English for Business Studies in Higher Education Studies Course Book with audio CDs

Carolyn Walker, Paul Harvey, Terry Phillips


A faculty-specific series for students in higher education.

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ISBN: 9781859649367

Upper intermediate to proficiency
CEF Level: B2 to C2  IELTS Level: 5.0 to 7.5+

Product Description

English for Business Studies in Higher Education Studies

The Garnet Education English for Specific Academic Purposes series won the Duke of Edinburgh English Speaking Union English Language Book Award in 2009.

English for Business Studies is a skills-based course designed specifically for students of business who are about to enter English-medium tertiary level studies. It provides carefully graded practice and progressions in the key academic skills that all students need, such as listening to lectures and speaking in seminars. It also equips students with the specialist business language they need to participate successfully within a business studies faculty. Extensive listening exercises come from business studies lectures, and all reading texts are taken from the same field of study. There is also a focus throughout on the key business vocabulary that students will need.

  • Listening: how to understand and take effective notes on extended lectures, including how to follow the argument and identify the speaker’s point of view.
  • Speaking: how to participate effectively in a variety of realistic situations, from seminars to presentations, including how to develop an argument and use stance markers.
  • Reading: how to understand a wide range of texts, from academic textbooks to Internet articles, including how to analyze complex sentences and identify such things as the writer’s stance.
  • Writing: how to produce coherent and well-structured assignments, including such skills as paraphrasing and the use of the appropriate academic phrases.
  • Vocabulary: a wide range of activities to develop students’ knowledge and use of key vocabulary, both in the field of business studies and of academic study in general.
  • Vocabulary and Skills banks: a reference source to provide students with revision of the key words and phrases and skills presented in each unit.
  • Full transcripts of all listening exercises.

The Garnet English for Specific Academic Purposes series covers a range of academic subjects. All titles present the same skills and vocabulary points. Teachers can therefore deal with a range of ESAP courses at the same time, knowing that each subject title will focus on the same key skills and follow the same structure.

Key Features

  • Systematic approach to developing academic skills through relevant content.
  • Focus on receptive skills (reading and listening) to activate productive skills (writing and speaking) in subject area.
  • Eight-page units combine language and academic skills teaching.
  • Vocabulary and academic skills bank in each unit for reference and revision.
  • Audio CDs for further self-study or homework.
  • Ideal coursework for EAP teachers.

Format: Paperback


Unit 1: The business of business
Unit 2: The organization of work
Unit 3: Getting the work done
Unit 4: The world of technology
Unit 5: People and markets
Unit 6: Products and strategies
Unit 7: Operations: producing the goods
Unit 8: Operations: efficiency, costs and quality
Unit 9: Managing financial accounts
Unit 10: Funding company activities
Unit 11: External influences
Unit 12: Strategy and change

Author details

Paul Harvey is a former lecturer at the University of Exeter where he taught on a number of English Language and teacher training programmes. He spent time working in Spain, China and the Middle East as well as being a British Council inspector for a number of years. He has written readers for Penguin/Longman and is a co-author of Britain Explored and Alive to Language.

Paul worked with Carolyn Walker on the Business Studies title in the ESAP series, and also contributed to two of the TASK modules: Seminars and Tutorials and Essay Writing.

Carolyn Walker is the author of English for Business Studies in Higher Education Studies (with Paul Harvey). She worked from 1984 to 2006 as a lecturer and teacher of English as a foreign language at the University of Exeter, UK, where she was Programme Director for the Graduate Certificate in Management (with English). Currently, she is Academic Director at INTO, University of Exeter.

She has lectured on the MEd in TESOL at the University of Exeter’s School of Education, has taught in Spain and the United Arab Emirates, and has contributed to many short courses overseas for teachers organized by the British Council. Her academic interests include motivation and self-concept in language learning, L1 and L2 reading, and English phonology and phonetics.

Terry Phillips has worked in ELT for more than 35 years as a teacher, teaching supervisor, manager and language school owner.  As a consultant, he has worked in more than 20 countries in all parts of the world, advising state and private language institutions on all aspects of school management.

For the last ten years, he has been a full time freelance writer with his wife Anna, producing more than 160 published books in ELT. Although he and Anna have worked for all the major publishers, all recent works have been for Garnet Education.

Terry is the series editor of the English for Specific Academic Purposes series for Garnet Education, which aims to prepare students to entry into a particular faculty for English-medium tertiary education. The series won the ESU award in 2009.


"The book helped students to become more independent in their approach to studying in English ... The Teacher's Book is excellent ... The units provided a wide variety of topics and up-to-date material."

- Lionello Fabris, University of Udine, Italy

"What has been needed is a book that applies foundational academic English language skills to business content and concepts. English for Business Studies does just that."

- Elizabeth Morrison, Massey University, New Zealand

"... it has all the language as well as the academic skills."

- Clark Stoppia, Lorrach Berufs Academy, Germany