The Business Spotlight Podcast

The Business Spotlight Podcast

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Episodes

Skills: Checking facts  

The podcast for 18 April 2017 looks at how to avoid serious misunderstandings by checking facts.

Vocabulary: Negotiating  

The podcast for 4 April 2017 looks at the vocabulary of negotiating. Do an exercise and be careful to avoid false friends.

Grammar: Relative clauses  

The podcast for 21 March 2017 looks at an important point of grammar: relative clauses and relative pronouns. Listen to our example sentences and decide whether it's possible to leave out the relative pronoun.

News: Childcare in Australia  

The podcast for 7 March 2017 looks at childcare in Australia. As you listen to a short news item, try to answer this question: how much profit did private childcare centres in Australia make in 2016?

Skills: Innovation  

The podcast for 21 February 2017 looks at the topic of innovation. In this listening exercise, you will hear a statement and get a moment to decide whether you agree or disagree with what you have heard. You can then find out what our expert, Bob Dignen, says about innovation in his latest Business Skills article.

Skills: Brainstorming  

The podcast for 7 February 2017 looks at how to contribute to a brainstorming session. Practise different phrases you can use to signal that you have an idea.

Vocabulary: Small talk  

The podcast for 24 January 2017 looks at the vocabulary of small talk. Do an exercise and be careful to avoid false friends.

Grammar: Uncountable nouns  

The podcast for 10 January 2017 gives you the chance to practise a tricky area of English grammar. Try this translation exercise and be careful with the uncountable nouns.

News: Meryl Streep  

The podcast for 27 December 2016 includes a short news item about actress Meryl Streep and her latest film, Florence Foster Jenkins. Listen carefully and try to answer this question: which year does the film focus on?

Skills: Providing customer service  

The podcast for 13 December 2016 looks at the topic of customer service. In this listening exercise, you will hear a statement and get a moment to decide whether you agree or disagree with what you have heard. You can then find out what our expert, Bob Dignen, says about customer service in his latest Business Skills article.

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.

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