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The quality of Business English sites varies enormously, from the woeful to the highly professional, though most of the latter are sites offering courses. When it comes to materials online, the situation is not perticularly good. As with many areas of ESP (English for Special Purposes), there are many cases where the materials have been designed by ESL teachers and materials makers with no specialised knowledge of the area. When ESL Business English materials first started being developed, many suffered from only having a superficial gloss of their subject; they practised virtually the same things, with a sprinkling of words related to the subject. With use of authentic texts and a growing knowledge of the subject, things have changed and improved considerably.
The number one site in Google for Business English at the moment is Business English Exercises and Quizzes, though the materials on offer here are, in many cases, irrelevant or only have a gloss of business English usage. While it is useful for a business person to know the names of parts of the body in English, exercises of this type won't help them much at work. By and large, the exercises here are fairly standard old school examples of a grammar-based syllabus, with very little to do with business.
Linguarama has an online magazine, Postscript, which offers practice in Business English. Here, the focus is always on language that might be used in a business context, though it doesn't seem very specialised.
In general, this seems to me an area of ESP that is currently not very well served on the internet.
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