Corporate Courses

The Boston School specializes in creating professional English courses for companies of all sizes with headquarters in Switzerland or those with multiple locations throughout Switzerland.

We have strong ties with the English teaching community through having volunteered for seven years as the Zurich Regional Coordinator of ETAS – the English Teacher Association of Switzerland.   The Boston School is an institutional member of ETAS and we encourage our teachers to keep their training up-to-date by attending the many workshops ETAS makes available.

Course Design

There are many ways we can design courses.  Most companies require that their employees are exposed to business English terms and improve their communication skills by using quality course books.  Some may require their employees improve their language ability by setting a goal to pass the BEC Vantage or BEC Higher Cambridge Business English ESOL exam.

Others may specifically request that employees are engaged in class in practicing real-life business scenarios.  This can be by creating activities where employees explain the technical aspects of their work, practice sales role plays or meeting negotiations and telephone calls.  Anything that will help them with building their confidence in English to complete their actual work duties.

Our teachers know how to customize courses to integrate company topics into the lessons.  Here is an excerpt of a company word list developed for students using their company website and an internal manual:

Sealing Technology

English German French
O-rings O-Ringe O-Ring
Rotary seals Rotationsdichtungen Joints pour mouvements rotatifs
Hydraulic and pneumatic seals Hubdichtungen Joints pour movements alternatifs
Sealing plates Dichtungsplatten Plaques d’étanchéité
Industrial coverings Industriebeläge Tapis industriels
Sealing profiles Dichtungsprofile Profiles d’étanchéité
Adhesive tapes Klebebänder Bandes autocollantes
Sealing tapes Dichtungsbänder Bandes d’étanchéité
Molded gaskets Formdichtungen Joints de forme
Flat gaskets Flachdichtungen Joints plats

And here is an example of how this vocabulary is reviewed and activated through exercises:

Company Terminology List Example

Company Specific Engineering Work Vocabulary Exercise

Not every company needs such service and our teachers know how to adapt to the different requirements specified up front.

Our goal is to present a course that matches the philosophy and goals of the company. We set the course pace that suits each group and we create a class dynamic that encourages learning through open communication between teacher and students.

Read more about how we achieve this.