Oxford English for Careers

A series of courses to help students learn the English they need for their chosen career.

Oxford English for Careers: Commerce 1 Student's Book A course for pre-work students who are studying for a career in commerce.

Martyn Hobbs and Julia Starr Keddle



Commerce 1 teaches pre-work students to communicate in English, within the context of a career in commerce.

  • ISBN: 978-0-19-456975-0
  • Pages: 136
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Dimensions: 276x210 mm

Commerce is ideal for pre-work students, studying at pre-intermediate to intermediate levels, who will need to use English in work situations.

Commerce develops the vocabulary, language, and skills that students need to communicate effectively in both formal and informal scenarios in the workplace. These include taking part in meetings, giving presentations, and socializing with colleagues.


Tab 1

  • Authentic and up-to date information in every course, written and checked by industry insiders
  • Clear and straightforward structure, with each unit containing a menu of learning outcomes, and an end-of-unit checklist with 'Can do' tick boxes
  • Teaches English in context, so students practise the language and skills they need for the job in real work situations
  • Real-world profiles from genuine professionals in the 'It's my job' section offer authentic and engaging insights into the industry
  • Extra facts, figures, quotations, and specialist terminology included in the top margin of unit pages
  • Additional activities and tests in the Teacher's Resource Book make the course suitable for mixed-ability classes
  • The Teacher's Resource Book provides specialist background to the industry for every unit, as well as industry tips to support non-expert teachers
  • Project work in the Student's Book, additional activities on the Student's Site, and a Key words list of essential vocabulary at the end of every unit provide extra opportunities for revision

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Commerce 1 is suitable for those who are studying for a career in commerce. It prepares students for a range of business situations, develops communication skills, and provides background to key business concepts.

'It's my job' sections offer students an insight into the lives of real people who work in commerce. The profiles are based on authentic interviews and sources, and teach students about the various skills required for different business environments.

The '9 to 5' section presents and practises functional and situational language in simple business contexts. The 'Business Know-How' section uses engaging activities to develop key interpersonal skills for business, such as teamwork, self-motivation, leadership, and organisation.

Listening, reading, speaking, and writing activities throughout the course give realistic and communicative practice of the language skills needed in commerce. Students then develop these skills through project work, which encourages them to take an active role in the learning process.

Tab 3

1 The business environment
Getting on in business, researching a well-known company.

2 The company
How to manage your time, researching a company's structure

3 Travel
Travelling tips, researching an airline

4 Sport
How to concentrate, researching sports sponsorship

5 Sales
Find your own USPs, researching Ebay

6 Cultural awareness
How to make a good impression, researching advice on how to behave in a particular country

7 Trade fairs
Attending a careers fair, researching an entrepreneur

8 Advertising
Improve your creativity, creating an advert promoting careers in sport

9 Fashion and style
How to dress for the international business world, presenting your company

10 Technology
Staying up to date, email tips

11 Job satisfaction
Researching good employers, talking about working conditions

12 Market research
Be a good listener, interviews in the street

13 Bright ideas
Become more inventive

14 Dealing with people
Dealing with your anger, do an online test about Emotional Intelligence

15 Getting a job
Key interview questions, finding a suitable job online

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