Month: March 2021

Importance of English for employees. Why travel?

Advances in technology, including vastly improved telecommunications and the rapid expansion of online resources, have cemented the unique role of English as an international language. Even where nonnative speakers of English outnumber native speakers, English is most often used as an efficient means to communicate. Furthermore, in the global workplace, English has become an essential communication tool in conducting business transactions.

In Peru, as in other countries around the world, emphasis has sometimes been on isolated language skills, rather than on learning how to communicate in a comprehensive manner.

Good communication, of course, involves both give and take—or in the words of language experts—both productive and receptive language skills. Today, language-teaching approaches focus on building the learner’s ability to engage in real-life situations and tasks in the target language. The English speaker must be able to both take a phone call and answer the speaker; to write an e-mail and understand the reply; to conduct research and recommend a course of action; in short, to integrate listening, reading, speaking and writing, in any combination, in order to communicate successfully. It is time for us to look more closely at the day-to-day needs of our English-language learners—the need to understand and use English in everyday activities, to carry out routine social interactions, and to develop career-related communication skills. Here are some examples:

  • A customer writes an e-mail to ask about a company’s services; a company employee responds in another e-mail. Each person is writing and reading in English.
     
  • A multinational company posts an employment advertisement online. The resulting interview is carried out by video conference in English. The people in the interview are listening and speaking in English.
     
  • Research personnel read studies, conduct interviews, write reports and give presentations—all in English—to other employees in the company.
     
  • Matters of shared projects are discussed by colleagues in different locations or countries in a teleconference call. With many people contributing, the callers take notes for later reference. All four English language skills (listening, speaking, writing, and reading) are used.

In some cases, the situation may require only two language skills—one receptive (listening or reading) and one productive (speaking or writing). In most others, the English user must integrate all four skills of speaking, listening, writing and reading. Only rarely are skills used in isolation.

Assessment both of and for learning can actively contribute to improved proficiency in English language use. Language schools and prospective employers should understand that the relationship between language learning and language assessment is reciprocal—a two-way street. Formal and informal assessment in the classroom helps learners to recognize their strengths and weaknesses and to set goals for further study.

Standardized tests provide valuable feedback to both teacher and learner, directing the course of learning in and outside of the classroom. The scoring criteria of a well-designed language test can be invaluable tools in defining learning goals. Students who prepare for a test through the use of real-world tasks and by exposing themselves to English in their everyday lives are at the same time preparing themselves to use English in the real world.

Many multinational companies already seek candidates with proficiency in the language skills that are necessary for the job. Direct assessments of ability in all four skill areas allow these companies to ensure that employees can listen as well as speak and read as well as write. Assessment of the language skills needed in the global workplace, and the use of test information to further the proficiency of language learners, will help to ensure our continued success in communicating positively with colleagues around the world. Good English, in short, will mean good business results.

10 Reasons to travel to Orlando.

10 REASONS YOU NEED TO VISIT ORLANDO

Orlando the theme park capital of the world is a destination that’s loved by all who visit. Packed with so much to enjoy, see and do, it’s easy to see why. And, if you’re thinking of visiting for the first time, we encourage you to do so as it’s a holiday destination, that’s unlike anywhere else!

So whether you’re travelling with your family, your other half or a group of friends, we hope this post inspires you. Here are 10 reasons you need to visit Orlando!

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1. WORLD CLASS THEME PARKS

Orlando holds the title of theme park capital of the world for good reason! Home to world class theme parks including Universal Orlando, Islands of Adventure, Volcano Bay, Walt Disney World and SeaWorld to name but a few, Orlando screams perfect holiday fun!

Whether you’re a roller-coaster fanatic, a fan of thrilling simulators, a lover of entertaining parades or you dream of seeing a magical fireworks display, the theme parks of Orlando will wow you. It’s what keeps holidaymakers returning year after year.

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2. FANTASTIC SHOPPING

Orlando shopping is incredible and a must on your visit. Home to two fantastic outlet shopping malls, and several shopping centres, Orlando will leave you spoilt for choice. Orlando Premium Outlets International Drive and the Premium Outlets at Vine-land are both worth a visit as is the high street favourite, the Florida Mall and the up-market Mall of Millennia.

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3. EXCITING NEW ATTRACTIONS

One of the key things that keeps people returning to Orlando year in and year out is that the destination and its theme parks are always announcing new attractions. Over recent years there has been many new developments including the expansion of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, the opening of the Orlando Eye, the opening of the brand new Water Theme Park Volcano Bay and Orlando’s first virtual roller-coaster was announced at SeaWorld, Kracken Unleashed. Walt Disney World have also announced many new attractions coming soon including a Star Wars themed land and a Toy Story themed land.

If you’ve been to Orlando before and are thinking of going back, we have no doubt that there will be something new and exciting for you to enjoy on your visit.

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4. HUNDREDS OF DINING OPTIONS

Orlando is home to hundreds of amazing restaurants to suit everyone’s budget and taste. International Drive, where many choose to stay when in Orlando has restaurants all along it offering everything from steakhouses and Italian, to American cuisine and Asian. CityWalk at Universal Orlando Resort is another fantastic spot to enjoy some great food, as is Disney Springs at Walt Disney World.

