Companies, English and the Cambridge BEC Exams
In my experience I have found that the Cambridge BEC qualifications are more or less synonymous with English studies at a professional level. Wherever I go, and whoever I teach, there is an overwhelming demand for classes and exam preparation focussed on these internationally recognised examinations and, to be honest, I am not surprised. It is no secret that to be able to work and to communicate comfortably in an English speaking environment, a firm grasp of fundamental English grammar and business related terminology are essential. It is also no coincidence that the BEC exams combine these two elements of the English language like no other exam that I have come across. I lose count of the number of times that we have received phone calls expressing the need for intensive classes in this mould due to changing work circumstances or the need for immediate proof of a certain level of proficiency in English. Of course, the majority of cases are referred directly to the BEC exams. However, it doesn’t have to be this way – reacting only when proof is required of you. It is highly recommendable, and more and more common, to obtain these qualifications (level by level, from preliminary to higher) as you enter the world of work. There is no better way to start a job in the modern world than with a Business English qualification under your belt. Not only does it prove to your employer that you are capable of working in an international environment, but more importantly it allows YOU to feel comfortable and confident in your ability to handle professional situations in the English language. What more could you ask for? So, whether you are a beginner or an expert, new to the world of work or an old hand, maybe you should be considering obtaining an internationally recognised certificate in Business English.