Advancing English Proficiency: What is possible in 75 minutes?

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.

A second goal will be to briefly present selected concepts in linguistics that illuminate previously unnoticed aspects of English pronunciation.

A third goal will be to motivate participants to undertake a new effort to advance their proficiency in English.

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Written by

George Baker

Baker & Associates offers niche-market business and policy intelligence related to Mexico's oil and gas, power and chemical industries. Over 1,000 reports have been issued in the last 20 years. Subject matter expert and publisher George Baker, who directs the firm, has carried out consulting assignments starting in the late 1970s at the height of the Oil Boom in Mexico. He brings bilingual and bicultural skill-sets to understanding and responding to challenges of business and public policy, coupled with a deep familiarity with the history and idiosyncrasies of the Mexican operating environment.

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