5. FUN FAMILY ACTIVITIES

For those days away from the theme parks, Orlando has so much for the whole family to enjoy. From soaring high in the Orlando Eye and enjoying some crazy golf, to learning about all things wacky at Ripley’s Believe it Not, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to family activities in Orlando. What’s also great about these activities is that many of them are indoors (eg Madame Tussaud’s and SeaLife), so they’re perfect for those rainy days.

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6. LIVELY NIGHTLIFE

Orlando offers a fantastic nightlife scene for anyone who still has some energy after a day in the parks! CityWalk at Universal Orlando Resort is a fantastic spot with many bars throughout. Disney Springs is another great area with lots of nightlife options. And if you’re staying on International Drive, you will find some lively bars within the area also.

7. WILD NATURE EXPERIENCES

Florida is home to some of the most incredible wildlife in the USA and while in Orlando, we encourage you to experience it! Air boat rides around the local swamps is something we really recommend. They’re thrilling, fun, educating and who know’s, you may even see some local Florida residents (alligators!) along the way!

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8. ORLANDO IS GREAT FOR GROUP HOLIDAYS

If you’re thinking of a group holiday with lots to do, Orlando is perfect. With multiple accommodation options including hotels, apartments, private homes etc, buckets of fun in the theme parks and so much more, it’s always a hit with groups. So whether it’s a large family holiday or a girly getaway with friends, consider Orlando because you won’t be disappointed.

9. ORLANDO IS A BASE TO DISCOVER THE REST OF FLORIDA

For those wanting to see more of Florida, Orlando is the perfect base to do so. Whether you want a day by the beach on the Gulf Coast, a road trip to Miami, or maybe you want to experience Kennedy Space Centre on the East Coast or Busch Gardens in Tampa Bay, Orlando is the perfect centre base to see and do so much throughout the state of Florida.

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10. ORLANDO IS AMAZING VALUE

One of the reasons Orlando is so popular with Irish holiday makers is that it’s amazing value to get there. Virgin Atlantic are always a favourite with Irish clients as they offer a fantastic flying experience. And, as part of a Tour America package, their incredible flights are always great value.

Why to travel?

Studying abroad is a global phenomenon, with students crossing countries, continents and oceans to get the best education possible. But why has choosing a university destination in another country become so popular? The truth is, studying overseas has many fantastic benefits, from helping you find a good job to improving your social life. Still not sure? Then here are the top 8 reasons why you should study abroad.

1. It’s a challenge

It may seem a strange point to start off on, but it should be said that studying abroad isn’t necessarily easy. There are unique challenges that come with going overseas to study, but that’s all part of the fun and the experience.

You may have some concerns before leaving your home country, but don’t worry: that’s completely natural. Stepping outside of your comfort zone is one of the things that makes the whole experience so valuable and worthwhile. After all, if you can travel overseas to study, you can do anything!

2. Experience a different culture

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One of the biggest advantages of studying abroad for many international students is the chance to become immersed in a totally different environment. This enriching experience will enable you to see and do things you wouldn’t expect, and meet people who have grown up in a different culture.

For instance, while living abroad you’ll be able to try new foods, hear traditional music, have a go at local activities and explore everything else your host culture has to offer. It’s also fascinating to learn to see your own culture through the eyes of somebody else’s – you can learn a lot about yourself and your home country this way!

3. Top quality education

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Of course, no matter where you study, your goal is always going to be to get the highest possible quality of education. Becoming an international student can greatly broaden your study options. After all, why be limited to choosing a university in your home country?

Often, the best choice for you may be to study at a foreign university. For example, the UK, USA and Australia all have extremely highly regarded higher education systems, and a huge percentage of the world’s highest ranking universities are in these few countries.

4. Learn a new language

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One huge benefit of studying abroad is the chance to learn a new language. Learning a language can be a real challenge, but there is nothing quite like living somewhere where that language is spoken natively. It really helps!

Since English is such a universally used language, it can be quite advantageous to study in a country such as the USA or the UK. You’ll be able to study in English, speak to locals and really develop your language skills.

5. Career opportunities

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Of course, the main reason for getting a degree in the first place is to improve your career prospects. In a globalised, well-connected world, employers increasingly value graduates with international experience and education.

Studying abroad helps you to learn new languages, appreciate other cultures, overcome challenges of living in another country and gain a greater understanding of the world. These are all things that modern businesses look for when hiring, and such traits will only become more important in the future.

6. Make new friends

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No matter where you go to university, you’re sure to meet lots of new people and make new friends who are all in the same position as you. When you study abroad, you have a unique opportunity to make friends with people from all kinds of different cultures, and learn about other countries and customs.

Many lifelong friendships start at university, and you’ll be able to live, learn and travel together during your studies. It can also be hugely beneficial to know people in different countries around the world – especially after you graduate!

7. International travel

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As well as experiencing the culture of your study destination, you will also be able to travel to other nearby countries. For example, if you go to a UK university, you can easily to catch a flight to continental Europe to see Paris, Rome, Barcelona and many more fascinating places.

Studying abroad is therefore a unique opportunity to see more of the world, which is itself a hugely rewarding educational experience. There is no doubt that seeing other parts of the world will greatly affect your character and worldview, and help you prepare for life in a global world.

8. Become independent

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It’s often said that going to university is when you become truly independent from your parents and family. This is especially true when you go to university in another country!

Bringing us full circle, becoming independent is itself a challenge. But living and studying in another country will help shape you into an independent and adventurous adult, ready to succeed in your future career.