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Aside from the obvious benefit of improving listening skills, films & TV/Web series make language learning enjoyable. They also serve as a source of authentic and varied language – both verbal and non-verbal.

Here are our 10 recommendations for your Business English classroom:

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THE BIG SHORT (2015) |

Film

Directed by: Adam McKay


Notable facts: based on a book, won Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay

Watch it for: business ethics, finance, banking, and investment related vocabulary

Theatrical release poster. Source: Wikipedia

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UP IN THE AIR (2009) |

Film

Directed by: Jason Reitman


Notable facts: based on a book, won several prestigious awards and recognitions

Watch it for: Downsizing/termination related vocabulary, decision making skills, face-to-face vs online communication (especially when delivering difficult/negative news)

Theatrical release poster. Source: Wikipedia

Theatrical release poster. Source: Wikipedia

THE INTERN (2015) | Film

Directed by: Nancy Meyers

Watch it for: Start-up related vocabulary, gender roles/stereotypes/biases in business world, and discussions about age and job roles

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Theatrical release poster. Source: Wikipedia

THE SOCIAL NETWORK (2010) | Film

Directed by: David Fincher

Notable facts: biographical drama, based on a book, won several awards and recognitions 

Watch it for: business ethics, emotional intelligence, team-work, start-up vocabulary

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THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS (2006) |

Film

Directed by: Gabriele Munccino


Notable facts: based on the life of American businessman, Chris Gardner

Watch it for: sales related vocabulary, determination to succeed in business world

Theatrical release poster. Source: Wikipedia

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THE OFFICE (US Version)  | TV Show

Original Network: NBC 

Watch it for: Office jargon and lessons in team work, appropriate workplace behavior

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WHITE COLLAR | TV Series

Original Network: USA Network

Watch it for: Vocabulary related to finance and white collar crimes

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SILICON VALLEY | TV Series

Original Network: HBO

Watch it for: Silicon Valley culture, start-up culture, software company jargon

Image Source: WIkipedia

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THE APPRENTICE | TV Series

Original Network: NBC

Watch it for: Interview skill set, presentation skills, task completion, accountability, team work, leadership skills and dealing with feedback

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SHARK TANK | TV Series

Original Network: ABC

Watch it for: Presentation skills, pitching business ideas and dealing with feedback