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Higher English for Communication

The English language

KryssTal, a United Kingdom based educational and information web site by Kryss Katsiavriades and Talaat Qureshi in London,  estimates that there are 300 million native speakers and 300 million who use English as a second language and a further 100 million use it as a foreign language.

It is the language of science, aviation, computing, diplomacy, and tourism. It is listed as the official or co-official language of over 45 countries and is spoken as well in other countries where it has no official status. English plays a part in the cultural, political or economic life of countless countries.

Half of all business deals are conducted in English. Two thirds of all scientific papers are written in English. Over 70% of all post / mail is written and addressed in English. And that is why is so important to learn this language.

It is not a very difficult language to learn, at least for European people, becouse a lot of languages have contributed words to English including Latin, Greek, French, German, Arabic, Hindi (from India), Italian, Malay, Dutch, , Sanskrit, Portuguese, Spanish, Tupi (from South America) and Ewe (from Africa), and so they hace words and things in common. The vocabulary of English is the largest of any language.

Learning how to manage English is one of the main aims for those who are studying Modern Languages, as it is a very valuable tool for communication and bussiness nowadays.

To improve the level of english, on the second year of the degree, the student has a subject called Higher English for Communication. It is focused on the reading, speaking and writing skills more than other competences. To work on this The University of Deusto has chosen a book called “Ready for IELTS” (International English Language Testing System), by Sam McCarter (2010), published by Macmillan Publishers(2010). The company, also known as The Macmillan Group, has over 7000 staff operating in more than 80 countries. Macmillan Publishers Ltd is one of the largest and best known, privately-held, international publishing groups in the world. Is one of the world’s leading publishers of English Language teaching and school curriculum materials, with over 150 years of publishing experience.

Apart from the theorical part that is tought in the classroom, is also important, for improving the language, to travel to a place where this is spoken. That way you get to practice and learn how to face real life. The Univesity also organizes activities to make the study abroad possible such us Erasmus and other kind of programs.

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