Next week, John Hughes is giving a webinar on strategies for attacking business texts which can be quite a challenge for both our learners and ourselves as teachers. Good advice here.
Ahead of his webinar on the same topic (click on Adult > Teaching the whole text in Business English), Business English expert John Hughes shares his top tips for approaching a piece of text in Business English or ESP.
If you are teaching Business English or ESP students, then analysing a text from their place of work is an invaluable part of determining their needs. You can also turn such texts into classroom materials which will help them to read and possibly write similar texts. It’s a fundamental skill for any teacher of Business English or English for Specific Purposes.
When I first look at an authentic text, I analyse for it ten features and decide which ones are most prominent and lend themselves to classroom exploitation.
1. Visual clues
The first thing we notice about a written text is any kind of accompanying image. For example, it might have…
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