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Wednesday 8am business English

The breakfast business English classes are for people who want to be more confident when using English at work. They are conversation based with a focus on the grammar and vocabulary needs of the participants. The lessons are held via Zoom on a weekly basis.


Would you like to join these group classes? The first lesson is free and it's easy to join. Send a message to adriennehughes.english@gmail.com to arrange a trial lesson.


Cost - 30chf per lesson

Level - intermediate

Location - Zoom (at home, at work or wherever you want to be)


August to October 2021


Remember that there is no lesson on 20 October as it's the autumn holidays


27 October - We'll be talking about language choices, specifically whether to use the past simple or present perfect. One way to develop your understanding of the different tenses is to analyse authentic language. Before the lesson, read this article about the founders of BioNTech, paying attention to the tenses used in the first two paragraphs. We'll discuss these choices and talk about the article in general in class.


Previous topics


13 October - I'm here next week so we can do a lesson in the holidays. Watch this TED talk by Amy Cuddy about how body language may shape you! Remember to do your homework! Keep practicing your English and try to do some written answers to the questions from 6 October.


6 October - let's read this article about the Myers Briggs personality test and talk about how useful these types of test are, both in and out of the workplace.


29 September - a slightly funny article this time, or at least I thought so. Read up about the plans to change an iconic image and how the original designer reacts. Pay attention to the language he uses and consider whether he prepared his comments in advance.


22 September - this week we're going to talk about how to practice effectively. Watch the following TEDEd talk before the lesson.


15 September - we are going to continue with the topic of building rapport. Listen to the episode of 6 minute English again or do some of your own research on this topic.


8 September - let's talk about building rapport. Listen to the episode of 6 minute English before the lesson.


1 September - let's start by talking about the Olympics. Watch this video about high jumper Dick Fosbury who used his engineering know-how to develop a revolutionary and successful approach to the high jump. We'll talk about sport, the Olympics and the benefits of doing things differently.

Do you want to read about some grammar topics? Click here and here for a bit of revision!

Which topic shall we discuss next? Click on this link to get some ideas about future topics or send me your own suggestions.

Previous topics


Click here to see the topics we talked about last semester.

Would you like to join the conversation classes? Send an email to adriennehughes.english@gmail.com to arrange a trial lesson