21st April 2014
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Global Business Etiquette & Intercultural Communication by Hasan Bilokcuoglu
In today's world we are living in, particularly in the business context, there has been an increasingly interest towards the target culture and their business etiquette in both the advanced and the developing countries. Due to the growth in recent technologies, the Notion of global market, which are interconnecting the countries together, and various consumer needs, it becomes essential to appreciate, understand and get familiar with the target's cultural diverges so as to maintain sustainability in the international business environment. The most recent studies demonstrate that there are three important factors that are leading to failure of international business affairs: deficiency in intercultural skills and competence, poor communication skills at a global level, and failure in practicing acceptable etiquette in business negotiations. Thus, business from various countries should acknowledge and become aware of the significance of understanding the cultures and values of their targets. In addition, they should build up sensitivity and decorum in their intercultural communication.
This paper aims at reviewing the importance and the role of etiquette in international business affairs explicating the recent opportunities, challenges, and benefits in understanding proper international etiquette. Moreover, the paper examines the recent literature on the following countries' business etiquette, Chinese, English, German, and Japanese business etiquette, as well as some significant business failures because of ignorance in cultural awareness.
Worm's-Eye View; The Impact of Policy and Research on the Classroom Practitioner by Neil McBeath
This paper is written from the perspective of a long-serving expatriate classroom practitioner working in the Arab Gulf, and is based on a presentation given at the 2013 Fourth Annual Gulf Comparative Education Symposium. It offers a critical examination of Kennedy's (2001) model of Language Policy and Planning, explaining how that model operates within the Arab Gulf educational context, but simultaneously questioning Kennedy's relegation of teachers to the category of "variables".
The paper argues that teachers ought to be regarded as far more than delivery agents who are tasked with passing on a set curriculum to a homogenous student population, and guaranteeing results that will satisfy the demands of external stakeholders. It suggests that truly dedicated teachers share specific inspirational qualities, and have also adopted recognizable "best practices" that make then central to the entire educational process.
LOTS OF ARTICLES
Do check out all of the articles at:
5 techniques to speak any language: Sid Efromovich at TEDxUppe
How to learn any language in six months: Chris Lonsdale at TEDxLing
It's time to challenge the notion that there is only one way to speak English
Why do we persist in thinking that standard English is right, when it is spoken by only 15% of the British population? Linguistics-loving Harry Ritchie blames Noam Chomsky
PROFILE Issues in Teachers' Professional Development - go to the archives to read issues for free.
Here is some material & links for the recent Record Store Day:
& Crossword Day:
"Meddle not in the affairs of dragons, for you art crunchy and good with ketchup."
And here is some material for St George's Day, the parton saint of England on the 23rd.
The first is a general description about the day & the second is a reduced version of the George & the Dragon story. Later there are a couple of ideas for younger learner classes & a couple of links to dragon-related websites.
An appropriate way to use this first text
might be to cut up every section & ask students in pairs/small
groups to put it in a logical order. Beforehand briefly
look at how a text has coherence through the cohesive devices
& logical links. Or leave this till after, eliciting
the things that helped them decide on the order, collating
the class ideas on the board & adding in a few of your
own if they are missed out. When completed, the students
could compare ideas & then compare with the original
Then you could move to the content of the
text by asking if there is any information in the text that
they knew about beforehand etc...
George's Day - April 23: History
As with most saints, myth and legend
surrounds St George and of how a Roman soldier came
to be regarded as the essence of England.
He is most famously known as the brave
slayer of the dragon and saviour of the maiden but,
although this story exists in a number of different
medieval texts and art, it has no historical basis.
There is very little information about
the life St George, but it is known that he was not
He is thought to have been an early
Christian martyr from the area of modern day Turkey,
who was executed in Palestine in the third century.
Legends about his valorous deeds as
a soldier-saint began in the 6th century and by the
12th century the famous story about his rescuing a
king's daughter and slaying a dragon had become widespread.
Some experts think the tale is based
on the Greek myth of Perseus rescuing Andromeda from
a sea monster.
St George was popularised in England
by Crusaders, Christian knights returning from religious
wars in the Middle East.
He was supposed to have appeared to
the Knights dressed in white robes decorated with
a red cross during the 11th century siege of Antioch.
He became the official patron saint
of England in 1425 after Henry V's victory at the
Battle of Agincourt.
The Red Cross of St George is England's
national flag and it also forms part of Britain's
However, the English are not the only
people to stake a claim in St George.
In the Middle East, Christians invoke
his powers to help exorcise demons.
In many countries St George is associated
with fertility and his day marks the very beginning
In Lithuania he is revered as
the guardian of animals and in parts of Spain St George's
day is celebrated with feasts and gift giving.
This next short text is an excerpt from
the Catholic Encyclopaedia & could be used as a basis
1. Elicit - know any stories about dragons?
2. Pre-teach vocab & give key words:
dragon, appeased, sheep, failed, children, King's daughter,
sacrifice, George, spear, girdle, town, beheaded.
3. Stds then try to work out a coherent
story - in pairs?
4. Stds mingle telling each other their
stories >> vote on the best.
5. Handout/put on OHP the excerpt - stds
compare to see who had the most similar story.
6. The stds could then use their imagination
to provide different endings for the story - pairs >>
7. Discuss as a class - any similar stories
to George & the Dragon in your country/ies?
Alternatively, you could use the text
as the basis for a 'dictoglosss' activity. See the
Teaching Tip High Speed Dictations.
the town of Silene, in Libya, there was a dragon, who
was appeased by being fed two sheep a day; when these
failed, the townsfolk offered by lot one of their young
people. One day the lot fell on the King's daughter,
who was led out to the sacrifice, dressed in her wedding
gown. George appeared and transfixed the dragon with
his spear and then using the Princess's girdle led the
bemused dragon into the town, where it was beheaded."
Dragons are a fun vehicle for younger
learner lessons so here are a few ideas:
In 'Drama With Children' by Sarah Philips
(OUP) there is a lovely activity about a Dragon Hunt (from
the classic Bear Hunt story). As you tell the story the
youngsters do the actions & repeat sections & lots
of fun is had by all. A bit of space is needed. A very good
younger learner book all round which you
can buy through:
Then there is the Dragon with a cold story.
A boiled down version is that the fearsome Dragon is miserable
because his cold is spoiling his fun - he can't burn down
houses, fight with knights or generally get up to mischief.
So he goes to see a wizard who says he can cure him with
a special potion (frogs legs, maggots - lots of horrible
things) only if he promises to turn over a new leaf &
put his fire-breathing to good use. He is so miserable he
reluctantly agrees & now instead of people running away
from him they smile & greet him, he helps with their
fires, cooking & heating & with his huge weight,
carries lots of things for them. And they live happily ever
The Monster vocabulary idea could be used
with a dragon - the dragon can breath the words out. See Past Tips 44
A couple of dragon website links:
Your online dragon resource for everything you want to know
about dragons: Dragon history, dragon tattoos, dragon art,
pictures of dragons, as well as dragon links to find gifts,
collectables and figurines for the dragon lover in your
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