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British Sign Language: Beginner Intensive Mon 21 Jun 2021   17:00 [Full]

This intensive course is designed for students who have very limited or no previous knowledge of British Sign Language (BSL). The course aims to enable students to understand and use BSL effectively for purposes of practical communication with deaf or hard of hearing people, to develop understanding of the BSL sentence syntax and to learn more about a Deaf Culture.

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 26 Feb 2021   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.

Interacting effectively & managing meetings: This interactive online workshop covers how to participate in and manage meetings effectively and productively.

In addition to being proficient communicators in academic settings, there is also a need for Engineers to further develop and diversify their communication skills to suit a range of professional settings (Almeida, 2019).

The Lent term masterclass series focuses on communicating with impact, adapting effectively to audiences across academic and professional settings and using business English successfully. This series consists of the following workshops:

  • Successfully pitching your work
  • Interacting effectively & managing meetings
  • Presenting yourself successfully
  • Negotiating with clients

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.

Negotiating with colleagues and clients: This interactive online workshop provides guidance and feedback on the language and strategies of successful negotiation.

In addition to being proficient communicators in academic settings, there is also a need for Engineers to further develop and diversify their communication skills to suit a range of professional settings (Almeida, 2019).

The Lent term masterclass series focuses on communicating with impact, adapting effectively to audiences across academic and professional settings and using business English successfully. This series consists of the following workshops:

  • Successfully pitching your work
  • Interacting effectively & managing meetings
  • Presenting yourself successfully
  • Negotiating with clients

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.

Presenting yourself successfully: This interactive online workshop provides strategies, tips and feedback on presenting yourself, both in written and spoken format (i.e., self-introductions, CVs, personal profiles, interviews, etc.).

In addition to being proficient communicators in academic settings, there is also a need for Engineers to further develop and diversify their communication skills to suit a range of professional settings (Almeida, 2019).

The Lent term masterclass series focuses on communicating with impact, adapting effectively to audiences across academic and professional settings and using business English successfully. This series consists of the following workshops:

  • Successfully pitching your work
  • Interacting effectively & managing meetings
  • Presenting yourself successfully
  • Negotiating with clients

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.

Successfully pitching your work: This online interactive workshop provides guidance and feedback on sharing your research clearly and effectively in spontaneous and prepared situations.

In addition to being proficient communicators in academic settings, there is also a need for Engineers to further develop and diversify their communication skills to suit a range of professional settings (Almeida, 2019).

The Lent term masterclass series focuses on communicating with impact, adapting effectively to audiences across academic and professional settings and using business English successfully. This series consists of the following workshops:

  • Successfully pitching your work
  • Interacting effectively & managing meetings
  • Presenting yourself successfully
  • Negotiating with clients

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.
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 Finished

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 Finished

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: 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?

Diversity has well been established as a key driver of creative solutions, innovations, and superior business performance. Creating inclusive workplaces to harness the power of diversity takes knowledge, experience, and open-mindedness. However, our biases often influence our decision-making without us even realising. The good news is that biases - towards genders, cultures, ethnicities, sexual orientations and so on - are learnt, and therefore can be unlearnt.

Severe imbalances in genders and ethnicities, non-inclusive and discriminatory practices are some of the challenges most industries and companies suffer when it comes to diversity. We will explore how unconscious bias could be a major underlying cause of such challenges, and what you can do to “unlearn” such unconscious biases, in order to effectively reap the benefits of diversity.

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.
CLIC: Speaking skills: Practising your presentations Wed 28 Apr 2021   11:15 [Places]

This online course is geared towards non-native speakers who feel that they would benefit from the opportunity to have frequent practice in giving presentations in English. It will consist of a mix of teacher input, individual presentations and regular feedback. We will meet together for the first class (11.15am on Wednesday 28 April), and thereafter we will meet mainly in small groups of 4-6 students, at 11.15 am on either Wednesday or Thursday mornings. Depending on exact numbers, each group session will be between 1 hour and 1.5 hours long. Groups and precise times will be decided in the first class.

  • NB. Please read ATTENDANCE section below before signing up for this course.
CLIC: Speaking skills: Pronunciation Skills Wed 20 Jan 2021   11:15 Finished

This online course is geared towards non-native speakers who wish to improve their pronunciation skills. It will consist of a mix of teacher input and small group supervisions. We will cover the main aspects of pronunciation for one hour each week (Wednesdays 11.15 -12.15), and then reconvene for further practice in small groups of three (30 minutes per group), on either Wednesday or Thursday mornings.

Times / groups for this practice will be arranged in class. If you have any questions or would like further information, please email Sheila Dodds (smd48).

  • NB. Please read the Attendance section below before signing up for this course.
CLIC: Writing for Engineers: Avoiding common errors new Mon 25 Jan 2021   12:30 Finished

This workshop addresses common writing errors of Engineers related to structure, style and accuracy. It forms part of CLIC's Lent term series of online masterclasses designed to assist CUED Research students in refining key areas of their writing. Classes include:

  • Avoiding common errors in academic writing
  • Unpacking journal articles for vocabulary use
  • Self-editing skills
  • Review of the tenets of academic writing for Engineers
  • Writing for blogs
  • NB. Please read the Attendance section below before signing up for this course.

This workshop reviews the key characteristics for achieving excellence in Engineering writing. It forms part of CLIC's Lent term series of online masterclasses designed to assist CUED Research students in refining key areas of their writing. Classes include:

  • Avoiding common errors in academic writing
  • Unpacking journal articles for vocabulary use
  • Self-editing skills
  • Review of the tenets of academic writing for Engineers
  • Writing for blogs
  • NB. Please read the Attendance section below before signing up for this course.
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