BESIG 2014

Sankt Augustin Campus, Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg, Bonn, Germany

Who is it for?

ELT professionals, teachers and trainers working in Business English.


BE SIGnificantly better at Business English!

Macmillan Education are heading to Bonn for the 2014 BESIG Annual Conference, the largest Business English conference in Europe.

Join Macmillan authors John Allison and Ed Pegg at their workshops as we celebrate the launch of the new levels of In Company 3.0: Starter and Elementary. Plus, find extra tips on teaching with texts from onestopenglish author Karen Richardson.

What's more, as an exclusive treat for BESIG, we'll be giving away a free business skills ebook to all who attend - visit us at the Macmillan stand to claim yours!

Find out more about all our author talks below and read all about this year's Joint Local Sponsorship Scheme, sponsored by Macmillan Education.

Can’t make it to Bonn? Let BESIG come to you! Watch the live stream for John Allison's talk and join us online during the event for live updates from our stand, including exclusive interviews with sponsored delegates and authors.


John Allison

Sink or swim? Teaching tips to help pre-intermediates stay afloat.

A pre-intermediate Business English class is much like a group of novice swimmers: some have jobs that require them to swim the English Channel, but still won't take their foot off the bottom; others haven't a clue about breathing or body position, but will happily jump in and thrash about in circles until they're half-drowned.  

Just like a lifeguard, the pre-intermediate Business English teacher has varied and complex responsibilities: motivating and instilling confidence, helping learners set achievable objectives, transmitting knowledge, developing skills and of course, preventing accidents.  

Using sample materials from The Business 2.0 and In Company 3.0, this talk illustrates practical tips and tricks for helping pre- and in-service learners rise to the challenge of acquiring language, skills and content at A2-B1 level.

Watch the trailer for John's talk


Ed Pegg  

I know I can’t speak English but I don’t have a choice!  

In these days of increasing internationalisation, people who never expected to speak English at work suddenly have discovered that they need to learn English, and fast.  

But how do you prepare people who have little grammar and vocabulary to take part in a meeting? You can’t, right? What if they don’t have a choice?  

In this workshop, participants will discuss how much business input low-level learners can take and what should be focused on: general or business vocabulary, business skills or grammatical structures?  

Participants will then explore how essential business skills, such as those for meetings and presentations, can be taught alongside critical vocabulary, such as trends, and the basic grammatical structures all users of a language need.

Karen Richardson

Using texts in the Business English classroom

This workshop  looks at different kinds of texts that can be used to aid and support the teaching of Business English.

Using examples from onestopenglish, we will talk about where and how these texts can be sourced, and how to make creative and effective use of them once you have found them.

Additionally, we will take a brief look at some copyright issues that teachers may be in danger of infringing, and talk about how to keep our lessons interesting, relevant, up to date, and at the same time, on the right side of the law.

Watch the trailer for Karen's talk


Joint Local Sponsorship Scheme

Teaching Business English in Spain or Portugal?

Register for the Annual Conference Scholarship Scheme and join us at BESIG!

Macmillan Education is proud to sponsor this year’s Joint Local Sponsorship Scheme. Open to all business teaching professionals based in Spain or Portugal, the scheme offers attendees entrance to the conference at a  significantly reduced rate and organised homestay accommodation. There are still some places available on the scheme, so if you’re interested in attending, find out more and register today.