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This programme has been designed to support the skills development of senior government officials, independent professionals, and global entrepreneurs who face the future of an integrated world. In an internationally competitive environment, English language skills have become essential for increased engagement between individuals of different nationalities and for global access.

Global connections will shape your future and English language skills are vital tools to help you take advantage of the opportunities your role brings.

The course modules include the effective and accurate use of grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation, plus the development of peaking, listening, reading and writing skills when appropriate.

Pronunciation as appropriate to the subject or workplace setting.

All modules will promote the learning of English and have an immersive approach. There will be a focus on all four skill areas including listening, speaking, reading, writing and a focus on grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation as appropriate to the subject or workplace setting.

  • British Social Customs and Behaviour
  • Small Talk
  • Things to do or not to do (what to avoid saying or doing and what you should always do and say)
  • Meeting, Greeting and Introducing
  • Forms of address
  • Learning to Read Non-Verbal Communication
  • Subjects to be avoided
  • How to Improve Social Skills in Public including how to move into a group politely
  • Business Etiquette
Cultural Awareness & Intercultural Communication:
  • Doing business between East and West
  • Working as an international team
  • Possible misunderstandings
  • The importance of hedging (using modal verbs)
  • Expressing opinions
  • Agreeing/disagreeing
  • Interrupting
  • Expressing possibility & options (speculating)
  • Suggesting, recommending & advising
  • Inviting
  • Emphasizing a point
  • Explaining/Giving reasons
  • Correcting yourself
  • Taking things into consideration
  • Giving & accepting a compliment
  • Asking politely
  • Checking understanding
  • Presentation preparation
  • Importance of preparation
  • Objective of the presentation
  • Analyzing & understanding the audience
  • Time constraints & scheduling the presentation
  • Presentation design
  • Effective titles
  • Determine the message
  • Crafting a storyline
  • Building a presentation storyboard
  • Introductions
  • Planning & ending
  • Use of visuals, pictures, graphs
  • Presentation Delivery
  • Organization material for delivery
  • Professional image when making a presentation
  • Using different presentation styles
  • Appropriate body language & voice modulation
  • Handling questions during presentations
  • What is negotiation?
  • Types of negotiation
  • Skills of negotiation
  • Assertiveness
  • Persuasiveness
  • Conflict resolution
  • Stages of negotiation
  • Win-win negotiation
  • Seeing other points of view
  • Reading other people
  • Defining your negotiation style
  • Working with your own negotiation rules and beliefs
  • Playing the ‘game’ of negotiation
  • Knowing your bottom line
  • Knowing what to give away
  • Dealing with hidden agendas
  • Making decisions
  • Closing the deal
  • Business English
  • Legal English
  • Technical English

Class sessions: In groups of 4-5 / hourly rate to be confirmed

One to one sessions: hourly rate to be confirmed

Field visit & excursions: an additional fees for entry and travel costs apply

All programmes have been designed as continuous enrolment, so participants can join throughout the academic year. Registrations will take place every Monday during term time.

Application forms are available on www.bcol.co.uk. Please state the modules you wish to take in the 'Personal Statement' section of the application. Alternatively please contact the College directly via telephone: + 44 (0) 121 212 0888 or email: info@birmingham-college.com

We welcome learners and visitors from all over the world to Birmingham College.

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