Business Update 1 Teacher’s Book

Hans Mol, Joanne Collie


A course for students who need English to work in business.

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ISBN: 9781859646618

CEF Level: A2 to B1  IELTS Level: 3.0 to 4.0

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Business Update Level 1 Teacher’s Book

Business Update provides students with the English skills they need for business using a carefully planned combination of task-based and multi-functional practice. It teaches specialist vocabulary and provides authentic business scenarios in which skills can be practised. The approach to learning prepares students in dealing with everyday office life, such as telephoning, working with facts and figures, taking orders and dealing with customer enquiries. Each level in the series is made up of three components: a Course Book, a Workbook and a Teacher’s Book.

The units provide 120+ hours of extensive practice and reference material, using many sectors of the business world as inspiration. A skills section accompanies each unit, including authentic reading passages, vocabulary building and writing and research projects.

Other useful sections include:

  • pair and group exercises
  • professional training hints on what to do in business situations
  • unit-by-unit word lists
  • topic word lists
  • transcripts to support activities in the Course Book and Workbook

In the Workbook, each unit has follow-up activities and a quiz to monitor the students’ progress.


Format: Paperback

Publication date: 26 Oct 2012

Number of pages: 100


Unit 1: First contact
Unit 2: Starting work
Unit 3: Consumer power
Unit 4: At work
Unit 5: Telephone talk
Unit 6: Learning the job
Unit 7: What’s in a brand?
Unit 8: Can I help you?
Unit 9: It’s an order!
Unit 10: Global reach
Unit 11: The big sell
Unit 12: It’s in the making!
Unit 13: Bank it!
Unit 14: Food for thought
Unit 15: It’s an e-world

Author details

Born in Canada, Joanne Collie has lived and worked in many countries. After a doctorate in Paris, she taught French and English at university level, organised seminars across the world for teachers of language, literature and cultural studies, and published ELT books, including Literature in the Language Classroom, True to Life and Short Stories (CUP, with Stephen Slater); Paths into Poetry (OUP, with Gillian Porter Ladousse); Life and Culture in Britain Today (CUP, with Alex Martin); Cambridge Skills for Fluency (CUP);  Double Take Listening and Speaking (OUP) as well as textbooks co-authored  for Italian schools, Up to You!  and Dutch schools, Making a Start and Shift. Recent work includes Way Up Intermediate and Upper Intermediate  (Rokus Klett), Business Update (Garnet, with Hans Mol), and a grammar revision book for Chinese schools (with Hans Mol and Niki Joseph).

Hans Mol worked as a teacher, teacher trainer, director of studies, producer, project coordinator, editor and author in and for countries such as Holland, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Mexico, Brazil, Japan, Indonesia and Australia.

He was joint coordinator of the Young Learners and Teenagers Special Interest Group for IATEFL (International Association for Teachers of English as a Foreign Language).

He wrote many course books and resources for young learners, teens, young adults and adults published globally and regionally. He also produced ELT songs through

For Garnet Education, he wrote Tourism and Hospitality in the ESAP series, and co-authored Business English course, Business Update.


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