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Research Paper | Linguistics | Kuwait | Volume 6 Issue 11, November 2017
Business English and Business Correspondence: How to Structure an English Business Letter
Abstract: This paper argues about Business English and Business Correspondence in general and Business Letter in particular. Business English is English language especially related to international trade. It is a part of English for Specific Purposes (ESP) and can be considered a specialism within English language learning and teaching, for example, the teachers' organization called International Association of Teachers of English as Foreign Languages (IATEFL) has a special interest group called Business English Special Interest Group (BESIG). (Conference on English for Specific Purposes, Serbia, 2013) Many non-native English speakers study the subject with the goal of doing business with English-speaking countries, or with companies located outside the Anglo sphere but which nonetheless use English as a shared language or lingua franca. Therefore, some grammatical errors should be ignored by non-native English speakers (Braj Kachru, 1985). Much of the English communication that takes place within business circles all over the world occurs between non- native speakers. In cases such as these, the object of the exercise is efficient and effective communication. (Sandra Lee McKay, 2002) Business English is the type of English used in business contexts, such as international trade, commerce, finance, insurance, banking, and many office settings. It entails expectations of clarity, particular vocabulary, and grammatical structures. (Katie Almeida Spencer, Instructional Solutions) For others it refers to the communication skills used in the workplace, and focuses on the language and skills needed for typical business communication such as presentations, negotiations, meetings, small talk, socializing, correspondence, report writing, and so on. In both of these cases it can be taught to native speakers of English, for example, high school students preparing to enter the job market. It can also be a form of international English. It is possible to study Business English at college and university, institutes around the world have on offer courses (modules) in B. E. , which can even lead to a degree in the subject. (Jones, Leo & Richard Alexander, 2010) This research paper highlights and argues about Business English and Business Correspondence and it gives help to English learners to polish their skills and sub-skills. Business correspondence is the communication or exchange of information in a written format for the process of business activities. Business correspondence can take place between organizations, within organizations or between the customers and the organization. The correspondence is generally of widely accepted formats that are followed universally. This paper highlights these points of Business Correspondence. (E. B. Nikolaenko, 2008). This paper highlights on the writing skill for writing a business letters according to British and American style or format.
Keywords: Business English, Business Correspondence, Business Letters
Edition: Volume 6 Issue 11, November 2017,
Pages: 1348 - 1351