John Hughes, Robert McLarty

ETpedia Business English

Resource Book

500 ideas for Business English teachers

ETpedia Business English is every business English teacher’s complete encyclopaedia, with 500 tips and ideas to help you get the most out of your students.



ETpedia Business English will help save busy Business English teachers time with all resources clearly and easily referenced in one book. ETpedia Business English is for different teachers at different stages of their Business English career to support preparation, planning and professional development.

The simple layout of 50 units makes it easy to find what you are looking for and to use the resource according to your need, interest or level of experience.

ETpedia Business English is the second title in the ETpedia series. It is the winner of the 2016 David Riley Award for Innovation in Business and ESP, an award that recognises creativity and excellence in ELT. The adjudicator of the award said:

‘The decision to award ETpedia Business English the prize was a unanimous one. By bringing together a collection of ideas, tips, tools and techniques for the business English teacher, ETpedia Business English looks set to become the one-stop handbook, invaluable not only for new teachers but also for experienced teachers who can dip into it whenever they are looking for fresh inspiration. Congratulations to everyone involved in the creation of ETpedia Business English.’


ETpedia Business English is a complete all round resource for anyone taking a formal qualification in teaching Business English: new and experienced Business English Teachers, teacher trainers in Business English, and Business English course writers and materials writers.


ISBN: 978-1-911028-20-8
Publication: 13 April 2016

  • What is Business English?
  • Preparation and planning
  • Activities for business topics
  • Business vommunication skills
  • Business language skills
  • Further development and more ideas


John Hughes taught his first Business English class in Poland in 1993. He then worked as a Business English teacher at language schools, in universities, and for companies including Gucci, Deloitte, and Fiat.

John has managed Business English departments in Poland and Italy, carrying out language audits and needs analysis, course design, and assessment. He has trained many teachers from all over the world to work in the field of Business English, including training courses leading to the LCCI First Certificate in Teaching Business English qualification.

He has been the author and co-author on many Business English course books. He regularly gives talks on different English Language Teaching topics at international teacher’s conferences and in online webinars. He also writes for journals including English Teaching Professional and Modern English Teacher.

Robert McLarty is the Editor of Modern English Teacher magazine and also has many years experience in teaching and writing books for Business English and English for Academic purposes.

Robert taught his first Business English class at International House, Hastings in 1979. Since then he has run Business English schools in Paris, Oxford and Hastings, teaching, designing courses, recruiting and training teachers and developing new products.

Robert has co-authored Business English books including Business Basics, Quick Work and Business Focus (Oxford University Press). He has conceptualised and published a wide range of Business English course books including Business Result, Skills for Business Studies, Business one:one, Successful Presentations and Successful Meetings (Oxford University Press).

Robert also regularly gives talks on Business English, writes materials and articles and is Principal Tutor at the Oxford Teachers’ Academy.


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