Viola has been involved in business English teaching in her home
country of Uruguay for a considerable period of time, but this facts
belies the extent to which business English courses are available in
this relatively small South American country. Uruguay is surrounded by
Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries and everyone on the continent
get by with speaking their own tongue or a mixture of the two if
they´re dealing with business partners from their region. As global
collaboration and contact in the world of work become more prevalent,
however, many Uruguayan business people are looking to business English
training to help them achieve more effective international more
communication. Mercedes shares her perspective on business English
teaching with us as well as some insights into what it´s like to be a
business English teacher in Uruguay. As Mercedes will be beamed in from
Uruguay to deliver a workshop at the IATEFL BESIG Annual Conference on
17th November, we also asked her to give us a sneek preview of what she
will be talking about and to tell us some about the satellite event she
will be organising in Montevideo on the same day for teachers from
Uruguay and Argentina. You can find out more about the IATEFL BESIG Annual Conference Online Programme here.
Mercedes Viola lives and works in Uruguay. She holds a degree from the Universidad de la Republica Oriental del Uruguay and an MA in TESOL. She has been running a language school for more than 20 years. She is in charge of designing business English learning experiences for government-owned organizations, universities and many well known global companies such as Microsoft, HP, American Express, McDonalds, Deloitte, John Deere and MasterCard. She designs materials for business English clients and trains new teachers on business.
She is a writer for the Teaching English site of the British Council and a member of the IATEFL BESIG Online Team. You can visit her website and she also blogs here.
Listen to Mercedes Viola´s interview with Claire Hart here: