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Chinese: Advanced Intensive new Mon 18 Jun 2012   14:00 Finished
  • If you are not sure whether this course suits your proficiency level, please contact the instructor for more information (fyh20@cam.ac.uk).

The course uses "Chinese in Steps", a series of textbooks developed within SOAS Language Centre. Communicative context, with videos, audio, texts and conversation. Exact content will be decided with students.

Chinese: Beginner Intensive Fri 3 Jul 2020   10:00 Finished

Introductory course to Chinese. This course is for those with no previous knowledge of Chinese. Communicative context, with videos, audio, texts and conversation.

Chinese: Get the name right! new Thu 28 Nov 2019   12:30 Finished

“Pronouncing someone’s name correctly can make people feel valued, honoured and respected — and mispronouncing their name creates real problems.” Gerardo Ochoa

This lunch and learn session will explore Chinese names. How to pronounce them. What it says about the person. The stories behind names. The focus will be on pronunciation but you will also be welcome to share your own experience and tell your stories.

Chinese: Intermediate Intensive new Mon 18 Jun 2012   10:00 CANCELLED

The course uses "Chinese in Steps", a series of textbooks developed within SOAS Language Centre. Communicative context, with videos, audio, texts and conversation.

CLIC: Core skills: Listening effectively new Fri 23 Oct 2020   12:00 Finished

We will focus on how to overcome listening difficulties using authentic video and audio Engineering scenarios.

  • NB. Please read ATTENDANCE section below before signing up for this course.
CLIC: Core skills: Supervisor/Student Communication new Fri 16 Oct 2020   12:00 Finished

Maximise your supervisions, as students and/or supervisors, by discussing the language, structure and style of effective Cambridge supervisions.

  • NB. Please read ATTENDANCE section below before signing up for this course.

We will focus on refining participants' language for correspondence, focusing on native-speakers norms and choice of words as well as register for formal versus casual correspondence

  • NB. Please read the Attendance section below before signing up for this course.

Come to this talk on Cambridge to find out more about the city's past and present and understand the context in which you live. Bring your questions.

CLIC: Cultural skills: Living in Britain new Fri 13 Nov 2020   15:30 Finished

Living in Britain

This online seminar focuses on any questions participants may have about aspects of living in Britain that are of particular interest to them, whether cultural, intercultural, historical or social.

It discusses practical everyday issues that participants may already have encountered, both within the University environment and in the wider community, and also possible situations that they may be concerned about dealing with in the future.

This is a very relaxed and informal seminar which will be conducted on a Q+A basis, and participants should email their questions or areas of interest in advance to Sheila Dodds (smd48@cam.ac.uk).

  • NB. Please read the Attendance section below before signing up for this course.
CLIC: Inter-Communication: Culture Shock new Thu 12 Nov 2020   16:00 Finished

Culture shock isn’t necessarily a negative experience, but most students and researchers (both native and non-native speakers!) will experience the negative side effects of it in some form or shape when living abroad or when working in your home country but working across cultures face-to-face or remotely. Even a very good command of a language doesn’t guarantee an easy cultural ‘transition’ – one can master a foreign language to the proficiency level, but there is more to communication than speaking the same language.

In this online workshop, you will gain a better understanding of the culture shock, its impact on day-to-day interactions and how to deal with it.

CLIC: Inter-Communication: Intercultural Communication new Thu 11 Feb 2021   16:00 [Places]

Have you ever struggled with other students’ or 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. Join our workshop to learn more about the importance of cultural competence in interactions - find out more about the impact of cultural (national, regional, interdisciplinary etc.) differences on management styles, team dynamics, communication and more.

CLIC: Inter-Communication: Skillset for VUCA new Wed 2 Dec 2020   16:00 [Places]

In this never-changing world, adaptability is one of the most valuable skills for your time in Cambridge and also for your future employment. In this session, you will discuss the requirements of ‘the new normal’ – the volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous reality that requires the right mindset to support you as an ongoing part of your professional life. You will learn how to address VUCA and how to turn the adversities we’re all facing and turn them into opportunities.

CLIC: Inter-Communication skills: People buy people new Thu 25 Feb 2021   16:00 [Places]

The ability to ‘sell yourself’ is, alongside luck, the most important ingredient when it comes to your career development. According to employers, being proactive in job interviews by showing not only why you should be hired and what makes you different but also what do you want are key factors in recruitment. In this workshop, you will learn about ‘selling yourself’ through strategic job interview

CLIC: Inter-Communication: Soft Skills new Thu 19 Nov 2020   16:00 Finished

Technical skills are a must-have, but a new skillset is emerging when it comes to finding the right candidate for employment. Those harder to teach and quantify skills, the so called soft or interpersonal skills, have become critical in the recruitment process of global companies and are tested at various stages of job applications.

In this workshop, you will reflect on:

  1. What are soft skills and why you need them?
  2. How do you know which ones you have?
  3. How can you demonstrate them to your future employers?
  4. How to develop them?

This online course is designed for non-native English speakers from the Department of Engineering. It will cover a variety of spoken English, ranging from the more formal language needed for seminars, discussions and conferences, to the more informal everyday language used in the office and the student house.

  • NB. Please read Attendance section below before signing up for this course.

This online course is designed for non-native English speakers from the Department of Engineering. It will cover a variety of spoken English, ranging from the more formal language needed for seminars, discussions and conferences, to the more informal everyday language used in the office and the student house.

  • NB. Please read Attendance section below before signing up for this course.

The focus is on structure, logical flow, the effective development of ideas, accuracy and critical analysis.

  • NB. Please read the Attendance section below before signing up for this course.
CLIC: Writing skills: Writing for Engineers (PhD students) new Tue 13 Oct 2020   10:15 In progress

The course consists of 4 workshops followed by 1 individual supervision. The course focuses on common errors and problem areas for research students writing up dissertations and publishing papers. The supervision addresses individual areas for improvement at the end of the course.

  • NB. Please read the Attendance section below before signing up for this course.
CLIC: Writing skills: Writing for Engineers (Postdocs) new Tue 13 Oct 2020   12:15 In progress

Writing for Engineers: Course for postdocs on refining papers for publishing. The course consists of four workshops followed by one individual supervision.

  • NB. Please read ATTENDANCE section below before signing up for this course.

This course is intended for non-native speaker second and third-year graduate students who wish to improve their Presentation Skills.

Research has identified that the ability to verbally express ideas clearly and the capacity to work confidently in a group are the two key skills for employability. This series of workshops focuses on aspects of these skills most pertinent to Engineers at Cambridge.

  • NB. Please read ATTENDANCE section below before signing up for this course.
English: Cultural Awareness Tue 17 Nov 2015   16:00 Finished

This informal seminar will consider some of the cultural differences experienced by participants, and also address questions arising from various aspects of living and working in both the multi-cultural environment of the University and the wider British community.

  • NB. Please read ATTENDANCE section below before signing up for this course.
English: Cultural Awareness (REPEAT of November 2015) Wed 27 Apr 2016   11:15 Finished

This informal seminar will consider some of the cultural differences experienced by participants, and also address questions arising from various aspects of living and working in both the multi-cultural environment of the University and the wider British community.

  • NB. Please read ATTENDANCE section below before signing up for this course.
English Cultural Awareness Workshop Tue 20 May 2014   16:00 Finished

English Cultural Awareness Workshop

English: Culture & Writing Tue 19 Jan 2016   16:00 CANCELLED

This workshop will focus on how different learning styles and cultural patterns can influence students’ English academic writing. We will draw on current research findings and assist students in adapting to the expected English model in Engineering.

  • NB. Please read ATTENDANCE section below before signing up for this course.
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