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Fri 23 Feb 2018
16:00 - 18:00

Venue: Department of Engineering, CLIC 1

Provided by: Engineering Centre for Languages & Inter-Communication


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English: Cultural Awareness- The global engineer, Communicating across countries and cultures
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Fri 23 Feb 2018

Description

Have you ever struggled with colleagues' styles of communication, wondered why some people seem to use more formal language, or be more direct than others? Culture plays a big part in how we communicate, and adjusting to the cultural communication norms means more than learning a foreign language.

In Cambridge's diverse and multicultural environment, we constantly communicate with people whose cultural communication norms differ from ours, whether you are a native English speaker from the United Kingdom, a native English speaker from elsewhere in the world, or have learnt English as a foreign language.

In order to avoid misunderstanding, or worse still, conflict, brought on by variations in communication styles we need to learn to make allowances for the cultural differences in how people communicate. To better understand cross-cultural complexity and increase your awareness of cultural identities, the Department's Language Unit have kindly agreed to run a training session on intercultural communication to increase your cultural awareness and give you a better understanding of how culture may affect your everyday communication.

Although crucial during your time in Cambridge, intercultural competence count as a critical soft-skill in your carrier. The engineers of tomorrow need cross-cultural communication skills to work effectively across countries and cultures, in international teams and in leadership /managerial roles, in addition to technical and scientific competence. This workshop will help Engineers to be effective communicators across cultures.

  • NB. Please read ATTENDANCE section below before signing up for this course.
Target audience
  • English native speaking and non-English native speaking MPhil by Research and PhD students plus Postdocs from the Department of Engineering ONLY
  • No other students, members of staff or visiting scholars are eligible for this course. If you are not eligible, please do not sign up, as your name will be deleted from the list without further notice. Instead, please email Nicola Cavaleri (nch23@cam.ac.uk) to enquire about possible special arrangements.
  • Further details regarding Engineering Language Unit's eligibility criteria are available
Prerequisites
  • English native speaking and non-English native speaking MPhil by Research and PhD students plus Postdocs from the Department of Engineering ONLY
Sessions

Number of sessions: 1

# Date Time Venue Trainer
1 Fri 23 Feb 2018   16:00 - 18:00 16:00 - 18:00 Department of Engineering, CLIC 1 map Kasia Lanucha
Topics covered
  • Communicate effectively across countries and cultures.
Aims
  • Communicate effectively across countries and cultures.
Format

Class work and participation

ATTENDANCE

If you sign up but cannot attend a workshop, your can remove your name from the list in advance. However, if your name appears on the register and you do not attend the workshop or provide a reason for not attending, your name may be removed from subsequent attendance lists without notice to make space for those on waiting lists.

Duration

One session of two hours

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