Articles for Teachers
Good morning ladies and gentlemen, our distinguished guests and graduating students of the CCT. It is my distinct pleasure to be among the first to congratulate the graduating students of this esteemed educational institution. I thank the administrators, faculty and staff of the CCT for organizing this career seminar especially for you – graduating students. It only goes to show CCT cares very much for your future. CCT wants all of you to be equipped, not only with a degree, but with practical skills and insights that will enable you to succeed in your chosen field or career.
My talk focuses on why English is Important in the Global Workplace…
Communication has enabled mankind to progress and become advanced societies. Highly specialized skills, advances in technology, amazing inventions, spectacular breakthroughs in arts and sciences have limited value UNLESS it is communicated effectively to its intended audience and communicated precisely for specific purposes.
Communication is very important not only for smooth running of a business enterprise but it is also equally, if not more, important for the success and growth of individual executives and professionals. In the age of globalization, communication is of paramount importance. The lack of proper communication skills creates barriers and distortion leading to miscommunication and breakdown in meaning which can have some very negative repercussions for any company or business set-up.
ENGLISH…IS EMERGING AS THE GLOBAL LANGUAGE FOR COMMUNICATION
English has been cited as the major language of international business. It is the most wide spread language in the world. The slide shows the population of English speakers in the world, the red bar represents the first language, native language or the Mother Tongue, the yellow bar represents the second language or English as a Second Language, and the blue bar represents other languages.
Globalization a reality— Ohmae Kenichi, on his thoughts and views about globalization said that, the walls between nations are being torn down, and the whole world has become an arena of competition. Dr Ohmae, is one of the world's leading business and corporate strategists.
Thus, English has become a major international language for worldwide communication. Proficiency in English is a mandatory requirement for any professional working in a global business environment.
While professions may vary, the need to be proficient in English is a basic skill for any global worker. For example, the professional jargon used by a Computer programmer differs greatly from that of a physician BUT both professionals need to have a good command of the English language in their own fields. A deficiency in this area may result in barrier for the employee's professional and personal development.
In the corporate world, English is used for international communication, top management meetings and high level negotiations. English is the preferred language for internal and external communication inter and intra companies worldwide.
Employers expect the workforce to possess excellent communication skills apart from knowledge and expertise in their respective technical field. In the present day workplace, individuals require a range of occupationally specific knowledge and skills, personal attributes and attitudes, the ability to transfer knowledge and skills to different situations, etc. Most industry is quite concerned about the NOTICEABLE GAP in Spoken and Written English. Another core competency of their employees which is the ANALYTICAL SKILLS or CRITICAL THINKING is arising as a major concern among employers. Large scale surveys of language and literacy skills reveal that the work force needs have to be constantly upgraded in terms of appropriate skills required.
So what does this tell us?
The major roadblock that an applicant or a worker must overcome in the global workplace is
Proficiency in communication both in oral and written
7 Effective ways of communicating
Now let’s focus on how we can learn to develop communicative fluency and become an effective communicator.
There are 7 ways to learn Communicative English. I'm sure, many more rules can be made, but let’s just focus on these as our basic.
Rule number 1: Don’t be afraid of making mistakes. Making mistakes is an opportunity for learning.
In rule number two: Learn correct English pronunciation including intonation patterns, stress and rhythm.
Practice slides Pronunciation…
Now let’s put this into practice, say dad, dad, say dead, dead. Dad is said differently from Dead.
Now say girl, girl, say world, world. Now read the sentence below: You are the most beautiful girl in the world.
In our experience, most of our applicants have difficulty pronouncing the F and P, and the B and V. And these sounds are often intertwined.
Rule Number 3 according to Dr. Min Byung Chul, a prominent figure in Korea on acquiring English as a second language: Don’t just memorize vocabulary words and isolated sentences, but learn complete dialogues.
Rule Number 4 Learn the phrases that YOU really need. Most Asians when asked to speak, tend to use a lot of words and phrases that are difficult to understand. Beating around the bush is a prominent habit too, because of the impress the listener however,the message and intent are often buried in obscurity because of the complexity of the words used.
In Rule number five, if you are studying to acquire a second language such as English, Don’t just listen to your English language audio materials; speak at the same time as the person on the audio materials.
Rule number six tells us to Answer in complete sentences. For example, Would you like to have lunch with me? we normally answer with the following, yeah, yes, Yes, I would. If I would ask you, would you like to have lunch with me? How would you answer?
Rule number seven Understand the target language’s culture. In the US, there are fifty states and each state have their own peculiar way of talking and expressing.
To wrap up my speech, I hope that I was able to impart valuable information that can help you attain a successful entry into the Global Job Market. Thank you for you time and good luck!
For English language providers, freelance tutors or professional teachers in the Philippines who are interested to attend our seminar and training programs for skills update, please feel free to email us at [email protected].