The World of Business Language Training in 2018
We all start somewhere
Bobby Robson tries to speak Spanish at FC Barcelona, with Jose Mourinho looking disgusted.
Capital Languages – here to help.
Investing in the Local Community is Important
When you live in a city like London, with all its international residents living side by side, learning English together can help to integrate the different communities, and build positive relationships.
Capital Languages is committed to investing in the local as well as the global, and we run FREE ENGLISH LESSONS for low-income residents in our area.
FREE ENGLISH LESSONS in London E17
Programmes: run in 8-week blocks
Practice job interview skills: speaking / listening / reading / writing
Level: A1/A2 Elementary English
What is the easiest language to learn for a native English speaker?
According to The Foreign Service Institute, the easiest languages to learn for native English speakers are:
- Afrikaans – and English both derive from the Germanic language family.
- Dutch – linguistically it is the closest language to English.
- Danish – the grammar is relatively easy for English speakers.
- French – a Romance language. French’s Latin derivations make much of the vocabulary familiar.
- Italian – another Romance language, Italian is easy to read, and is written as spelled.
- Norwegian – similar to Danish, but with pronunciation more familiar to English speakers
- Portuguese – interrogatives are easy, expressed by intonation alone.
- Romanian – closest language to Latin
- Spanish – pronunciation is fairly easy for English speakers
- Swedish – a Germanic language, with vocabulary in common with English e.g. kung for king
Of course, a lot depends on your motivation, your first language, and any language you speak or you grew up listening to.
What are the pros and cons of taking on-line language lessons?
• Flexibility and convenience – no need to leave your desk. You can take lessons whenever you want.
• More teacher choice – tutors from all over the world
• Reduced costs – less spent on travel time and study materials.
• Isolating – a lack of human interaction during the lessons.
• Computer based – yet more screen time.
• Internet connection – reliance on technology.
In the end, language learning practices comes down to personal preferences and motivations. Ask yourself, why am I learning the language? How much time can I commit? What works better for me?
Then, when you commit to the lessons, just keep at it. Persistence is the key to language learning. Persistence, determination … and picturing yourself ordering from the menu at a restaurant in Val d’Isère.
The English language training market in China
This is expected to grow at a rate of over 19% during 2018. The growth will come from individual learners preparing themselves for higher education in other countries such as the US, the UK, and Australia. Consequently, many English language training institutions are offering training courses for entrance examinations for graduate schools, including training for IELTS and TOEFL.
Students are also taking English lessons to enhance their skills in the business world.
How is in-company Business Language tuition different from teaching General Language courses? Here are five points the Business Language teacher needs to do:
1. Find out from the student what he/she needs to achieve.
2. Get a clear idea of the contexts in which the student uses the target language.
3. Be business like and keep energy levels high.
4. Choose materials that are appropriate to student’s job role and needs.
5. Be flexible and try to anticipate problems e.g. cultural awareness issues.
Teaching languages in-company requires a variety of skills and techniques, but good preparation and a professional approach are extremely important.