Business English needs and secondary vocational business English: the case of Greek workplaces

Batsila, Marianthi and Shrestha, Prithvi (2022). Business English needs and secondary vocational business English: the case of Greek workplaces. Business and Professional Communication Quarterly (In press).

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Abstract

Vocational education (VE) has been a priority for employability globally. There is, however, limited research on what employers want from secondary school VE graduates regarding their communication skills. This study examined business English needs in Greek businesses and the English language skills taught in Greek Vocational Secondary schools. We surveyed 136 and interviewed eight employers to identify the English language skills required in these businesses. The content of one prescribed VE English textbook was analysed and eight teachers were interviewed about it. We found that employers emphasised oral business communication which the textbook lacked and we make suggestions for improvement.

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