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Free EFL/ESL Lessons for busy teachers

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ESL tips, speaking activities, games, conversation questions, grammar lessons, and course lesson plans. Printable worksheets, board games, conversation cards, and lesson plans.

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Grammar: differences between could and can

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An article discussing the differences between 'could' and 'can' when expressing possibility.
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Business News | Business English Pod :: Learn Business English Online

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Onestopenglish: Number one for English language teachers

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With over 8,000 resources, including lesson plans, worksheets, audio, video and flashcards, onestopenglish is the world’s number one resource site for English Language teachers. Materials are written and edited by our expert team of teachers and authors and are organized into core ELT subject areas such as Skills, Grammar and Vocabulary, Business, ESP, Exams, CLIL and Young Learners - a world of TEFL resources at your fingertips.
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Business English- Telephone Interviews Tips and Language

If they are phoning you, answer the phone in a business-like but friendly manner, in- cluding your name so that they know they have the right person. - Thank them for something, e.g. phoning you or interviewing you ...


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English grammar is changing...because Internet

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The Internet has forced two changes onto the English language recently, including turning "because" into a preposition

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Clay Shirky: English Is Becoming Increasingly Important

Acclaimed author and NYU professor Clay Shirky affirms that English is still an important language in the global arena. "Even China is cementing English's function as the world's second language," says Shirky.

  


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English news and easy articles for students of English

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We write news in three different levels of English. We want to help you understand English more. Now all students can enjoy reading and listening to news.

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Thanks to Abdul Haq Love at Madinah center for this excellent resource. Check it out!

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10 Business English Idioms and Phrases In Use [Image] - MyEnglishTeacher.eu

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Looking for most commonly used business English idioms and phrases? Here you are: 15 business English expressions with meanings and examples just for you!

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Lingofeeds - English at Work - English for Business and Commerce

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Lingofeeds provides a complete guide to English grammar and usage with examples from specific industries for English learners wanting to improve their career chances in the global economy. Our first course is for English for Business and Commerce.

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An excellent site for Business English Learners to practise their listening skills and develop their work-specific vocabulary

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Five Rules of Thumb for Polite and Diplomatic Language | Macmillan

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Our guest blogger Luke Thompson teaches at The London School of English and produces Luke’s English Podcast, which won the Macmillan Dictionary Love English...

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6 Must-Know Tips for Giving a Presentation in a Foreign Language

Speaking in a foreign language can be a challenge in and of itself—giving a presentation in a foreign language makes that challenge even more…. well, challenging...


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Helpful tips for the English language learner giving presentations in English.

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Everything I Know About Business I Learned From My High School English Teacher

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The lucky ones have had a teacher that played a pivotal role in shaping not only our work habits but also our character.

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Differences in American and British English grammar - article

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An article by Kerry Maxwell and Lindsay Clandfield on recognizing grammatical differences between American and British English.
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Joseph Priestley Quotes at BrainyQuote.com

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"The more elaborate our means of communication, the less we communicate." - Joseph Priestley quotes from BrainyQuote.com
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(EN) - Business English Dictionary | Cambridge Dictionary Online

(EN) - Business English Dictionary | Cambridge Dictionary Online | ESL tips | Scoop.it

"Home page for Business English Dictionary. Contents from Cambridge Business Dictionary at Cambridge Dictionary Online. Publisher: Cambridge University Press.

 

This is an exciting new monolingual dictionary of 35,000 business-related words, phrases and meanings designed to be used by business students and anyone using or encountering English in their work."


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How does English sound to foreign ears?

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As English speakers, we are among the laziest linguists in the world, waiting for everyone else to talk like us. But how do we sound to foreign ears?

Have you ever had the TV or radio on with the volume high enough to hear sound but too low to make out what people are saying?

How our language is perceived is something, as speakers, we rarely get an insight into.

Ask people which language sounds the most appealing and they will usually answer French, Spanish or Italian.

But our own language never seems able to take first place in the linguistics beauty pageant. So doesn’t anyone find our language pretty?

‘I think British English is very beautiful,’ said Rachel Xiao, a native Mandarin speaker who has studied English for three years at language school International House London.

‘It’s very flowy. When I hear native speakers, it’s like you’re singing a song because all the words seem connected together,’ she added.

 

English is not particular to Britain. It’s a global language spoken with many varied accents.

So does accent make a difference to the euphony of the English language?

