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The IUP Journal of English Studies :
The Practical Role of Public Speaking in Teaching Business English
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The relationship between English language and the business world has converged to a point of inseparable actuality. The paradigm shift of English from a language of the colonizers to that of global lingua franca emphasizes the relevance of English in the international discourses. The challenging demands of globalization have bolstered new and contingent trends in English for Special Purposes. The English Language Learning methods have moved from “full frontal teaching” to student-centric teaching methods in order to foster better student participation in the learning process. This paper, an account of the author’s years of teaching Business English to students of diverse linguistic, cultural, and social milieu, strongly recommends the induction of public speaking in Business English classes to enhance good communication and presentation skills. The paper proposes that effectively conducted public speaking sessions and practices can help the students conquer the fear of interviews, presentations, and corporate meetings.

 
 
 

Indian education has always believed in textbook learning. The bane of this system is quite visible when students come out of the nuzzled school and college zones and enter the professional scene. Many times I have been reminded by the Entrepreneur cell that handles placements in my college to train the students in communication skills—both written and spoken. It is unfortunate that many deserving students get rejected because they fail to express and impress the panelist.

 
 
 

The Practical Role of Public Speaking in Teaching Business English