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Helping public officials function more effectively in international meetings and negotiations

This one-week intensive course includes work on giving presentations, making speeches, preparing opening statements, chairing and participating in formal and informal meetings, written communication and telephoning. Participants can also expect to practise language related to hosting visits, socialising and working in a multicultural environment.

Fact check

  • Group size:

Maximum 6

  • Course level:

Levels 5 - 8 on the school's level scale


  • Fees:


Fees include training plus:

  • Visit to the Houses of Parliament (when in session)
  • Daily 3-course lunch (Monday to Friday)
  • Access to LondonSchool Online learning portal
  • All course material and resources
  • Detailed end-of-course report
  • Networking reception every Monday

  • Participants age:

Minimum age: 25
Average age: 44

  • Course length:

1 week course
Fixed start dates

  • Hours per week:

30 hours per week (30 x 60 minutes)
09.00 - 17.00 Monday - Friday

  • External visit:

A visit to the Houses of Parliament, when in session

Who's it for?

This course is for officials working in the state or public sectors who attend international meetings. It may also suit those who work alongside such people. Typical participants come from government ministries or other public authorities, and work with organisations such as EU, EEA, WTO, UN, NATO, World Bank and IMF.

Course content

Course content

Course participants can expect the following areas to be covered in the course:

  • Presentation of one's own area of work and organisational structure
  • Simulated negotiations and meetings
  • Aspects of international relations including intercultural understanding
  • Communication in an international context including lobbying

In order to give participants greater confidence in taking part in and chairing bilateral and multilateral meetings and negotiations, time is spent looking at appropriate communication strategies such as:

  • agreeing and disagreeing
  • interrupting
  • clarifying and confirming
  • asking for comments
  • summarising
  • asking appropriate questions
  • challenging/defending an opinion
  • persuading and compromising
  • making proposals, offers, suggestions
  • opening/closing meetings

Professional hospitality, entertaining visitors and handling social situations are important for many public officials as is confidence when using the telephone. The course therefore also covers:

  • meeting and greeting
  • receiving visitors
  • socialising
  • using the telephone effectively
  • practice in communicating more complex ideas and discussing problems

The benefits

You can expect to improve your English in the following ways:

  • communicate more confidently
  • speak more accurately and fluently
  • participate more successfully in meetings
  • improve your written English including emails
  • expand your professional vocabulary
  • improve your understanding of grammar
  • socialise and network with greater confidence
  • work successfully in a cross-cultural environment

In addition to the benefits outlined above, you can expect to participate in international meetings with greater confidence and effectiveness, chair international meetings more effectively and manage official texts and emails more quickly.

Dates & Fees

2014 Dates & Fees

Course dates

3rd - 7th March 2014
26th - 30th May 2014
28th July - 1st August 2014
22nd -26th September  2014
3rd - 7th November 2014

Please note the Holland Park Gardens centre is closed on 1-3 January, 18 April, 21 April, 22 - 31 December. The centre is open on all other public holidays.

Course fees

2014 (Lunch at the school is now included in all course fees)

  • £1210/week

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Good opportunity to explore London and practise your networking English in your free time!

The London School of English is an excellent place to improve your language skills. The trainers are very friendly, highly educated and very focused on your personal learning. My course was just what I was looking for. The topics were relevant and I feel that I have made good progress. My trainer was a good match with the group, we learned a lot in a short period. On the other hand it’s also exhausting – value for money!


Sissel M. Holmern, Research Council of Norway

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