Speak Business English Class | May 28 – June 26, 2020

Level: Advanced
When: Tuesday & Thursday | 7:10pm-9pm EDT | May 28 – June 26, 2020
Class Tuition: $425


This course focuses on preparing and delivering a well-organized and engaging business presentation, from start to finish. We will explore the foundations of what makes an effective presentation, beginning with an understanding of “big picture” concepts like audience, purpose, and flow. We will then explore the finer details of business presentations, such as persuasive speaking, non-verbal communication, the use of visuals, and answering audience questions. Throughout the course, students will develop and ultimately deliver their own presentations on a topic of their choosing and will receive individualized feedback from the instructor and peers.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Deliver a well-organized and engaging business presentation that is suited to a particular audience and purpose
  • Use transitions and other organization techniques to create a sense of flow
  • Prepare effective introductions and conclusions
  • Improve ability to speak persuasively using evidence, and clearly communicating general information and precise detail when needed
  • Improve non-verbal communication skills, especially related to giving presentations
  • Improve use of varied intonation and highlighting to indicate key points/concepts
  • Design and evaluate clear and effective visuals
  • Practice techniques for handling audience questions
  • Build self-confidence in delivering business presentations

Instructor: Michael Diaz

Michael Diaz is an experienced Business English instructor who has worked with both regional and multinational corporations delivering in-person and online classes. He holds a certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from the New School, an M.A. in Medieval Studies from Fordham University, where he studied the history of the English language, and a B.A. in English and Anthropology from the University of Miami. He has over 5 years experience teaching adult ESL in community, corporate, university, and academic settings. During his free time, Michael enjoys reading, writing fiction, and walking nature trails.