English in the international workplace
Do you work in international relations? Would you like to participate more actively at international conferences or in conversations and negotiations with international partners but you are held back by your lack of confidence in communicating in English or by fear of public speaking? This course is designed to help you improve your English communication skills in a quick, creative and practical way. It focuses on delivering presentations, conducting negotiations, writing, and communicating effectively in an intercultural setting and it provides you with personalised solutions.
In addition to the intensive training, course materials, coffee breaks and the welcome dinner are included in the course fee.
Please note: this is a communications skills course and not a language course.
This course is aimed at people who either already use English, or would like to do so for professional purposes in international relations.
You need to have a good working knowledge of English in order to take part in this course. You will have a short assessment of your English level, consisting of a short phone interview with the course leader. When registering for this course, you will be contacted by the EAIE Office with more instructions on the assessment procedure. Please note that registration will not be confirmed until the assessment has been completed.
• Presentation skills (preparation, writing, delivering, visual aids, handling questions)
• Negotiation skills (preparation, strategies, methodologies and techniques)
• Writing skills (effective use of e-mail when communicating across cultures)
By the end of this course you will have:
• Identified your strengths and weaknesses in communicating effectively in English in an intercultural environment.
• Worked towards improving your communication skills in English.
• Learned to make an effective professional presentation in English, both in terms of content and delivery.
• Learned to use e-mail more productively and efficiently both from a linguistic and an intercultural point of view.
• Practiced skills that will enable you to participate more fully in international negotiations.
This interactive course is based on real-life work situations, including preparing for and participating in negotiations, preparing presentations and writing e-mails. Attention will be given to presentation skills on a group basis as well as through individual presentation exercises. You will make at least one individual presentation during the week. This will be followed by feedback from the trainers and fellow participants. You will be asked to do some work in the evening prior to classes the following day. Course materials will be varied and will draw on documents and other material used in the field of international relations. Oral work will be based on role-play, simulations, debate, discussion and individual/group presentations.
This schedule has been provided by the trainers. The programme is subject to change.
Monday 30 June 2014
Making a successful presentation in English in an intercultural setting (covering topics such as preparation, delivering a presentation, using visual aids, handling questions, etc) - part I
13.30–17.00 Making a successful presentation in English in an intercultural setting - part II
Tuesday 1 July 2014
09.00–12.30 Making a successful presentation in English in an intercultural setting - part III
13.30–17.00 Writing effectively in English in an intercultural context (letters and e-mails, e-mail case studies)
Review of the day
Wednesday 2 July 2014
09.00–12.30 Introduction to the process of negotiation
How culture impacts the process of negotiation
13.30–15.30 Individual presentations (four participants)
Thursday 3 July 2014
09.00–12.30 Role-play to practice negotiating in an international context
Preparation and enactment with feedback
13.30–17.00 Role-play to practice negotiating in an international context
Preparation and enactment with feedback
Review of the day
Friday 4 July 2014
09.00–12.30 Individual presentations
13.30–17.00 Making a team presentation
Group simulation exercise that incorporates all of the negotiating skills learned during the week
Course evaluation and wrap-up
Please be aware that you will only receive a course certificate once you have completed the entire course. If you only attend part of the course, you will not receive a confirmation of your participation.
Chantal Barry is International Communications Manager at the Centre for Political Research at Sciences Po (CEVIPOF), Paris. Prior to this, she spent 10 years as an International Relations Manager at Sciences Po with responsibility for the strategic development of the school’s international policy. She has taught at Sciences Po at undergraduate and graduate level since 1995. Prior to this, she taught in the English Department of the University of Caen in Normandy for five years. She has been a member of the EAIE since the mid-90s and served in various functions within the EAIE’s leadership structure. She currently serves on the Professional Development Committee. She is a senior trainer at the EAIE and trains on courses such as ‘English in the International Workplace’, ‘Managing an international office’ as well as 'Teaching in the international classroom in English: strategies for success'.
Barbara A. Boldt is a lecturer in International Management at the Swiss Federal Technical Institute in Lausanne, Switzerland (EPFL). Barbara, an American national, lived and worked in Europe for almost 19 years. She has recently relocated back to the US. Barbara teaches International Negotiation, Presentation Skills in the Master’s for Management of Technology and Entrepreneurship to a multicultural student population at the EPFL. She also teaches International Negotiation at Kettering University in Flint, Michigan. In addition, Barbara teaches courses in Managing International Classrooms for international educators and trains and consults in the area of Intercultural Competency and Managing Multicultural/Virtual Teams. Barbara holds a Bachelor of Arts in Nutrition from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, US and a Masters in International Relations from University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, US.
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Cancellation by a participant
Participants can cancel their participation free of charge up until the registration deadline (7 weeks before the start of the event).
Afterwards, participants will be charged a cancellation fee of 50% of the general participation fee regardless of whether payment has been received or not. Fees for additional activities such as networking events will not be refunded.
In case of a cancellation less than 3 weeks before the start of the event, or no-show at the event, the full fee will be charged. Participants will receive a refund of the general participation fee only in cases of illness supported by the submission of an original doctor’s note or certificate. Fees for additional activities such as networking events will not be refunded.
Please note that no exception will be made in the event that your visa application is declined. Obtaining a visa and all the associated costs is the sole responsibility of the participant. The EAIE cannot assist in the visa application process other than in the issue of a letter of ‘invitation to attend’. The letter of invitation is only issued once full payment has been received.
Cancellation by the EAIE
If a course doesn't receive a sufficient number of participants, the EAIE will be forced to cancel it. The EAIE will do this no later than 6 weeks before the start of the event, and all registered participants will receive a full refund of any registration fees paid. The EAIE cannot be held liable for any costs incurred by participants (eg flight tickets).
Should the EAIE be forced to cancel a course owing to circumstances beyond its control, all registered participants will receive a 50% refund of the general participation fee. The EAIE cannot be held liable for costs incurred by participants (eg flight tickets).
The trainer will accommodate the participants’ training needs as much as possible, as long as these are within reason and do not harm the objectives of the course. It is assumed that the participant will take part in the course with a fundamentally positive attitude.
Disproportionate resistance will be addressed by the trainer for the sake of the success of the course. However, if a participant continues to behave in a way that is disruptive to the progress and spirit of the course or if a participant reacts improperly, extremely defensively or even aggressively to feedback from the trainer or other participants, the EAIE reserves the right to expel the participant from further participation. No refund of the participation fee will be given.
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