Skills for International Sales

FREE Business English Course

Today, Business English is fundamental for all businesses especially when giving presentations and dealing with negotiations, which is most days. So, having a FREE Business English Course is something you should NOT pass up.

In this course (100% subvencionado) Skills for International Sales – Presentations and Negotiations, you will learn how to engage your audience, expand your vocabulary, promote your products and much much more.

About the course

Where

  • The Free Business English course will take place in the Camara de Comercio de Álava in its Centro de Formación. Click here to see the location in Google maps.
    • Calle Manuel Iradier 17, 01005, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Álava

When

  • The course is 40 hours of Business Related English
    • October 18th to the 28th, Monday to Thursday
    • 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Who

  • The course is 100% subvencionado por la Diputación Foral de Álava
  • You must have a B2 level to join the course.
  • Your Bloglish teachers, Clare Kearney and Annie Hintz, will be giving the course. So, you know we will be making it as enjoyable and educational as we can. Learn more about us here

Course Objectives

Module 1

  • Provide the necessary tools to inform, inspire and entertain.
  • How to engage your audience from the very beginning.
  • Pay attention to body language.
  • How to use visual aids effectively.
  • How to guide your audience throughout your speech.
  • Dealing with questions from the audience.

Module 2

  • Define the stages and elements of the negotiation process.
  • Develop the skills and techniques of a successful negotiator.
  • Identify optimal win-win solutions in negotiations and make profitable deals.
  • Differentiate negotiation styles and mental models, analyze their own and their partner’s behaviour in negotiations.
  • Learn about cross-cultural differences in negotiations.

Sign up for the FREE Business English Course here

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Certifica tu nivel de inglés

Certifica tu nivel de inglés

Certifica tu nivel de inglés supone un requisito imprescindible a la hora de solicitar becas, presentarse a oposiciones, ir al extranjero con Erasmus o realizar un máster.

Existen varias instituciones que certifican tu nivel de inglés oficialmente. No solo es importante tener una certificación de inglés, sino tener la correcta.

La Cámara de Comercio en Álava

Nosotros, en la escuela de idiomas de la Cámara de Comercio de Álava, además de impartir  clases de preparación para certificar tu nivel de inglés, también ofrecemos asesoramiento sobre el certificado que mejor te convenga para tus objetivos.

Una vez definido conjuntamente el mejor certificado para tu situación comienza la preparación.

Nuestros cursos de preparación – Intensivos y Cursos Anuales

Cursos Anuales

  • Los Cursos anuales te preparan para el nivel A2, B1, B2, C1 y C2.
  • En estas clases aprenderás a:
    • Trabajar las diferentes partes del examen: Reading, writing, listening y speaking.
    • Adquirir la gramática y vocabulario del nivel
    • Aumentar la escucha a través de actividades parecidos al examen, videos, conversación, etc.
    • Mejorar tu fluidez hablando utilizando vocabulario adecuado para cada nivel
    • Desarrollar tus habilidades de escritura
  • Cuando son las clases?
    • Dos veces a la semana en sesiones de 1 hora y media.
    • Pinchar AQUÍ para ver el listado completo de cursos anuales

Cursos Intensivos

  • Los cursos intensivos pueden ser tanto online (Oxford Test of English) como presenciales (F.C.E., C.A.E., C.P.E., I.E.L.T.S., T.O.E.F.L., B.E.C.). Certifica tu nivel de inglés con nosotros.
  • En estas clases aprendarás a:
    • familiarizarte con las diferentes partes del examen: reading, writing, listening y speaking.
    • desarrollar  técnicas y pautas necesarias para obtener el mejor resultado posible.
    • manejar los tiempos de cada sección, imprescindible dado que todos los exámenes tienen un límite de tiempo.
    • adquirir  la gramática y vocabulario claves
    • desarrollar tus habilidades de escritura de manera personalizada
    • participar en debates, charlas para mejorar tu fluidez en la comunicación

Clases de preparación para los siguientes examenes de nivel

Oxford Test of English

  • En un mismo examen puedes certificar tu nivel de inglés, ya sea  A2, B1 o B2
  • La Cámara te ofrece un curso intensivo de preparación de 8 días (16 horas de clases de preparación  más  4 sesiones de 1/2 hora de speaking individualizado).
  • Una vez realizado el curso, puedes presentarte al examen en nuestras instalaciones ya que somos un centro certificado de Oxford.

Cambridge FIRST (F.C.E.), Advanced (C.A.E.) y Proficiency (C.P.E.)

