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Workshop on Written Communication and Reporting in English

26.05.-29.05.15.

Danilovgrad,Montenegro

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Background

 The Regional School of Public Administration in cooperation with the British Council, which is the United Kingdom's international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities, is organising a workshop on written communication and reporting in English. An ever growing number of civil servants from ReSPA region are faced on a daily basis with drafting of different documents in English, including all types of reports, for the attention of the European Union and other international organisations and partners. There is an obvious need to obtain a solid knowledge and skills on formal writing and reporting in English in order to comply with both professional and linguistic requirements.

Objectives

 On this course you will learn to write concise and clear prose (emails, letters, reports, proposals and papers) that appeals to and communicates directly with the reader. While writing for a specific group might imply insider knowledge, we believe that reading should be a pleasure, whatever type of text it might be. We also believe that good writing can move people to action. You will develop an awareness of good writing style and have techniques and mechanisms to improve the readability and adequacy of your writing.

Content

 You will be introduced to techniques to develop good writing skills, improve your own writing style, and practice using transformative and free writing exercises. From word choice to syntax to sentence and paragraph design, we will examine the building blocks of good writing practice and show you the choices you can make to communicate directly with your reader.

Target group

 Target group of the workshop are civil servants from the ReSPA Members and Kosovo* who in their work are supposed to draft different types of reports and other documents in English on a daily basis for the attention of the European Union and other international organizations. Participants are required to have good command of written and spoken English language.

Workshop trainers

 Nick Gibbs has 20 years experience as a Communications Trainer in a range of countries across Europe and Asia, including Italy, the Czech Republic, Indonesia and Costa Rica. He is currently based in Brussels, working largely with the Belgian Government on communications training projects for the Civil Service and Diplomatic corps, and capacity-building EU communications skills projects in the Western Balkans and Turkey with the British Council. In addition, Nick is also Language Professor at The College of Europe, Bruges and Universitaire Catholique de Louvain.

Mira Komlenovic is an experienced trainer and facilitator with over thirty years of professional experience in the region. An expert in training of trainers, course design, training and facilitation and material development. Key areas of expertise: adult training methodology, intercultural skills and citizenship, communication skills, English language, professional skills (effective presentations, writing and formal correspondence, telephone communication, productive meetings, negotiations, lobbying, project idea development, team dynamics, interpersonal communication and relationship management). A Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) practitioner with an extensive network of contacts and clients across Europe and in various sectors (government, NGO, education, culture, international organizations, corporate sector).

Methodology

 

We believe that teaching should be learner-centred and should help participants develop strategies that work both inside and outside the classroom. We recognise that beneficiaries have different aims, world knowledge, learning styles and experiences and that motivation is crucial to successful learning.
We seek to create an enjoyable learning environment in which participants develop their language, learning and study skills in order to enable them to use English in as wide a variety of situations as possible. At the same time, we work to provide opportunities for personal and professional development.
 
We value the different approaches, styles, techniques and personalities that each teacher brings to the classroom and encourage teachers to innovate, experimenting with new ideas and activities.

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