English is a skill. Just like playing football, basketball, or writing computer programs. With the right coaching, the more you do, and the more challenging your tasks, the better you will get.
Speaking English is physical. It involves a body: a mouth, brain, tongue, teeth, ears, eyes, vocal cords, diaphragm and lungs. The classroom is a language gym. If you go to the gym for 3 – 5 hours a week, and practice for 20 minutes a day at home, do you become strong? Do you need to be in the gym all day – no – but you do need to practice when you’re there.
On the EiT program, we show you how to use the language: how to listen, how to speak, how to selectively read the information you need, and how to write (clearly, conscisely and carefully), we set you tasks, and the rest is up to you.
Most of the time you will be working in pairs or small groups: presenting, negotiating, colaborating, selling, buying, dealing with problems; discussing real world issues that you find on the Internet and at work – in short, developing practical language skills.
EiT is part of many ESP initiatives (English for Specific Purposses) . You don’t need to know everything about English, you just need enough to do your job – whether you work in a shop, an Internet cafe, you design websites, you have a non-technical role in an ICT company, or write programs for a blue-chip ICT company – you need to effectively communicate in English if you are going to do well in a world that’s 80% English speaking.