English is the accepted language for international trade and commerce and London is one of the main centres of global and European business; it therefore seems logical that attending a Business English course in London is an excellent choice. Among the many advantages that England’s capital offers somebody searching for a Business English course are: the facilities and atmosphere offered by this bubbly city, the immersion factor, the wide choice of training centres and courses on offer and the accessibility of the city itself.
London is considered ‘the place to be’ when it comes to business in Europe. The figures speak for themselves: ‘London is Europe’s financial capital, with nearly 2,000 UK headquartered companies listed on the London markets producing an aggregate market capitalisation of nearly £1.4 trillion ($2.5 trillion).
This atmosphere is surely what anybody working in the business would want to experience. Not only is London a great business city, it also offers a wonderful range of entertainment, all of which inevitably helps the delegate on a business English course to learn the language better. London has four world heritage sites, over 200 museums and galleries, ten national trust and ten English Heritage sites, 108 theatres and music halls, five world class symphony orchestras and two opera houses.
At the end of a day’s training in London, the delegate is able to immerse him/herself in the atmosphere of this lively city and listen to English spoken in its natural environment. It is recognised by the majority of delegates on Business English training courses that English spoken by ‘native speakers’ is more difficult to understand than the variety of English spoken by people who use English as a second or even third language. The speed of delivery, the consequent pronunciation changes in fast connected speech and the inclusion of idiomatic expressions, slang and phrasal verbs, for example, can make native speakers notoriously difficult to comprehend. A Business delegate can avoid this problem and hope that his next interlocutor is not English, or he can ‘take the bull by the horns’ and expose him/herself to everyday English, spoken naturally in London.
Deciding on which Business English course in London to choose might present the potential delegate with a lot of problems as the choice of training centres and courses is so wide. It is precisely for this reason, however, that the delegate has more chance of finding a course which mirrors exactly what he/she is looking for. The delegate needs to be careful and do his/her research thoroughly. There is, however, another way. Instead of tying to find a course that responds to his/her demands, maybe it would be better for the delegate to check out other kinds of organisation such as the Culture and Communication Skills Consultancy, Communicaid, which designs the programme of study to respond to the objectives, needs and level of the delegate.
London also offers regular opportunities to take an English business exam as there are a lot of accredited examination centres in this city. Cambridge and LCCI are two of the most popular.
London remains one of the most accessible cities in the world. It is relatively cheap and easy to travel to thanks to its four London airports and Eurostar station. For anybody in Europe, London is no more than a few hours away.