Is English critical to the success of your business? Your employees can learn English in our public classes, or we can deliver tailor-made lessons at your premises.

Public courses or private, tailor-made courses?

If you’re wondering which approach would suit you best, please email or call +971 (0) 50 616 2553

But if you want to understand the main difference between our two approaches, here’s a quick summary:

  Public courses for corporate students Private, tailor-made courses
Course types General English, Business English, IELTS Preparation and IELTS Preparation Intensive As public courses, plus English Workplace Skills Training, English for Specific Purposes e.g. English for Oil and Gas, Academic English
Levels Beginner to Upper-Intermediate Beginner to Advanced 
Trainees Open to the general public (corporate discounts available for your employees) Your employees only
Location British Council Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah At your offices, nominated premises of your choosing or the British Council
Schedule A range of days and times available, but course length and dates are fixed Totally flexible to meet your business needs and employees’ schedules

Public courses for your employees

Send your employees to learn English at a British Council Teaching Centre in Abu Dhabi, Dubai or Sharjah and you’ll be giving them access to the highest quality English teaching. They’ll learn valuable skills that will give your organisation a competitive boost and will study at a time that’s convenient for them. It’s a very straightforward and cost effective way to motivate your team and help them reach their full potential.

How do we help employers?

We help employers by providing:

  • personalised support to simplify the registration process making things faster and more convenient for you and your team
  • a written report on every employee’s progress at the end of each six week term, and at mid-term if requested
  • mid-term and end-of-term reports on attendance
  • end-of-term certificates to distribute through your award schemes or events
  • direct entry onto placement testing waiting lists
  • termly, itemised invoices.

How do we help employees?

Employees learning English with the world’s English experts will:

  • have a qualified and experienced teacher
  • practise working in pairs and groups to develop real-life communication skills
  • practise listening, speaking, reading and writing using a range of stimulating materials and classroom activities
  • become more independent language learners
  • enjoy learning English.

Private, tailor-made English courses for companies

We know your organisation is unique. It has different challenges, opportunities, goals and constraints from every other organisation. That’s why we can work with you to tailor a fully customised training solution to match your needs.

We can create English courses with content, schedule, duration, location, reporting and certification all designed around your organisation, your team and your goals. We'll provide exactly the impact you’re looking for. 

Private, tailor-made English courses feature:

  • scoping with our experts to establish your exact training needs
  • tailored English language and professional development training courses at any location to suit you
  • groups of up to 20 trainees of a similar level learning together 
  • reports to monitor the progress and skills achieved for all employees in all areas relevant to your organisation.

Why should I choose private, tailor-made courses from the British Council?

Employees learning English with the world’s English experts will:

  • be taught by the best qualified teachers and trainers
  • use targeted, up-to-date business materials to help with the specific areas you want to improve
  • improve every aspect of English to communicate better in the workplace 
  • learn via bespoke course materials created to suit your business
  • get access to the world’s largest collection of online learning tools.

English for Work skills courses for companies

We offer a range of highly effective English for Work skills courses and workshops designed to support Emiratisation and improve the ability of teams and individuals to work in English.

Our English for Work skills courses include:

  • writing emails
  • writing reports and proposals
  • making presentations
  • telephoning
  • negotiating
  • time management
  • socialising and networking
  • English for oil and gas workers.

All our English for Work skills courses can be tailored to suit the needs of your team and combined with English language training. Courses can be delivered in the form of short workshops, as part of a longer training course in your offices, or in some cases online.

English assessment for companies

We use the Aptis test to assess the English level of your employees. Aptis is a modern and flexible English assessment system designed to meet the diverse needs of organisations and individuals around the world. Aptis is a business-to-business product, which is used by organisations and institution to benchmark the English language levels of their employees, potential employees, students or teachers.

Testing English levels from A1-C on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, Aptis is an English test for adults (16+), which can be used to assess ability in all four English skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing.