Why consider teaching business English in Germany?
Companies and business professionals take training seriously, and enjoy developing and using their English. German professionals make conscientious learners and take pride in their English skills. Companies invest heavily in training and set clear goals for everyone involved. Group sizes are small and 1-to-1 training is common. This makes your job hugely rewarding.
What do German business professionals expect from the training?
help them make progress
set up practical and relevant learning opportunities
adapt to what you hear them say
deliver engaging lessons with opportunities for everyone to participate
listen to them and their needs
show them how to transfer what they have learnt back to the workplace
What’s the general English level of German participants?
Germans start learning English at primary school. By the time they have finished school they have a very good grounding in English though a lot of their knowledge is grammar based. They will be at least somewhere in the B1/B2 range. Some will be higher, especially if they have studied overseas or been on a long-term exchange. A few will be lower. However what everyone lacks is the practical business English vocabulary, phrases and skills.
What are Germans like to teach?
Some comments from our team
“Germans can be shy about speaking in English to start with as they don’t want to make a mistake. If you set up a learning environment in which mistakes are not only tolerated, but welcome them, then you’ll quickly get participants talking.”
“In some cases, German participants may take a session or two to warm up. This has nothing to do with you. They are just settling in.”
“To establish and maintain credibility, you do need to know your language related stuff.”
“Germans will tell you directly if they don’t like what you are doing. You know where you stand and how you are doing.”
“I know this is a cliché but Germans like structure. They need to know you have a plan.”
“If you can add communication and business skills into your business English training you’ll do great!”
“Germans learners follow instructions well. You need to give clear, succinct explanations with relevant examples to check understanding. If you can do that, they’ll love you.”
“You need to be clear about the “why” – they do need to know what you expect of them and why you are asking them to do something.”
Learn more about working for Target Training
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