia Kalianos in such a manner that I will not forget if I continue to think in English and talking to myself in English.
I would definitely attend another similar course – thank you very much!”
Sales & Relationship Affairs Supervisor
“Great course, amazing instructor, fantastic learning experience!
I totally recommend Oral Business English because it helps you improve and fine-tune your speech; it builds oral fluency and makes you a more competent and confident English speaker. In short, it provides you with a clear set of strategies to practice immediately in a business setting.
The course content was very well structured and inclusive, taking into account the language evolution and corresponding to the majority of business situations out there. The balance between covering the fundamentals and more complex topics was brilliant. I was really amazed at how much we covered in such a short amount of time!
This course is the best example of teaching I have seen in a long time, thanks to Ms. Michael. A great quality educator makes a huge difference! Ms. Michael teaches Oral Business Englich with respect, insight and humor, and she is totally attuned to the participants’ skills and learning styles. She gave me the confidence to move forward and the motivation to be productive.
Overall, Oral Business English forced me to think about and reflect upon the way I’ve been speaking English and helped me adopt new patterns of regular practice. It was a great refresher for me and definitely, I will be back for more!”
HR Architecture for SMEs & Family Enterprises
Regular single participant fee: €290
Members of the ACG community, Professional Education past participants, companies that register two or more employees and the unemployed: €261
Meet our Dedicated Trainers
Lia Kalianos, DELTA MA CertIBET PM2
Lia is a bilingual DELTA-qualified Business English Trainer in the School of Graduate and Professional Education at Deree-The American College of Greece. She has been an adult educator for over 20 years and has valuable experience of designing and facilitating open group and in-company Business English and English for Specific Purposes training, both face-to-face and online.
Lia has a diploma in teaching English to adults (Cambridge DELTA) and is certified in International Business English Training (Trinity College London), Intercultural Training (International House London) and Project Management (PM2).
Lia spent 20 years abroad in the UK, France and Belgium. She has earned BA(Hons) and MA degrees from University College London (UCL), The University of London.
Artemis Michael, MA
Artemis was raised in the USA and is a bilingual certified Business English Trainer in the School of Graduate and Professional Education at Deree-The American College of Greece. She has extensive experience of delivering English for Specific Purposes training to a wide range of business professionals in the fields of graphic design, interior decoration, marketing and management.
Having participated in various theatre workshops and amateur theatre performances for nearly 12 years, she also has invaluable experience in theatre speech training, improvisation, and oral communication skills, which have proven to be particularly effective tools in language teaching and training. Additionally, she is a certified Oral Examiner for the National Foreign Language Exam System (KPG).
Artemis has worked as a consecutive interpreter for the Foreign Press Association, as a simultaneous interpreter for Al Jazeera and Channel 9 television news broadcasting, and as a translator and editor for various Publishing Houses. She also teaches Greek Language and Culture at The American College of Greece.
She is certified in Business English Training (International House), and she holds BA and MA degrees (English) from The American College of Greece and The University of Sussex, UK.
For more information, please call 210 600 9800 ext. 1532, 1332 or email [email protected].
Oral Business English can be taken in conjunction with Business English Skills