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Working Professional
Course: Business English
Content: Business Case Studies
Native Language: Portuguese (Brazil)
Level: High-Intermediate
Length of Study: 3 Months

Conversational Fluency
Reading (Business Case Studies)

Pronunciation (/th/, /ee/, /ed/)
Verb Tense (past vs. present vs. future)
Articles (a/an/the)
Prepositions (to vs. for)

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Student Overview
The student was a digital marketing professional with a MBA degree. She wanted to improve her business English, and we decided to have two-hour classes twice a week to discuss business case studies. Her homework was to read a 15-25 page business case study taken from Harvard Business Review, and in class, I would ask her questions and guide her through the case. She was familiar with case study discussions because of her MBA background. Classes typically started with 5-10 minutes of small talk as a warm-up exercise, then, she would summarize the case, and I would ask her probing questions to challenge her thinking on the topic. In addition, we would always link the content to her own professional experiences. We would also work on writing, so I gave her authentic professional e-mail writing for homework.

Below is a shortened version of the feedback given to the student in a 2-hour class: 

/spicy/ spic-ee
/everything/ th
/something/ th
/Ketchup/ ke-chup
/Mustard/ must-erd
/hygiene/ high-jean
/install/ in-stall
/word/ wor-d
/world/ wor-ld (practice)
/living abroad/ abroa-d
/EU/ eeh-you
/strategy/ strate-gee
/expertise/ ex-per-tees 
/corporate/ cor-per-reut

To compromise (v)  – to reach an agreement by each side giving up something.
To look down on someone (pv) – to disrespect someone

A blue-collar job (i) – Manual labor, repetitive jobs
A bad apple spoils the barrel (p) – One bad person influences the group in a negative way.  

Better safe than sorry (e)(p) – It’s better to be safe now, than to be sorry later.
Fridge (n) vs. Freezer (n)(colder)

Error Correction | original sentence → correction (pay attention)(extra comment)
I wake up early. → I woke up early. (past/present)
It was incredible day. → It was an incredible day.
He walking with me. We walking together. → He was walking with me. We were walking together.
You can choice three options. → You can choose three options.
Example: Yesterday we went out to eat ice-cream. → For example….
Refrigerator = Fridge
He need to new strategy for this company. → He needs to create a new strategy for this company.
Most of your employees have some scare about your boss. → Most of your employees fear/are scared of their boss. (to scare (v) vs. scary (adj) vs. fear (n,v))
It’s more complicator with executives. → It’s more complicated with executives.
And everybody stay in a consensus. → And everybody reaches a consensus. (to reach a consensus (c))
The most problem is Randy. → The biggest problem is Randy.
He can more than other because he’s closer to the CEO. → He thinks he can do more than others because he’s closer to the CEO.
Normally, the people are polite in this situation and they find the middle. → …the middle ground.
You have respect for the other. → You have respect for others/each other.
Most of the time people choice this. → Most of the time people choose this.
She live abroad two places. → She lived abroad in two different places.
She thinks so short. → She thinks in the short-term.
I think this is most important. → I think this is the most important.
How experience I can have there. → What (type of) experience I can have there.
You look the people. → You look at the people.
We improve the economic there. → We improve the economy there. (economic (adj) vs. economically (adv) vs. the economy (n))
Now, I understand my choose. → Now, I understand my choice.
You can really change in short time. → You can really change in a short time.
I don’t have elevator in my building. → I don’t have an elevator in my building.
Quality of life is different from one people for another. → Quality of life is different from one person to another.
I’m fluency in the language. → I’m fluent in the language. (fluency (n) vs. fluent (adj))
You live for your parents for a long time. → You live with your parents for a long time.
You can broke in one year but… → We can break the contract in one year but…
I broke the contract. → I will break the contract.
To travel for another country → To travel to another country.
Randy is the better person in the team. → Randy is the best person in the team. (better vs. the best)
Sometimes you need to look your job. → Sometimes you need to look at your job. (to look at (pv))
I hate this. → I hate doing this.
You have big problem.→ You have a big problem.
This is no-go. → This is a no-go.
This is practice. → This is practical.
It’s a short group. → It’s a small group.

Key: (n) = noun, (v) = verb, (adj) = adjective, (pv) = phrasal verb, (i) = idiom, (e) = expression, (c) = collocation, (p) = proverb, (s) = slang, // = pronunciation