Communication Skills
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How to Engage People in Conversation

4 Modules 10 Lessons Intermediate

About this course

Do you feel shy when you have to socialise in English? Are you missing out on networking and relationship building opportunities?

If you want to feel more confident when socialising in English then this course is perfect for you. We reveal some little secrets that will help you to feel more comfortable engaging people in conversation.

After taking this course you will have practical vocabulary, expressions and techniques to "break the ice", open up a conversation, keep a conversation going. Furthermore, you will learn pronunciation and intonation skills to make you sound more confident. Learn how to react to different types of news.

This short course is packed with actionable information that you can start to use tomorrow.

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Course Structure

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Course introduction

Welcome to the AOBE course on improving your networking and communication skills. On this course we will cover a wide range of conversation skills to get you ready to communicate and network more confidently in English. 

Course introduction and goal statement

Welcome to the "How to engage people in conversation in English" online course. Watch the video above to learn what we will be covering on the course. 

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The Mechanics - Essential Grammar

In module two, we cover the foundations and the necessary grammar you will need to help you form questions and make it easy for you to maintain a conversation.

Open vs. Closed Questions

In lesson one we analyse the difference between open and closed question types and how they have a big role to play in socialising.

Present Perfect Tense in Social Situations

In lesson two, we cover the importance of the Present Perfect tense in social settings. Learners look at how we can use it to form open ended questions that can easily generate discussion.

Forming Questions – Interrogative Pronouns

In lesson three, we look at what are commonly referred to as WH questions. These are the who, what, when and hows. Understanding how to form these questions is essential for good conversation skills.

Understanding Tag Questions

In lesson four, we look at the secrets behind tag questions and how they can help make it easy for people to answer and respond to you in social situations. If you don't know what tag questions are or how to use them then this lesson will reveal it all.

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The Steps - Building a Conversation

In this module we look at the skills, techniques and language required for starting conversations and keeping them going.

How to open a conversation

In lesson five, we look at the language and expressions necessary for starting a conversation. From breaking the ice, to get the other person involved.

How to listen effectively and keep a conversation going

In lesson six, we go deep into more practical communication skills and focus on how being a good listener is the key to great communication. This high level training not only teachers you the language you need, but also shows you the soft skills you will need to maintain a conversation.

How to show interest in a conversation

In lesson seven we take a look at the linguistic, intonation and body language skills required to show interest in what someone tells you. Here we cover adjacency, and a wide range of expressions.

How to react to positive and negative news

In lesson eight we show you the linguistic skills required to help you make the correct response to both positive and negative news. Native people expect to hear certain expressions when sharing news and making an incorrect statement can cause some discomfort or embarrassment.

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Bringing This to a Close

In module three we show you how to signal that it is time for a conversation to end.

How to bring a conversation to a close

In lesson nine we look at the best way to bring a conversation to a close. We show you the techniques that will help you do this confidently and without making the other person feel uncomfortable.

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