Are you an English Learner with Career Goals?
- Online English Conversation Class
- Job and College English Interview Class
- Academic and Business English Writing Class Online
Welcome to our Academic and Business English courses at ILI in Massachusetts. Taught by friendly, experienced career educators, our dynamic lessons are customized to meet your needs and interests. Whether you take part in our Academic and Business Writing Class, Job and College Interview Class, or Online English Conversation Class for work or study; ILI’s Academic & Business English Programs put you on the fast track for success.
Whatever your goals or background, we’re here to help. We offer Academic and Business English lessons live online using Zoom and Google Classroom or in face-to-face live classes here in Northampton, Massachusetts – a lovely college town surrounded by top universities and beautiful nature, located just two hours from Boston and three hours from New York.
Who are these courses for?
Our Academic and Business English courses are perfect for working professionals and university students. Whether you’re applying to a top college or seeking new career opportunities, our Academic English and Business English lessons give you hands-on, real-time practice speaking and writing English for professional and academic purposes.
If you want to save time and money by taking short-term courses that focus on specific goals such as a better job or college admission, our individualized Academic and Business English lessons can fast track you to success.
Our Academic English and Business English programs
We have three programs on offer:
Write with precision and pizzazz! Are you interested in writing clear and concise English for your job or school? You will learn how to hook your reader, organize information effectively, and develop persuasive fact-based arguments. Master the art of academic and professional writing. Click here to learn more about discovering your own unique writer’s voice.
Wow the crowd at your next interview! Are you seeking work at an international company or admission to a U.S. university? You will learn how to answer tough interview questions with stories, deliver an elevator pitch, and build your brand. Become skilled at the art of the professional job or college interview. Click here to learn more about selling the most amazing product: you!
It’s time to talk your head off! Are you interested in speaking English with greater fluency and accuracy? Practice discussing complex topics with precision, tact, and nuance. Whether for academic, business, or personal purposes, you can master English expressions to volunteer, lead, question, agree, disagree, recap, interrupt, and participate successfully in discussions with native English speakers. Click here to learn more about keeping up the conversation.
Why do we group Academic English programs and Business English programs together?
Great question! Whether you’re at a community college, an Ivy-league university, a startup company, or a fortune 500 corporation, you need to get serious about which kinds of English are effective and appropriate.
The English you use in the classroom and the boardroom differs from the English you use in the dorm room and the living room. Academic English and Business English emphasize different structures, different vocabulary, and different levels of formality than everyday English. You cannot rely on the English you picked up from movies, high school classes, and general ESL courses.
Customized to your needs and interests, our online and in-person courses cover the most important features that are shared by both Academic and Business English, such as degrees of formality in written and spoken communication, impactful vocabulary, parallel sentence structures, and conventions of organizing, formatting, and editing essays and presentations.
How is Academic English different from Business English?
Another great question. It’s complicated!
Academic writing, for example, is formal and objective. This means you use facts and reasoning to back up an original argument – also called a “thesis” – and you avoid fluff like “I think” and “I feel.” In contrast, during a job or college interview, the Business English you use may be formal but also personal.
A professional yet friendly approach shows off your “soft skills,” core values, and unique individual qualities. In Advanced Conversation, you expand your levels of formality and informality, deepen your interpersonal and intercultural skills, and broaden your range of idiomatic expressions, creating a great impression on whoever you meet, wherever you go.
Ultimately, unlike the everyday English that you use at home or play with friends and family, Academic and Business English is the language you use at school or work to communicate complex ideas and build professional relationships. So, because Academic and Business English share so many similarities, we group them together by writing or speaking skills into the Academic and Business Writing English course, the Job and College Interview course, and the Advanced Conversation course.
Additional Academic English and Business English courses
Are you interested in a more immersive fast track to success? ILI also offers a full-time English experience with the Intensive English program, offered both online and in-person. Instead of taking short-term Academic English courses and Business English courses, you can study, practice, and improve your English every day, Monday through Friday, in 4-week monthly sessions.
On the road to university? As an Intensive English Program student, you can choose our University Pathways option within the IEP, which offers qualified students conditional acceptance to any of our regional partner universities in New England–all without taking the IELTS or TOEFL. Learn more about our University Pathways option in order to reduce the time, stress, and costs of achieving a university degree in Massachusetts.
Free help and support with Academic and Business English
Why not hop across to our blog or YouTube Channel where you’ll find Academic English tips or our web site with articles on brainstorming ideas, outlining an essay, and an academic English overview so you can teach yourself while you’re waiting for your ILI class to begin!