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INTERNATIONAL

ENGLISH FOR BUSINESS & COMMUNICATION


ENGLISH FOR BUSINESS

& COMMUNICATION No longer is a degree of proficiency in a foreign language sufficient to succeed or gain a competitive advantage in the workplace, but it is a combination of various different skills that is needed to do so. This is something that Foyle International recognises and it is reflected in the skills-based language curricula that we provide. Not only do we focus on improving linguistic competencies within a framework of sector specific knowledge, we also emphasise the importance of developing excellent communication skills. Tuition from experienced, qualified trainers, coupled with the development of independent study skills and soft skills, ensures that our students become autonomous learners with the skills needed to succeed in their chosen career.


OVERVIEW The English for Business and Communication course at Foyle International is designed to help students develop both the linguistic and the soft skills required to work or study successfully in business. It is useful for: • those working in business who wish to enhance their English and communication skills • students studying business or a related course • those preparing for the Cambridge BEC (Business English Certificate) • anyone wishing to improve their career prospects through professional development

RECOMMENDED ENTRANCE LEVEL This course is aimed at students who are currently at or above B1 level. For students at a lower level than this, a period of General English preparation is recommended.


FOCUS: General English, Business English and Skills Training

OBJECTIVES: Knowledge and Use of English Grammar & Vocabulary

Communication Skills – spoken, written and aural

TO IMPROVE LEARNERS’

Ability to use English effectively in the workplace

Qualifications and employment prospects

This will take into consideration: • Existing linguistic competencies • Students’ linguistic and vocational objectives


CONTENT The course is suitable for those working across a range of business disciplines and includes tuition and help with: • Vocabulary and grammar specific to business contexts • Business writing: reports, emails, letters, CVs, proposals and reviews • Effective communication: prese ntations, seminars, meetings and negotiations • Intercultural issues in the global economy • Communicating via telephoning / Skype • Pronunciation


COURSE FEATURES Variety of formats: classes, workshops and lectures Individual progress meetings with a personal tutor Personalised content: homework / assessment topics reect students’ own work / study interests Option to complete the ETAPP assessment (English Test for Academic and Professional Purposes) Optional preparation classes for the BEC (not included in the course fee) Social programme of events


MAIN COURSE COMPONENTS: 1 Needs analysis • To establish current level of English • To establish essential target language and skills 2 Functional Grammar & Vocabulary curriculum (based on Needs Analysis) is based on the EQUALS / British Council Core Inventory for General English. Available at: https://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/sites/teacheng/files/Z243%20E&E%20EQUALS%20BROCHURErevised6.pdf

3 Practical, portfolio-based course work and assessment (competency –based learning). Even with lower level classes, this approach proves highly successful in terms of its outcomes. 4 Development of Key Skills • Study Skills • Communication Skills • Soft Skills 5 Practical preparation for working through English.


SAMPLE TIMETABLE based on 20 core hours of teacher-led tuition per week: DAY / SESSION

SESSION A 9 - 10.30

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FOCUS: ACCURACY IN SPOKEN AND WRITTEN GRAMMAR, VOCABULARY DEVELOPMENT, PRONUNCIATION

BREAK

SESSION B 11 - 12.15

FOCUS: DEVELOPING LISTENING AND WRITING SKILLS. INDIVIDUAL FEEDBACK AND ADVICE.

BREAK

SESSION C

FOCUS: FLUENCY DEVELOPMENT, COMMUNICATION SKILLS, STUDY SKILLS, INDIVIDUAL PROJECTS AND PORTFOLIOS.

SESSION D

FOCUS: BUSINESS ENGLISH CERTIFICATE PREPARATION

1.15 – 2.30 2.30 – 3.30

Please note that this is a sample only and can be adjusted to the needs of students, providers and host institutions.

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FOR CORPORATE CLIENTS We design and deliver an extensive range of training courses that give our clients the tools they need to succeed in today’s global environment. Our team of highly qualified training experts draw from their professional experience in a variety of industry sectors to create relevant and stimulating workshops. Units from any of our workshops and courses can be mixed and matched to meet the needs of your company. If we still do not have what you are looking for, our highly experienced team will design a curriculum and relevant materials just for you. Courses can be delivered here in Northern Ireland, or our team can go to you and deliver on-site. Talk to a member of the team today to find out how our training packages can help your business do better business.

OTHER COURSES AND CORPORATE TRAINING OPTIONS: • English for Business & Communication • English for Finance • English for Law • Exam Preparation Courses • Executive English

INTERNATIONAL

FOYLE INTERNATIONAL 17 – 21 Magazine Street Derry, Northern Ireland BT48 6HH (UK) Tel: +44 2871 371535 Email: info@foyle.eu Web: www.foyle.eu

English for Business & Communication  

An intensive Business English course designed to enhance high level professional communication skills.