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For many years English lessons at companies were considered a mere benefit. They were more or less expected by employees and readily offered by their employers. As a consequence, in-company English was often first to go when the crisis came. The question is whether many companies haven’t thrown out the baby with the bathwater.

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Hi everyone and Happy 2012.



I’m feeling nicely refreshed after a Christmas and New Year trip home to England. It was great to see family, enjoy the mild English winter and generally relax with plenty of food and drink. There’s three great things about being home and taking a guest with you: showing off the beauty of your home area, introducing them to your friends and family, and being reminded of all of the great things about where you live by somebody who sees them with fresh eyes.

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It’s September 1997. I am in a mini van with 4 Slovaks, 1 Czech and an Irishman on a long straight highway somewhere between Death Valley and Yosemite. To kill the time, I suggest tuning into the local rock station, but am outvoted by 5 Slavics who all wanna listen to a tape one of them has duck up from their backpack.

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At Class, the teachers are sitting in what is usually a class room for English lessons. Its their weekly strategy meeting for their biggest client, Lenovo. if you out your ear to the door, you don’t hear a monotone drone or a bored silence as you might expect from the average meeting of this kind. Instead there is laughter, many varied voices, attentive silence while one of the team-members lays out an idea that has just taken him, and yes, the sweet scent of some cake or pastry creeping under the door.

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