genbusGeneral English in the mornings and General Business English on  2 afternoons per week. For students who are at Pre Intermediate level or have completed A2 level and above

Commencement Dates

Students may commence a General Business English Course on any Monday throughout the year (except when a public holiday occurs on a Monday. In such cases we provide an excursion on the Monday and classes commence on the following day).

Course Organisation

The morning classes are those of the Standard Course, GE01, as described in the General English section.

Afternoon General Business English lessons are provided on Monday and Tuesday afternoons

The purpose of The General Business English module (Ref. GBE02) is to help students to understand and practise the fundamentals of effective business communication through English.

It is aimed at students who have a professional need for Business English, i.e. people in or training for jobs in the business world. It is not intended to be a specialist module covering one particular area in great depth. It is designed to cover, in a practical way, the English needed in everyday business or work situations.

The topics covered are from a range which can include management, enterprise, job interviews, leadership, environmental issues, standards and ethics, advertising, telephone and email English, presentations, branding, marketing and sales, customer relations management.

Students work individually, in pairs and in groups to discuss, debate and present their views.

The focus is on vocabulary building, effective reading skills and building confidence in speaking fluently in English in a business/work related environment.

There is an 12-week syllabus with a wide range of supplementary materials which include video/dvd clips, audio tapes, written material from up to date sources.

Students making presentations of a business nature have the option to have some of their presentation work filmed for future reference if they wish.

EU students may enrol for afternoon General Business classes only.

Non EU students wishing to take General Business English classes must also take morning classes.

Students taking this course may also prepare for the TOEIC (Test of English in International Communication) examination as an assisted self study option. Alpha College is a TOEIC centre so the TOEIC examination can be arranged at quite short notice.

College Hours

Classes are from 9:00 – 13:00 with a 20 minute coffee break from 10:50 – 11:10, Monday to Friday and 14:00 – 16:05 for afternoon classes, Monday to Thursday.

Morning lessons are 55 minutes in duration, afternoon lessons are 50 minutes in duration.