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Learning at work, whether it’s in-house practical job training or studying for a qualification, can be more effective if employers take into consideration the different learning styles of their staff. The onus is on the manager to adjust their management and training style to that of the learner, promoting a good working atmosphere and productive employees.

How many businesses can say they know what, or even if their employees are studying something outside of work? There are over 31 million working adults in the UK and up to 26% of them are working towards a qualification or learning for pleasure.

Punctuation in general can be a big pre-occupation for many people. You’ll always find someone who is annoyed by wrongly placed apostrophes. Listen to this Radio 4 programme, The Apostrophiser, about a man who is infuriated by people using inaccurate punctuation. 

 

Apostrophes are tricky, there’s no doubt. Where do they go? How do they work? How are they used correctly? It’s sometimes not easy to understand when or how to use them, but it is important for students to get this right - it’s a key way to show you can communicate well in an email or letter.

We use apostrophes in four main ways:

 

If you have an overseas worker in a front of house role, good speaking skills are of paramount importance. When we assess students in a customer facing setting we look for certain speaking skills, the most important of which are:

 

Fluency and coherence

April 2017 sees the implementation of the second phase of The Statement of Changes following the completion of phase one in November 2016.

Most HR managers have heard of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) which provides a comprehensive proof of English skills in academia and business.

 

The lead up to triggering Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon is causing confusion, even among Cabinet Ministers. Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, says that even if a trade deal isn’t in place, British businesses will be fine.

One way to understand a culture is to read newspapers. They give you a good idea of current events and the world around you. Another is to read books and novels, which helps you understand different styles of writing and introduces you to storytelling. Anyway, everyone loves a good book, don’t they?

 

Students often ask me how they can improve their English quickly. Unfortunately, there’s no ‘quick fix’, but one way learners can expand their English skills is to widen their vocabulary.

 

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Staff learning English

Learning at work, whether it’s in-house practical job training or studying for a qualification, can be more effective if employers take into consideration the different learning styles of their staff. The onus is on the manager to adjust their management and training style to that of the learner, promoting a good working atmosphere and productive employees.