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25 Nov 2010

Systemic Functional Grammar – Why have most business teachers never heard of it?

Congratulations to IH London Executive Centre teacher Chia Chong who gave a hugely successful talk at this year's prestigious BESIG Conference.

Chia's talk - Systemic Functional Grammar - Why have most business teachers never heard of it? - was extremely well received at the annual Business English event in Germany.

You can watch Chia in action on You Tube, as she discusses her opinions on archaic grammar rules that can actually make learning business English harder.

Chia suggests that better knowledge of Systemic Functional Grammar might help students understand the way English is organised, and dispel the myth that English is simply a language full of exceptions.

Chia's English teaching experience

Chia is a Communication Studies graduate and has taught English as a foreign language since 2002, including Cambridge Exam Classes, Business English, and English for Specific and Academic Purposes.

Currently running General English and Business English classes, and teacher training (CELTA) courses at IH London, Chia is also doing a part-time Masters in Applied Linguistics.

She speaks English and Mandarin as her first languages, and Japanese, Italian and Spanish as her second.

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