21st Century Communication Skills in English for Teachers, Adult English Language Course Stage 2: Professional Communication, course only package, Future Learning Dublin
Future Learning is a leading project-based, technology-enhanced English language school with headquarters in Dublin and second centre in the traditional Irish midlands town of Athlone, Ireland. The school offers an innovative and exciting way to learn English and explore Ireland, and is lead by staff with many years of experience in the English language sector.
This course takes place year-round in Future Learning's Dublin centre (minimum 5 participants per class). Course only packages available from September 2021.
Course Introduction: 21st Century Communication Skills, Adult English Language Courses
Future Learning believes that all learners choose to study English for a purpose and our courses are designed with a sense of that purpose; personal, social, professional and academic. Future Learning also emphasises the importance of learner autonomy, and our courses invite the learner to take responsibility for their progress, help them to develop their learning skills and the ability to develop themselves.
Future Learning’s Adult Course is divided into three stages according to English language level. At each stage the exit criteria are those specified in the relevant Integrated Skills Exam (ISE) for ILEP purposes by Trinity College London:
Stage 2: Professional Communication – Levels B1 to B2
The second stage is designed for professionals who are interested in developing their spoken and written communication skills in an international and technology- enhanced environment. The aim is to equip participants to communicate effectively in English in order to be able to progress professionally. Living as a global citizen many opportunities can arise in international technology companies who employ multinational teams to service global markets in the first language. The language of coordination and management in these companies is majority English. However, and in order to progress in your career you need to be able to present yourself well and communicate effectively in that language. Effective communication is about more than just the language, it is about engagement with the culture of the company in an appropriate way.
Learner Outcomes at B2 level:
By the end of this course participants will have:
1) improved the communication, collaboration, creative problem solving, and critical thinking skills to enable them to do the following in English and through technology in personal and professional contexts;
2) understood the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of professional specialisation;
3) interacted with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular professional interaction with first language speakers quite possible without strain for either party;
4) produced clear, detailed text on a wide range of professional subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.
The course is delivered through the medium of English, which gives participants an opportunity to refresh and improve their communication skills in an authentic workplace environment. An B1, intermediate level of English is recommended. It is recommended to bring your own device- mobile, tablet, laptop (some laptops are available at Future Learning for group work).
There are between three and five course hours per day, Monday to Friday totalling 20 hours per week. There will also be two afternoon cultural visits per week.
Sample language and skills topics include:
- language recap: review, repair and reinforce from previous projects (Week 1) and current project (Week 2)
- new / main language point: principles, contextualised practice and functional language for project;
- integrated skills: language in
listening OR reading (info. ideas and inference);
- integrated skills: understanding shown in spoken or written response
- progress check: week 1: assessed
Trinity College ISE Exam Task; week 2:
revision & unit test
Sample project work topics include:
- introducing project topic: explore what you already know about it;
- explore topic in text: use written sources provided to develop your understanding;
- explore topic in multi-media: use multi-media sources to develop your understanding further;
- preparing to express ideas: explain how your ideas on this topic have changed or developed with peer support:
- presenting conclusion: in pairs or small groups explain your ideas on the topic and listeners report data gathered.
Future Learning is committed to delivering innovative and effective technology enhanced language learning in our courses and sharing the best practice which we develop through our training programme. This programme offers a mix of English language immersion, cultural exposure and technology enhanced teaching ideas for experienced teachers.
Fees from September 2022 to June 2023
AM or PM schedule to be confirmed one month in advance of arrival
● 15 hours classroom based project-based learning through technology, spread over 5 course days
● 5 hours of 2 teacher led cultural activities per week, spread over 2 days
Total 20 hours over 5 course days
● detailed timetable in advance of arrival
● end of project presentation and certificate
Price same per person or mini groups. Minimum of 5 participants required to run this course.
To facilitate the mobility-funded exchange of best practice and to achieve Erasmus+ participants learning outcomes, Future Learning welcomes sending institutions and/or intermediaries to contact us to establish collaboration by entering into a Memorandum of Understanding Agreement.
Looking forward to welcoming many Erasmus+ participants in the coming years, not only to achieve your learning outcomes through technology enhanced learning but to thoroughly enjoy and experience the warmth and friendliness of the Irish people, its culture, landscape and traditions.
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