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ERIC Number: EJ798270
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1080-5699
Business Communication in BELF
Kankaanranta, Anne; Louhiala-Salminen, Leena
Business Communication Quarterly, v70 n1 p55-59 2007
The authors' business communication perspective is not in fact that of ESL but rather English as a foreign language (EFL) or, even more so, English as a lingua franca (ELF). To be more specific, they would like to add one more acronym to the list: They teach BELF, by which they refer to ELF for business communication purposes. The authors work as teachers and researchers at one of the leading Scandinavian business schools, the Helsinki School of Economics. Their aim is to equip their students with the communication skills they will need in their future jobs doing business globally. In Finland, as elsewhere in Europe, it is a fact that business practitioners have to be able to do business in at least two languages: their own mother tongues and English. However, very seldom do they need to communicate in English with native speakers of that language. By far most, according to some estimates 80% or more, of the daily English business communication in the world takes place in nonnative English (ELF); that is, none of the communicating parties has English as his or her mother tongue. Therefore, to meet the requirements of global business communication, the focus of teaching in EFL environments cannot be on training students to communicate like native speakers of English; that approach would imply that they are automatically doomed to the role of less proficient communicators. This would not be a desired starting point for their students entering the global markets.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Finland