Want to actually improve your English? Here’s how !
English is the most widely used language in the world of trade and commerce, as many business partners nowadays do not speak the same native language.
As a result, having an excellent knowledge of English for business is vital for success, especially in marketing and sales management positions. International students seeking better career prospects in an English-speaking country must be able to converse easily, as well as communicate efficiently in writing.
1- Know your basics
Solid grounding in grammar is imperative. If you don’t know where to start, here’s a proven plan of action:
- Learn yourtenses
- Review your pronouns andprepositions
- Brush up on general vocabularyand technical words in your field
- Beware of false friends!
2- Train your ear
Developing your ability to understand multiple accents at various speeds is essential in a business world without borders. Media websites, blogs, YouTube, etc. are only a few of the many resources available to you.
- BBC podcasts: Global News: (30 minutes), The English We Speak (3 minutes), Vocabulary (3 minutes), Grammar (6 minutes)
- Ted Talksare video conferences. Start with easy ones, such as Arianna Huffington (How to succeed? Get more sleep), Jamie Oliver (Teach Every Child About Food), Nigel Marsh (How to Make Work Life Balance Work), Ric Elias (3 things I learned while my plane crashed) and Jeff Smith (Lessons in business … from prison)
- Watch your favourite TV series and films in English with English subtitles to help you link the pronunciation with the spelling.
- Check out smartphone apps.
3- Brace yourself!
At ISEMA, we take English very seriously. All classes prepare for the TOEIC, which our students take at the end of the third year (Master 2). We put together a variety of workshops and blended-learning designed to develop all four skills.
Last but not least, you are not allowed to use the following words to describe your current studies or future career: “formation”, “commercial”, “publicity”, “agroalimentary”, “enterprise”, “society”. Now do your homework and figure out why!
Par Nicolas Coral et Salima Benchoukroun, intervenantes d’anglais à l’ISEMA.
De nationalité britannique mais « provençale d’adoption », Mme. Coral a eu plusieurs vies : vendeuse, secrétaire, assistante commerciale, traductrice et… mère au foyer ! Aujourd’hui, elle est formatrice en anglais technique et professionnel, et gère l’entreprise de son mari.
Forte d’une expérience de 16 ans dans la communication aux Etats-Unis, Mme. Benchoukroun a obtenu un master en communication institutionnelle et un master en relations publiques et publicité. Elle a exercé de multiples fonctions en communication dans des entreprises de toutes tailles avant de se mettre à son compte en tant que consultante en communication et formatrice en anglais des affaires.