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The trend towards increased globalization of the business environment raises a number of questions. Is it possible to present a model business document which is applicable to a wide range of contexts? Is there a "norm" for business documents or does each country/culture have its own established norms? Can a generic model exist? An investigation into current business English teaching practices in Pacific Rim countries reveals that British and American models are used extensively in the classroom. These models are, logically, also the basis for much of the actual English business communication that takes place in these Pacific Rim countries. However, as the writers themselves are L2 users, the business documents contain errors and non-native usages. This paper will discuss ways in which instructors can sensitize business English students to model business documents and increase students awareness of different approaches.



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