What are the course objectives for the
English for Human Resources Course?

The course is designed to develop the communicative performance of Human Resources staff in their dealings with staff, superiors, external colleagues, trade unions and other HR personnel in an international context. It is also intended to enable them to use standard HR terminology with the appropriateness of linguistic context and style.

We have HR staff from many different areas come and study with us, with varying levels of experience and expertise. In the last two years, we have had HR executives from Recruitment, Labour relations, Consultancy, Training and Development to name a few. Students whose English is excellent and students who are still not confident in expressing themselves in English.

English for HR professionals: Communication Skills

In our English for Human Resources course as well as formal classroom teaching to learn English, there is an emphasis on communicating effectively and to help our students achieve this, study activities include role-plays, case studies and simulations, video and audio recorded simulations

While focussing on the language of HR there is also a broad range of input about business English in general. The focus of the Human Resources course is on practical & effective business English for professionals and communication skills, and depending on the students’ specific needs may include:

  • Meetings and Teleconferencing – how to participate with other members of a team.
  • Negotiations – discussing how to come to an agreement with someone in a diplomatic way.
  • Presenting Information – being able to express oneself in a clear way.
  • Dealing with Numerical Data.
  • Telephoning – checking and clarifying and improving listening skills.
  • Socialising and Networking – Before or after a meeting, at a conference or in the restaurant.
  • E-mail, Letter and Report Writing.
  • Cross-cultural awareness – how different culture approach similar situations and how to avoid misunderstanding.
  • Human Resource English for Professionals: Lexical Content

    On the English for Human Resources course we will work together with the student to look at the language that is required for them to be able to do their job more effectively, this might include building the range of vocabulary in some of the following areas::

  • The role of Human Resources Management.
  • Job Analysis.
  • Planning and Recruitment.
  • Selection and Interviewing.
  • Training and Development.
  • Compensation, Incentives and Benefits.
  • Diversity.
  • Strategy.
  • HR Documents.
  • The Legal environment.
  • Appraisal and career management.
  • Special emphasis is placed on the relevant vocabulary, register and grammatical structures that are used in this field and the client is given the opportunity to practise using the language that he or she has acquired by means of seminars, group sessions and communicative practice activities.

    English lessons for HR: A Case Study

    To read what Chiara has to say about the English for Human Resources course that she attended last year. Click here.

    • Fact Check

      Minimum age: 25 Average age: 40
      Maximum class size: 1 to 4 (depending on course)
      25 hours (60 minutes) per week, plus 5-10 hours self-access
      Options for an extra 5 hours
      Start any Monday
      Minimum 1 week
      All levels for 1:1 classes. Group classes above level A2

    • Duration / Timetable / Programme

      Course duration can be for between 1 and 4+ weeks (2 weeks is the average). The programme is highly intensive and includes 25 contact hours plus 5 to 10 self-access study hours plus 7.5 hours social English over optional teacher accompanied lunch per week plus optional evening social activities (such as restaurants, guided tours, live music, cultural events). We would recommend that most students do a combination course: 1:1 in the morning, giving the students the opportunity to not only study English but work on individual and specialised needs necessary for professional communication; mini group of maximum 4 people the afternoon, focusing on professional communication in an international context with students of different nationalities and cultures.

    • Sample Timetable

      8:30 - 9:15 Optional guided self-study.
      9:15 - 10:30 Period 1 with Morning Tutor (1:1)
      10:30 - 10:45 Morning Coffee Break
      10:45 - 12:00 Period 2 with Morning Tutor (1:1)
      12:00 - 13:15 Lunch with teacher/s and fellow students (optional)
      13:15 - 14:30 Period 3 with Afternoon Tutor (mini-group – max 4 participants)
      14:30 - 14:45 Afternoon Coffee Break
      14:45 - 16:00 Period 4 with Afternoon Tutor (mini-group – max 4 participants)
      16:00 - 17:30 Optional Self-Access Study

      Evening Social Activity Programme (optional)

    Accommodation

    An Executive homestay will maximise your exposure to native speakers while learning about the culture in England, and provides an opportunity to network and build long-term friendships. Offering high levels of comfort and convenience; most of our homestays are current or retired professionals.

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    Social Programme

    The Executive Social Programme and its tutor accompanied lunch system, provide opportunities to socialise in English and network with professionals from all over the world. And the evening? The evening social programme is full and varied. It may include evening meals, nights out, cultural events or sports!

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