"In today's business world, English is no longer viewed as a foreign language - it is the global means of communication: the language of communication wherever a deal is being done both internationally and locally. Officially, English now has a special status in more than 75 countries, with a total population of over 2 billion speakers." Transworld Education
English has emerged as the international language of business, commerce and technology. Changes in the global marketplace and work force demographics are accentuating the need to leverage knowledge of the English language thereby creating synergies in business and increasing competitive advantage. The main objective of using English as the language of business is to communicate a message as efficiently and effectively as possible, ultimately, affording people and organisations opportunities, empowerment and prosperity.
Language is one of the most important tools available to the South African workforce. Good working knowledge of English, both written and spoken, positively affects the way organisations and individuals operate and communicate. This knowledge is no longer reserved for top management positions; employees from all departments and management levels, from CEOs to receptionists, need to be able to communicate successfully. Proficiency in English also affords the individual opportunities to grow and advance in the workplace, ultimately, encouraging career development.
Having strong English skills can help you succeed when negotiating, holding or participating in meetings, giving presentations and communicating through business correspondence (such as emails, reports and proposals). To be successful in business, English is imperative!
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