15 Sep '11, 9pm

Business politics and the #English language #ELT #EAP #BE #ESP #EFL #ESL #ENGChat

In 2009, three professors published a Harvard Business School working paper about a Germany-based technology multinational that had adopted English as its official language. The policy requiring English for all work-related communication among employees was intended to improve efficiency and collaboration, but Tsedal Neeley, Pamela Hinds and Catherine Cramton found that it created anxiety and resentment instead. Some of the Germans felt awkward communicating in English. They avoided speaking in meetings, left native English-speakers out of discussions and sometimes "code-switched" - drifted back into speaking German - during a conversation or an email thread to more efficiently make a point. Meanwhile, English-speakers interpreted their German colleagues' avoidance of English as rude and exclusionary. Language is the medium through which we understand one another and ourse...

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