Better English, better prospects

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Better English, better prospects

Young people in France have a problem. There’s no work but they can’t move to another country because their English isn’t good enough. That’s according to a new campaign called Barrez-vous (Beat It) which is encouraging young people to leave France.

In a story published in The Daily Telegraph, one of the men behind the campaign, Felix Marquardt, who has US nationality, said France’s failure to teach English better in schools and its obsession with protecting its language was a major obstacle to mobility.

Whether young people should stay or leave, one thing is for sure – better English is a route to obtaining a better job. More and more companies in France are asking for English speakers in job advertisements. In English speaking countries, the need for good English is even greater. English Cup of Tea anyone?

Here’s the English article: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/9565888/Get-out-of-decaying-France-while-you-can-campaign-warns.html

Here’s the original French article: 
http://www.liberation.fr/societe/2012/09/03/jeunes-de-france-votre-salut-est-ailleurs-barrez-vous_843642

 


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Good English is clear English

International business communication is not a question of fluency in English. It’s a question of using simple, clear English to communicate with people from different cultures. Find out more here:

http://www.voanews.com/learningenglish/theclassroom/articles/education/Business-English-Speakers-Can-Still-Be-Divided-by-a-Common-Language-117185383.html#

 


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Don’t be stressed by business English

French people are under more and more pressure to improve their English in the workplace according to a new article published in “Les Echos”. The article says the pressure can be stressful for employees and jobseekers.

What can “English Cup of Tea” do to help?

Well, we make learning English enjoyable. We talk with you in real English about real issues – in work and out of work – and we’re not obsessed with grammar books. We focus on the English you need to get jobs, win contracts and develop your career, as well as the social English you need to survive when you meet people. Trainees learn faster when they enjoy it!

Here are the English and French versions of the article in “Les Echos”:

http://www.lesechos.fr/journal20120410/lec1_competences/0201944039256-l-anglais-en-entreprise-gare-aux-abus-310679.php

http://www.worldcrunch.com/oh-mon-dieu-english-invades-french-workplace/5075

This is what people say about “English Cup of Tea”:

http://englishcupoftea.com/wp/?page_id=203


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Do you need English for your job?

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British Council podcasts are a good way to support your English lessons


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Jamais trop vieux pour apprendre

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Je viens d’appris un étudiant de 86 ans qui veut améliorer son anglais. Quel homme!


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Would you like a cup of tea?

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Did you know that the phrase ‘cup of tea’ has two meanings?

1. Would you like a cup of tea?

A cup of tea is our favourite drink in Britain. We drink it from a mug or a cup. If we drink it from a cup, we place the cup on a saucer. We only use a cup and saucer when we want to impress somebody. If the Queen visits, give her a cup and saucer.

2. It’s not my cup of tea.

We also use ‘cup of tea’ to say if we like something. It’s usually negative. When we don’t like something and we want to be very polite, we say ‘it’s not my cup of tea’. If we don’t want to be polite, there are lots of alternatives!

Is it tea time yet?