Business English School Connor ◆ English Language Courses

KEY ENGLISH LANGUAGE SKILLS

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The Connor approach to teaching general English content is unique. The traditional model of English language teaching requires students to attend course after course to achieve results, leading to frustration and boredom on the part of participants and wasted time and resources for the company. The TEMPO™ Method, on the other hand, selects and teaches the key English language content required in the workplace.

By integrating this Key English content with the TEMPO™ skills (Telephone calls, Emails, Meetings and Presentations) not only is memory and motivation improved, but companies observe rapid and lasting results as the course measurably impacts on daily job performance. Students continue to progress after the course has finished because the workplace becomes an extension of the classroom providing participants with endless opportunities to practice and perfect what they have learnt.

Every lesson includes work on all four language skills (reading, writing, speaking and comprehension) as well as the revision and practice of grammar, vocabulary, phrasal verbs, pronunciation, listening and conversation.

  • Listening: One of the greatest barriers to communication is poor comprehension. Participants with poor listening skills lack the confidence to speak on the phone, are unable to participate actively at meetings and feel ill-at-ease in social situations. Good listening skills are particularly important on the telephone or in conference calls where the non-verbal aspects of language, such as facial expressions and body language are absent. Improving listening comprehension is therefore one of the primary aims of all Connor courses at all levels. To achieve this, the TEMPO™ Method includes a series of specific listening and pronunciation exercises. TEMPO™’s exclusive “shadow-listening” technique gives students integrated training in comprehension, pronunciation, intonation and vocabulary.
  • Speaking: Connor places great importance on general conversation skills and social English. A part of each Connor lesson is dedicated to Free Oral Practice to ensure that each and every participant has the opportunity to gain fluency and confidence in speaking. Conversations are initiated on a wide range of general, business, or sector-specific topics to get participants actively using vocabulary and grammar introduced previously. Improved pronunciation and new vocabulary help to provide participants with the tools they need to express their ideas clearly and confidently. Specific work is also done on the skills needed in public speaking situations such as presentations and meetings. 
  • Grammar: Traditional teaching methods require participants to study grammar rules and do mechanical grammar drills and exercises until students reach a certain degree of accuracy. The result is that participants can often recite grammar rules, but make many mistakes in speaking and writing as they are not really sure how to apply them. The TEMPO™ Method links grammar to context, explaining the function of a structure (for example; making requests, giving opinions, talking about processes, etc.) so that participants understand how grammar structures relate to real-life situations. Role-plays and simulations provide a setting in which participants can use new grammar structures in a natural way.
  • Vocabulary: New vocabulary is gradually introduced through reading texts and listening exercises. The comprehension and retention of vocabulary is facilitated by careful recycling  in different situations and reinforced in guided discussions and conversations (Free Oral Practice). In addition, the TEMPO™ Method focuses on those aspects of vocabulary which may cause breakdowns in communication, such as idiomatic expressions and phrasal verbs. It is estimated that there are more than 3,500 phrasal verbs in English. Connor has selected the 250 most commonly used in the workplace and focus on them.

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