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3 Tips for Better Writing in English

Posted by Kieron Norris on 18/09/17 06:08

In my last blog post, I talked about some of the most common mistakes that non-native speakers make when they write in English: grammar mistakes such as using the wrong tense and problems with prepositions and articles, as well as terminology issues. You can read that blog here.

My goal this time is to move beyond just avoiding errors, and to give you a few tips for actually improving your writing.

Here, we're going to consider three ways to write better:

  1. Thinking about your audience
  2. Varying sentence length
  3. Creating more dynamic sentences
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Topics: Language training, Communication Training, Writing and editing services, Proofreading

A guide to choosing language training

Posted by Glennon Kiernan-Lahti on 21/07/17 07:00

Are you looking to refresh your language skills, but don’t know where to start?

In that case, you are in the right place!

In this guide, you’ll receive helpful tips about different options for learning a new language or brushing up your existing language skills.

Choosing language training can be daunting – a myriad of products, complex pricing, unfamiliar terms, and too many options – so, we created this guide to help you choose the right type for your needs.

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Topics: Language training, Presentation skills, Negotiation skills, Communication Training, Virtual training

The Most Common Mistakes Non-native English Writers Make

Posted by Kieron Norris on 28/03/17 07:56

The key to all writing is to get your message through precisely and clearly. This is as true when you’re writing in a second language as it is when you’re writing in your mother tongue.

The last thing you want to do is to distract your readers with grammatical, punctuation, or terminology errors. At AAC, we regularly proofread and copy-edit texts that our customers have written.

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Topics: Language training, Communication Training, Writing and editing services, Proofreading

Dyslexia and language learning

Posted by Tuulevi Meri on 17/01/17 07:28

In discussions about dyslexia and how it affects language learning – which is of course close to my heart as a language teacher – I am often asked:

“If a student is dyslexic, how should it be taken into account in language learning? Is there something that all dyslexics share in a learning context?”

After nearly twenty years as a language instructor, this is an easy question for me to answer:

“Yes, they do have something in common – every one of them is different as a learner and has an individual learning style.”

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Topics: Dyslexia, Language training, Working life, Dyslexic, Reading disorder, Learning difficulties, English language course

TekMiL is integrating into AAC Global. What does this mean for customers?

Posted by Taria Kossila on 16/12/16 15:23

A few months ago, AAC Global acquired the language service provider TekMIL, and on January 1, 2017, we will begin providing the widest range of multilingual communication services in Finland, including language and cultural training, translation and interpreting, and digital content marketing solutions for any language.

But what will this mean for our customers? What changes will this bring for the coming year?

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Topics: Language training, Cultural training, AAC Global, Tekmil, AAC TEKMIL Training

5 reasons why mistakes shouldn’t stop you from speaking English

Posted by Annaelisa Huhtala on 29/11/16 08:53

It’s a rare business that doesn’t require any understanding of languages, and for most businesses, English has become their go-to option for international business communication. However, no one wants to fumble over words or make mistakes.

What if I leave a bad impression? What if I say something wrong? What if I use the wrong term by mistake? What if I forget the specific word at the worst possible moment?

Thoughts like these are common, especially among those of us who have been taught English with a heavy focus on grammar and little emphasis on actual talking.

However, here are five reasons why these mistakes shouldn’t stop you from speaking English:

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Topics: Language skills, Language training, Learning English, Business English

Dyslexia is no barrier to professional success

Posted by Tuulevi Meri on 11/11/16 12:39

Although a common phenomenon, dyslexia (also known as “reading disorder”) has not been much written about. At AAC, we encounter an increasing number of pupils who struggle with learning due to dyslexia.

One of our most successful students is Teppo, who works in high-end product development in a major Finnish corporation operating in international markets. Over the years, Teppo’s duties have changed and assumed a more global orientation, consequently increasing the importance of – and demands on – his language skills. Finally, Teppo was faced with the fact that he had to learn English or change jobs.

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Topics: Dyslexia, Language training, Working life, Dyslexic, Reading disorder, Learning difficulties, English language course

Language Used to Engage

Posted by Blake Schumacher on 28/09/16 10:43

When I was young, my mother took me to libraries and museums to listen to stories. The biggest thrill I had wasn’t at the end of the stories; it was the journey, the optimism, the promise that by committing to this voyage, you may receive big payoff at the end. I loved the tension created by the trek. Would the hero slay the villain? How will the hero go from rags to riches? How will a certain character redeem themselves after a tragic fall from grace?

Looking back, these stories helped me learn to dream, raised my awareness to the positive tension of mystery and instilled a curious desire to search for answers. It made me aware that obstacles were opportunities, not burdens. All of these lessons from those youthful stories created an exciting and charged atmosphere that has continually kept me engaged and curious throughout my life.

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Topics: Storytelling, Language skills, Language training, Working life

Learning new words by rote is no longer the way to go

Posted by AAC Global news on 20/07/16 21:26

Language learners that are at an intermediate level often complain that they lack the vocabulary to express themselves eloquently. Many feel that they have mastered the basics of grammar and can make themselves understood, but they are constantly stuck using the same words. This frustration is often intensified by the idea that expanding your vocabulary necessarily involves learning long lists of words by rote. More fun – and more effective – techniques do exist, but they require a little bit of creativity.

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Topics: Communication, Language skills, Language training, Linkword method

A Personal Language Trainer will save your life

Posted by Heikki Siltala on 13/06/16 09:09

A need for personal service is not a sign of elitist character, but a natural phenomenon in a service society. Personal trainers have already proved their worth for people adopting a healthier lifestyle, but their popularity also demonstrates people's willingness to pass on responsibility to others. Changing your lifestyle is a major task that requires you to leave your comfort zone. This requires a personal coach to provide motivation through encouragement, coercion and rewards to achieve the set goals. 

A personal trainer will not sweat, run out of breath or refuse unhealthy food for you, but they do promise success. The medium of exchange is money and reputation. It is not worthwhile for a personal trainer to promise permanence, since then they would run out of work. On the other hand, maintenance and updating are necessary to make change permanent and make it worthwhile to purchase the services to the grave. 

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Topics: Communication, Language training, Writing, Learn a language, Personal trainer

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