Business English Training Hong Kong

Business English Training Hong Kong

Part 1 of Our Business English Training Series
Doing business in Hong Kong, China, is getting more and more competitive. English is The International language of commerce and being able to communicate in English is essential in a large number of industries including aviation, medicine, hospitality and Information Technology. Companies in Hong Kong have to compete on the global stage and effective business communication skills are of paramount importance.


English is undoubtedly the worlds "international language. Around 375 million people are native speakers and another billion people speak some English or are currently learning the language. At the corporate level, human resources managers of HK companies are well away of the need for better business English skills for their staff. Multinational corporations as well as medium sized Hong Kong companies are actively developing their staff with workplace English training schemes to upgrade their employees. Business English Skills Training Programs run by reliable training institutes can help businesses move ahead and compete more effectively.


The ability to communicate well in English at a personal level is also vitally important for career development as well as job interviews and socializing. The most powerful business leaders, CEO’s, CFO's and COO’s are all expert communicators who are able to deliver clear and effective messages in English that get the results that they want. English is also the language of science and, of course, business travel.

How can I improve my business writing?

English is the most common medium for written communication in Hong Kong.

Although Cantonese is used for day to day work, nearly all emails, memo's, notices and letters are written in English.

The bad news is that people are more likely to spot your bad English when it is written down. They have lots of time to read and re-read your emails and find every single grammar mistake!

What is worse is that the number of emails that employees have to handle is increasing every day. Even low level staff have to respond to emails in English these days.

So what can you do to improve your business English writing? Well, luckily the answer is simple! Study and practice more.

HKEnglish.Com's one to one private tuition is the best way to improve your business English rapidly. You will get 100% attention from the teacher and instant feedback on your mistakes. One hour of customised one-to-one tuition is like 20 hours in a big class!

Financial Turmoil, The HK Economy & English Skills

Is the financial turmoil created by the sub-prime mortgage fallout in the USA having an effect in Hong Kong?

On the surface it would seem that there is little change in day to day life here. There are still lots of people shopping and lots of job adverts in the newspapers. And lots of new cars buzzing around the city.

But the uncertainty about the global economy may be leading to layoffs here as well. HSBC recently axed 1100 jobs in its global banking and markets operations, but most of these were in the UK and only 100 jobs would be lost in Hong Kong. That is good news in this day and age of US and European bank failures and take-overs. But will more job cuts follow? No one really knows. And it is this uncertainty which is most worrying.

However, with the stock markets around the world in turmoil the uncertainty faced by many companies will surely lead to more hesitation in hiring new staff.

A recent survey by the Hong Kong Institute of Human Resources Management also indicated that is is more difficult to find jobs in certain industries. A press release stated that the areas most heavily affected by reduced availability of positions were Manufacturing, Business & professional services and the Wholesale, Import and export trading sectors which had a drop of up to 1.63%. (Second Quarter 2008 Survey of
Manpower Statistics, http://www.hkihrm.org).

All of this leads to the conclusion that employers are likely to be more selective and choosy about who they employ. And one of the areas they will be most concerned about in these areas must surely be English language skills. After all English is the language of global business.

Its a good time to start to improve your business English skills. Since English is so important in the workplace and for career advancement, the best way is to take an English course to gain confidence in speaking as well as improve English business writing skills.



Advanced Business English Course in Hong Kong

HKEnglish has recently launched a new *Advanced Business English Course* focusing on developing extended communication skills for senior executives, managers and other business professionals based in Hong Kong.

It is is suitable for those students who already have a good grounding in English but wish to extend their knowledge, understanding and practical application of written and spoken English in the workplace.

HKEnglish primarily uses focused _one-to-one_ training, and their native English tutors are also have business experience so they know exactly what business English students in Hong Kong need to communicate at a higher level.

Each course is customised to the student's exact needs taking into consideration their current English skills, their immediate needs and also their ongoing English learning objectives.

*Selected Syllabus Items include:*

* Meetings
* Managing people effectively in English
* Presentations
* Socialising
* Managing Projects
* Pronunciation and Intonation
* Effective email writing
* Grammar focus
* Vocabulary development

We provide a range of
Business English Courses including Oral Business English (speaking and listening), Business writing and grammar Business Presentation Skills, Preparation for Job Interviews.