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by FrankS
Sun Dec 21, 2014 8:24 am
Forum: Business English
Topic: Business English One-to-One... any tips?
Replies: 5
Views: 8734

I have quite a lot of business English experience and, almost always, the student expects general English and is never satisfied with the results from that. There are nearly no schools that understand (or care) what is required, so you are on your own that way. First of all, a one-to one class in bu...
by FrankS
Mon Nov 10, 2014 8:12 am
Forum: Business English
Topic: whats the difference ?
Replies: 1
Views: 3027

Will and going to

Interesting problem. It has been years since I gave it any real thought and I was never satisfied with what I came up with then. Let's try now. First of all, "will" is a modal as well and so maybe we can put it into some context from there. "Will" is the strongest obligation, but think about persona...
by FrankS
Fri Oct 17, 2014 8:44 pm
Forum: Business English
Topic: The different English accents
Replies: 4
Views: 3380

Having read Sally Olson's reply I am going to alter my own methods slightly. I have no access to many different accents in person, but I am now going to search the internet for sources and add them to my classes, using the same methods as always, but adding in the new accents. It should add confiden...
by FrankS
Tue Oct 14, 2014 7:37 pm
Forum: Business English
Topic: The different English accents
Replies: 4
Views: 3380

A question after my own heart! I have faced this same problem for years and found there is only one way that works for me. Since the students are already experts on their subject, I find I am able to help them by getting them to concentrate on prediction. If they know what might be said and how it m...
by FrankS
Sat Oct 04, 2014 8:09 am
Forum: Business English
Topic: Certificate in Teaching Business English
Replies: 1
Views: 2899

A quick look at their web site and the course description makes it look good, but that is quite a lot of material to cover in a month. One of the problems I see with their course is that they have you learning to build the course and I really do not see how they can cover that in a month long intens...
by FrankS
Wed Oct 01, 2014 7:23 am
Forum: Assessment
Topic: Meaningful learning
Replies: 3
Views: 3976

I just found this thread, so I am late in joining, but for what it is worth: Personally, I always liked the lexical approach. The student knows what they want to say and we provide them the means of saying it. Shades of the old community language learning? Basically, it means that the clas is based ...
by FrankS
Sun Sep 28, 2014 3:14 pm
Forum: Business English
Topic: Does Business English exist?
Replies: 4
Views: 4199

Business English: a little clarification

First of all, I do not think I made as good a case as I might have, not having spent much time composing my answer. Let me try to be more clear. General English is having a student coming ito the English tent and everything is based on the language, English. This allows us to use all sorts of orthod...
by FrankS
Thu Sep 25, 2014 10:30 am
Forum: Business English
Topic: John Peter Sloane Schools
Replies: 4
Views: 3941

Trainings

Actually 'training' is also a noun (modern usage, of course) and therefore when being used as a noun it does require the plural 's'. As for using it as n adjective, you are quite correct, but the usage, as in "traing course" is becoming rare unless you are trying to differentiate between a variety o...
by FrankS
Wed Sep 24, 2014 8:42 am
Forum: Business English
Topic: Distance DELTA - pre-course reading - any suggestions?
Replies: 2
Views: 6175

I am new to the site and this is a very old post, but for any who come this way, if your DELTA, residential, distance, full or part time is anything like mine, you want to read and understand everything on the reading list. If you try to catch up during the course, you will almost certainly fail. Th...
by FrankS
Wed Sep 24, 2014 8:31 am
Forum: Business English
Topic: Does Business English exist?
Replies: 4
Views: 4199

I disagree. Just because it is the same language does not mean it is the same process, no matter what the Cambridge Busines exams want to tell us. First of all, structure in a business setting may have no relation to the logic and progression established in general English orthodoxy. A perfectly ade...
by FrankS
Wed Sep 24, 2014 12:55 am
Forum: Business English
Topic: John Peter Sloane Schools
Replies: 4
Views: 3941

Personally, I have a policy not to trust any school until they prove themselves trustworthy. They want you t o take three days without opay and pay for material that they have produced and yet they do not want to tell you what you will be paid? I think not. Let me give you some stories I have from t...
by FrankS
Wed Sep 24, 2014 12:27 am
Forum: Business English
Topic: Does Business English exist?
Replies: 4
Views: 4199

Business English DOES exist

I am disturbed by other teachers who seem to think that business English is just an addition of vocabulary and context.They have no idea of what a business student needs. Unfortunately, all of the textbooks I have seen for business English perpetuate this concept. A business user is not merrily work...