English for Work

English for Work

What is English for Work?

English for Work develops English language skills for communication at work. For the best results, we recommend that language learners complete English level B1 before focussing on specific areas. With a strong understanding of General English, students can then specialise in specific areas for work. To check your level. please take our English level test.

The most popular focus area is Business English and other common areas are Legal English, Medical English, Financial English and English for Tourism.

Advantages of studying English for Work

1. Develops vocabulary and communication skills for the workplace
English for Work has a greater focus on work-related vocabulary. Programmes also develop communication skills including speaking and writing tasks in realistic work situations.

2. Specialises in work-related scenarios
English for work prepares English learners to communicate in scenarios at work. English for Work includes emails, presentations, negotiations, phone calls, formal writing and more.

3. Improves professional opportunities
English is the international language for work. Language learners with strong language skills often improve work opportunities for the future.

What type of work?

Please click on the links below for a description of each type. You will find our recommended study materials (including books and more). You can ask for advice and practise with an English teacher. They will be able to check you communication skills and give recommendations.

Business English  is the most popular, followed by Legal EnglishMedical EnglishFinancial EnglishEnglish for Tourism and Aviation English

You can also look at General English or English Examinations.


Business English

Business English provides a variety of work-related topics and scenarios. It aims to develop English language skills for the workplace, which enables professionals to confidently communicate in an international environment.

A focus on Business English includes listening, reading, speaking and writing tasks that are common in business situations. This can be specialised for different types of work. This may include making telephone calls, writing emails, giving presentations, taking part in negotiations and more.

For Business English, our recommended study materials are:

To improve your Business English communication skills, we recommend studying and practising with an English teacher.

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Legal English focuses on developing English language skills in an international legal context. It includes specialised terminology and the ability to communicate accurately in legal situations.

A focus on Legal English can include English skills for legal meetings, understanding legal texts, producing formal reports and letters and more.

For Legal English, our recommended study materials are:

To improve your Legal English communication skills, we recommend studying and practising with an English teacher.

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Medical English

Medical English aims to develop the ability to communicate effectively in the medical field. English is used worldwide by medical professionals, including doctors, nurses, and administrative staff. English is also the dominant language in medical research.

A focus on Medical English can include vocabulary and expressions to describe medical procedures and symptoms. It can also aim to develop writing skills for medical reports and correspondence.

For Medical English, our recommended study materials are:

To improve your Medical English communication skills, we recommend studying and practising with an English teacher.

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Financial English

Financial English aims to develop communication skills required to work in an English-speaking financial context. This can benefit professionals operating in international financial and accounting roles.

A focus on Financial English can expand your understanding and use of English financial terminology. This may include financial meetings, discussions, presentations and financial reports.

For Financial English, our recommended study materials are:

To improve your Financial English communication skills, we recommend studying and practising with an English teacher.

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English for Tourism

English for Tourism is used by a wide variety of professionals in the travel industry. This includes developing English communication skills required for international tourism and hospitality.

A focus on English for Tourism can include expressions and discussions to interact with clients and other professionals in tourism. This may include speaking and writing tasks for enquiries, bookings, problems and complaints. It can also involve specific locations such as travel offices, airports, hotels, and more.

For English for Tourism, our recommended study materials are:

To improve your English for Tourism communication skills, we recommend studying and practising with an English teacher.

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Aviation English

Aviation English is the international language for air travel. Pilots, air traffic controllers and other professionals are required to have a minimum level of English proficiency for the aviation industry.

A focus on Aviation English includes the need to communicate accurately and effectively in a wide range of situations. English Language performance is assessed by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) on a scale of 1 to 6. The ICAO required pilots and air traffic controllers to have English proficiency of level 4 (minimum).

For Aviation English, our recommended study materials are:

To improve your Aviation English communication skills, we recommend studying and practising with an English teacher.

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