4.0 Proficiency Programme

When you spend a lot of time in the target country, participate in high level negotiations, a lot is at stake and therefore you need a higher degree of comfortable fluency and proficiency. If you do day-to-day business abroad and want to have results urgently.

Suitable for advanced speakers who want to express themselves more precisely and confidently in situations they are most likely to encounter. Also suitable for more advanced speakers who have a good general understanding of using the language in both social and professional situations but want to take their knowledge to a more proficient level.

Learning modules:

4.1. Proficiency Essentials

Programme length: 20 sessions / 10 weeks or 20 weeks

Programme length: 20 sessions / 10 weeks or 20 weeks

Overview:Significant historical and current events. Important people that had a profound influence on the country and still shape it. Important places. Cultural heritage. Current affairs and events.

Key outcomes:

– You’ll know about the important events that shaped the country, its culture and its people. 

– You’ll have a more thorough understanding of why people are the way they are.

– You’ll read books and publications in the original language with ease.

– You’ll develop strategies to work through even the unknown.

“Connect with partners in a more meaningful way by understanding what shaped them and where they’re coming from.”

4.2. Proficiency Basics

Programme length: 20 sessions / 10 weeks or 20 weeks

Programme length: 20 sessions / 10 weeks or 20 weeks

Overview: Idiomatic expressions. Language and how it reflects way of thinking. Humour. The art of persuasion. Way of life in the target country. Current affairs and events.

Key outcomes:

– You’ll understand cultural frameworks better.

– You’ll be able to decode subtle behaviours correctly.

– You’ll understand humour better.

– You’ll be able to understand idioms and start using them.

– You’ll be able to understand complex factual and literary texts, appreciating distinctions of style and humour.

“Express yourself spontaneously, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations, and understand and appreciate different mindsets, different ways of thinking.”

4.3. Proficiency Confident

Programme length: 20 sessions / 10 weeks or 20 weeks

Programme length: 20 sessions / 10 weeks or 20 weeks

Overview: Cultural frameworks. Way of life and work in the target country. Politics and society. Current affairs and events.

Key outcomes:

– You’ll understand cultural frameworks.

– You’ll become an effective communicator: You’ll be able to formulate ideas and opinions with precision and express yourself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions.

– You’ll understand even implicit messages, you’ll be able to read between the lines.

– You’ll be able to watch TV news, extended programmes and documentaries, listen to podcasts, audiobooks without too much effort, even if they cover topics completely new to you.

“Communicate effectively, with a high degree of fluency about topics that matter to you.”

4.4. Business Proficiency Professional

Programme length: 20 sessions / 10 weeks or 20 weeks

Programme length: 20 sessions / 10 weeks or 20 weeks

Overview: TLeadership, hierarchy and power. Decision making. Disagreeing productively. Scheduling and cross-cultural perceptions of time. Current events in business.

Key outcomes:

– You’ll be able to participate in meetings constructively.

– You’ll be able to summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent way.

– You’ll know how to disagree agreeably and assertively.

– You’ll develop different communication styles whether you work at senior level or in management, operations.

– You’ll be able to read the press with ease and confidence.

“Express your ideas fluently without much searching for expressions, participate in meetings constructively and impress partners, clients, colleagues.”

4.5. Business Proficiency Expert

Programme length: 20 sessions / 10 weeks or 20 weeks

Programme length: 20 sessions / 10 weeks or 20 weeks

Overview: Economic ties that connect Britain and the target country/countries. Networking. Negotiation techniques across cultures. Persuasion. Current events in business and the industry you’re in.

Key outcomes:

– You’ll be able to use the language flexibly.

– You’ll understand a wide range of demanding, longer clauses, and recognise implicit meaning.

– You’ll be able to conduct and manage meetings, give a short opening speech, and deliver a short presentation.

– You’ll be able to understand and talk about even complex articles and commentaries in the press concerning the industry you’re in.

“Have discussions about trends that have shaped your industry. Conduct negotiations effectively.”

4.6. Business Proficiency Master

Programme length: 20 sessions / 10 weeks or 20 weeks

Programme length: 20 sessions / 10 weeks or 20 weeks

Overview: Negotiation techniques. Evaluating performance. Giving and receiving positive and negative feedback. Current events in business and the industry you’re in.

Key outcomes:

– You’ll be able to deliver a great presentation, expressing yourself spontaneously.

– You’ll know how to give feedback – both positive and negative, in a culturally appropriate way.

– You’ll know how to react to criticism and express gratitude in a subtle way.

– You’ll watch short or long documentaries with ease.

– You’ll be able to read and summarise industry news, important documentations.

“Conduct high stake negotiations, deliver presentations with ease. Read the press and stay up-to-date with current affairs that concern business relations.”