The Reading / Listening - Language Barriers - Level 2

Research says language barriers are holding back science around the world. English is the language of science, but one-third of research is not published in English. This means researchers do not see a lot of important research. Researchers from the University of Cambridge said important science is being missed at an international level. They said journals should have basic summaries of a study's key findings in many languages. They also said universities should translate their research into different languages, especially Chinese, French, Portuguese and Spanish.



International companies are now asking their staff to communicate only in English. They want to reduce language barriers. Germany's Volkswagen just announced that English is its official language. It hopes the switch to English will attract employees. Japan's carmaker Honda also announced its staff must use English by 2020. Researcher Tatsuya Amano said scientists needed "to start seriously tackling this issue." He gave an example of important research about avian flu in China going unnoticed by the World Health Organization because it was published in journals in Chinese.

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Sources
  • http://www.science20.com/news_articles/lingua_franca_needed_too_much_science_is_not_published_in_english-205757
  • http://qz.com/875491/japanese-white-collar-workers-are-already-being-replaced-by-artificial-intelligence/
  • http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/science-missing-out-on-non-english-studies-says-cambridge-study/story-MUnlMALQIjknh5zVtZeXeL.html


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. science around
  2. English is the language
  3. one-
  4. not published
  5. researchers do not see
  6. at an international
  7. key
  8. translate their research into
  1. a lot
  2. in English
  3. level
  4. of science
  5. findings
  6. the world
  7. different languages
  8. third of research

Paragraph 2

  1. communicate
  2. They want to reduce
  3. English is its official
  4. the switch
  5. attract
  6. its staff must use English
  7. start seriously
  8. it was published
  1. by 2020
  2. language
  3. employees
  4. tackling this issue
  5. language barriers
  6. in journals
  7. only in English
  8. to English

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Research says language barriers (1) ___________________ science around the world. English is the language of science, but one-third of research (2) ___________________ in English. This means researchers do not (3) ___________________ important research. Researchers from the University of Cambridge said important science (4) ___________________ at an international level. They said journals should have basic summaries (5) ___________________ key findings in many languages. They also said universities should translate (6) ___________________ different languages, especially Chinese, French, Portuguese and Spanish.

International companies (7) ___________________ their staff to communicate only in English. They (8) ___________________ language barriers. Germany's Volkswagen just announced that English is its official language. It hopes (9) ___________________ English will attract employees. Japan's carmaker Honda also announced its (10) ___________________ English by 2020. Researcher Tatsuya Amano said scientists needed "to start seriously (11) ___________________." He gave an example of important research about avian flu in China going unnoticed by the World Health Organization because (12) ___________________ in journals in Chinese.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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rld.Englishisthelanguageofscience,butone-thirdofresearchisnotp
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esearch.ResearchersfromtheUniversityofCambridgesaidimportants
cienceisbeingmissedataninternationallevel.Theysaidjournalsshould
havebasicsummariesofastudy'skeyfindingsinmanylanguages.They
alsosaiduniversitiesshouldtranslatetheirresearchintodifferentlangu
ages,especiallyChinese,French,PortugueseandSpanish.Internation
alcompaniesarenowaskingtheirstafftocommunicateonlyinEnglish.T
heywanttoreducelanguagebarriers.Germany'sVolkswagenjustanno
uncedthatEnglishisitsofficiallanguage.IthopestheswitchtoEnglishwil
lattractemployees.Japan'scarmakerHondaalsoannounceditsstaffm
ustuseEnglishby2020.ResearcherTatsuyaAmanosaidscientistsneed
ed"tostartseriouslytacklingthisissue."Hegaveanexampleofimportan
tresearchaboutavianfluinChinagoingunnoticedbytheWorldHealthOr
ganizationbecauseitwaspublishedinjournalsinChinese.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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Free writing

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Answers

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