Nationals urged to brush up on business English

Doing so would dramatically improve their prospects in the workplace, according to Abdulqader Al Khaja, head honcho of International House Dubai.

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By  David Ingham Published  June 16, 2004

GCC nationals have been urged to put more effort into learning business English in order to improve their prospects in the workplace. The observation comes from Abdulqader Al Khaja, director of International House Dubai, an English language training school. “While most nationals are exposed to ‘social’ English language through day-to-day life, the skills used for business are more specialised,” he said. “English is the language of the business world, and a lack of fluency can hold non-native speakers back.” Khaja suggested that the necessary schooling in business English is missing from school curricula. With so many young nationals entering the workforce and needing jobs in the private sector, the situation must be addressed now, he argued. “Business English is a skill rarely taught at school, yet it can really help nationals find success in the corporate world. It is the responsibility of schools, colleges and employers to realise the potential of nationals and send them on training programmes to improve their skill base,” Khaja observed. “Companies are quick enough to realise when their employees would benefit from practical training — and English language training is just as essential.” International House Dubai is the fourth IHWO centre in the Gulf and is part of a network of 126 language schools in over 30 countries. IH Dubai offers multi level courses in the English language.

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