Effective Socializing is a practical, video-based course designed for professional people who need to use English in social situations, within and beyond the work environment. It presents learners with the communication and language skills needed to operate effectively in a variety of common social contexts, and helps them to develop these skills in meaningful and realistic ways.
Effective Socializing focuses on key strategies for effective social interaction such as making small talk, developing conversation, and inclusive behaviour, as well as more conventional functions like welcoming and entertaining guests, invitations, offers, and requests. It helps learners extend their knowledge of useful language for performing these skills, and offers authentic practice tasks which draw on their own ideas and experience.
The course is divided into eight units covering the main aspects of socializing, from introductions to farewells. Based around the story of two foreign visitors to a British company, the video illustates both bad and good examples of social behaviour for analysis and discussion. In each unit, it demonstrates how and why things go wrong in different situations, and looks at ways to avoid such problems, providing a positive model for learners to follow.
Effective Socializing is intended for intermediate and upper-intermediate level students, and lends itself both to classroom-based teaching and elements of self-study. It can be used as a short, intensive specialist course, or integrated into a wider-ranging Business English programme.