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British Council

English for the Workplace

British Council via FutureLearn


Develop your workplace English skills

This course is for people who are learning English and are interested in developing English language skills for employability and workplace contexts. It will help job seekers and young professionals with the English they need.

Each week, we’ll focus on key aspects of English for the workplace. You’ll watch videos and listen to audio recordings of people in various situations. This includes those searching and applying for jobs, preparing for and taking interviews, and those starting their new jobs and working with new colleagues.

Our experienced tutor will examine some of the language used and draw your attention to useful points to improve your English in workplace contexts.

Learn some key business English vocabulary

The course does not follow a language syllabus but takes workplace English as its starting point. It offers functional language phrases and real, authentic workplace scenarios. Short quizzes and discussions will help you measure your understanding and practise your English.

As you progress through the various topics, you’ll learn plenty of business English vocabulary and workplace English expressions that you can use at work and when applying for jobs.

Improve your skills in English at work

As well as practising workplace English and learning some workplace English expressions, you’ll examine what makes a successful job application and interview.

Throughout the course, you’ll be asked to share your opinions, ideas and questions with other learners. The best way to get the most out of the course is to be prepared to join in and share your experiences.

This course is aimed at non-native English speakers who have studied English to at least pre-intermediate level (approximately A2 on the CEFR). Those interested in improving their business English for the workplace will find new vocabulary and phrases to use at work.


  • Finding a job
    • Welcome!
    • What do you want from a job?
    • Talking about your job
    • Finding a job
    • Applying for a job
    • Review
  • Interviews
    • Welcome
    • Preparing for a job interview
    • Talking about yourself
    • Beginning the interview
    • Skills and experience
    • Finishing the interview
    • Review
  • Starting a job
    • Welcome
    • Getting a job offer
    • Learning the ropes
    • Who does Greg report to?
    • Company rules and regulations
    • Review of the Week.
  • Working with people
    • Welcome
    • Meeting new colleagues
    • Checking understanding
    • Working together
    • Dealing with problems
    • Praise and thanks
    • Review of the Week

Taught by

Chris Cavey


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  • I enjoyed this course so far. I’m an advanced English speaker and I found the grammar sections in this course too easy for me. But it’s always nice to have a recap with the job hunting issues and see if I can do even better next time. The comments made by the course educators are a great motivation for the learners and it is lovely idea of interacting with other learners and exchange knowledge and view. I’ve been taking courses on futurelearn since 2017 and have recommended the website to many of my friends.
  • Anonymous
    In my view, first, I joined this course to develope my knowledge and skills of English teaching skills as I have been teaching in high schools from 2007 to date in Somalia and I took my primary, secondary and P1 teaching education in kenya which...
  • Pretty basic till this point [they asked for a review at the halfway point], does a good job thoroughly engaging the learners, with interactive comments and quizzes . Nice
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    The course workplace split to four part. The first and second part focus on looking for a job, prepare the CV , covering letter and interview. I learn some useful expressions and key point in this situation. Such as application, we have to know what...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    As a private face-to-face teacher of English as a foreign language, I am taking this course as part of my CPD because I intend to add adults to the list of my learners. Adults have different needs when they want to learn English, sometimes they are motivated...
  • Anonymous
    It was an exciting course. Especially how to deal with workmates, planning team building activity and organising staff meeting.
  • This course is very helpful for people who want to approach the British job market and are looking for their first occupation in the United Kingdom.

    The vocabulary and the sentences' structures are suitable for beginners/intermediate students but are too simple for an advanced English class.

  • Thank you, the course was useful and interesting and the content was greatly benefited

    Especially in the personal interview section and the important matters that should be paid attention to, as well as my interest in learning the language in dealing with it.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Very informative and work-based is English for the Workplace. Starting with the language and application models used for applying for jobs and preparing for interviews (Weeks 1-2), the course focuses on communicating and sharing learners’ thoughts, comments...
  • Thank you so much. I have learned a lot from this course. It taught me how to communicate wisely in the workplace. But sadly, I cannot take the certificate now because I do not have any dollar.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    I've been teaching Business English for one month an it was my first experience in a company. I was looking for a course that help me to increase my knowledge and prepare me to be a very good teacher. I needed materials to share, and the right methods...
  • nice course

    in this end of the course review, I would like too appreciate the work put in by the team.
  • Anonymous
    The topics are interesting, the language is useful and one other thing, the situations included were real. I think this course helps in different ways: First, the information about finding a job, the hiring process, the CV and how to talk about the skills. The other is about the practical language that we might need when doing all of these things.
    Another part that is important is the comments. I have learnt from these courses that we need to share what we think of the activity, the topic, the language, etc. , and we can learn a lot by reading and following what other say. A plus here was the comments from the educators. Thank you very much.
  • Anonymous
    The course has been so insightful so far, the educators drew our attention to so many small, simple and yet very important moment to think of and prepare before the interview itself. Very well structured and easy to follow. I also loved the way the new grammar and language chunks were incorporated into the course, so smoothly and so easy to focus on and remember. Thank you as well for the useful additional resources. The course educators have managed to make us work on our language skills as well as on our professional skills. A huge thank you!
  • Anonymous
    This course is aimed at people who want to get some practical tips and useful materials to get employed and get more confident while searching for a job, preparing all application documents or working in a team. In my opinion, this course is well-structured and it provides learners with video materials, useful links, quizzes and practical assignments. The most valuable is posting your comment and reading other students' comments, so that people have an opportunity to exchange some knowledge and experience, so called 'peer teaching'
  • The course make me know about some important issues in teaching process that is connected with children, class work and etc.
  • Anonymous
    I am using it to refresh my English and I find it is really useful as far as refreshing is concerned

    The topics and speeches are well thought out, and your interest rises. It is also good that the software is very "friendly". As to the grammar questions such as "to hope / to expect / to plan / to intend" or "you don't have to / you mustn't" ...well, I think that they are presented in such a way that you easily access English mental frame and structure
  • Anonymous
    It has been a good experience so far. I have learned so many new words and useful vocabulary that now I feel more confident preparing myself for a job interview, or creating a proper and suitable cv with a correct and organized covering letter. I wish someone would review the comment sections from time to time, just to point out the mistakes we are all making in the attempt of using grammar proplerly for communcative processes.
  • Anonymous
    my name is Cheikh Modou Badar Diop. I'm from Senegal.
    we really appreciated you all, and what you did with us to teach us the best common things in the world. but, like me, some of us reach the final course with higher grad without CERTIFICATE, because, in my country, we don't have enough money to pay the bills. some of us don't have a bank card at all.

    however, we are so greeting....thanks.
    God bless you.
  • Anonymous
    I am Brazilian looking for an international career in the Marketing department.
    I'm enjoying the didactics of the course, it makes me learn a lot. Grateful.

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