13 November

What happens if you don’t make your voice heard

What happens if you don’t make your voice heard

The monthly project meeting is about to start and Anna expects to be contributing quite a lot this time. She’s a little nervous about having to do it in English, but she’s well prepared and feeling quietly confident that she’ll manage. Yet as the meeting unfolds Anna feels less and less satisfied with the way […]

13 November

Raising awareness for the situation of non-native speakers

Raising awareness for the situation of non-native speakers

Native English speakers often lack the experience of working in a foreign language. So they aren’t familiar with the difficulties involved. They hear you speaking English and are genuinely impressed by your language skills. But, unlike you, they don’t know that you would in fact like to say much more, but lack the vocabulary. And they […]

9 November

Making sure everything goes smoothly

Making sure everything goes smoothly

Two members of the group are chatting away to each other. One participant has so much to say that nobody else can get a word in. The discussion is threatening to veer off in a completely unexpected direction. No, it’s not all sunshine and roses in workshops and seminars. Sometimes you need to take charge […]