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Work Skills for the Global Market

If you are an international student who plans to work, live or study in the UK or other countries where they use English as a lingua franca, look no further this is the course for you!

The aim of this course is to help you improve your communicative style when interacting in an international environment.
You will feel more comfortable presenting your ideas and practise life skills in English such as job hunting, making phone calls and writing complaints.

Start date: March 2020

Course length: 6 weeks

Hours in total: 36 hours (6 hrs per week)

Max. students per class: 12

The course is divided in modules:

  • Week 1: Communicating in the workplace and socialising in an English-speaking county
  • Weeks 2/3/4/5: Job hunting and workplace 1, 2, 3 & 4
  • Week 6 : The workplace-Giving presentations.

Communicating in the workplace and socialising in an English-speaking county.

Weekly Aims –  To review a range of communication skills for living and working in an English speaking country:

  • To review vocabulary for making friends, chatting about interests and what you like doing in your free time.
  • To review different types of messages and formats commonly used.
  • To write emails to enquire, complain or report a fault with something you have ordered.
Tuesday
Friday
Skills Speaking and Listening: Socialising Writing and vocabulary: Writing emails
Content
  • Language to socialise.
  • Making friends.
  • Talking and interacting with colleagues in different formats.
  • Writing emails to enquire, complain and report information.
  • Reviewing greetings and explaining different situations and events in written form.
Break Break
Skills Writing and vocabulary: Socialising Listening and vocabulary: Writing emails
Content
  • Messaging and different forms of communication.
  • Formal vs. informal.
  • Identifying appropriate register and lexis when writing in English.

Job hunting and workplace 1

Weekly Aims – To review different ways of communicating in the workplace:

  • To review how to write emails to your workmates and colleagues and different greetings and customs.
  • To review how to make telephone calls, make appointments and arrangements.
Tuesday
Friday
Skills Writing: Corresponding via email Listening and Speaking: Making and receiving calls
Content
  • Writing emails to workmates and colleagues.
  • Making appointments over the phone.
  • Starting and ending calls.
  • Changing plans and rearranging.
Break Break
Skills Speaking and reading: International Communication Writing and Vocabulary: workplace documents
Content
  • Greetings and customs in an international context.
  • The UK workplace and international comparisons.
  • Writing letters, inventories and workplace documents.
  • Writing formal letters.

Job hunting and the workplace 2.

Weekly Aims –  To practise and review a range of different skills related to the workplace:

  • To review different ways of communicating in the workplace, such as small talk.
  • To discuss numbers and their indication in terms of business.
  • To review different negotiating techniques, build rapport and show agreement with colleagues
Tuesday
Friday
Skills Speaking and vocabulary:
Communicating in the workplace
Speaking and Listening:
Negotiating
Content
  • Making small talk
  • Greeting colleagues
  • Spoken vs. written formalities.
  • Functional language for negotiating and building relationships.
Break Break
Skills Reading and speaking:
Communicating in the workplace
Speaking and Reading:
Being diplomatic
Content
  • To talk about numbers, percentages and other statistics.
  • Meetings: giving your opinion in meeting and clarifying information.
  • Agreeing and disagreeing, conceding, linking words of contrast.

Job hunting and workplace 3.

Weekly Aims – To learn about different types of job applications, CVs and how to answer questions in a written format:

  • To review different types of application forms and standard answers.
  • To practise answering these questions.
  • To practise and review different types of vocabulary for answering forms and CVs.
  • To learn and practise how to write about your experience in a CV format.
Tuesday
Friday
Skills Reading and Writing:
Completing job applications
Writing and vocabulary:
CV writing 
Content
  • Different types of jobs application forms
  • Typical answers and vocabulary.
  • Different types of CVs
  • Vocabulary used on CVs
Break Break
Skills Reading and Writing:
Completing job applications
Writing and vocabulary:
CV writing 
Content
  • Talking about your work experience.
  • Discussing your education.
  • Completing an application form.
  • Structure and formats of a CVs
  • Writing CVs

Job Hunting and the workplace 4.

Weekly Aims –  To consolidate your skills related to hunting for a job:

  • To learn about writing a covering letter when applying for a job.
  • To practise answering tough questions in an interview context.
  • To learn about how to relate your work and education experience to a job in an interview context.
Tuesday
Friday
Skills Reading and Writing:
Cover letter writing
Speaking and Listening:
Interview
Content
  • Writing a covering letter.
  • Analysing good and bad examples of covering letters.
  • Greetings (shaking hands, degrees of formality).
  • Talking about your CV and experience.
Break Break
Skills Reading, vocabulary and writing:
Cover letter writing
Speaking and Listening:
Interview
Content
  • Writing about your work experience in a letter.
  • Writing about your personality and skills.
  • Asking for clarification politely.
  • Interview questions.
  • Responding to difficult questions.

The workplace – Giving presentations.

Weekly Aims –  To give a workplace presentation:

  • To give a presentation at work.
  • To learn about interrupting politely and asking for clarification of the speakers’ ideas.
Tuesday
Friday
Skills Speaking, listening and vocabulary:
How to give presentations at work.
Speaking:
Presentations
Content
  • Organising presentations: introductions, sequencing, summarising.
  • Talking about numbers and data.
  • Giving opinions about presentations
  • Asking for clarification.
Break Break
Skills Speaking, listening and vocabulary:
How to give presentations at work.
Speaking:
Presentations
Content
  • Interrupting and asking questions.
  • Expressing opinions.
  • Presentations feedback
Work Skills for the Global Market
6-week course £350
Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, all our programmes in Southampton, Reading and New Forest are cancelled.
We continue running Online Courses. We are planning to re-open the School mid August subject to social distancing restrictions.
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