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Five ideas to prepare students for work in Asia, in English

Stuart Vinnie

Preparing students for the world of work is about preparing students to communicate effectively and appropriately in a variety of workplace situations, through a variety of communicative media.  Students need English in order to communicate across borders and cultures. Consider this: a Vietnamese student entering the workplace is going to be just as likely to use English to communicate with someone from Thailand or another country in the Asia region, than with someone from England or the USA. The opportunity for communicating in English with colleagues and customers from a variety of backgrounds is much greater in today's increasingly globalised world. This session will examine how intercultural awareness, learners' experiences and existing knowledge can all be drawn upon to help motivate lower-level business English learners. Five ideas will be shared and discussed, demonstrating how a better understanding of the region and the world beyond can help better prepare students for the workplace.