English for the Workplace

Course Details

  • Hours per week: 15

  • Course length: 3 weeks

  • Minimum level: Intermediate Plus (B2.1)

  • Ages: 16+

  • Max. students per class: 12

  • Start dates: 3 April, 17 July

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Our English for the Workplace course develops your confidence with spoken and written English in a business context, whilst enriching your vocabulary. It provides you with the language you need in everday work situations, from chairing a meeting to handling difficult customers and giving presentations. You will also develop your CV writing, application writing and interview skills to help you succeed in job hunting.

Written tasks, presentations and role-plays help you put into practice what you have studied on the course, and you will receive individual feedback to maximise your progress.

Why Choose English for the Workplace?

Learn how to:

  • Write a compelling CV

  • Perform well in job interviews

  • Give great presentations

  • Handle difficult situations at work

Fees and Dates

Course fee: £545

Enrolment fee: £60

2017 dates: 3-21 April & 17 July – 4 August

Please note that the school is closed on all UK public holidays (14 April, 17 April, 1 May, 29 May & 28 August  in 2017), and for two weeks at Christmas / New Year (closing on 16 December 2017 and reopening on 2 January 2018).

Click here for 2018 fees and dates (pdf)

Timetable

Teaching days are Monday to Friday. Your timetable will normally be 9.30 – 13.00 Monday to Friday, as below.

9.30 – 11.00: Lesson 1
11.00 – 11.30: Break
11.30 – 13.00: Lesson 2

However, at busy times, particularly summer, your lessons can be any time between 9.30 and 17.30, and your timetable may vary from week to week.

Week 1: Introductions

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
First Impressions
Introductions.
Small talk. Avoiding
difficult questions.
Skills & Abilities
Vocabulary and
expressions to
describe skills and
abilities
Networking 1
Reading: how to be
a good networker
Writing a CV 1
Analysis of sample
CVs. Vocabulary for
CV writing.
Writing a CV 3
Writing and
organising your CV
Talking About
Your Job
Vocabulary and
expressions to
describe your role
and responsibilities
Talking About
Your Job

Describing an
organisation’s
structure, ethos and
products/services
Networking 2
Role play: sharing
contact details and
building rapport
Writing a CV 2
Writing a personal
profile
Writing a Cover Letter
Selling yourself and
supporting your job
application

Week 2: Job Hunting

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Job Hunting
Different
approaches to job
hunting
Job Adverts 1
Reading for
gist and detail.
Comprehension
skills.
Applying for a
Job 1

Vocabulary and
expressions used on
application forms.
Identifying referees.
Interview
Preparation 1
Presenting opinions.
Arguing for and
against.
Handling Interview
Questions

Being diplomatic.
Conceding.
Avoidance tactics.
Job Agencies
Making an
appointment.
Registering.
Enquiring about
vacancies.
Job Adverts 2
Analysing
advertisements
Applying for a
Job 2

Form completion.
Selecting
appropriate
information based
on job description.
Interview
Preparation 2
Supporting answers
with evidence and
justification
Job Interviews &
Job Offers
Role play to
consolidate the
week’s work

Week 3: Business Skills

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Meetings 1
Preparing agendas.
Taking minutes.
Common
abbreviations.
Delegating &
Giving Instructions

Asking for
assistance vs. giving
instructions.
Role play.
Presentations 1
Describing trends
and statistics.
Negotiations &
Tricky Situations

Negotiating.
Reaching a
compromise.
Team-Building &
Problem-Solving 1

Lateral thinking
exercises. Speaking
for fluency.
Meetings 2
Chairing a meeting.
Interrupting.
Clarifying.
Reaching a consensus.
Managing Conflict
Preventing and
dealing with
conflict. Managing
troublesome staff.
Presentations 2
Structuring a
presentation:
introductions,
sequencing,
summarising.
Dealing with
Difficult Clients

Handling complaints.
Troubleshooting.
Apologising.
Team-Building &
Problem-Solving 2

Balloon debate.
Review of all
language studied on
course.

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