BEC – Business English Certificate

BEC

BEC or Business English Certificate – These are internationally recognised qualifications that show employers your skills for using English in the workplace. English is a key skill for a successful career. If you are applying for a job or hoping to get a promotion, most employers-especially international employers will ask you to demonstrate your English language skills. You can do this taking the prestigious Cambridge ESOL BEC or Business English Certificates. In today’s global business world it is important to show employers you can communicate in English effectively in everyday business situations.

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Exam

There are 4 parts – Reading, Writing, Listening & Speaking. Level of Qualification: Intermediate = B1 on the CEFR. To take the exam you should be able to:

Understand business reports and letters

Express yourself or have a discussion

Give a short presentation and write a proposal.

Preliminary

The BEC Preliminary is the first in a series of three Cambridge English: Business certificates. This qualification shows employers that you can communicate in English in practical everyday business situations. It is the same level as the Cambridge English: Preliminary (PET), but is focused on English for business. You should take this exam if you want to improve your English for your business career. Studying for the BEC Preliminary will give you a good foundation in the English skills you will need to work in international business.

Vantage

Business Vantage is also known as the BEC Vantage. It is the second in a series of three Cambridge English: Business certificates. This qualification shows that you can communicate in English in a business environment. It is the same level as the Cambridge English: First (FCE) qualification, but is focused on English for business. You should take this exam if you want to prove to employers that your English is good enough for you to work in an English-speaking business environment. Studying for the BEC Vantage will develop your confidence and the English skills you need to succeed in international business.

Exam

There are four parts: Reading, Writing, Listening & Speaking. Level of qualification: Upper Intermediate = B2 on the Common European Framework (CEFR). To take the exam you should be able to:

Follow conversations or business discussions

Discuss practical business tasks

Write brief factual business letters etc.

Exam

To take the exam you should be able to:

Take an active part in business meetings

Understand business reports and correspondence

Write detailed business documents.

There are four parts: Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking.

Level of qualification: Advanced = C1 on the CEFR

Higher

Business Higher is also known as the BEC Higher. It is the final exam in a series of three Cambridge English: Business certificates. This qualification shows that you can communicate confidently in English in a business environment. It is the same level as the Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE), but is focused on English for business. The BEC Higher qualification proves to employers that you can be effective in a demanding English-speaking business environment.

Documents

There are several different Business documents that students should know how to write. These include: E-mail, Semi-formal and formal letter, Memorandum, Proposal, Action points/minutes, Reports and Press releases. Students should also be aware of how to create a curriculum vitae, cover letter, invoice, purchase order, graphs, tables and spreadsheets etc.

Skills

Each of these documents requires an understanding of specific language and skills. For example, reports should be well organised, with the information listed in a logical manner. Most Businesses now expect employees to be fully conversant with Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Access, Powerpoint and Outlook etc). The ability to edit documents and create standardised templates is essential.

BEC Company Courses

Book a Business English Course at your Company

Onsite

I drive out to your Company (in the Opole region) and teach Onsite. Companies that are located far away from Opole are asked to organise several classes per day to make this worthwhile. I thus spend the whole day teaching at your Company. The cost of lessons depends on how far I have to travel, the type of English required and the group sizes.