Using English in the World of Information Technology
The world is changing at a very fast pace and the people working behind the scenes in the IT industry all around the world are making this possible.
When I started teaching, I was really surprised at the number of students I had that were software developers, programmers, project managers, etc… all in the bustling IT world. As time went on, I learned more and more from my students about the industry and what their job responsibilities were.
The beauty of practicing Business English on Skype, is that I don’t have to know everything about YOUR job in order to have a conversation about it. My responsibility is to get YOU talking about it and strengthen your vocabulary related to your job and general grammar structure.
Why do IT professionals need to know English?
I asked a few of my students to explain why it is important for them…
As a Software Developer you need to know English in order to keep up with cutting edge technologies: English is the “official” language for talks, conferences, summits, blogs, technical articles and documentation.
Nowadays, companies from around the world work together so you also need to know English to attend meetings and understand your colleagues. Finally, if you want to work for the best IT companies you might end up moving abroad to an English speaking country and then…you’d better speak English!
Having good English skills is very helpful for my daily work as an IT professional because most of the IT relevant books are only available in English. In my role as programmer it is also required from most of my customers to write the documentation of the program code in English. Many of my colleagues and customers are located in different countries and the common language for negotiating, chatting, training is also English.
Having English sessions on a regular basis with Jessica helps me a lot to stay fluent and to feel confident for my daily work as an IT professional.
Being a software developer means learning something new everyday. Ability to speak English exposes you to the endless source of information and allows you to communicate to and exchange experience with professionals from all over the world.
There you have it- The real deal from real life IT dudes.
Working remote as a freelancer is also gaining popularity. Most of the time remote workers speak English because their clients can be located anywhere in the world. On the growth marketing platform for startup mentors called Growthmentor, there are people from all over the world who use English as their main language.
Bustling (verb) move in an energetic and busy manner
The Real Deal (idiom) The bare truth or facts of a matter.
*practice using these words in the comments section and I will check them and give you feedback*