Courses - Public sector

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.

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All of the key information you need to know about this course

  • 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?

Find out if this course is suitable for your needs

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

The areas that you can expect to cover during a typical course

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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

What you can expect to achieve from your course

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

When this course takes place and how much it costs

Course dates (2015)

2nd - 6th March 2015
25th - 39th May 2015
27th - 31st July 2015
5th -9th October  2015
23rd - 27th November 2015

Please note the Holland Park Gardens centre is closed on 1-2 January, 3 - 6 April, 21 December - 1 January 2016. The centre is open on all other public holidays.

Course fees (2015)

(Lunch at the school is included in the course fees)

  • £1250/week

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