Talking Business


Talking Business develops social and functional business language to help learners communicate fluently in today's dynamic business environment.

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Mastering the Language of Business

Nick Brieger and Jeremy Comfort, Authors
Irene Frankel and Andrew Blasky, Series Editors

Talking Business develops social and functional business language to help learners communicate fluently in today's dynamic business environment.


  • Students learn important skills such as making contacts, extending invitations, leaving messages, and interacting in meetings.
  • Authentic listening passages include conversations, meetings, reports and business news.
  • Voice-recording provides unlimited independent practice.
  • Writing activities reinforce skills taught in each unit.
  • Pre- and post-tests measure learners' performance.
  • Native language support. The Orientation, Culture Notes, and Help are available in eight languages.

Talking Business

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Course Syllabus
Teacher's Guide Sample
Teacher's Guide Overview
Market Leader Interactive - Teacher's Guides
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Unit 1.1
Unit 2.1
Unit 3.1
Unit 1.2
Unit 2.2
Unit 3.2
Unit 1.3
Unit 2.3
Unit 3.3
Unit 1.4
Unit 2.4
Unit 3.4

Talking Business has a carefully designed core curriculum, with:

    Integrated Skills Development
  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Grammar
  • Pronunciation
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Vocabulary
    Learner Support
  • Individualized Practice and Feedback
  • Automated Error Correction
  • Native Language Support
  • Detailed Progress Reports
  • Pre- and Post-Test, Unit Test
  • End-of-Level Tests
    Virtual Tutor
  • A variety of special support features guide students in their learning.

Talking Business is organized by function, allowing learners to build on acquired skills. The course consists of 12 units, which are presented in three thematic modules.

Students learn how to:

  • Make contacts and engage in conversation
  • Ask permission, apologize, and thank someone
  • Interrupt, express certainty/possibility
  • Leave and take messages
  • Check and confirm information
  • Interact in meetings
  • Make invitations, accept and decline invitations
  • Suggest explanations and describe trends

Module 1: Making Contact
First Contact
Small Talk
Further Contact

Module 2: Handling Information
Telephone Messages
Travel Arrangements

Module 3: Reporting
Current Projects
Project Timing
Sales Results
Market Trends

Pre- and Post-Tests
Two complete tests measure learners’ listening, vocabulary, pronunciation, and speaking skills in business contexts. The pre-test allows learners to assess their abilities in preparation for the course; the post-test permits them to measure improvement upon completion.

Suggested Resource Text for Classroom Instructors
Business English Pair Work 1* (Intermediate): Conversation Practice for Business People

*All exercises are photocopiable