• Dates: 22nd September 2018
  • Speaker: John Hughes
  • Times: 13:00 - 17:00 (CEST)
  • Location: Ulm

Join ELTAU and OUP in Ulm for a series of professional development workshops for the business English classroom with John Hughes.


Smart communication

In this small session, we will explore why it is useful for adults to learn communication strategies and we will provide advice and practical tips on teaching them.

The impact of visual communications in your business English classroom

From charts, graphs and diagrams to iconography, infographics, and kinetic typography – the 21st century business world makes more use than ever of visual communication to get its message across. In this workshop, we’ll look at a collection of ways in which to integrate images with classroom activities. We’ll also assess the methodology behind using visual literacy in the classroom and consider how it can impact positively on our Business English teaching. You’ll leave with plenty of practical ideas and the opportunity to see how the new edition of Business Result integrates images and videos into the material.

Critical thinking in Business English

As Business English teachers, we are familiar with skills such as presenting and negotiating but perhaps fewer of us consider how the skill of critical thinking impacts on Business English teaching. And yet critical thinking is regarded as one of the key twenty-first century skills that employees look for in a candidate when recruiting. Critical thinking skills are also listed as a key objective on many MBA and university-based business programmes. In this session, we’ll explore the place of critical thinking in business and then we’ll try out a variety of practical classroom activities which develop both language skills and critical thinking skills. The session will draw on the Talking Point feature in the new edition of Business Result.


Please register by email with ELTAU events@eltau.de.

In case of any questions please contact Robert Plant Robert.Plant@oup.com.

Deadline for email registration is 17th September 2018.

No attendance fee.


Time Activity
13:00 Smart Communication with Robert Plant
13:45 Drinks, networking and book exhibition
14:00 The impact of visual communications in your business English classroom with John Hughes
15:00 Drinks, networking and book exhibition
15:30 Critical thinking in Business English with John Hughes
17:00 Close


John Hughes is teacher, trainer and course book author. In his 25-year career in ELT, he has managed Business English and ESP departments for language schools in Poland and Italy. He has run teacher training courses including preparation for the LCCIEB First Certificate in Teaching Business English. For Oxford University Press, he has been an author on course series including Quick Work, Profile, Business Focus, Business Essentials, Successful Presentations and Successful Meetings, and Business Result. With over 30 ELT titles and numerous articles, he received the BESIG David Riley Award for Innovation in Business English and ESP in 2016.

22nd September 2018

Ulmer Volkshochschule
Seminarraum 7
Kornhauspl. 5
89073 ULM
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