Communication: master the English of your profession!

Become fully proficient in English on subjects related to your job.

Why master the Communication course in English?

As a communications professional, you understand the importance of effective and compelling communication. The Communication course teaches you to hone your English skills in this field. Learn how to convey information clearly and precisely, by using appropriate techniques to capture the attention of your audience. Convey your corporate image through your English communications by using the right tone and style, drafting compelling communication media, and running successful professional events.

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Communication Course

Total duration: 13h

40 real-life situations to give you hands-on training

500 corrected exercises to help you progress step by step

Certification at the end of the course to validate your level

Available levels: Intermediate and Advanced

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Communication course: what you need to know

A company’s communications department plays a key role in its functioning. This department is often behind the public perception of the company, it’s where the company’s key messages come from, and the people working in the department are the face and voice of the business.

Communicating the company’s message is the guiding principle of the communications department, but within this come many more key responsibilities, such as:

  • Managing media (writing news releases and news content)
  • Organizing events (logistics and promotion)
  • Marketing efforts, including social media management
  • Website management
  • Arranging media communications for key employees (interviews)
  • Responding to client queries and solving problems
  • Keeping the customer base informed (newsletters, social media, brochures)
  • Responding to emails and calls from customers and new leads
  • Managing crisis communications (sudden closures, public safety issues)
  • Announcing internal company news

If your company has a large workforce, some of these responsibilities could be taken care of by other key departments, such as marketing or customer service. However, depending on the structure of your organization, it’s possible that all of the above could fall on your department’s plate.

There are a range of more specific job functions within a communications department, such as:

  • Chief Communications Officer (CCO): the head of communications at corporate level
  • Communications Manager: managing communications on a day-to-day level
  • Communications Officer/Assistant: more junior role dealing with specific communications tasks
  • Communications Intern: a supporting role to the team

Other roles that could fall under the communications department include PR Manager, Community Manager, Marketing Manager, and Public Affairs Specialist.

As you can see, there is broad scope in the communications department, meaning that lots of different types of people could find their niche there. To be a good communications professional, you need to have good communication skills:

  • Be a good listener
  • Be attentive and empathetic to other people’s needs
  • Be a problem solver
  • Present well
  • Be creative

The specific areas of expertise or experience that you might need to be hired as a communications professional will depend on the industry and company type you are looking to work in, but the following things can be a big plus:

  • Proven experience in written communication (copywriting, SEO)
  • Fluent in technology (website and social media management)
  • Knowledge of targeting specific audiences (analytics).

f you need to improve your communications skills at work quickly, the best way to do this is expanding your vocabulary. Here’s a short list of example vocabulary that you could be confronted with in a communications environment:

  • Branding
  • Press release
  • Reach
  • Round-up
  • Lead time
  • Impressions
  • Engagement
  • EOD (End of day)
  • Back office

How many of these words are you already familiar with?

As a communications professional, you’ll be expected to be at ease communicating with colleagues, customers and the public. Let’s look at some of the ways to form everyday phrases and expressions that crop up in the communications sphere.

  • Why don’t we…? (making a suggestion)
  • How about we…? (making a suggestion)
  • Your idea sounds good but…? (rejecting a suggestion)
  • Let me think about that one (rejecting a suggestion)
  • Let’s give that a go (accepting a suggestion)
  • That might be worth a try (accepting a suggestion)
  • What are your thoughts? (seeking advice)
  • I agree up to a point (agreeing partly)
  • Yes and no (evaluation a suggestion)
  • Let’s come back to that (agreeing partly)

Having some of these in your back pocket can really help when you’re stuck for words.

When you take your English learning online with the GlobalExam platform, we recommend beginning your journey by clicking on “Boost my career” then “Communication”. Here is where you can find our specialized learning materials for the communications profession. We have a whole online course in English dedicated to marketing, available across three levels: beginner; intermediate; and advanced.

The intermediate marketing course covers the following topics:

  • Introduction to corporate communication
  • Communicate effectively with prospects and clients
  • Build strong press and media relations
  • Communicate internally
  • Maintain effective communication through change

Each theme in the course is made up of situations designed to prepare you for various communications-related scenarios. The unit “Building strong press and media relations” includes the following nine scenarios:

  • Is this launch soft?
  • Let’s cast light on your copy strategy!
  • Sky’s the limit
  • Hold your horses!
  • The best thing since sliced bread
  • Would you take the elevator?
  • In the public eye
  • Let’s craft ORM
  • Investor relations have reached a landmark

Each of these situations takes approximately 20 minutes to complete. Each one follows a similar structure, beginning with a video that explains the situation, introducing you to essential vocabulary, and asking you to complete exercises. These can involve doing things like reordering a sentence, multiple choice questions, and filling in the gaps. GlobalExam exercises are fun and it’s easy to complete a situation without feeling like you’re studying.

Here’s an example communications exercise from the “In the public eye” situation:

Business communication course: online exercises

Good communication is a skill like any other: it can be learned and improved. To improve your communication skills for the workplace, we recommend working on these key things:

  • Speak in a clear and concise way
  • Know how to persuade and convince
  • Learn to disagree in a kind and fair way
  • Practice public speaking
  • Give positive and negative feedback
  • Know how to set clear boundaries
  • Listen to what other people say in an active way

A big part of communicating comes down to language. If you don’t have the right words to convey your opinion, how can you make sure your point of view has been understood? This is why we have a whole communications pathway on GlobalExam. Use it to refine your English language skills, including vocabulary and grammar.

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Are you familiar with virtual learning? If the answer is “no”, we’re here to explain why it could work for you.

At GlobalExam we’ve incorporated online lessons to our e-learning platform as a way of extending the learning experience to include real face-to-face interaction. There are two possible lesson formats: a 30-minute individual session; or a one-hour group session.

Our group lessons cover pre-selected themes and take place according to the following schedule:

  • Making a phone call - every Wednesday 6pm
  • Planning a meeting - every Thursday 7pm
  • Giving a presentation - every Friday 6pm
  • Participating in video & conference calls - every Friday 7pm

Lessons are scheduled for Paris time.

Do not wait any longer and start taking a professional English course online with GlobalExam!

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