Business Update 2 Course Book with audio CDs

Hans Mol, Joanne Collie


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

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ISBN: 9781859646625

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

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Business Update Level 2 Course Book

Business Update is an introduction to the English-speaking business world. It uses a procedural approach to put students at ease with English-language communication in authentic company settings. Specialist vocabulary enables students to deal with everyday office practice, such as telephoning, facts and figures, orders and customer enquiries.

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 practiced. 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. The series is made up of three components including 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 in each lesson include:

  • pair and group exercises,
  • professional training hints on what to do in business situations
  • unit-by-unit word lists
  • topic word lists
  • audioscripts 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


Unit 1: People at work
Unit 2: Business abroad
Unit 3: The business of sport
Unit 4: Selling fashion
Unit 5: Business environments
Unit 6: Better connections
Unit 7: It’s all about the people
Unit 8: Entertaining business
Unit 9: How is it made?
Unit 10: Money matters
Unit 11: Advertise it!
Unit 12: Energise

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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