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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 touse 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 languageteaching 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 whothink that a couple of hours with their latest CD-ROM is a substitute for English classes, they should think again. While seen as a useful back-up, they are no teacher replacement.
2-CHOOSE THE CORRECT ANSWER FOR EACH QUESTION.
1 How do people in the second group learn to speak English?
It is a natural process, because they live in a place where English is a usual language
Theyhave to learn it by studying and going to school
People in the second group don't learn English because they don't need it
They have English’s their mother language
They have to use it for varied reasons, such as getting a job or studying at a university, and learn it by means of teachers
2 Is learning English a short process? Why?
Yes, because there are lots of institutionsoffering it
No, specialists say you need hundreds of hours
No, because you don't have it as a mother tongue
Yes, if you use the most recent CD-ROMs
Yes, with a communicative approach
3 True or False?
A student of English in a secondary school is included in the first group
False. The text says the first group is for those that have learnt it as a mother tongueTrue. But only if that student lives in a society where English is spoken
False. According to the text, that student is not forced to use it for administrative, professional or educational purposes
True. The text says that the first group is for those who are forced to use it for administrative, professional or educational purposes.
True. The text says that the first group isfor those that have learnt it as a second language through exposure in a society where English is spoken
4 True or False?
German has been the most spoken language for business until now
False. The text says that it has created a boom in institutions offering English for Business
True. According to the text the supremacy of English over German in the business world is evident, and itmeans that German was the leading language previously
False. The text says that there is a supremacy of English over German in the business world, and it means that German is the first language in this field
False. According to the text there is a supremacy of English over German now, but it doesn't speak about the past
True. The text says that the average business person does nothave any idea how long the process may take
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