Sent By Rafael Díaz
English for Business
It is said that English speakers fall into three groups: those that have learnt it as a mother tongue, those that have learnt it as a second language through exposure in a society where it is spoken, and those that are forced to use it for administrative, professional or educational purposes.
This third group, along with the supremacy of English over German in the business world, has created a boom in institutions offering English for Business. However, the average business person, while happily accepting the challenge, does not have any idea how long the process may take. Duncan Ford, a specialist in language teaching theory, partly puts the blame on misleading publicity and says that you have to think in terms of hundreds of hours while people still think learning a language is a three-hour-a-week job.
According to him, the key is lots of variety of the activities and adapting to the dynamics of the class. The communicative approach has replaced the old-fashioned note-taking method and for those people who think that a couple of hours with the latest CD-ROM is a substitute for English classes, they should think again. While seen as a useful back-up, they are not teacher replacement.
Answer questions 1 2 according to the information given in the text.
Use your own words. (1 point
1) How do people in the second group learn to speak English?
2) Is learning English a short process? Why?
b) Are these statements True or False? Justify your answers with words or phrases from the text. (0.5 per answer)
3) A student of English in a secondary school is included in the first group`.
4) German has been the most spoken language for business until now.
5) Mr. Ford considers three lessons a week is enough to learn a language
6) Listening to a CD-ROM for two hours is enough to learn English.
7) Find in the text one synonym for SOLUTION (noun).
Find in the text the words which have the following definition:
The language you learn since childhood
Join the following sentences with an appropriate linker. (Do not use AND
CD-ROMs will not replace teachers.
CD-ROMs are a useful teaching resource.
10) Turn the following sentences
into Reported Speech.
A business man said: I have no idea how long it will take to me to speak English
11) Give a question for
the underlined words.
He is a specialist in language teaching theory.
12) Complete the following sentence:
If John could speak English fluently
the following words in the correct order to make a meaningful sentence.
Pedro / hundreds / it / improve / took / English / to / hours / his / of
14) Write a composition (80
100 WORDS). Choose ONE of the following options. Specify
a. New technologies and language learning.
b. What is your opinion about English classes?