LSC/EC Vancouver offers many business classes. We have International Business English (IBE) during AB class, Business English (BEC), Business in Action, Power Presentations during C class and Workplace Readiness and Hospitality and Tourism during CD class. Many students shy away from taking these classes because of incorrect assumptions.
Here is a list of common myths students have about these classes at LSC/EC Vancouver and the facts that disprove them.
1. Myth: Students need to be advanced English speakers to take business classes.
Fact: We provide business classes for almost all levels. We have four levels of IBE (pre-intermediate, intermediate, upper-intermediate and advanced). BEC, Business in Action and Power Presentations are for students in lower-intermediate and above. Students must be in intermediate to take Workplace Readiness and Hospitality and Tourism.
2. Myth: You need to have work experience to take business classes. You need to be a university student in a business program.
Fact: Many students do have business experience. Many students study or have studied business at university. Neither of these are requirements.
3. Myth: Students don’t learn any grammar in IBE and there is no speaking practice in business courses.
Fact: IBE is an English course with a business focus. Students practice the speaking, listening, reading and writing and also work on grammar and pronunciation. Classes are full of speaking activities
4. Myth: Business courses cost more.
Fact: Business courses cost the same as general English.
5. Myth: Students need to wear business clothes in business classes.
Fact: You can wear business clothes if you want, but this is not required.
6. Myth: Business courses are not useful for people who don’t want a career in business.
Fact: Students work on practical activities such as using the phone and writing emails. These skills that can be applied to everyday life.
7. Myth: Your business teacher will teach you ‘How to Be a Business Man’.
Fact: Business courses are English courses. You will practice and improve your English but these classes are not the same as taking business classes for native speakers.
8. Myth: Business classes are not ‘fun’.
Fact: Business classes are interactive and communicative. Teachers do dynamic activities and students have the chance to work together. Students find these courses very enjoyable.