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Section 1: Overview

Is this course for me?

  • This course is ideal for students who want to improve their English skills for use in a wide range of business and financial contexts.
  • It combines general English with specialist Business and Finance-related topics.
  • Students also have the option to prepare for the Cambridge BEC examination through additional one-to-one lessons.

Key Facts

Available in

  • London

Start dates:

  • Every Monday between 6 January and 7 December 2020

Minimum entry level:

  • Lower Intermediate (Kings Level 4)

Age:

  • 16+

Duration:

  • Minimum 2 weeks

Class size:

  • Maximum 14

Lessons per week:

  • 28 lessons per week total (21 hours).  20 lessons (15 hours) General English + 8 lessons (6 hours) Business and Finance

Included in the price:

  • 28 lessons per week (21 hours)
  • Welcome Information Pack
  • Course materials
  • Placement test on arrival, weekly assignments, group participation and progress tests
  • Use of Computer Learning Centre
  • Access to Classmate, the Kings online learning platform
  • Free Wi-fi at school
  • Regular accompanied visits to companies and financial institutions 
  • Full access to Kings social programme, with at least two free activities per week
  • Full access to join Kings’ school clubs and societies
  • Optional weekly lecture programme
  • End-of-course certificate (90% or higher attendance required)
"I am studying Economics in Brazil so I thought this course would be the best one. We work in groups a lot and the class is not very big so we can interact pretty well with the other students and I like that a lot."
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Section 2: Course structure and content

  • 20 lessons (15 hours) per week of General English
  • 8 lessons (6 hours) per week Business and Finance

General English lessons

Your general English lessons will be designed to improve your reading, writing, speaking and listening at a consistent rate. Each week, lessons will focus on a different topic.

Key areas covered include:

Communication skills

  • Conversational language skills
  • Listening and accents
  • Reading and interpretation
  • Writing and presenting

Linguistic resources

  • Building your vocabulary bank
  • Fine tuning your pronunciation
  • Interpretation of texts
  • Grammar and syntax

Study skills

  • Note taking and revision
  • Research skills
  • Time management and planning
  • Dictionary work
  • Learner autonomy

Cultural and personal development

  • Understanding cultural difference and similarity
  • Team work and leadership
  • Presenting an argument
  • Discussion skills

You will be assigned to your general English class based on your current Kings Level. We have classes suitable for students at Level 1 (Beginner) right through to Level 8 (Advanced), and you will progress up through the levels as your skills improve and your confidence grows.

Specialised Business and Finance lessons

Students taking this course will explore the many different areas of modern business English.

Lessons will typically focus on these key areas:

  • Business and finance terminology
  • Writing and preparing formal business documents in English
  • Giving business presentations
  • Business case studies
  • Other aspects of professional communication skills
  • Educational visits

Example topics covered include:

  • Advertising and marketing
  • Accounting and investment
  • Human resources
  • Office management

Real-life business experience

Students will visit a leading business and financial institution every two weeks. They will attend meetings, communicate with professionals, carry out project research and work on business case-studies. Sample visits include:

  • Lloyds of London
  • London Metal Exchange
  • British Museum money gallery
  • Museum of Brands
  • Old Royal Naval College
  • The Bank of England
  • Other London based companies

Cambridge BEC (Business English Certificate) preparation

  • Students taking the English Plus Business and Finance Course have the option to prepare for the Cambridge BEC Exam (through one-to-one lessons, supplement applies)
  • The Cambridge Business English Certificates (BEC) are internationally recognised qualifications which show that students can use English appropriately in a business context.

Section 3: Meet the teacher – Andrew Allen-Tidy

  • Andrew teaches on the English Plus Business and Finance course at Kings London.
  • He previously ran established leisure businesses, developed new business and e-commerce platforms, and specialised in enabling the rapid expansion of young businesses.
  • He decided to retire from business when he was 50 because he wanted a new challenge and to give something back into society.
  • Andy's level of expertise and contacts in industry have enabled students to embark on educational visits to prestigious institutions, and some very senior travel industry figures have delivered talks at the school.
  • He is also CELTA and CIM (Chartered Institute or Marketing) qualified.

Sample timetable

Please note: Sample timetable subject to change. General English lessons may take place in mornings or afternoons in summer.

Mon Tues Weds Thurs Fri

09:00 – 10:30
(Lessons 1 & 2)

General English

Progress test
including listening and writing.
Individual and group feedback on test.

Grammar
Using ‘will’ and ‘shall’ in polite requests.

Pronunciation
Open and closed questions (intonation).

Professional skills
Interviews.

Vocabulary
Common idioms and phrasal verbs used to describe behaviour.

Reading, listening and writing
Giving tips on how to behave in different situations.

Listening
Understanding how technology works.

Functional language
Giving instructions.

Task-based learning (leadership and team work)
Building a bridge.

Grammar review
‘Will’, ‘shall’ and relative clauses.

Video
Ted Talk: How to lead a conversation between people who disagree.

Discussion
Beyond right and wrong?

10:30 – 11:00 Break Break Break Break Break

11:00 – 12:30
(Lessons 3 & 4)

General English

Vocabulary
Social behavior: Talking about norms and customs.

Discussion
Understanding cultural differences.

Video
Phone addiction.

Role-play
Asking for and offering help.

Study skills
Making effective notes.

Real English
People in the newspapers today.

Grammar
Defining relative clauses.

Vocabulary
Adjectives of character.

Writing
An email describing a new invention.

Presentations
A future without cars.

Grammar review
‘Will’, ‘shall’ and relative clauses.

Video
Ted Talk: How to lead a conversation between people who disagree.

Discussion
Beyond right and wrong?

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch

13:30 – 15:00

(Week 1)

Discussion
Issues related to the movement of money, credit and financial markets.

Vocabulary
Financial terms (gerunds).
Introduction to some of the major issues surrounding the movement of capital and global money markets.

Grammar
Describing trends (past, present and future).

Skills
Dealing with figures, large and small (combining grammatical structures and specific vocabulary to describe trends in the movement of money).

Educational visit
The Bank of England (introduction to the workings of the central bank of the UK and its responsibilities for the supervision of financial market infrastructure).

Case study
Making a pitch/ presenting figures (budgets, costs, expenses, profits, etc.) (drawing on the experience of the working of a major bank and, using the language covered in the week, present financial information in the form of a business pitch).

Free time

13:30 – 15:00

(Week 2)

Discussion
Ways of borrowing money.

Vocabulary
Financial terms (prefixes).
Introduction to the various mechanisms through which credit is raised.

Listening
Ways to raise money.

Reading
Finding finance (developing listening and reading skills while learning about credit markets).

Language review
Dependent prepositions.

Skills
Negotiating.

Writing
Summarising a complex argument (developing negotiating skills and learning how to structure a summary).

Case study
‘Last throw of the dice’: negotiate finance for a new film. (Combining the language and content learnt over the week and engage in a simulated negotiation).

Free time

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