‘British and American English sound very different to me,’ Rachel said. ‘American English sounds very casual and more practical, while British English sounds much more refined.’

But fellow IHL student Alina Ruchinka disagrees. ‘Americans speak slower,’ the 21-year-old said. ‘British English is a lot quicker and much more aggressive.’ However, both agree English does not sound similar to any other language – despite it belonging to the same family as German, Dutch and Afrikaans.

Wayne Rimmer is co-ordinator of the Pronunciation Special Interest Group at the International Association of Teachers as a Foreign Language. He believes the root of people’s preferences often boils down to plain prejudice.

While received pronunciation – or Queen’s English – is only spoken by a tiny portion of the country it is still ‘perceived as a model of the language that people want to learn’.

Perception depends on the listener’s background.

‘If you come from a Germanic language, the differences won’t seem so extreme,’ Mr Rimmer said. ‘But coming from a very different language group like Thai, they will be a lot more striking.’

Barry O’Leary, who has taught English as a foreign language for ten years, says his students in Spain have an interesting way to describe how we speak our language.

‘They say we speak like chickens,’ he revealed. ‘We don’t open our mouths; it’s just a continuous stream of sounds they’ve never heard before.’

While Spanish students tend to prefer the way Brits sound, students from Spanish-speaking countries in the Americas sway towards the American accent ‘because they are exposed to that so much more’.

English has drawn words from French, Latin, Germanic and, to a lesser extent, Celtic languages. Some might argue this makes it a less distinctive sounding language but Mr Rimmer insists the picture is not that simple.

‘English is obviously a mongrel language in terms of vocabulary,’ he said. ‘It is a distinct language with its own grammar and its own path.’

Words starting with ‘th’ are specific to English, which some learners find difficult.

Mr Rimmer added: ‘The real distinctive thing about English is that it’s global in a way other languages are not and in turn, has a lot of influences because of that.’

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Honda adopts English as official language in global meetings

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Honda made English the official language of global meetings as the Japanese carmaker shifts decision-making power to regional units.

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LOS ANGELES (Bloomberg) -- Honda Motor Co. made English the official language of global meetings as the Japanese carmaker shifts decision-making power to regional units.

CEO Takanobu Ito informed global employees of the change in April, John Mendel, executive vice president of the company's U.S. sales unit, said in an interview at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Mendel was promoted to Honda's North American management committee in 2012, in an earlier move by Ito to localize business decisions.

The carmaker's move follows language conversions by Japanese companies including Fast Retailing Co., Asia's biggest apparel seller and Rakuten Inc., the country's biggest Internet mall. Honda's new rule applies to in-person meetings and video conferences, raising the chances top executives will use interpreters, as Fast Retailing President Tadashi Yanai and Ito himself have done in media interviews.

"Imagine the shock sent through the operation," Mendel said in an interview Thursday. "The CEO stands up and says, 'All discussions about global operations will be conducted in English and oh, by the way, if you don't understand it, get an interpreter.'"

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Rakuten announced its shift to English as the company's official language in 2010 and phased in the language's use over two years. The online retailer's billionaire President Hiroshi Mikitani, Japan's third-richest person, earned an MBA at Harvard Business School in 1993.

Yanai implemented English as Fast Retailing's official language last year, while tiremaker Bridgestone Corp. decided last month to gradually implement the English requirement.

For Honda, change comes as the Japanese automaker revamps its Honda and Acura lines to hold off improving Asian and European competitors and the best vehicles from U.S. automakers in a generation. Honda this week announced further modifications to its Civic, the best-selling small car in the U.S., to stay ahead of Toyota Motor Corp.'s new Corolla, Hyundai Motor Co.'s Elantra and Ford Motor Co.'s Focus.



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Does it translate into increased or decreased interpreting service?

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Breaking News English Lessons: Easy English News | Current Events

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Breaking News English Lessons - 1,777 FREE Easy News English lesson plans. EFL/ESL graded news lessons, news in 7 levels, current events.
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Interesting readings to lesson plans

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How to make your writing more formal?

While communicating with business people, the language you use must be consistently appropriate in style and tone. The following are the basic features of formal writing. Write all verbs in full. Do not use contracted forms like don’t or can’t.

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Business English Resources

Free Resources for Business English Teachers and Students

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Foreign Language and ESL Games

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Foreign Language Vocabulary Games, Foreign Language Lessons, and Foreign Language Practice Activities for ESL, EFL, ELL and fluent English speakers.

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