English for Business
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An activity by Victor Paniego
 

1COMPREHENSION
How do people in the second group learn to speak English?
It is a natural process, because they live in a place where English is a usual language
They have to learn it by studying and going to school
People in the second group don't learn English because they don't need it
They have Englishas their mother language
They have to use it for varied reasons, such as getting a job or studying at a university, and learn it by means of teachers

2COMPREHENSION
Is learning English a short process? Why?
Yes, because there are lots of institutions offering it
No, specialists say you need hundreds of hours
No, because you don't have it as a mother tongue
Yes, if you use the most recent CD-ROMs
Yes, with a communicative approach

3COMPREHENSION True or False?
A student of English in a secondary school is included in the first group
False. The text says the first group is for those that have learnt it as a mother tongue
True. But only if that student lives in a society where English is spoken
False. According to the text, that student is not forced to use it for administrative, professional or educational purposes
True. The text says that the first group is for those who are forced to use it for administrative, professional or educational purposes.
True. The text says that the first group is for those that have learnt it as a second language through exposure in a society where English is spoken

4COMPREHENSION True or False?
German has been the most spoken language for business until now
False. The text says that it has created a boom in institutions offering English for Business
True. According to the text the supremacy of English over German in the business world is evident, and it means that German was the leading language previously
False. The text says that there is a supremacy of English over German in the business world, and it means that German is the first language in this field
False. According to the text there is a supremacy of English over German now, but it doesn't speak about the past
True. The text says that the average business person does not have any idea how long the process may take

5COMPREHENSION True or False?
Mr Ford considers three lessons a week is enough to learn a language
True. According to the text, for those who think that a couple of hours with their latest CD-ROM is a substitute for English classes, they should think again
False. The text says that the key is lots of variety of the activities and adapting to the dynamics of the class
True. According to the text, Mr Ford is a specialist in language teaching theory
False. According to the text, the communicative approach has replaced the old-fashioned note-taking method
False. According to the text, you have to think in terms of hundreds of hours while people still think learning a language is a three-hour-a-week job

6COMPREHENSION True or False?
Listening to a CD-ROM for two hours is enough to learn English
False. According to the text, the communicative approach has replaced the old-fashioned note-taking method and this has nothing to do with CD-ROMs
False. The text says that those who think that a couple of hours with their latest CD-ROM is a substitute for English classes, they think well
True. According to the text, the latest CD-ROM is a substitute for English classes
False. According to the text, for those who think that a couple of hours with their latest CD-ROM is a substitute for English classes, they should think again
True. The text says that CD-ROMs are seen as a useful back-up, but they are no teacher replacement