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MEI Market Note 219 — Advancing English Proficiency: What is possible in 75 minutes?

This report is a preview of material to be presented at an introductory workshop on English proficiency at an agency of the Mexican federal government. The initial goal will be to convince attendees that they are not actually hearing English as spoken; instead, they are hearing English through the filter of their Spanish phonological expectations. Read More…

Energy Reform As PRI Franchise: Looking for the long term

Major changes in energy policy in Mexico have always taken place during PRI administrations. This report asks about how the energy reform package of 2013-15 may be understood as a PRI work-product, that is, as measures that are influenced by PRI’s ideology and seven-decade experience of governing Mexico in the 20th century. The report sees that experience as a factor that negatively influenced the extent of the reform. The report speculates about the shape of a future energy reform that will go beyond traditional PRI constraints. Read More…

MEI 809.1 — Seeking Synergy in Perdido: Pemex offers too little, too late

This report (MEI 809) was finished on June 5. Its purpose was to identify contract models that could serve for IOC partnerships in Pemex’s blocks, with special reference to blocks that might auctioned in tandem with those in Round 1.4, scheduled for December 5, 2016. Read More…

Restructuring Mexico’s Electricity Market: Origin and Outlook

This report takes a fresh look at the origin and policy goals of the electricity reforms in Mexico. Just as the Electricity Act of 1992 sought to correct unintended consequences of the nationalization in 1960; so too the electricity package of 2013-15 seeks to correct unintended negative consequences of the 1992 regime. Read More…

 


 

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Public Policy Perspective (PPP) 10038 — Hydrocarbon Contract Matrix: Making Sense of Mexico’s Contract Models — This report examines each of the contract models set forth in Mexico’s hydrocarbon legislation. The Mexican concept of license is contrasted with the U.S. concept of lease (as applied in federal waters). Read More…

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  3. WORKSHOPS ON BILINGUAL PROFICIENCY FOR ENERGY PROFESSIONALS
    Workshops on Advanced English Proficiency have been held in Mexico in the private sector and in several government agencies, including CNH, CRE, Pemex and IMP. As an introduction to these workshops, we have prepared a video series. Drawing on linguistic theory and decades of listening to native Spanish speakers speak English, and native English speakers speak Spanish, these videos offer a fresh look at the challenges of bilingual proficiency.

Speakers of a 2nd language may go for decades without accurately hearing that language. With the help of linguistics, once the Mind is taught what to listen for, then the Ear begins to hear. Finally, when the Ear hears, the Vocal Cavity will echo what is heard in speech. Counter-intuitively, the starting point for learning to speak another language is to be found in understanding the phonological expectations of one’s native tongue.

Videos based on “The Thinking Person’s Guide to 2nd Language Acquisition.”

Watch Video #1

What are common issues in 2nd language acquisition? Why do native Spanish speakers say /es.treet/ and /es.top/? The fluid mechanics of language. The intervocalic consonant.

Watch Video #2

The secret for knowing how to say Marco in English. The challenge of unfamiliar blended consonants in English.

 


 

To schedule an introductory presentation in the Houston area, contact George Baker at g.baker@energia.com.