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The English Express I™: Speaking English Today

This is a 2-day intensive programme for corporate and government employees who require English speaking skills. It is the first part of the 3-part The English Express™ English Programmes and can be conducted as a stand-alone programme.

Course Objective

In today’s working environment, speaking in English is absolutely necessary and unavoidable. Unfortunately, many avoid speaking in English because they lack confidence and are trapped in a negative reinforcing cycle. This adversely impacts corporate image and customer satisfaction. The objective of this programme is to break the negative reinforcing cycle and start a positive reinforcing cycle by encouraging participants to speak in English regardless of grammar, pronunciation and vocabulary mistakes. However, participants will also brush up on some basic English grammar. At the end of the programme, they will be able to speak English with more confidence and style.

Negative Reinforcing Cycle

Course Methodology

This programme employs adult learning techniques which include active learning strategies to facilitate understanding and retention. Participants will spend 80% of the time in individual or group activities which allow them to learn, develop and practise English language skills. A pre-test and a post-test (on grammar) are administered to gauge the participants' retention. A simple workbook is used to facilitate the programme. The number of participants is limited to 15 to ensure personal attention for each participant.

Course Syllabus

Module 1
Overcoming the Fear of the English Language - commitment and promise to speak in English regardless of mistakes
Module 2
Stand Up and Speak - taking the first step by making a self-introduction
Module 3
Subject-Verb Agreement - the fundamental rule of English grammar – matching singular verbs to singular nouns and plural verbs to plural nouns
Module 4
Office Interactions - common words and useful phrases to use in office conversations, meetings and presentations
Module 5
Simple Present & Present Continuous Tense - the use of the simple present tense to describe a truth or a habitual action e.g. Ali brushes his teeth every morning, and the use of the present continuous tense to describe a current action e.g. Ali is brushing his teeth now
Module 6
Simple Past & Past Continuous Tense - the use of the simple past tense to describe a past action e.g. Mila drove to work yesterday, and the use of the past continuous tense to describe an action that was happening at a specific time in the past e.g. Mila was watching TV at 10 p.m. yesterday
Module 7
Telephone Conversation Skills - common words and useful phrases to use in telephone conversations
Module 8
Customer Interactions - common words and phrases to use in conversations with customers

Course Timetable

Time 1st Day 2nd Day
9.00-10.45 a.m. Pre-test
Overcoming the Fear of the English Language (M1)
Simple Present & Present Continuous Tense (M5)
10.45-11.00 a.m. Tea Break
11.00 a.m.-12.45 p.m. Stand Up and Speak (M2)
Individual Practice
Simple Past & Past Continuous Tense (M6)
12.45-1.45 p.m. Lunch
1.45-3.15 p.m. Subject-Verb Agreement (M3)
Telephone Conversation Skills (M7)
3.15-3.30 p.m. Tea Break
3.30-5.00 p.m. Office Interactions (M4)
Customer Interactions (M8)

We are also able to tailor The English Express I™ programme to the specific needs of your organization. Please contact our training consultant for an appointment.