Workshop 1

Verbal Communication workshop

Verbal Communication for the International Workplace


This workshop will be offered a number of times each year.  Future dates and time tbc. The workshop will last 90 minutes.

With a diverse multicultural and multilingual staff and student body here at UCC, it is important that we each strive to become skilled communicators, aware of how we use English as a working language in our university and equipped to adapt where necessary. This workshop will provide you with an enhanced understanding of how we can better communicate in linguistically diverse organisations and teams. It will also provide you with real-world examples and opportunities to put this knowledge into practice, focusing on spoken communication.
Learning Outcomes: 
By the end of the workshop, you will be able to: 
  • identify features of spoken language use, whether English is your first or an additional language.
  • understand and reflect on the linguistic challenges facing both staff and students in an international workplace and learning environment.
  • adapt your spoken language use in everyday situations from formal to informal registers.
  • prevent and repair communication breakdown using a variety of techniques to ensure clear understanding with staff and students.  
Participant Feedback:
  • An excellent workshop to help us achieve greater clarity, even when talking to first-language English speakers from different regions
  • Time well spent for anyone whose work involves communication with non-native English speakers.
  • This workshop really made me reflect on some of the language that English speakers regularly use that can be confusing for non-native speakers as many phrases don't translate.
  • Definitely worth doing, very useful to see how even simple turns of phrase or unnecessary padding in a sentence can undermine the communication.
To sign up for this workshop please register via ESS.

Language Centre

Lárionad Teanga

Main Office, G36, O'Rahilly Building, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland

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