Business and language


Which language do people use in business communication?

Step 1. Listen and repeat

Business is the most popular subject
for international students
in the United States.

At last count, twenty-two percent
of foreign students
at American colleges and universities
were studying business and management.

The Institute of International Education
in New York says engineering
was the second most popular field.

Thomas Cosse is a professor of marketing
and business at the University of Richmond
in Virginia.

He says international students
who want to study business
need to have good English skills.

At the same time, native English speakers
who work with foreign companies
may need to learn
some new communication skills themselves.

This is because the world
has more non-native speakers of English
than native speakers.


Step 2. Speak

Have you studied business before?
Would you like to study business in the future?
Why or why not?


Step 3. Write

Write your own short story.
Choose any topic you like.
Use these phrases in your story.

If you can’t write a story, write an example of a sentence for each phrase.

(1) the most popular…

Business is the most popular subject.

(2) at colleges

Foreign students at American colleges and universities.

(3) the second most popular…

Engineering was the second most popular field.

(4) themselves

Native English speakers may need to learn some new communication skills themselves.

(5) this is because…

This is because we have a lot of non-native speakers.

(6) has more… than…

The world has more non-native speakers of English than native speakers.


Video credits: VOA Learning English, CC-BY

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