• How good was Stuttgart?!

    Posted by Charlie on 19 November, 2012

    I’m a bit sad it’s all over already..

    Marketing Director, Jo Greig, and Zuzana Miskova – one of the delegates on the Macmillan/BESIG sponsorship scheme from the Czech Republic!

    It was a real treat to see the conference so busy and to catch up with old friends and meet new faces!We especially

    enjoyed meeting the Czech teachers from the sponsorship scheme!

    It was a great thrill for us to be involved in so many aspects of the conference this year – the David Riley award and the great sponsorship scheme.

    We are really proud to have launched The Business 2.0 at such a buzzing venue and with so much interest. If you missed author John Allison’s talk on developing professional interpersonal skills then you can view the recording on the BESIG site (John was broadcasting live to international viewers!)

    Anne-Marie Ross won a mini projector for sharing her secret skill at BESIG!

    Our ‘Tell us your secret skill’ competition had a great response and you’ll be pleased to hear that it will continue to run throughout 2013 so if you still want to get your hands on a mini projector then you can head to the site above to see how you can still enter!

    One of the things we enjoy most about BESIG is catching up with so many enthusiastic and friendly teachers. We are already looking forward to see you next year!



    Posted by Charlie on 2 November, 2012

    We’re a little over excited at being in the run up to BESIG 2012! Macmillan Education are the Platinum sponsor!

    Check out our dedicated BESIG page for details of talks, competitions and awards!

  • BESIG Blog

    Posted by Charlie on 20 September, 2012

    Are you following this blog?

    A really interesting read…

  • BESIG 2012 Scholarship scheme: Czech Republic and Slovakia

    Posted by Charlie on 27 June, 2012

    IATEFL BESIG has offered a number of international scholarships for delegates wishing to attend the annual conference over the last several years.

    The International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL) Business English Special Interest Group (BESIG) and Macmillan Education are pleased to announce their Joint Local Scholarship Scheme. The aim is to assist participants from the Czech Republic and Slovakia to attend the 25th Annual International Conference in Stuttgart, Germany between the 16th and 18th November 2012.

    Scholarship Details

    Attendees from the Czech Republic and Slovakia are eligible for significantly reduced rates compared to the full rates of £110 and £160 for IATEFL members and non-members respectively. The rate for Joint Local Scholarship delegates for the full conference, including the reception on Friday, all the talks, workshops and exhibition, plus lunch on Saturday, is £36. The Scholarship attendance fee does not cover the optional pre-conference session on Friday (£15). The registration deadline is 31st August, but please contact Akos Gerold, the IATEFL BESIG Development Coordinator, as soon as you can as the number of places is limited to 32. This offer is open to IATEFL members and non-members alike. However, if you are a member, please quote your IATEFL ID number.


    Thanks to the generosity of members of English Language Teachers’ Association Stuttgart (ELTAS), a number of homestay places will be available to the Joint Local Scholarship attendees free of charge. These places will be allocated on a first come – first served basis. When applying for the scholarship, please indicate whether you would like to stay with a fellow EFL professional in the Stuttgart area. Scholarship attendees who prefer to arrange their own accommodation will find a choice of hotels, motels, hostels and B&Bs on this page: 2012 IATEFL BESIG Annual Conference.

    How to Register

    In order to register for the conference through the Joint Local Scholarship Scheme, contact Akos Gerold on If you are an IATEFL BESIG member, please quote your IATEFL ID number.


    IATEFL BESIG is grateful to Macmillan Education for its generous support of the 2012 Joint Local Scholarship Scheme. Macmillan Education are a leading publisher of materials for learning English and are the proud sponsors of this scholarship scheme. For more information please visit: Macmillan Education.

    We would also like to thank ELTAS and its members for offering to host the Joint Local Scholarship delegates.

    Don’t miss out on this excellent opportunity to meet fellow business English professionals from all over the world, find out about IATEFL BESIG first hand and enjoy its annual conference.

    We are looking forward to seeing you in Stuttgart!


  • Spotlight on some great resources…

    Posted by Charlie on 15 May, 2012

    Have you seen this brilliant site? This is a great Business English resource and a bargain we think!

  • You’ve told us what you want…

    Posted by Charlie on 8 May, 2012

    A big thank you to everyone who took part in the In Company 2012 survey.
    We really appreciate the time and thought that goes in to filling these questionnaires  out.  We really do want to be informed and directed by your feedback so watch out for the next edition of In Company to see if we’ve taken it on board!

    The winners of our prize draw hail from Slovakia, Italy and France and they will be receiving three Macmillan Books for Teachers of their own choosing.

    Thanks again,

    The Macmillan Business English Team

  • Tell us what you want!

    Posted by Charlie on 16 April, 2012

    Here’s your chance! Get involved with the next edition of In Company and make it your own! And you could be in with a chance of winning a selection of Macmillan Books for Teachers in the process..

    It’s a short survey – It’ll take you 5 mins. And we all love a chance to give feedback and enter a competition…

    Click here to take survey

    You’ve got plenty of time – the survey will close on Friday 4th of May and the lucky winners of the prize draw will be notified the following week. We’ll post the winners on the site here too!

  • Busy experiences…

    Posted by Charlie on 28 March, 2012

    Here’s the chance to read about our Business Experience winners’ real experiences here in our Macmillan offices!

  • How big’s your bonus?

    Posted by Charlie on 10 February, 2012

    It’s in the news again as public pressure forces business leaders to waive their bonus..

    Is that right?

  • Business Experience Winner

    Posted by Charlie on 23 January, 2012

    We are very pleased to announce that Magdalena Sulikowska is the winner of  The Business Experience competition that was run in conjunction with the Krakow University of Economics. Entrants were asked to provide a 60 second  pitch stating the business case for a product of their choice. We were very impressed with all the entries but Magdalena’s professional and clear delivery got her the winning place.

    Magdalena had this to say about her win: “I had a great time during making my 60 second challenge video, so when I got a message that I’m a winner of this competition I was delighted twice! Thanks to Macmillan Publishers that they decided to organize this competition for University of Economics in Krakow and that they give me a chance to see how they work in Oxford!”

    Business Experience Winner - Magdalena Sulikowska

    We are looking forward to welcoming Magdalena here in Oxford in early March. Many congratulations to all the entrants of the competition.