Thursday, June 28, 2012

English Proficiency is a Global Business Competency

Today, we thought of reinforcing a previously published article to help you with a personal guide on how you gauge yourself in your speaking abilities. When you work in an English speaking country and your mother tongue is not English, there are times that challenges in speaking occurs.

We are giving you a mock up list of descriptions that may be relevant to your own personal experience and proficiency. Try it out, and then let us know how you fair.

Please choose all applicable items below that will describe your present abilities when you are speaking in English with another individual at any given setting such as; at home, at a party, among friends, applying to a job, on the telephone, in the store buying something, at a doctor’s office or at any location where you need English as the means to share your idea.

I can only say the words I learned from my language classes through memorization and grammar

I struggle to find the right word or phrase to say

I cannot explain myself when asked to describe. Unless the other person will ask me something that is answered only with yes or no

I only ask simple questions but cannot discuss more to inquire about the details

I can ask and answer simple questions that are only familiar to me

I can talk about usual activities that I was trained for. I can engage with simple conversations but limited to discuss more information that may be relative to activities. I cannot do a progressive conversation

I can share certain degree of fluency during conversations with native speakers on familiar topics, express and support my ideas but will not engage with topics that are broad and need more knowledge because I don’t have all the words and expressions to support my views

I can express myself fluently without searching for informal expressions during basic conversations but don’t have control on topics within the business environment. I lack technical terms to engage with better conversations professionally

I can use the language somewhat effectively for informal social and professional purposes. I can share my ideas and opinions with confidence but limited with formal expressions and cannot handle specific topics that require additional situations like entertainments, jobs, articles with specific focus, sharing more in depth knowledge on certain topics

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Globally, English is the understood preferred language of major businesses enterprises, business men or women and their families.

Language competencies and proficiencies are equally essential to those who find opportunities within English speaking countries, they will learn to speak English the best they can.

Among the workforce of multi-national organizations, who migrated to the United States, they face many challenges when articulating their ideas with their co-workers. They learn to polish their conversational English.

For the employees who are English speakers (their mother tongue is English), they also face many challenges when it comes to writing and articulating their ideas. They get confused on many grammatical features of the English language. This is because they did not learn the correctness of the linguistic features when growing up. Today, when engaged in speaking and or writing reports for management consumption they often commit mistakes like the non-native English speakers.


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