Get your students talking about problems with communicating at a distance.

INTERNATIONAL TRADE - Communication across borders


1. Ask the students to discuss the following questions:

  • Have you ever heard your coworkers say one of the statements below? Did you agree with them?

“People spend too much time on e-mails and are losing the ability to communicate face to face.”

“We cannot do business with them. They never answer our e-mails!”


2. Ask students to discuss the following questionsin groups or pairs:

  • How many e-mails do you send every day? How many do you receive?
  • Have you ever had a problem with someone misunderstanding an e-mail? What happened?
  • In light of the statements above do you think e-mails help business people communicate better?



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