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Productive Foreign Language Skills for an Intercultural World

A Guide (not only) for Teachers

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Edited By Michal Paradowski

The past two decades have created quantitatively higher and qualitatively different demands for foreign language skills. Learners’ needs, expectations and contexts of language use have undergone radical and far-reaching transformations. This collection of essays by experienced educators, teacher trainers and researchers from diverse linguistic, cultural and professional settings offers a fresh perspective on the aspects and ways of teaching skills which are crucial to contemporary language instruction, especially at the more advanced stages, but which have oftentimes been unjustly neglected in the classroom. The book discusses issues ranging from approaches to teaching, contexts of instruction, testing and assessment to curriculum development and technology in the classroom.
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Rethinking Productive Foreign Language Skills for English-Medium Business Programmes

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English-medium master’s programmes are on the rise in Europe, particularly in business schools, as being able to communicate successfully in English is becoming increasingly important in the corporate world. This chapter proposes research-driven strategies for language teaching based on literature from both the linguistics and management fields. It starts by discussing what “communicating successfully” can mean and then argues that students on higher-level business programmes still need dedicated language training in order to be optimally prepared for a global career. It puts forward a case for incorporating pragmatics as an integrated part of language training and concludes with concrete suggestions based on previous research.

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