Besides individual support programs, Professional English offers the following for organizations: workshops, courses, technical editing, program consulting, professional talks, and international employee orientation.
Workshops & Courses
Conducted within organizations for their personnel, our highly interactive workshops and courses are customized to address specific work-related needs. To customize this training, we ask for samples of current practices (such as writing samples) from the organization, then modify our basic curriculum to incorporate these real-life examples into the training materials.
Examples of Workshop Topics
What Training Professionals Say About Our Programs
This service is for individuals and organizations that want to ensure they are producing professionally written documents. Our highly experienced editors will review and correct documents quickly and thoroughly.
We provide expert guidance in the areas of program design, needs assessment, work-related communications analysis, curriculum development, instructional materials, and communication training manuals.
Dr. Maureen Archer has been giving lively and insightful presentations to professional organizations for over 20 years. She would be honored to speak at your meeting or event. Feel free to suggest a communication topic of interest to your group, or choose from the following topics:
International Employees: Insights and Advice for Better Work Relationships
How to Make Your Audience Happy: Preparing Better PowerPoint Presentations
No More Confusing Email: Seven Tips for Writing Clear Messages
International Body Language: What Are You Saying?
Current Challenges to Professional Communication in the U.S.
International Savvy: Cultural and Linguistic Insights for Better Communication
American Culture and Communication Styles (for International Audiences)
Basic Strategies for English as a Second Language Training in the Workplace
International Employee Orientation
(Offered in Southeastern Virginia Only)
Executives from overseas often feel overwhelmed when trying to adapt quickly to American lifestyles. Therefore, Professional English has designed a special 12-hour course for international employees who have little experience living and working in the U.S. By completing the course, employees gain the insights needed to work successfully with American customers and colleagues.
The content of the course may be customized to meet the specific needs of the organization and employees. Common topics include:
Basic values and beliefs (why Americans think and act as they do)
Survival skills (driving, shopping, emergency situations, etc.)
Social norms (at the workplace, going to a restaurant, etc.)
Inappropriate statements and conversation topics
Business expectations (for greetings, meetings, supervisor/employee relations, etc.)
Comparing American social and business customs to other countries' customs
Body language (conscious and subconscious physical signals)
Vocal quality insights (use of silence, volume and intonation changes, and pacing)
Idiomatic expressions and slang
Email and letter writing norms
Content and organization of presentations
Formal vs. informal styles (including the use of humor)
Direct vs. indirect communication (and politeness issues)
American dialects (pronunciation and vocabulary differences)