De­mand for English in the work­place

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ENGLISH is the lan­guage of busi­ness; in a glob­alised world, where money and trade flows across bor­ders, a good com­mand of the lan­guage is es­sen­tial.

A re­cent re­port by the Econ­o­mist In­tel­li­gence Unit ti­tled “The English Ef­fect”, stated that ex­ec­u­tives in charge of multi­na­tional com­pa­nies such as Heineken, Sam­sung and Re­nault be­lieve that in the near fu­ture, over 50% of their work­force will need to speak English.

In Malaysia, many peo­ple al­ready use English at work.

But how many can hon­estly say they would not ben­e­fit from im­prov­ing? Per­haps you need English to com­mu­ni­cate with col­leagues in other coun­tries?

Maybe you need more con­fi­dence speak­ing English on the phone? Does your boss ask you to make pre­sen­ta­tions to the team, but af­ter­wards, you of­ten feel you need some­thing more to get your mes­sage across?

What about meet­ings? How can you make your voice heard?

These are all com­mon is­sues, and ones the Bri­tish Coun­cil are aware of. For that, the Bri­tish Coun­cil’s flex­i­ble, dy­namic English course called MyClass can pro­vide help.

MyClass al­lows its course tak­ers to choose their les­son theme, as well as the time of their class so they can fit your learn­ing around your busy sched­ule. MyClass fea­tures lessons on work­place English, as well as more gen­eral English lessons that tackle real-life sit­u­a­tions – from mak­ing in­tro­duc­tions to book­ing a trip to or­der­ing in a restau­rant.

If you choose to fo­cus on work­place English, you can ex­pect to learn about top­ics such as:

> Job in­ter­views – is there any­thing more nerve-wrack­ing than an im­por­tant job in­ter­view?

MyClass gives you the cru­cial edge over the com­pe­ti­tion, with es­sen­tial phrases and ex­pres­sions to land that per­fect job.

> Phone calls – talk­ing on the phone in an­other lan­guage is no­to­ri­ously tricky.

MyClass will pro­vide you with strate­gies and plenty of prac­tice at get­ting your point across with clar­ity to col­leagues, sup­pli­ers and cus­tomers on the tele­phone.

> Meet­ings – these can be daunt­ing, es­pe­cially if they aren’t held in your own lan­guage.

Make peo­ple sit up and lis­ten; Give your­self the lan­guage and the tech­niques to com­mu­ni­cate your opin­ions and get your points across in meet­ings with an English for the work­place MyClass les­son.

> Pre­sen­ta­tions – not many peo­ple en­joy speak­ing in front of a crowd.

Course tak­ers can be con­fi­dent that with MyClass, they will learn the best way to “wow” their au­di­ence and leave them want­ing more.

These sub­jects, among many oth­ers, make up the MyClass ex­pe­ri­ence.

Tal­ented, ex­pe­ri­enced teach­ers will guide course takes through ev­ery step of the way.

In ev­ery les­son course tak­ers have the the chance to put what they have learnt into prac­tice, as well as to re­ceive rel­e­vant feed­back show­ing their im­prove­ments and the ar­eas they need to work on.

MyClass al­lows its course tak­ers to choose their les­son theme, as well as the time of their class so they can fit your learn­ing around your busy sched­ule.

■ To learn more about MyClass work­place lessons at the Bri­tish Coun­cil, log on to www.british­coun­cil.my/adults.

The Bri­tish Coun­cil’s MyClass fea­tures lessons on work­place English as well as more gen­eral English lessons that tackle real-life sit­u­a­tions.

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