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Issues of Global Corporate English – Part V


Part V - "Migrate the Environment"

In the course of such a program as presented in Part IV, the employee’s / team’s environment should be migrated to an English work environment.

It may be helpful to think of such a corporate migration as similar to the roll-out of new hardware or software.

Such environment migrations are also executed in phases or stages in accordance with need or priority.

Change the Environment - in stages

Software programs that future English communicators use should be migrated – in stages – to English language versions (Office applications, Email, SAP, etc.)

  • Glossaries can be provided with native language equivalents to ease the transition.

Corporate newsletters and other communications received should be the English version.

Presentations to teams / team meetings can also be migrated –

  • Initially with an English slide presentation accompanied by native language oral presentation and discussion, to
  • English test and oral presentation, until...
  • An exclusively English language affair.

Option: Combination Intensive - Weekly

At intervals, training participants could be sent on intensive trainings in order to bump them into a higher-level training group.

  • Participants for this could be identified on the basis of the organization’s need for his/her skills, and/or
  • To reduce the number of training groups (which are based on competence level), thus,
  • Reducing time “overhead” and making better use of group member  synergies

First Steps

A pilot program would make sense here.

  • An organization / team / group should be identified for training
  • It would be advantageous for said group to contain a supportive leader and at least one member with good – very good English (potential TF)


Well, and that is essentially it for this series!

I will be happy to answer any questions.

Cheers and thank you for your attention,

Duane March, Ph.D.

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