Business English

We offer one-to-one and group workshops of Business English, with emphasis on business presentations, meetings and negotiations.

Business English training courses

In business, monolingualism is a thing of the past. English as the lingua franca of the world has found its way into the meeting rooms and teleconferences around the globe. Good English skills are a one-way ticket to business success: they can open up your world to new opportunities, enhance your employability prospects and get you in the fast lane to promotion.

Itaka conducts purpose-specific Business English training courses and workshops for individuals and small groups:

Before the workshop or course, all participants are tested against the CEFR benchmark. On the basis of the results of the assessment, the participants and the lecturer together define the learning objectives and select the preferred teaching methods (a textbook or a fully-tailored study programme).
Students can also decide to improve their fluency with a conversation course or work towards obtaining an international language test certificate (e.g. BEC Preliminary, BEC Vantage).

Common European Framework of Reference for Languages CEFR


(180-200 hours): Breakthrough or beginner stage
Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.


(270-300 hours): Waystage or elementary
Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.


(450-500 hours): Threshold or intermediate
Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.


(720-800 hours): Vantage or upper-intermediate
Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.


(900-1,000 hours): Effective Operational Proficiency or advanced
Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning. Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.


(approx. 1,200 hours): Mastery or proficiency (the native-speaker level)
Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. Can summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations.

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