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English is important in this field.
Say you are a consultant doing a security audit for a company, or reviewing their firewall architecture or their security policy. You need to write a report about your "finding of fact". You find a weak point and you must stand up and say "no, you can't do it this way" and you have to give ample reasons why. Being misunderstood by your client is not a good thing.
I think reading an English forum or newsgroup can help a lot. One such is http://slashdot.org, in which you can find a lot of insightful comments, stupid comments, immature comments, rant, flame war...whatever they are, try to learn their speaking style. Trust me, they are not the same with what we learned in China.
On a side note, I don't really think an English corner in China will help a lot. They are different. For those still in China, you'll know what I mean after you come here. I was like a deaf and dumb when I find my first job. When I was in a meeting, I didn't understand what they were talking about. I couldn't say things properly. And my speaking was full of grammar errors. Well, time will change that.
Well, you want to improve your spoken English in a short time? Here's a trick: tape as much TV programs, dramas, films as you can, or rent videos from Rogers Video or BlockBuster. Shut youself in a room and review those and try to catch *every* word. If you don't understand what they are talking about, turn on captions. Then turn it off to see if you can catch those words. Do it intensively for 3 months and I am sure you'll be speaking like a native speaker.
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