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Communicating Across Language Barriers

Interacting with non-native speakers of English?
Need practical solutions? This course is for you!

Our flagship training course helps front-line staff and management to communicate more effectively in English with people for whom English is not a native language.

Language difficulties and culture clashes often lead to misunderstandings, frustration and stress. This is hardly surprising, given that 750,000 newcomers from 211 countries have come to live and work here since 2000, and that 167 languages are now used in Ireland.

In 2004 Cascade Training Consultancy developed this unique course in response to these challenges. It is highly relevant to any organisation with a multi-national workforce or clientele. Verbal and written communication, body language face-to-face and telephone interactions are all covered.

Aim: Achieve awareness and skills necessary for effective communication with colleagues and clients who are not native English-speakers
On completion, participants will be able to: 

  • Assess clients’ level of competency in English
  • Develop a awareness of own use of English
  • Identify possible pitfalls inherent in the English language (from non-native speaker’s perspective)
  • Use most comprehensible language structures
  • Simplify and clarify communication of information, questions, explanations and instructions
  • Identify and use concrete, not abstract language
  • Avoid unnecessary ‘dumbing down’ of their language
  • Practise helpful pace, delivery and body language
  • Identify possible pitfalls in use of written materials
  • Carry out appropriate comprehension checks
  • Practice and hone strategies through role play
  • Gain a personal insight into how it feels to interact through a language you do not understand
  • Identify cultural elements affecting communication
  • Manage the stress of difficult communication
  • Examine the best use of visual aids
  • Refer to relevant advisory and support agencies.

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Coming Up

A Public Information Presentation entitled ‘Making a Will won’t kill you’ is to take place in Beara, County Cork at Eyeries National School at 7.30pm on Tuesday 23 February 2016. Hosted by Eyeries NS Parents’ Association and delivered by Anne O’Carroll of Cascade Training Consultancy, this jargon-free presentation gives practical tips on how to make a will, what happens if you don’t and how best to provide for your loved ones, avail of tax breaks and ensure peace of mind. This event is a fund-raiser for the school and is open to all, but parents of young children or other dependents are particularly encouraged to attend. There will be a Question & Answer session afterwards and handouts will be provided.

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Excellent! No time wasted or needless repetition, there was information conveyed all the time. Also relaxed, no jargon and friendly.

Excellent, I will approach many situations in a more confident way. I hope to be more tuned in.

Very useful and will be used in my everyday work.

An excellent learning experience in the field of intercultural communication. Thank You!

Very very practical and useful in an everyday way. Kept my attention all day!


Well thought out.

Fascinating – Very Interesting.

Very focused. Not a minute wasted. Anne and Sabrina worked well together and are obviously really well prepared. Very enjoyable, more of this please!

An invigorating, interesting journey through dealing with interculturalism.

A very useful insight into an underestimated area of work.

Surprisingly better than I had imagined – fun but practical and informative. Thank you.

Very interesting entertaining and crucial for working and living in a multicultural society.

Helpful, enjoyable, professional, realistic and non-judgemental.

Excellent! A high standard of training.

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