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Do Thai Employees Speak Business English Well Enough?

Business English can improve for company managers & employees in Bangkok.

Questions for HR Departments

Here are a few questions for Human Resources representatives in Bangkok companies (if you are wondering about starting language lessons or เรียน ภาษา อังกฤษ to speak Business English better):

  • Is your CEO/MD khon Thai?
  • Is she/he fluent in English?
  • Is she/he confident speaking English in all business situations?

And what about other Executives (and even Managers and Employees)?

  • Are the Directors of your client-facing departments khon Thai?
  • Are they fluent in English?
  • Are they clear & confident English speakers in all cases?

As an American who has worked in management positions in Thailand, and also taught hundreds of Thai professionals how to speak Business English in Bangkok for many years, I can guess that for about 75% of you, the answers to the questions above are probably YES, MAYBE, NO and YES, MAYBE, NO.

Answers From Thai Language Experts

But please don’t take my word for it. This study by Thai academics seems to agree, and it includes reference to Foreign Languages in Workplaces: A Reflection from Human Resource Officers, HRD Journal Burapha University.

The conclusions are discussed in Chapter 5 of the study. Here are some key points:

“…Employees who possess English communication skills would have higher opportunities in completing the tasks in contact with foreigners… Furthermore, the multinational company usually has a foreigner in the management team. This implies that Thai employees who have higher English communication skills would have higher opportunities for being promoted in their career path…”

“From Thai employees’ point of view, English communication becomes more and more necessary as they advance through their career path.”

“It was found that from the management point of view, English communication skills were inadequate, particularly listening and speaking skills.”

Professional Training at ECSC (English Communication Skills Center)

ECSC’s method of training Thais on how to speak Business English is effective because it focuses on vocabulary over grammar, with extra emphasis on listening & speaking.

Our English communication training helps Thai professionals become more fluent & clear when speaking English, and much more confident. That has real ROI benefits for your company, and makes HR look good by hiring us!

Basically, ECSC Thailand can help you พูดภาษาอังกฤษ. Do you khao jai me? 🙂

To learn more about multi-words English vocabulary and how it can help you and your coworkers speak English (พูดภาษาอังกฤษ) more confidently, contact ECSC today.
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