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Title: Just wanna give you guys a bit of an update: Insider perspectives on business presentations in Hong Kong
Authors: Evans, S 
Keywords: Business English
Course design
Hong Kong
Oral presentations
Professional communication
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Pergamon Press
Source: English for specific purposes, 2013, v. 32, no. 4, p. 195-207 How to cite?
Journal: English for specific purposes 
Abstract: Oral presentations are a core component of many business English courses and yet they have been the subject of surprisingly little research in contexts where English functions as a business lingua franca. This article seeks to narrow the gap between the office and the classroom by examining the nature and frequency of English-language presentations in Hong Kongâs major service industries and the challenges that Cantonese-speaking professionals working in these industries experience when planning, organising and delivering presentations in a second language. The article draws on a substantial set of quantitative and qualitative data: two large-scale questionnaire surveys, 31 semi-structured interviews, four case studies and 10 English-mediated conference calls. The findings indicate that presenting in English is a regular part of local professionalsâ lives, particularly those working for foreign-owned companies, and that they find four aspects of presentations particularly challenging: engaging the interest of their audience, dealing with questions spontaneously and authoritatively, communicating in a natural spoken style and incorporating PowerPoint slides smoothly into the flow of their presentations.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/55092
ISSN: 0889-4906
EISSN: 1873-1937
DOI: 10.1016/j.esp.2013.05.003
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