English for Logistics


CEFR: B1 – B2

English for Logistics is for people who work in the logistics industry and who need English to communicate in a variety of situations with colleagues, clients, and business partners. lt supplies you with the target vocabulary and commonly used expressions that are essential to communication whether you work for a shipping agent, a customs broker, or a freight forwarder.

This course consists of 8 units featuring authentic texts and listenings that reflect the latest trends in the world of logistics.

Course units:

  1. Introduction to logistics – Setting the scene, jobs in logistics, regular activities, describing jobs, talking about regular activities.
  2. Logistic services logistics acronyms, product ranges, 3PL providers, value-added services, selling services, explaining online services.
  3. Inventory management and procurement inventory management, continuous replenishment, job advertisement, the passive, giving and asking for opinions, making suggestions, agreeing.
  4. Modes of transport transport and handling equipment, container types, types of goods, adjectives, making comparisons, describing features.
  5. Planning and arranging transport transport options, measurements, quotations, making enquiries and requests, advising and offering alternatives, numbers, dimensions and weight.
  6. Shipping goodsmarkings, loading, advice of shipment, shipping instructions, explaining how to do something, prepositions, talking about shipping problems.
  7. Warehousing and storagehandling equipment, warehouse areas, warehousing today, the passive with modals, talking about improvements, describing a process.
  8. Documentation and finance – documents in foreign trade, import instructions, payment methods, apologising, by and until, handling payments, dealing with mistakes.

Each course includes an initial level assessment, revision chapters, practical exercises and opportunities to hone everyday business skills such as presenting, negotiating and  meetings.

*Courses based on the Oxford Business English series.