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Employees Worldwide Prefer English

Employees Worldwide Prefer English

Publish Date:  May 16, 2012 Source:  Reuters.com Author:  Chris Michaud Workers whose jobs require them to interact with people in foreign countries say that English is the dominant language of business, according to a new poll. More than one quarter of employees in 26 countries around the world told an Ipsos […]

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The “English Crisis” in Japan

The “English Crisis” in Japan

Publish Date:  September 22, 2011 Source:  Reuters.com Author:  Mariko Katsumura It’s eight in the morning in a Tokyo office building, and a dozen middle-aged Japanese businessmen sit inside small booths, sweating as they try to talk English to the instructors in front of them. “I hope my wife will understand […]

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Bridgestone Adopts English as Official Language

Bridgestone Adopts English as Official Language

Publish Date:  October 17, 2013 Source:  Bloomberg Businessweek Author:  Anna Mukai Bridgestone Corp. (5108), the Tokyo-based tiremaker, found that presentations and discussions went much smoother after its top managers began conducting some meetings in English instead of Japanese beginning last year. The results have been so encouraging that the world’s biggest […]

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English the Lingua Franca of China?

English the Lingua Franca of China?

Publish Date:  August 22, 2011 Source:  The National Author:  Daniel Bardsley Andy writes a reasonably good account of his recent skiing trip, for someone just eight years old. “I reached the top of the snow and looked down. Wow! It’s so cliffy! I carefully skied down. Suddenly I fell over. It […]

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In Many Business Schools, English is the Bottom Line

In Many Business Schools, English is the Bottom Line

Publish Date:  April 10, 2007 Source:  The New York Times Author:  Doreen Carvajal When economics students returned this winter to the elite École Normale Supérieure here, a simple one-page petition was posted along the corridors demanding an unlikely privilege: French as a teaching language. “We understand that economics is a discipline, like […]

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Global Business Speaks English

Global Business Speaks English

Publish Date:  May 2012 Source:  Harvard Business Review Author: Tsedal Neeley Ready or not, English is now the global language of business. More and more multinational companies are mandating English as the common corporate language—Airbus, Daimler-Chrysler, Fast Retailing, Nokia, Renault, Samsung, SAP, Technicolor, and Microsoft in Beijing, to name a few—in an […]

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English a Must to Draw Global Talent

English a Must to Draw Global Talent

Publish Date:  October 23, 2013 Source:  Asia News Network Author:  Hau Boon Lai To prevail in the competition for global talent, Japanese companies must make themselves attractive to employees. Business leaders speaking at a two-day management forum in Tokyo, which ended on Tuesday, said companies in Japan can do this by […]

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Chile Expands English Language Learning Program

Chile Expands English Language Learning Program

Publish Date:  March 6, 2013 Source:  The Santiago Times The Economic Ministry’s entrepreneurship agency, CORFO, presented its expanded English-learning program Tuesday, which provides scholarships for independent English courses. CORFO will offer 10,000 scholarships in 2013, up 2,500 from last year and 9,000 from the beginning of the program in 2008…   […]

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Rakuten forges ahead in English

Rakuten forges ahead in English

Publish Date:  May 23, 2015 Source:  The Japan Times E-commerce giant Rakuten has managed to do what the educational system apparently can’t — get Japanese people to speak English competently. After years of Rakuten building the English level of its employees, Chief Executive Officer Hiroshi Mikitani noted recently that the effort […]

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