is increasingly important for many professionals in the EU.
underlying causes see Proficiency
levels. The basis of
successful communication in English hinges on two key
core business of AC&C is the development of tailor-made courses,
generally in-house, with the added advantage of being:
courses are developed with an underlying philosophy:
Polder Model versus
key is raising awareness of the differences between the English
Dutch languages and cultures, because mistakes generally derive
false assumption that these differences are minor.
pride ourselves on our English but is this justified? Common
are caused by transferring features from Dutch to English.
related languages, but you cannot always get away with
rules to English:
a graph, a Dutchman may be tempted to say:
line goes up.
native English speaker would rather say:
you may notice a dramatic increase.
better illustration of cultural contrasts is hard to find:
flat Dutch polder landscape (doe maar gewoon, dan doe je gek genoeg)
Anglo-Saxon mountain range (using the full spectrum of vocabulary
Generally, a dual approach is applied:
and written English is improved by raising awareness of the
differences between the English and Dutch languages and cultures.
By means of a “contrastive approach” insight is gained into the
peculiarities of either language and consequent potential pitfalls.
skills are developed by raising awareness of the relationship
between speaker and audience in general. Pointers are given on how
to get the desired message across by application of verbal
and non-verbal techniques.
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