While Business English Courses in Colombia are being increasingly popular, sometimes it’s difficult to identify who takes these courses and why so many Colombians want to take Business English Courses.
Business English Courses can become an important asset to many business executives for a large number of reasons. Many Colombian companies are investing money in Business English Courses for their employees to help them achieve and get ahead in the company and create worldwide connections.
Over the past 10 years Colombia, specifically Bogota, has become a hub for multinational companies who are establishing their headquarters or Latin American headquarters within the city. In turn they are also employing large numbers of Colombians to work within these companies and provide them with Business English Courses to help them work within the multinational companies.
Many business employees and multinational companies require their employees to communicate in English to work with other branches all over the world. Some multinational companies even require prospective employees to have interviews in English. This creates the need for Business English Courses either before interviews or within multinational companies to help improve employees’ communication skills while working within the company. Multinational companies conduct Business English Courses to give and improve employees’ English language skills within a business sector, allowing employees to showcase their business skills in English.
In Colombia many employees of multinational companies can apply to transfer to another branch anywhere in the world. With a certain level of English, the companies will transfer employees to the USA, Europe or Australia. This level of English isn’t a standard level it is a Business English level. In order for someone to transfer they need to be able to conduct their existing job at a high enough level of English to live within another country. In these cases many companies offer Business English Courses to help their employees conduct their job in English.
Business English Courses are mostly taken by individuals who want to improve their English within a business context. This makes the majority of individuals who take Business English Courses business executives or high level employees who need to send emails, have meetings or present presentations in English around the world.
English is also the universal language of business, trade, international law, politics and there is specific vocabulary being used everyday in English. Specific techniques and methods are presented in English in everyday working environments. Having a good knowledge of English actually helps with understanding methods and processes. Employees taking Business English Courses all have their own reasons for taking a Business English Course, but many prefer taking a course with a business focus rather than taking a generic English course. Business English Courses teach students about business sectors in English alongside generic English grammatical structures and vocabulary.
The profiles of many Business English Course students are hard working employees of companies, with the majority of classes typically being conducted between 7am and 9am and 5pm and 7pm. The students typically have classes either before or after work within their office in order to get the most out of their classes as possible.
Written by: Anny Wooldridge