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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Business tips & techniques: texts

    Posted by on May 20, 2011

    Responding to a text Background Coursebook texts have comprehension questions and ready-made discussion points following a text. Authentic texts that you find on the internet or from a print medium don’t. Of course, you can produce your own, but it’s also nice to have an alternative zero-preparation way to respond to a text that can […]

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  • Business English tips & techniques: presentations

    Posted by on May 19, 2011

    Presentation karaoke Background and activity The idea of Presentation Karaoke is that students use somebody else’s existing Powerpoint presentation, with the sound turned off (if using the internet), and give an improvised on-the-spot presentation using the slides. The presentation slides need to be text-light and graphics-rich. And in the classroom you’ll need a computer monitor […]

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  • Business English tips & techniques: discussion

    Posted by on May 18, 2011

    Cartoon: Android vs Apple vs Blackberry Tip Here’s a great cartoon that will generate a lot of discussion about a topic of interest to everyone: smartphone platforms. Background The cartoon is very funny (and very true) and acts as a visual stimulus to discuss the three smartphone platforms: Android (developed and owned by Google), Apple […]

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