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The Importance of Teaching English to Students in the Tourism Industry

Author(s): Lishanthi Wijewardene

English is considered to be the lingua franca in the modern world and has been elevated to the position of a global language which connects the world. Hence it is important that individuals need to have a good knowledge of the language when embarking on their careers – and the tourism industry is no exception. It is therefore imperative that English courses designed to meet the needs of students specializing in the field of tourism, be comprehensive, and tailor-made to suit the needs of those who require it. English plays a pivotal role in the travel industry and competency in English will be of tremendous benefit to students pursuing a course of study in the field of tourism. Tourism entails communication with people to promote cultural interactions, and the ability to communicate with people from countries worldwide, will act as a catalyst in uniting peoples through language, to appreciate the cultures that each country has to offer. In order to achieve this objective, it is important that students following / intending to follow a career in tourism be proficient in English, prior to embarking on their careers. This paper aims at providing an outline of the broad area of teaching English to students who are hoping to pursue the field of tourism. This paper discusses the importance of English to the target population and offers introductions to the importance of English for Specific Purposes and the importance of English for tourism purposes.

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