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Social and Professional Interaction in English: face-to-face communication at conferences and events (109)


[NEW DATE] : 9 October 2020

Lang EN Workshop language is English

Ann Humphry-Baker


Would you like to feel more confident when interacting in English in social and professional situations? This half-day workshop gives you the language skills to improve your social interaction in English.

Establishing and maintaining a professional network is essential for doctoral candidates not only while studying, but also in their professional lives for developing their career and establishing cooperative partnerships. Striking up and maintaining a conversation is not always easy but there are tools that can help you.

We will be looking at the linguistic and communicative skills you need for interacting at conferences and other professional events.

Participants will select the topics to focus on from the following list (a questionnaire will be sent prior to the workshop):

  • greetings and introductions (formal and informal)
  • initiating and maintaining a conversation
  • talking concisely and effectively about your research
  • asking effective questions and responding to questions (formal and informal)
  • inviting and accepting/declining
  • expressing opinions
  • telling stories
  • making a good impression
  • listening for verbal signs or watching for physical cues
  • concluding the conversation and moving on
  • maintaining relationships


Learning outcomes:

The doctoral candidate should have the communicative, linguistic and social skills to help them conduct effective social and professional interaction in an international (English-speaking) academic environment.


Pedagogical methods:

An interactive workshop with theoretical and linguistic input followed by role play and discussion.


Intended Audience:

Doctoral candidates from all disciplinary backgrounds with English level from B1-B2

(Please evaluate your level of English using the Council of Europe's self-evaluation grid, which you will find here. The training will be given in English.)


University of Fribourg


Date: Friday 9th October 2020

Schedule: 09:15 to 17:15

Location: University of Fribourg



Ann Humphry-Baker has been teaching English for the last 35 years and specialises in English for Academic Purposes. She was born in Edinburgh, Scotland and holds an Honours Degree in English and French from the University of Southampton and a Master's in Education from the University of Manchester. She currently teaches at the Centre de Langues at the University of Lausanne and the HEIG-VD in Yverdon-les-Bains.


Participants are eligible for reimbursement of incurred travel expenses by train between the city of their university and the location of the workshop (half-fare card, 2nd class).



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