• Business Top Trumps

    Posted by Charlie on 13 February, 2013

    Our friends at have just kicked off a new business English series: Business Top Trumps.

    Looking for ‘serious games’ to inject some fun into your business-English classes? We have worked with Winning Moves, creators of the world-famous Top Trumps card game, to develop an original set of Business Top Trumps cards, written by Karen Richardson especially for business-English students! Meet the employees of our fictional company, compare your cards with those of your colleagues – and win!


  • 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!


  • 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!

  • 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.

  • In Company eLesson Survey

    Posted by Charlie on 28 January, 2011

    This is a big thank you to all of you who took the time to fill in our survey. It’s so helpful to us to know what you think about our products and services, and we take all your suggestions and comments very seriously.

    Ten lucky winners have been selected at random from the entrants to receive a copy of In Company Case Studies, and have been notified by email.

    Even though the survey is now closed you can still tell us what you think by posting a comment here or contacting us on

    For those of you who receive the In Company elessons then you can expect something in the next Macmillan English mailing…

    If you’d like to sign up for any of our free resources you can register here.

  • BESIG 2010

    Posted by Charlie on 29 November, 2010

    BESIG 2010 was another great conference for us at Macmillan. Ileana Chersan, author of English for Law Enforcement, gave a great talk on our behalf, on the importance of multiculturalism when teaching English for Law Enforcement, and our very own Laura Hudson gave a practical talk on how you can make your business English class benefit from digital elements.

    Macmillan's destinctive red stand, with Zoe Richardson and Eva Maria Schmidt (Macmillan English Campus)

    Eva Maria Schmidt of  Macmillan English Campus also gave a brilliant interactive session on the benefits of authentic business material and web projects  in the Business English classroom.

    Eva Maria in full flow in her interactive session

    There are more photos and a lot of the conference presentations up online at

    Jo Greig, International Marketing Director for Macmillan, clutches the results of the 2010 David Riley award

    Were you at Bielefeld for this year’s BESIG Annual Conference? What was the best talk you saw?

  • Cleve Miller scoops the David Riley Award for English 360!

    Posted by Charlie on 22 November, 2010

    At the opening of the annual BESIG conference in Bielefeld, Cleve Miller was awarded with the David Riley award for Innovation in Business English and ESP for his teacher resource website English 360

    Our congratulations go to Clever Miller and the English 360 team!!

    David Riley was a teacher, teacher trainer, writer and publisher of Business and ELT materials. He was renowned in the ELT world for his creation of materials for a range of publishers, big and small. You might not have met David in person but it is very likely that you will have used some of his excellent materials. Respected for his true understanding of the ELT classroom, and the motivation he inspired in his students, he used this experience to create truly innovative publishing projects.

    For more information on the David Riley Award download this information sheet

  • New websites!

    Posted by Charlie on 26 October, 2010

    We hope you are enjoying our new-look website and are finding easier to get to the resources you need!

    Two of our authors, Paul Emmerson and Pete Sharma, also have newsworthy sites worth visiting.

    Paul Emmerson has pulled all his knowledge together to make a brilliant resource bank of materials…

    Pete Sharma has revamped his site.. Check out the sleek new website!

  • Welcome to the new Macmillan Business English site!

    Posted by Charlie on 6 October, 2010

    Here are just a few of the things you’ll be able to do on this new website:

    * Download samples of all of our titles, try them out for yourself and find out why they work so well!

    * Quickly find and access all our brilliant materials that support our titles – they’re free!

    * Enjoy the great new design – we hope you’ll find it easier to navigate!

    * Keep up to date with all our news, where you can see our authors talk, sneak previews of what we have in our publishing pipeline

    We hope you’ll enjoy using this website, and we welcome any suggestions or comments you would like to leave for us below. (We won’t publish your email address – it’s just for security.)


    Macmillan Business English Team