Intercultural Communication Skills

Our Intercultural Communication Skills course is aimed at staff from educational institutions who wish to develop their awareness of the field of cross-cultural communication (in English) in order to add relevant activities into their higher secondary, tertiary or adult learning classrooms. 

June 20-24 2019 confirmed – places still available

This course generally appeals to language teachers but may also be highly useful for other subject teachers. Participants should ideally benefit from a C1 or higher level of English. Native English speakers are welcome.

Teachers who wish to place a stronger emphasis on language improvement, i.e. those with a B2 level of English, whilst developing their cross-cultural skills, should apply for the English for Erasmus Communication course instead. 

On Request Dates

We invite teachers to request additional ‘on request’ course dates as early as possible. With a minimum of three teachers we will confirm a course.  We recommend contacting us several months (4-6) in advance to allow us to advertise, and being as flexible as possible with your dates. 

Course Outcomes

The main course outcomes are to:

  • learn about intercultural communication research
  • develop your awareness of key intercultural communication concepts
  • explore your own cultural perspective on a number of identified cross- cultural dimensions
  • engage in a range of classroom activities
  • get ideas and materials for your own classroom
  • build your awareness of published and online intercultural resources
  • exchange ideas and experiences with other teachers from the EU

Programme 

Our twenty-five hour programme runs over five days in the UNESCO world heritage city of Bath, UK in a comfortable venue that provides wifi and free refreshments. It is eligible for KA1 Erasmus funding. 

Course participants are provided with a full programme shortly before the course. All course materials are provided. 
 

Jane Austen lived here

image of Bath Abbey at night

Roman Baths in Bath

 

Intercultural Communication Skills

Course Timings

Most days we split the day into 3 hours per morning and 2 hours per afternoon with a 3-hour lunch break to enable our participants to recharge and enjoy Bath’s many cultural opportunities during opening hours.

Museums and shops are open all day from 09.30/10.00 -17.30/18.00. Supermarkets stay open longer. 

Course Fee

1 week €590      

This includes our booking fee but does not include accommodation. See below. 

Erasmus Documentation

We will provide your teaching institution with the necessary course information to complete its Erasmus documentation before or during the course, as desired. 

PIC number: 920212229

Certification

At the end of the course you will receive an EMB English for Intercultural Communication Skills course certificate.

Cultural Visits

The course includes a 2-hour history walk around Bath.

EMB can help participants choose evening and weekend cultural activities to enhance their cultural experience and promote the use of English outside the classroom.

We usually arrange a mid-week evening activity such as a visit to the Theatre Royal. 

Intercultural Communication Skills

Application / Preparation

1 Please email Course Leader (click) Sara Helm

Give your: name(s) / school / location / job title / English language level and the date of the course you are interested in. 

2 We will send you our course factsheet and an application form.  

3  Complete and return it asap! 

4 We will send you a course registration document for your school and a host family profile and contact details (if applicable)

5 You or your Erasmus co-ordinator are welcome to email us a pdf Erasmus contract for our signature.

6 We will send you or your school the course invoice(s) to be paid one month before your course.

7 We will then send you final joining details and a course programme.

Themae Spa roof top Bath,UK

Accommodation

image of English Means Business Host FamilyStay with one of our friendly host families to give you the ‘total immersion’ experience! A host family stay guarantees you an authentic taste of Bath life and provides the opportunity for conversation and friendship building.  

Our host families are couples or single people who generally do not have children living at home. They live within a 30-minute walk of the course venue. Our host family charge including breakfast and dinner is £340 / €400 for 5 to 7 nights. It is important to book early to guarantee a host family.

“My accommodation was great. Close to the centre of town, lovely home, food was tasty and my hostess was very nice.” Kaie S, Estonia

Over the summer holiday period we hope to provide families at a reduced fee of €350 based on distance to the course, amenities, etc.

Alternatively, we can recommend web links to bed and breakfast, hotel, apartment or hostel. 

“The centrally located YMCA was perfect for me and my family.” Matjaž V, Slovenia

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