IATEFL BESIG World Blog


Welcome to the BESIG World Blog. Each month we’ve got a different guest author lined up who will be sharing thoughts and experiences on teaching business English from countries around the globe.

  • Twelve thousand participants, two trainers: A taste of business English in Beijing

    Chris Bowie spent several years working as a freelance business English trainer in Berlin, before arriving at the conclusion that the life of a freelancer was no longer one he wanted to lead. He moved on to take up a full-time position with the British Council in Nepal and then became an embedded trainer with PriceWaterhouseCooper in Beijing, a position he had held for the last four years. Together with one other colleague based in Beijing and another in Shanghai, Chris is responsible for the English skills development of 12,000 members of staff in mainland China and Hong Kong.

    Here Chris shares some fascinating insights into what it´s like to be a business English trainer in this kind of teaching context. He also compares and contrasts the lives of a freelance and an embedded trainer and tells us which one he prefers.

    Chris Bowie
    Chris Bowie has been ELT since 1995 and has taught business English in Germany, Nepal and China. He was one of the first to do the BC/IH Distance DELTA from Beijing. He currently works at PricewaterhouseCoopers PwC as an internal English trainer. He's current interests are in discourse analysis and how the recent changes in business writing style are impacting BE and ESP learners.

    I believe in teaching as an ongoing learning process, both for the benefit of the students and the teacher. For that reason I love attending workshops and conferences. I feel very motivated and inspired by them.

    You can contact Chris at: chris.bowie@cn.pwc.com

    Listen to Chris' interview with Claire here:

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