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Why Train in Business English in the United States?

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 20, 2010 2:24 am    Post subject: Why Train in Business English in the United States? Reply with quote

Every executive who decides to take a business English course in the United States will enjoy the opportunity to study current and relevant matters, to interact with other business professionals, and to focus on cultural awareness and presentation abilities.

It is the perfect occasion to encourage a global perception of the business arena, by promoting the interaction of foreign business students with native speakers who are in business themselves.

Many people study English for business reasons, and thus, the awareness of the cultural expectations in regards to business is as important as the basics of vocabulary and grammar learning.

Many quality business English programs pay special attention to presentation skills, as well as to teaching best practices in regards to conference calling and meetings. The classes are small and are presented with case studies, role-play sessions, and debates about relevant articles found in newspapers and magazines.

A business English course does not benefit a lot from following a textbook; it is a different experience from learning the English language. The interest resides on current events and on international business happenings, aiming to enhance the studentís communication abilities while helping them understand Americaís lifestyle, society, culture, and political arenas, deeply and accurately.

The students of a business English program must have an intermediate level of knowledge in order to get the best out of the experience, since it is an important opportunity to also work on accent reduction and international business etiquette.

High-quality business English schools will take their students into the field to learn from practical experience. They encourage them to interact in English in the real business world as a way of practicing the language. In addition, they offer students networking opportunities and business seminars where they can meet native business people.

Business English programs are normally intensive but easily adaptable to the studentís needs. The idea is that the student spend a large portion of the day with the teacher, communicating and interacting in different business environments, because the more contact the student has with the language, the better he or she will learn.

To intensify the contact with English speaking natives, the students are offered executive standard host family accommodation; however, they can choose to stay at a hotel instead. The ones that choose the family experience are in for a treat, since they will gain a deeper knowledge of the culture and a non-stop learning opportunity in a natural environment.

Executives who are enrolled in an ESL program for Business English should be separated from other students, and offered facilities that are equipped with computer and student lounges as well as with free wireless connection, to make the experience as similar to the real business world as possible.

The business world is an exciting one, full of possibilities and opportunities to learn and grow. Mastering the English language is an important aspect of being the best professional you can be, and if you have the opportunity to learn it where the action is, you will put yourself ahead of the game.

Rachel Clarkson
Rachel Clarkson is an English teacher at LCI English and blogger at the ESL Blog.
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