Cross Cultural Communication

AESDC courses are taught using a combination of lectures, guided participation, drills, and practical/real-life communication practice. The course is designed to quickly equip participants with a degree of confidence in their own communication skills, allowing them to more readily communicate in English.

  • To surface expectations and conflicts they encounter at work and regarding English that cause them the most problems.
  • To improve grammar usage as it correlates with the results of the pre-assessment.
  • To gain a broad understanding of US/UK culture and English language use; to include idiomatic expressions.
  • Use different trainers from England, Wales, and different parts of the US.
  • To improve the students’ active listening and vocabulary by using different trainers with different accents for the sake of accurately transcribing audio.
  • To focus on different regions within the US as it relates to the following:

    • Accents (Pronunciation, Intonation, Tone, etc.)
    • Expressions
    • Colloquial reductions
    • Personality traits
Introduction and Needs Assessments
Learning Objectives
  1. Assess what their expectations are for the course and the difficulties they have with using English to accomplish their tasks work
  2. Enhance listening skills
Activities
  1. Needs Assessment
  2. Discussion when they use English
  3. Look at communication cues and tone and liaisons
Grammar – Verb Tense
Learning Objectives
  1. Highlight the importance of grammar in their job
  2. Review the forms of the verb tenses
  3. Identify when to use each of the verb tenses
Activities
  1. Verb tense exercise to practice identifying the correct verb tense to use
  2. Writing/presentation activity to use the target verb tense in forming sentences
Conjunctions and Prepositions
Learning Objectives
  1. Familiarize participants with the different conjunctions and when to use them
  2. Look at kinds of prepositions and identify their correct use
Activities
  1. Linking sentences to practice using a wide variety of conjunctions
  2. Using prepositions in different situations
Vocabulary and Adverbs of Time
Learning Objectives
  1. 1. Build vocabulary by looking at similar sounding words e.g. affect and effect, piece and peace
  2. 2. Review adverbs of time and when to use them appropriately
Activities
  1. Listen to audio clips and identify the words used in the sentences
  2. Synonyms and antonyms activities
  3. The power of an adjective
Grammar review
Learning Objectives
  1. Look at the importance of punctuation and how they change the meaning of a sentence
  2. Discuss when to insert commas and when not to
  3. Go over the different kinds of clauses
Activities
  1. Amending short written sentences to include commas
  2. Listening to audio clips and transcribing them with the correct use of commas
Punctuations – Periods and Semi-colons
Learning Objectives
  1. Decide when to break sentences with the use of periods
  2. Identify what sentence fragments are and how to avoid them
Activities
  1. Editing short paragraphs to insert periods and semi-colons along with commas
  2. Listening to audio clips and transcribing them with the correct use of all the punctuations discussed so far
Punctuations – Sentence Construction and Apostrophes
Learning Objectives
  1. Go through the rules for using apostrophes with contractions and to show ownership
  2. Brush up on sentence construction
Activities
  1. Improving articles to correct/insert punctuations (periods, semi-colons, commas, apostrophes)
  2. Listening to audio clips and transcribing them with the correct use of all the punctuations discussed so far
Review of Punctuation
Learning Objectives
  1. Evaluate the participants’ use of the different punctuations that have been discussed
Activities
  1. Writing a script to review both grammar and punctuation use
Introduction to Softer Skills and Accents
Learning Objectives
  1. Finding the meaning behind the words spoken by looking at the bigger picture (context, tone, body language)
  2. Identify the different accents around the U.S. and place them in the right area correctly
Activities
  1. Place the accent on the map
  2. Watch different videos to see if the participants can identify accurately what is going on in the scene
Colloquialisms and Accents
Learning Objectives
  1. Discuss colloquialisms used in the U.S. to better understand the language and the culture
  2. Focus on key accents used in movies to improve listening comprehension
Activities
  1. Look at words that have different meanings in parts of the U.S. and in other countries
  2. One thing, different names
Idioms and Humor
Learning Objectives
  1. Go through some common idioms used in the U.S. to better understand the culture and language
  2. Discuss American humor and how it differs from humor in different countries
Activities
  1. Guess that idiom
  2. Watch video clips that show different kinds of humor
  3. Compare and contrast humor from different countries/cultures
Sarcasm
Learning Objectives
  1. Practice identifying sarcasm
  2. Look at how misreading sarcasm can affect the understanding of a movie
Activities
  1. Watch and listen to video and audio clips to identify sarcasm (varying degrees of difficulty)