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Oxford English for Careers: Commerce 2 Student's Book

Oxford English for Careers: Commerce 2 Student's Book

Format: Paperback

Commerce 2 teaches pre-work students to communicate in English, within the context of a career in commerce.

  • ISBN: 978-0-19-456983-5
  • 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.

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Key features

  • 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


Commerce 2 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 skills required for different business environments.

The 'Meeting Room' section presents functional language that students need to interact effectively in formal business scenarios, such as meetings. Listening tasks help students to analyse the interaction, and role-plays allow them to practise the language in meaningful contexts.

The 'Small Talk' section addresses informal social and conversational 'micro-functions' between colleagues. These are essential for effective communication in a professional environment, and include socializing at work, making requests, and raising suggestions.

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.


1 New jobs
How to avoid time-wasting, writing a report on a magazine

2 Buying and selling
How to get energized at work, writing a report about purchases

3 Marketing
Mobile phone etiquette

4 Leadership
Are you a born leader?

5 Changing the world
How to search on the Internet, reviewing and comparing two websites

6 Working abroad
How to improve your English, talking about cultural issues

7 Ethical trading
Green office tips, the ethics of a large multinational company

8 Diversity
Meeting and working with disabled people, discrimination in the workplace

9 Brands and values
Preparing a personal statement, inventing, naming, and presenting a new product

10 Office life
Planning an ideal office space

11 Workplace skills
How to work in a team, soft skills

12 Presentations
Effective meetings, presenting and answering questions about a business idea

13 Big business
Task management, SWOT analysis

14 Entrepreneurs
Are you a born entrepreneur?

15 Job hunting
Handling a challenging interview, advising an entrepreneur on a new product

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