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Purpose: The purpose of BEW is to prepare students to succeed in the world of business by assisting them in developing their English-language skills. Students focus on reading, writing, speaking, and listening within the context of the business world, though the course focuses mostly on communication skills. Students study in BEW as an afternoon elective.
Duration: The full course lasts for six months (two terms). No material is repeated in that time frame. Students can also elect to study for three months (one term). We recommend that our students stay in the program for the duration of their courses. However, students are welcome to enter and exit the BEW program according to their needs. Our start and end dates are flexible. Students take BEW courses in combination with our other morning programs on offer, such as our core Skills classes or our IELTS course. The BEW class is from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm (with a 10-minute break).
Course Requirements: The students who study in the BEW program must be at a minimum level of ECSL’s Skills 300 course, which is an intermediate course, when they commence studying in BEW. They must be at a Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) benchmark of B1 to study in the BEW course, which is approximately a 5.0 IELTS band score.
Description: In BEW, there is a strong focus on building accuracy and fluency through building the students’ lexical resource of vocabulary, expressions, idioms, and collocations. Also, the students learn many structures that they will use in their spoken and written production. In short, the students will gain the language skills they need to be able to participate successfully in any situation.
The course is a practical application of concepts and current business practices. The class is based on communicative activities. The students work collaboratively on various projects, assignments, and role plays; this gives them teamwork skills that are crucial in the business world.