This course is intended for staff members who are currently working from home and who are interested in improving their spoken English related to conducting and/or participating in meetings. The course is intended for non-native speakers of English who wish to hone their speaking skills in a safe environment.
The focus lies on refreshing existing knowledge, building confidence, acquiring new vocabulary and formulaic phrases, practising new skills, and integrating coping and compensation strategies.
By the end of this course, you can:
- Structure a meeting as a chair
- Assign different roles to meeting participants
- Involve people
- Challenge people
- Effectively incorporate different viewpoints
- Formulate your opinion
- Structure your arguments
- Listen effectively
- Make suggestions
- Politely interrupt another
- Use persuasive techniques
- Hedge effectively
- Buy time to think
- Change topic
- Ask questions
The course will consist of 4 sessions of 2 hours each – 60 min. instruction and practice, 15 min. break, 60 min. instruction and practice – over the course of 2 weeks. In addition to the online classes, an extra investment of about 1 hour a week is asked of you to integrate knowledge and further develop your skills. The classes will be offered via Canvas. There is no need for pre-existing knowledge of the learning platform.