Food for thought for ELT professionals on the go; change and changemakers, trends, what's hot and what's not as well as ideas for full-blown lessons.
E is for ETHICAL BANKINGin Finance
Any business English course worth its weight in salt will develop the core skills required by business professionals in their day-to-day working life: reading financial texts; developing key vocabulary; listening and responding to presentations and talks; and communicating in a variety of job-specific situations; however, with the world in the grips of economic and political unrest I think it is obvious that we need to be looking at other ways of packaging and presenting the actual business we teach.
The burning issues in my mind’s eye are the ethics and sustainability of business. Business course books come and go, but I have to say that any new business English course arriving on the block seems to me to be no different than any other in terms of topics/layout (and then there are those awful stock photos!) Obviously, topics and activities must be challenging and engaging.
Business professionals always have and always will demand a varied menu of activities and as attention spans get shorter with the constant use mobile devices and 24hr social media, it becomes increasingly difficult for teachers to fully engage.
But there are some offerings that never fail, business people also love to pick up new buzz words, abbreviations and idiomatic expressions; they love a good story, so why not give them a story with a happy ending. Let’s focus on businesses that inspire and lead, not only with substantial bottom line results, but from an ethical and sustainable point of view.
This issue of GB Blog features:
• Bank with heart – profile of a very special bank with heart in Manchester.
• BANKing FOCus POCus - Ethical banking what it is & why we need more of it.
• Blue Chip Links – suggestions for further material on the featured topic.#