  • Cada trimestre ofrecemos un curso de preparación de 1 día a la semana, 3 horas de clases con material adicional para continuar la preparación de forma autónoma entre clases.

Cambridge Business English Certificate B.E.C.

  • Ofrecemos cursos de 2 días a la semana a lo largo del año académico.
  • Como su nombre indica, este curso está especializado en la lengua a utilizar específicamente en el ámbito de los negocios y la administración de empresas.  

I.E.L.T.S.

  • Es un certificado muy utilizado por instituciones de migración, empresas transnacionales y cientos de universidades como comprobante del nivel de idioma.
  • Ofrecemos cursos de preparación cada trimestre, un día a la semana.

T.O.E.F.L.

  • Es el homólogo estadounidense del IELTS y está especializado en evaluar el nivel general del inglés americano en hablantes no nativos.
  • Ofrecemos cursos de preparación cada trimestre, un día a la semana.

Pinchar AQUÍ para ver todos los cursos tenemos en el curso 2021/2022

En estas clase aprenderás a:

Cursos de Business English

Cursos de Business English

La Cámara de Álava tiene una larga historia preparando a profesionales que necesitan Cursos de Business English para hacer negocios con otras empresas del extranjero. Pero hoy más que nunca, un mundo globalizado nos exige un nivel de inglés muy elevado y especializado. Much@s alumno@s que obtuvieron un certificado de inglés  B2 o C1  vuelvan a nosotros al incorporarse al mundo laboral para actualizar, adaptar y mejorar su nivel de inglés a su situación profesional. Los aprendizajes obtenidos para conseguir un certificado no son suficientes para enfrentarse con confianza a unas conferencias telefónicas o unas reuniones de equipo en inglés.

¿Qué puedo aprender en un curso de Business English?

Business English B2

El curso de Business English B2 consiste de clases divididas en dos sesiones de 1 hora y media. En cada una hay tiempo para repasar las cuatro áreas del idioma:  Listening, Speaking, Reading y Writing. En nuestras clases hay oportunidad para dar presentaciones, negociar precios de productos, contestar y hacer llamadas telefónicas así como para practicar “small talk”, hablar sobre el tiempo, preferencias, viajes, etc.

Listenings

  • Mejorar tus habilidades para la escucha a través de Listenings reales
  • Listenings sobre:
    • la promocionan  de los productos de una empresa,
    • Como llevarse a cabo negociaciones en una feria comercial
    • La realización de presentaciones en público, etc.  

Speaking

  • Ganar confianza a la hora de hablar sobre los temas previamente mencionados,
  • Dominar la conversación de networking
  • Aprender tratarse en inglés con clientes difíciles, etc.

Writing

  • Perfeccionar la escritura que utilizas en tu entorno laboral al elaborar correos electrónicos, promociones, informes, propuestas, etc.

Gramática y Vocabulario

  • Consolidar una base gramatical y de vocabulario que te permita seguir mejorando tu nivel de inglés incluso de forma autónoma.
  • Ejemplos de situaciones en los que es necesario:
    • el uso de condicionales en escenarios hipotéticos,
    • manejo de “phrasal verbs” para conversaciones telefónicas o teleconferencias, (hang up, call back, put me through),
    • extender el lenguaje específico de reuniones, Marketing, Finanzas, etc.

Business English C1

El Curso de Business English Advanced es una clase única a la semana de 3 horas los viernes por la tarde de nivel avanzado. Está enfocada al lenguaje utilizado en entornos laborales en temas como imagen corporativa, cadena de distribución, gestión de conflictos, marketing y ventas, inversiones, etc.

La mejora de tu Business English tendrá un impacto positivo en tu negocio y en tu desarrollo profesional.

Listening

  • Todas las sesiones incluyen videos auténticos sobre el tema que se esté tratando en esa clase, por ejemplo liderazgo, negociaciones, reuniones, marketing, etc.
  • También se incluirán listenings de nivel avanzados sobre estos mismos temas.

Speaking

  • Se dedica gran parte de la clase a la comunicación que es el fundamento de los negocios. Incorporamos conversaciones en grupos pequeños y grandes y utilizamos “role plays”.

Writing

  • Perfeccionamos la escritura para poder comunicarse de forma clara y con un lenguaje adaptado a las necesidades de cada contexto

¿Qué nos diferencia?

