English as a Second Language

Below are our English as a Second Language Skills Courses. Please click for more information.

English as a Second Language: Writing and Oral

This program helps non-native speakers of English improve the clarity, conciseness and ease of their ability to communicate in English. Participants will develop confidence in improved speaking and writing. Participants will work at whatever level of English is appropriate for them either individually or in small groups.

Objectives:

 

  • Learn basic English words and phrases as used in the workplace.
  • Improve pronunciation and spelling of English.
  • Develop strategies for predicting and managing typical workplace speaking situations.
  • Consider idiom, slang and nuance of word meaning as part of vocabulary development.
  • Learn organizational patterns of spoken and written English.
  • Practice speaking situations with other participants.

Presentation Skills for Non-native Speakers

This course will help non-native speakers of English create and deliver presentations in English. Participants will work with materials they are using in the workplace, and will work at whatever level is appropriate for them.

Objectives:

 

  • Learn basic elements of strong presentations.
  • Understand common pitfalls for non-native speakers.
  • Review and practice problem areas in pronunciation and intonation.
  • Organize presentation material for maximum audience understanding.
  • Learn to anticipate and address audience concerns.
  • Know how to ensure understanding, and to manage questions.

Make Your Communication Work for You

This course will help participants for whom English is not their native language speak with more confidence by learning to navigate common workplace situations. Participants will review communication elements that are common in spoken American English, and will learn how to use them in conversations, discussions, and other interactions.

Objectives:

 

  • Understand some common American English usage.
  • Recognize behaviors that often accompany communication.
  • Learn to better distinguish letter sounds.
  • Consider the effect of tone and emphasis on meaning.
  • Learn strategies for increasing understanding.
  • Be comfortable speaking in a variety of situations.