The Business Spotlight Podcast

The Business Spotlight Podcast

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Episodes

Vocabulary: Telephoning  

The podcast for 6 December 2016 looks at some vocabulary you'll need for telephoning. Do an exercise and be careful to avoid false friends.

Grammar: Using quantifiers  

The podcast for 22 November 2016 gives you the chance to practise some important grammar. You'll hear two nouns and then the beginning of a sentence with a quantifier, such as much or many. Only one of the two nouns can be used after this quantifier, so listen carefully and then choose the correct one.

News: Autistic employees  

The podcast for 8 November 2016 is about a London-based consultancy which specializes in providing IT companies with skilled autistic employees. Listen carefully and try to answer a comprehension question.

Skills: Writing minutes  

The podcast for 25 October 2016 looks at writing the minutes of business meetings. Listen to some statements about minute writing and decide whether you agree or disagree with them.

Vocabulary: Meetings  

The podcast for 11 October 2016 looks at the vocabulary of meetings. Do an exercise and be careful to avoid false friends.

Grammar: Participle clauses  

The podcast for 27 September 2016 looks at participle clauses. Do an exercise and practise making sentences shorter and more elegant.

News: Children's pocket money  

The podcast for 13 September 2016 looks at children's pocket money in Britain. Listen to a short news item and try to answer our question.

Vocabulary: Ethical communication  

The podcast for 30 August 2016 looks at the topic of ethical communication. Do a vocabulary exercise and decide which statements you agree or disagree with.

Skills: International negotiations  

The podcast for 23 August 2016 is about international negotiations. Here's communication skills expert Ken Taylor with an exercise on asking questions to get information about your negotiation partner.

Vocabulary: Transport  

The podcast for 9 August 2016 looks at the vocabulary of transport. Let's do an exercise, being careful to avoid false friends.

Grammar: Leaving out words  

The podcast for 26 July 2016 looks at grammar. In spoken English, we can often leave out words and still get our message across clearly. Listen and practise.

Names and News: Bad for business  

The podcast for 12 July 2016 is a short news item about recyling in the United States. As you listen to our story, try to answer this question: how many employees have lost their jobs at Waste Management, the largest recycling company in the US?

Vocabulary: Follow-up calls  

The podcast for 28 June 2016 looks at the topic of follow-up calls. Here's communications expert Ken Taylor with a vocabulary exercise.

Skills: International meetings  

The podcast for 21 June 2016 looks at international business meetings. Taking part in international business meetings can often be stressful. Here's communication skills expert Ken Taylor with an exercise.

Vocabulary: Agriculture  

The podcast for 7 June 2016 looks at the vocabulary of agriculture. Do an exercise and be careful to avoid false friends.

Grammar: Avoiding typical mistakes  

The podcast for 24 May 2016 is a grammar exercise. You'll hear a number of German sentences. Translate each sentence into English being careful to avoid typical grammar mistakes.

Names and News: Cows and climate change  

The podcast for 10 May 2016 is a short news item about cows, emissions and taxes in New Zealand. As you listen to our story, try to answer this question: how many cattle and sheep are there in New Zealand?

Skills: Public speaking  

The podcast for 26 April 2016 looks at the topic of public speaking. The ability to speak well in front of a group of people is a key business skill.

Skills: Telephone calls  

The podcast for 19 April 2016 looks at telephoning. Making phone calls in a foreign language can be stressful. Here's communication skills expert Ken Taylor with an exercise.

Vocabulary: Weather  

The podcast for 5 April 2016 is a vocabulary exercise about the weather. Listen and be careful to avoid false friends.

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