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THEmailing in English: some golden rules

Most of our students have to write emails on a regular basis. It might be within the company to foreign colleagues (or perhaps the company language is English) or it may be to foreign suppliers or customers. Whatever the case, unlike speaking, writing is a permanent record and therefore it is important to get the language and the tone right. Writing accurately and clearly is important – we all need to explain, influence or make an impact on our colleagues, clients and superiors. These skills are a little bit more complex than simply summarising information and can take us out of our comfort zone. Let’s look at some golden rules to master this form of communication.

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THCultural intelligence

We’ve all heard about IQ, emotional intelligence and today I saw the term Cultural Intelligence. Naturally, we work a lot with cultural awareness on our intensive language courses as many of our students work within international teams or do business globally. We discuss different habits, conventions and even barriers to working harmoniously together. Arguably then, being comfortable working in a multi-cultural – as well as multi-lingual - environment is more important and relevant than ever. So, what is cultural intelligence and why is it important?

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THHow to simplify your language

Working with a student this week, he told me it was really important to him to ‘keep it simple’: to use sentences which followed a clear structure with vocabulary which everyone could understand. I understood what he meant: he works with native and non-native speakers and he wants to be easily understood and not complicate matters unnecessarily. How can we do this without sounding too ‘basic’ or patronising? Here are some ideas we discussed.

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THCreating rapport in English

Establishing strong relationships is an important part of being successful in business, where it is important to have reliable partners, work in and manage teams etc. According to the Cambridge Dictionary good rapport is about, “having a good understanding of someone and an ability to communicate well with them.” When we’re using our second language, we can sometimes focus so much on our communication skills that we forget the bigger picture of relationship-building. Let’s look at some key features of creating rapport.

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THHow to make the most of distance learning

by Claire Jaynes

Here at Trebinshun House, students have been visiting us for over forty years to take part in our intensive programmes. We have offered distance lessons for some time (often by phone) but did you know we also offer lessons online? These can serve as a useful bridge between courses or they can be an introduction to our teaching methods. Technology has improved to the extent where we can simulate the face-to-face contact (but unfortunately without access to Ken’s food!). Let’s look at the ways to maximise the benefits of distance learning.

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THWhat is your language training strategy for 2018?

by Claire Jaynes

At the beginning of a new year, our thoughts inevitably look to the future and what we want to achieve. At Trebinshun House, we always want to focus on our solid traditions and values and at the same time, keep up-to-date with changes in the field of learning. This should make your – or your company’s – language training strategy more efficient and make sure that you are learning in a supportive and inspiring atmosphere. Let’s look at some language learning trends which we’ll be using in the classroom and which you can follow through after your course.

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THReflecting on progress

by Claire Jaynes, DoS at Trebinshun House

As we come to the end of the year, we’re all busy with reports, end of year processes and getting ready for Christmas. It’s the time of year that we will – eventually - have some time to reflect. We’d like to encourage you to reflect on your progress in English over the last year.

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THWhat are some effective habits in language learning?

by Claire Jaynes, DoS at Trebinshun House

Many of you will know Stephen Covey’s ‘Seven Habits of Highly Effective People’ (since updated to eight!). How can we translate them in a language learning context? Let’s look at each habit and apply it to the context of language learning.

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THListening strategies: how to listen better

by Claire Jaynes, DoS at Trebinshun House

You’ve heard of top-down and bottom up management but have you heard of these terms in language development?! We use them to talk about listening skills and you’re probably aware that becoming a better communicator involves focussing on your speaking and listening skills. Let’s look at these different techniques that we use in class on our intensive English courses – ones that you can also use at home.

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THHow to improve your English: your to-do list!

by Claire Jaynes, DoS at Trebinshun House

Our last blog article focussed on what you shouldn’t do when learning English. We’d like to bring our attention to helpful habits and approaches to learning and what should be on your ‘to-do’ list. Don’t worry, some of these can be done instantly….

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THWhat you can do to improve your English NOW!

by Claire Jaynes, DoS at Trebinshun House

Over the last two weeks at Trebinshun House while working with students from Elementary to Advanced level, I've become aware of a common theme: how relatively easy it is to get blocked or stuck when learning a language - regardless of level. So we've been discussing with our students what they can each change about their English NOW to enable them to improve their learning experience and their long term success.

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THHow can you socialise more easily and effectively in English?!

by Claire Jaynes, DoS at Trebinshun House

At Trebinshun House, we often work with students who want to develop their social English. Do you ever attend networking events, have business dinners with visiting colleagues, or even just work with a multinational team and have everyday conversations about the weekend, family news etc. How can you socialise more easily and effectively in English?

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