Teach English in Huangtudian Zhen - Changde Shi

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What type of a TEFL teacher do I want to be? I have learned from Unit 19 Teaching Special Groups there are different types of classes. They are: Teaching Beginners, Teaching Individual Students, Teaching Children, Business English / English for Specific Purposes (ESP), and Monolingual and the Multilingual Class. Many to choose from and I hope during my teacher career I will be exposed to all of them. But, if I had my choice I would pick Business. In this essay, I will define what is Business English, describe the types of clients and their needs, program planning, and things to consider. My essay will be primarily based on what I learned in Unit 19 and from internet research. A lot of what I will be writing will be my opinion and interpretation of materials I have read. What is Business English? Wikipedia defines it as a part of English for Specific Purposes (ESP) which focuses on vocabulary and topics used in the worlds of business, trade, finance, and international relations. For me it is specialized English speaking and writing skills needed by a foreign office/production worker who is working for an international company. I previously worked for an international company where the base language was English. Many of my colleagues were from different countries and most had speaking and writing issue with the English language. These are the people I want to help. The client range will vary greatly in age and knowledge. Most would probably be office worker in the finance, marketing, sales, and most likely secretaries and receptionists. Other could be production leaders and some production line workers who have contact with suppliers and colleagues from other countries. Their individual needs will vary greatly from department to department. Some my only need basic English grammar skills whereas other might need more specialized vocabulary. A needs analysis from each individual is essential to determine their English level and how they will be using it in their workday. Once the individuals complete the need analysis and it has been assessed, a program or programs plan can be created. From my experience in a production company for 20 years, the needs of an office worker differ greatly from a production worker. Basics are the same but a more tailored program plan would need to be developed for the two areas. What might be interesting and beneficial to an office worker might mean nothing to a production worker. Programs not only have to be educational but fun as well to keep up enthusiasm. There are also things to consider, not only with the evaluation the students but with the company as well. Finding out as much as you can about the company is vital when finalizing the program. Finding out about the meeting room facilities, work schedules, are there shifts, course times, contacts, etc. Also important is the individual’s position in the company. Are they group managers, mid-managers, group leaders, salesman, production workers, secretaries, or receptionists. Everyone should be treated with respect but being aware of their position in the company could avoid possible conflicts. In closing, teaching Business English is my goal. My former company as I stated earlier was an English based international company. I worked IT Production and always tried to help my production colleagues with their English even though I had no knowledge of how to teach English to foreign learners. This course has taught me a lot and I look forward to sharing this knowledge with international companies. Completing this course and the on-site course I am taking in Zhuhai, China in October 2019 will bring my goal to reality!