FAQs

Lessons

The lesson length is approximately 60 minutes. We may end up going over 60 minutes to complete the lesson in some cases, but we will inform you if we think that is going to happen.

Our research has shown that most language learning and teaching experts recommend three 60-minute lessons a week, plus homework. You are free to schedule your sessions as you see fit – you do not have to schedule three lessons a week, but that is what is suggested.

In general:

5 Minutes: Review with the student any questions or concerns that may have come up that we did not discuss over e-mail.

45 Minutes: Lesson

Warm Up
Intro to Class
Lecture and Exercises
Summary


10 Minutes: Q&A

This answer is going to vary based on a couple of factors.

1.       Your current knowledge level of English

2.       Your goals; do you want to work on one specific aspect of Business English such as writing, or do you want help in multiple areas?

The most important factor is consistency/repetition, which will allow you to retain your knowledge as well as increase your confidence and comfort. The goal is to use Business English without even thinking about it.

Once I review your application and we conduct our initial consultation, I will have a better idea of how many sessions you might need to achieve your goals.

We understand you probably have last minute things come up, especially at work. Because of that, there are no penalties for showing up late to class or for missing it entirely and there is no penalty for canceling and rescheduling classes. If you are late to class, we can make up the time at a later date if we cannot extend the class. 

Please note, if you are more than 10 minutes late, we will automatically cancel class. Again, you can make up your lesson without any penalty.

For the English Lessons, including test preparation classes such as TOEFL, TOEIC or IELTS, most of our material will come from Off2Class, as well as TEFL Educator, Busy Teacher, ESL Library and the Ultimate ESL Teaching Manuals.

For Accent Reduction, we utilize the textbook, “Speak with Distinction”, and we will utilize other resources based on the ethnicity of our student.

We also create custom material for our students to replicate and personalize real-life scenarios as closely as possible so that you can prepare and exceed in these situations. Examples include interview preparation that is specific to your industry or career, role plays with challenging co-workers and management, customized feedback for your such as resume, PowerPoint presentations, etc.

You will receive login credentials for the website: This site includes information such as e-mail history, class schedule, summaries from previous classes, and homework assignments.

We also will curate a variety of recommended resources based on your interests that we think you will find helpful such as “Crucial Conversations”, “You Say More Than You Think”, “Never Eat Alone”, “Strength Finders 2.0”, etc.

Finally, you will receive various homework assignments, so that when you are not in a class with me, you will have the opportunity to continue to work on your English language skills.



General

Online tutoring is just like face to face tutoring, except that it can be done from the comfort of your home or during a commute. First, the lesson itself is done over video conferencing software.

The program has a screen sharing feature that allows us to share our screen with you. This is just as if we were sitting right next to you and showing a book or a worksheet. At any point, if you need to click on things on my screen, I can hand the controls over so that you can do that. Online tutoring is extremely interactive and will blow your mind away.

You will need the following:

  • Computer (Can be PC or Mac), phone or tablet that can use video conferencing software. (GoToMeeting)
  • Webcam (Optional, not required for most classes, strongly recommended)
  • Internet Connection
  • Microphone/Headset (If doing lessons from PC or Mac)

With Michael’s Business English, you get a personalized lesson plan and feedback that fits your goals so you can get faster results, instead of wasting time learning vocabulary and grammar that isn’t unnecessary, and having the confidence of knowing a native speaker is giving you accurate feedback.

Because it’s online, you do not have to worry about travel. Lessons can be done with a desktop or laptop, a tablet or a smartphone. This also means you do not have any additional expenses to worry about such as textbooks or course/test fees; everything is included in the packages.

General English covers topics such as grammar and basic vocabulary. Its aimed for high beginners to low intermediates as well as more general conversation.

Business English covers more advanced vocabulary and etiquette. We also cover topics related to corporate environments such as giving feedback, writing emails, leading presentations, etc. Typically this is aimed for postgraduate students and business professionals who need help with their career.

Job-Specific English is aimed entirely for absolute beginners. Using the communicative language method, students learn English that is related and required for their job. This is intended for very specific roles that require minimal English to do the job. There are no grammar lessons.

Billing

We have a 60-Day Risk Free Money Back Guarantee. No questions asked. Just shoot an email to support@michaelsbusinessenglish.com with the invoice to let us know you would like a refund.

Credit/Debit Cards are accepted through Stripe.

We don’t store your card details on our site. We use a payment processor called Stripe. They are PCI compliant and are used by some of the best-known brands in the world such as The Guardian, Target, Yelp, and Pinterest.

We also accept payments through PayPal.

We will send you an invoice, so you can make payments online.

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