Archive for May, 2011

  • Business tips & techniques: infographic

    Posted by on May 31, 2011

    The international language of business Last week Paul Emmerson suggested you use a cartoon to get discussion going in your Business English classroom. This week, the trigger for lively conversation is a relatively new form of visualisation: an infographic. Tip This infographic, based on a survey carried out in 5 countries in 2010, shows how, […]

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  • Business English in the digital age

    Posted by on May 31, 2011

    The final week of Business English month here on the blog starts with a guest post by Pete Sharma. Pete is author of the essay on ‘New Technology’ in the Macmillan English Dictionary. His name appears as co-author on many books about technology in language teaching, including the Macmillan titles Blended Learning and 400 Ideas […]

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  • Sounds: the pronunciation app

    Posted by on May 30, 2011

    A new kid (or shall I say app) on the block, this super tool is based on the popular Sound Foundations book and chart, written by Adrian Underhill. It comes in two versions: a free app which includes the phonemic chart only, with the pronunciation of the phonemes and example words, and a premium edition […]

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  • Language and words in the news – 27th May, 2011

    Posted by on May 27, 2011

    Another Friday, another post containing a selection of links related to recent language and words in the news. These can be items from the latest news, blog posts or interesting websites related to global English, language change, education in general, and language learning and teaching in particular. Feel free to contact us if you would […]

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  • Business tips & techniques: personality types

    Posted by on May 26, 2011

    Myers-Briggs personality types Background ‘Personality’ is a relevant topic in the Business English classroom: it affects choice of jobs, individual skills and competencies, and general attitude to teamwork/decision-making/planning/etc. ‘Personality types’ is also very much a discussion topic for HR people. Perhaps the most widely used and most trusted instrument for analyzing personality is the Myers-Briggs […]

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  • Some thoughts on ELF

    Posted by on May 26, 2011

    Our next post in Business English month comes from Paul Emmerson. Paul is a writer, teacher, teacher-trainer and presenter working in the field of Business English. He runs his own website PaulEmmerson.com, which offers free resources to busy teachers. Here he looks at the interesting (and slightly controversial) topic of English as a Lingua Franca, […]

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  • Critical learnings, going forward

    Posted by on May 25, 2011

    Macmillan Dictionary Blog very much hopes this will hit your imagination button :-). Regular guest blogger Stan Carey presents you with a challenge this week. Below you will find a letter written to staff in ‘business-speak’. Your task is to ‘translate’ it into plain (but still Business) English and add your version as a comment […]

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  • Business tips & techniques: vocabulary

    Posted by on May 24, 2011

    Memory game: progressive deletion on board Background ‘Key phrases’ are everywhere in Business English – they are a large part of the language input for communication skills. They need practising, and this is one of many posts to help do that. Activity 1 Write up on the board a series of numbered key phrases from […]

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  • The language of finance

    Posted by on May 24, 2011

    Since we are in Business English month and I do love a good wordle, I thought I might do a favour for armchair academics the world over and try establish the wordle as a viable analytical tool of all things lexical and financial. Behold, two fine wordles from QFinance.com content, a site that bills itself […]

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  • Business tips & techniques: emails

    Posted by on May 23, 2011

    Chain email Background Emails need practising – just writing them once is not enough. So having done all the hard work of preparing content and language for a writing exercise in one class, why not use the same content again in the next class? The emails might turn out very different – that’s fine – […]

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