Effective Communication in English in the Global Workplace
Posted by englishlessons on January 17, 2008
Common grammar/syntax errors can cause confusion in email and in verbal communication in English. This confusion is multiplied when global teams are communicating across time zones. One international manager noted that an error in email typically requires 3 email follow-ups. Working with the interactive software program, Writing in English*, helps nonnative writers eliminate common grammar/syntax mistakes and build the skills to communicate more concisely and effectively in English.
The following paragraph was written by a professional from another country working in the U.S. It has some grammar/syntax errors. The unedited version is #1. In the second sample, the grammar/syntax errors have been identified. In the third sample, those errors have been corrected. There is a step number next to each correction in the third sample that correlates with the steps in the Writing in English program.
#2 Errors Identified red= mistakes, ^= missing word
Steps from Writing in English
Step 7- Use the correct verb tense
Step 8- Use modal auxilaries correctly
Step 10 – Use active and passive appropriately
Step 11- Use gerunds or infinitives after verbs that require them
Step 15 –Use prepositions correctly
Step 16- Use the correct word form
Step 19- Use the correct article
Step 22- Use the appropriate word to connect clauses
Step 24- Use parallel structure
*Writing in English is co-branded by ETSÒ(Educational Testing Service), makers of TOEFL and TOEIC.