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What does it mean to be a good communicator in English

What does it mean to be a good communicator in English?

Being a good communicator in English is probably not what you think! We all have our own ideas: using perfect grammar, writing complicated sentences, sounding like a native speaker to name a few. But have you considered, there are other factors that may matter more? Join us on this journey of self-discovery, as we bridge the gap between what you think you need to do and what you should actually do to become a proficient communicator in English.

Ways you can support non-native English-speakers

7 ways you can support non-native English-speaking team members

There are many ways you can support non-native English-speaking team members. In today’s diverse workplaces, it is essential for us to foster inclusivity to achieve effective collaboration. Non-native English speakers face unique challenges when it comes to language proficiency and cultural differences, which can impact their ability to fully contribute and succeed within the team. By implementing supportive strategies, you can create an environment where every team member feels valued and empowered to express their ideas and perspectives.

Measuring communication skills

Measuring communication skills in English

The way you measure your English communication skills may not be accurate! In today’s multicultural workplaces, the ability to effectively communicate in English has become increasingly important. As English continues to be the lingua franca of international business and cross-cultural collaboration, using English at work has become a widespread requirement.

What is Global English

What is Global English and how can it transform communication in multicultural teams?

Global English is a modified version of the English language which helps native and non-native speakers of English to clearly communicate. By modifying the language, it is understood by everyone and avoids misunderstandings. It has no colloquialisms and avoids idioms and nuances of the language therefore making it easier for non-native English speakers to understand.

Navigating Comm Challenges in Multilingual Multicultural Workplace

Navigating Communication Challenges in a Multilingual Workplace

If English is your workplace language but you have team members from many different language backgrounds and with varying levels of competency in English, then it is very likely that your teams experience communication issues. The good news is that there are solutions to these issues. That is, there are a number of effective practices and policies as well as skills development options that can be implemented to greatly improve communication across all different language and culture backgrounds as well as English-language abilities.

Business English confidence – 5 tips to help you be yourself and speak up in English

How do you see your business English capability? When working in a foreign language, there are a lot of things that can hold you back from sharing your input as often and as easily as you would in your own language.
Learning grammar and more and more vocabulary will only get you so far when you have to use English every day in the workplace. And that should be an important consideration when looking for a business English course.

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4 Tips for Communication In Multicultural Teams

Good communication within teams promotes a greater exchange of ideas and smoother cooperation, resulting in better execution of projects. Professionals, and sometimes entire teams, often have to collaborate with each other in English when English is not their native language. Successful collaboration on multicultural teams means fewer instances of miscommunication and the preservation of good working relationships so that common goals and company targets can be reached.

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Active Listening Skills for Multicultural Teams – 4 Key Considerations

We all know that communication in culturally diverse teams can be challenging. Even if everyone is speaking the same language (usually English), what you say or what is said to you can often be misinterpreted, leading to time-consuming misunderstandings. In such scenarios, there are many simple but effective tools we can implement to help communication in this context.

School system in Ireland

Understanding the School System in Ireland

Ireland’s education system is well regarded. In fact, in a 2016 OECD report, Ireland was found to have the second-highest percentage of people (44% of those aged 25-64) with a third-level education in the EU, behind only the UK. Knowing the local school system is vital for families who wish to integrate into life in a different country.

Evening view of Dublin

5 typical Irish expressions or words you will need to understand if you relocate to Ireland

I wrote a piece a few weeks ago about what it was like to acclimatise to the culture in Ireland. I mentioned a few simple cultural observations that I had made and it was great that they seemed to resonate with people. Hopefully, they can help if you are looking to relocate to Dublin, Cork or any other of the unique cities, towns and villages on this fascinating island. 

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