ESL Business Vocabulary: Word List & Games

Instructor: Maggie Rouman

Maggie currently teaches post-secondary e-learning and assessment courses and has a bachelor's degree in special education and a master's degree in educational neuroscience.

Since English is the international language of business, it is essential that your ESL students learn business-related vocabulary. Jazz up your teaching with these fun activities for teaching business-related vocabulary words.

Bringing the Real World Into the Classroom

All over the world, people with different languages come together by using English to communicate. There are many words your ESL or English as a second language students will need to learn when speaking in a business environment. Business English can refer to the communication skills used in the workplace or the language required for typical business communication, such as presentations and meetings.

Business Vocabulary

Use the following business-related vocabulary lists to start the conversation about business English. Have your students copy the words onto a sheet of paper. You can also keep adding new terms to the lists.

Business-Related Nouns

  • customer
  • deadline
  • delivery
  • department
  • employee
  • employer
  • inventory
  • invoice
  • manager
  • payment
  • refund
  • salary
  • sales
  • schedule

Business-Related Verbs

  • advertise
  • borrow
  • buy
  • calculate
  • cancel
  • charge
  • count
  • decrease
  • deliver
  • discount
  • increase
  • order
  • organize
  • present
  • purchase
  • sell


  • accountant
  • bank teller
  • computer programmer
  • construction worker
  • customer service representative
  • doctor
  • engineer
  • lawyer
  • manager
  • nurse
  • salesperson
  • secretary
  • teacher

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