BusinessU: Effective English Communication in a Language-Diverse Workplace

Tuesday, October 19, 2021 (8:30 AM - 10:00 AM) (EDT)


Virtual option only available 

This interactive workshop is designed to help native or near-native English speakers adapt their English to be better understood by their non-native English-speaking colleagues. The first step in improving comprehensibility, is to become aware of the idioms, expressions, and slang that are a natural part of native speech. Non-native English speakers, regardless of their education levels or job titles, often do not have the English proficiency to interpret such language. In addition to building rapport in the workplace and improving employee retention, this workshop could also fall within a company’s goals for diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

By the end of the workshop, attendees will be able to: 

  • Recognize their own use of idiomatic language
  • Focus on their speech including linking words, pauses, and intonation
  • Identify phrasal verbs and understand why they present difficulties for the non-native English speaker
  • Modify their language in order to be more easily understood at work

Instruction by Kim Andersen and Linda Wien, Capital Region Language Center

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Tuesday, October 19, 2021 (8:30 AM - 10:00 AM) (EDT)
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