  • El profesorado de la Cámara de Comercio cuenta con años de experiencia trabajando muy de cerca con las empresas de Álava, sus trabajadores y sus necesidades.
  • Las clases se adaptan a las situaciones particulares de cada profesional y/o empresa
  • Profesorado en continuo desarrollo para mantenerse al día sobre tecnologías y tendencias.
  • La satisfacción de nuestro alumnado se refleja en que la gran mayoría prolonga su aprendizaje con nosotros durante años

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July 2021 Intensive English Classes

Tenemos una variedad de cursos intensivos en julio.
Para las personas que quieran certificar su nivel A2, B1 o B2 hay un intensivo para el examen Oxford English Test (examen incluido). Para las que quieran certificar el B2 con el FCE y el C1 con el CAE, hay intensivos de 40 horas para cada uno de ellos. Para las que quieran mejorar su inglés en general a través de clases dinámicas y amenas, hay un curso intensivo de 40 horas. Puedes ver más pulsando aquí.

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945 150 190
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Expressions Sessions

  • to move on – to change from one subject to another or to show that you would like to continue with what you were saying.
    • OK, so if no one has any more questions, I’m going to move on to my next point.
  • to expand on – to give more details about something you have said or written.
    • I was hoping you could expand a bit more on your second point that you mentioned.
  • to digress – to move away from the subject you are talking about to talk about something else.
    • I think we are digressing. I would like to get back to the topic at hand.
  • to go back – to return to a previously mentioned topic.
    • I would like to go back to the first topic where I mentioned our objectives.
  • to recap on – to repeat or summarize the main points of a presentation, explanation or description.
    • Could you recap on what the main points of the presentation were?
  • to turn to – change direction from one subject to another.
    • I’d like to turn your attention to page 5 of the handout.
  • to summarize – to express the most important facts, ideas or concepts about what someone has said or written in a short and clear way.
    • I will summarize the main points in an email after the meeting.
  • to conclude – to make the last point to end the meeting or presentation.
    • To conclude, there are more benefits than disadvantages to working with multi-cultural teams.
  • to elaborate on – to add more information to or continue to explain something you have said.
    • Could you please elaborate on your first point you made?
Vocab Rehab - Intl Workers Day

Vocab Rehab – International Worker’s Day

This International Work’s Day, learn some vocabulary and follow the links to learn about the origins of this day.

Vocab Rehab - Intl Workers Day
  • May Day – Also known as International Worker’s Day, on the 1st of May, traditionally celebrates the beginning of spring (click here to learn more) and now marks a day to honor those that fought for the 8-hour work day and other worker’s rights. Learn more by clicking here.
    • Since May Day falls on a Saturday this year, we won’t get a day off from work, but we will celebrate it by remembering how grateful we are to have strong worker’s rights.
  • Protest / Demonstration– both words describe an event where people show a strong complaint against something by standing somewhere, shouting, carrying signs, etc.
    • Every Friday, the pensioners protest in front of the Parliament building to demand their rights.
    • There is another demonstration programmed for this Friday.
  • Riots – an event where a large number of people behave in a noisy, violent and uncontrolled way in public, usually occurring at a protest.
    • The peaceful protest quickly turned to riots when the police began to use force.
  • To go on strike – to refuse to continue working because of an argument with an employer usually about working conditions, pay, job loss, etc.
    • The employees went on strike last week and will not return to work until they are promised the over-time they deserve.
  • Unions – short for Trade Union – is an organization that represents the people who work in a particular industry by protecting their rights and working conditions, discussing their pay, etc.
    • Since the employers did not seem to pay any attention to the union‘s demands, they are organizing a strike.
  • anarchism – a political belief that people should freely work together and rely very little on formal or governmental organization to society.
    • People often believe that without strong rules and regulations there would be anarchism, but our employees are quite good with setting their own time schedules while still doing their work as needed.

Vocab Rehab – Common Problems in meetings

There are lots of reasons why we all hate meetings. But by avoiding some of these common traps, you can have meetings that are efficient and effective. Don’t forget to read the definitions and examples below the post!

