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English as a Lingua Franca - Part III

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 18:20

English as a Lingua Franca – what does this mean for me when learning Business English? - Part III

Is English simply a tool to communicate with global partners?

If yes, take a pragmatic, multi-norm, multi-method approach that tolerates inaccuracies for the sake of communication. It is therefore important to understand how other cultures communicate.

English as a Lingua Franca - Part II

Mon, 07/30/2018 - 18:37

English in native-speaking communities of practice – what does this mean for me when learning Business English?  - Part II

Blending with the locals

Speaking like a native speaker means identifying which form of English you wish to learn – is it American English, British English, Australian English or one of the many other forms of English? This is called learning “English as a Foreign Language”.

Let's eat grandma!

Mon, 07/23/2018 - 19:25

Am I a cannibal if I say:  “let’s eat Grandma” ...

... or do I mean something else?

Speaking clearly also means pausing when you speak. A short break in a sentence not only gives the speaker time to understand your statement, it can also clarify or even change its meaning.

Did I really intend to eat Grandma or was it only an invitation for lunch: “Let’s eat, Grandma!”?

What is the CEF?

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 21:01

The CEF or Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

Initiated in the early 1990s the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF) was created to define a common basis for language learning in Europe. It aims to improve the recognition of language qualifications, to help the design of learning materials, the teaching of languages and the assessment of learners.

Surviving in Germany

Tue, 10/24/2017 - 11:35

Being an expatriate is not easy, but moving to another country, learning a new language and living in a different culture can be very exciting and is often a career jump too. Nevertheless, it helps if you know a bit about the challenges you might face in advance. One of these challenges is culture shock. Defined as the disorientation a person may experience in a new cultural or foreign environment it can lead to information overload, homesickness, a language barrier and loneliness. When employees are sent on foreign assignment their families often accompany them.

Language Pretesting

Mon, 10/17/2016 - 15:23

merle & sheppard are currently working with Oxford University Press and doing Placement Test pretesting with some of our language learners.

Being able to communicate in a second language, especially in English, is essential in a globalized world. Not only do learners want to know what language level they have, but the Human Resources department and managers also need to know how best to develop their staff.

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