Clarity & Confidence

Learning a second language involves more than learning grammar and pronunciation. In order to use language appropriately in a social context, we must look at how ‘pragmatics’ plays a significant role. Yet pragmatics is often not taught in the classroom, so learners are left to their own devices and must rely on their native strategies that sometimes do not transfer well into English.

This workshop is designed to give students some basic tools to identify, repair, and negotiate miscommunication. Workshop participants will learn that cultural norms govern the use of language and that they vary from language to language.Participants will learn how to repair these mismatches, and they will get hands on practice though the use of role-plays and feedback from the instructors.

This new workshop will be taught by Ester Flaim and Mark David, two of our new speech consultants who come to us from Columbia University’s Teacher’s College.


Topics Covered:

Understanding Behavioral Contexts

Idiomatic Phrases

Listening Skills

Clarity Improvement Exercises


FALL 2014 sessions will be announced in September.

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