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First Certificate for Teachers of Business English (FTBE)

What is FTBE?


The FTBE (First Certificate for Teachers of Business English) is a certificate issued by The London Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation. It is a 33-hour course and it is aimed at people who are interested in being certified as business English teachers.

What is FTBE First Certificate for Teachers of Business English?

The First Certificate for Teachers of Business English provides an additional qualification for educators wishing to enhance their résumé and skills in ESP, and tests examinees’ knowledge in three areas:

  • Professional Skills;
  • Methodology and Materials;
  • Basic Business Awareness.

Other elements include:


Classroom management;
Needs Analysis;
The use of authentic materials;
The creation of bespoke material.

This course includes:

  • Basic business skills development
  • Basic business concepts development
  • Development of teaching techniques and methodologies for the business class
  • Differences between general English and business English
  • Class planning

Who FTBE First Certificate for Teachers of Business English course is it for?

  • Qualified teachers with little or no experience of teaching business English
  • General English teachers wanting to diversify into business English
  • Newly qualified teachers wanting to expand their teaching experience
  • Teachers with B2+/C1 level of English

Structure & Assessment FTBE First Certificate for Teachers of Business English course includes

The course is run blended, with face-to-face- and online sessions. The course is taught by qualified, experienced tutors who hold an online tutoring qualification and Cambridge teaching qualifications.. There is no assessed teaching in this course. Candidates submit a post-course reflective assignment and sit the LCCI FTBE examination to be awared the certificate.

Course details FTBE First Certificate for Teachers of Business English course includes

The aim of this course is to provide participants with developed competencies considered as best practice in teaching of Business English.

These techniques and methodologies are combined with elements aimed at understanding basic business concepts in a preparatory course for the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry International’s Qualifications for the First Certificate for Teachers of Business English, (FTBE).

The IH FTBE is a 50 hour course consisting of 30 hours of input and 20 hours of homework (reading or action research) tasks, plus a post-course reflection. The course contains 30 modules divided into 3 strands: Basic Business Awareness, Professional Skills and Methodology and Materials. Course length varies according to the Teacher Training Centre.

Basic Business Awareness Professional Skills Methodology and Materials
Course Introduction Strand introduction Learner-centred approaches
Business speaking skills Needs analysis Approaches to classroom practice
Business writing skills Syllabus design The lexical approach
Corporate structure Principles of lesson planning Practising speaking skills
Marketing "The client approach" to teaching exectutives Practising writing skills
Sales Conducting feedback Using authentic materials
Accountancy   Adapting published materials
Banking   Adapting materials from video and radio
Markets   The numerical-graphical approach
Human Resources Management 1   Business games
Human Resources Management 2   Creating your own materials
Product development and production  

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