  • Late starts – when the meeting begins after the scheduled time.
    • Looks like it’s going to be another late start for today’s meeting. Joe is still not here!
  • Over-runs – when the meeting fails to finish at the scheduled time.
    • We can’t have another over-run at tomorrow’s meeting because I have to leave at the scheduled time.
  • Groupthink – the practice of thinking or making decisions as a group, resulting typically in unchallenged, poor-quality decision-making
    • Hiring a more diverse staff is a great way for our company to shy away from this model of groupthink that is halting our innovation.
  • Hidden agenda – when someone has a secret agenda or intentions
    • I feel like there is a lack of transparency occurring. He always seems like he has a hidden agenda and it makes me not trust him.
  • Inadequate preparation – attending a meeting without preparing beforehand the necessary information to discuss the topic at hand.
    • It’s clear that there was a level of inadequate preparation that took place and that’s why we were unable to reach any real decisions on the day of the meeting.
  • Communication barriers – things that make people reluctant to share and/or talk
    • There is a clear communication barrier taking place between the manager and his team. I think they are afraid to say anything in case of getting fired.
    • We need to find a good translator or hire someone who speaks fluent German in order to get past the communication barriers we are facing with our international partners.
  • Communication breakdowns – misunderstandings
    • Knowing the language but not understanding the culture and the meanings behind that language can cause some severe communication breakdowns that can lead to real disputes in meetings.
    • We are having some real communication breakdowns because the employee job descriptions are not clearly outlined.
  • Point-scoring – when there is competition between colleagues for attention, a new job, recognition, etc.
    • I’m so annoyed with Janet and Dave continuously trying to point-score with the boss during the meeting. I don’t know why they can’t share the success of their work.
  • Pulling rank – when someone uses their status to get what they want
    • Although most of us voted to move the deadline back a week, the boss pulled-rank and said that we needed to maintain the original date.
  • Time wasting – causing someone to spend time doing something that is unnecessary or does not produce any benefit.
    • Reviewing information in a meeting that could be given in an email is a time wasting method of information sharing.

Vocab Rehab: Collocations with money

Vocab Rehab – Collocations with money

Vocab Rehab: Collocations with money

#Collocations are words that go together in a certain language. All of the words above collocate with the word money. Let’s take a look at their meanings.

  • to fork out money – To unwillingly pay an amount of money.
    • Fork out some money for the drinks!
  • to sink money into – to spend or invest a large amount of money on something.
    • She sank all her money into that new car.
  • to extort money – to obtain money for force or threat
    • The gang has been found guilty of extorting money from the local shops.
  • to funnel money – to send money directly and intentionally to someone or some place.
    • The Managing Director funneled money from the business to his closest friends.
  • to hoard money – to collect large amounts of money and keep it for yourself.
    • It was quite common for WWII victims to hoard money at home since a lot of their money was taken from them unwillingly during the war.
  • to squander money – to waste a large amount of money
    • Betting on games is the quickest way to squander your money, especially if you do not know how it works.
  • to shell out money – to pay money for something, especially when it is unexpected or not wanted.
    • The government shelled out money for vaccines that can not be used.
  • to siphon off – to dishonestly take money from someone or something.
    • She lost her job when they found out she was siphoning money from the community resources.
  • to pay out money – to pay a lot of money to someone
    • The company was forced to pay out money to the client because they didn’t want to go to court.
  • to withdraw money – to take money out
    • I will withdraw the money from the cash machine later this afternoon so I have cash for the dinner.

off the cuff – Thanksgiving and Black Friday

We are back! Last week we talked about Halloween and today we talk about some myths about Thanksgiving and the origins of Black Friday. Listen, check the vocabulary below and enjoy!

Vocabulary

Thanksgiving – Día de Acción de Gracias Fast forward – move forward quickly
Myth – something that people say but may not be true Crashing stock market – the value of the all tradable investments fail
pilgrims – the first people from England
to move to the US
Change the narrative- change the story that people know and hear
Mayflower- the name of the boat the
pilgrims came on
Black Friday – The day after Thanksgiving when all the Christmas sales begin
harvest- the time to collect food from the
farms
Christmas season- The time dedicated to celebrating Christmas
whitewashing – an attempt to stop people finding out the true facts about a situation Stuff your face – eat too much
in any way, shape or form – in any way at all Retail – the act of selling goods to the public
disease – and illness caused by infection or
failure of health
Retail therapy – the act of buying things for yourself in order to feel better when you areunhappy

Bill Gates BBC Breakfast

BBC One – Breakfast

Last month we shared a video of Bill Gates from years ago predicting the epidemic we are currently living. This month we are sharing a video of him talking about what should be done now and in the future on BBC Breakfast (Another great source for English!). It’s an interesting watch and we think we need to start listening to him and scientists who know what they are talking about, so click here to go to BBC Breakfast or watch the Youtube video of the same interview below (remember with Youtube videos you can also put on automated subtitles).