According to research, HR Directors, CEOs and CMOs are increasingly turning to English-speaking employees to benefit their businesses. That’s because, with around 375 million people communicating in English, it’s the most commonly used language in the world, as well as being the lingua franca of business and the international language of science. And while that’s fascinating in theory, it’s always nice to have some real world examples to illustrate those benefits and discuss their practical applications – starting with Isabella…
Isabella Ceravolo is from Brazil, a country in which, she suggests, “few people really know how to speak English.” Isabella works for Unisys, a global information technology company that works with the world’s largest companies and government organisations in order to help them solve their IT and business challenges. Isabella is an intern, a role that requires her “to help the clients developing applications using Unisys mainframes.” English has provided her with a number of advantages, starting with the fact that “much of the technical documentation is only available in English.”
Furthermore, English has acted as a binding force within Isabella’s team. “It makes the difference when we need to collaborate to complete a task that involves people with different abilities and expertise,” she explains. “In my opinion, the most valuable aspect of [Pearson’s] learning programme was the concept of addressing English language in a business context. I feel that I’m more prepared to embrace new challenges to communicate… and to do my tasks with more confidence.”
Watch the video below to hear Isabella explain how improving her English has impacted on her working life.
This is just the beginning of a new agenda for Business English. Join the debate by tweeting #englishforwork.