Vocational English Communication Training

Vocational English Communication Training

WAZP Group predominately offers English Language Training in one of three forms;

  1. Vocational Short Courses – Provides specific training courses for second language speakers.
  2. Intensive 3 month Vocational Communication Programme – Provides the linguistic grounding for an individual to competently undertake a technical programme of study.
  3. General English Language Training- Provides a sound foundation in communicative English to enable effective understanding and communication skills.









1. Vocational Short Courses

Our Vocational Short Courses are specifically designed to deliver targeted English Language Training.The image below illustrates a typical offering.Our full suite of Vocational Short English Language Courses are available on request.



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2. Intensive 3 month Vocational Communication Programme

communication curriculum has the following features that ensure learners are able to function at an acceptable level after only 3 months.

‘New Hire Technician and Operator Development Programme’ or ‘Cross Industry Training Programme’ following the successful completion of the ‘Intensive 3 month Vocational Communication Programme’.



Our unique communication learning philosophy in relation to Grammar, Writing and Speaking encompasses the following features;

Grammar

Our programme has moved away from grammar as a stand-alone subject.Our programme teaches new grammatical structures within context and as they arise within authentic materials.We focus on grammar as an aid to clear communication, not a benchmark of communication skill.


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Writing

We teach specific writing tasks – technical report writing, e-mails, recommendations, etc....,. that focus on clear and concise written expressions.We ensure that all learners can write, and use full sentences and that the basic range of technical vocabulary is acquired.We utilise a system of daily work based logbooks that facilitates not only the development of writing skills but ensures that learners gain greater control of their own learning and professional development together with records of progress.


Speaking

We use authentic materials, in addition to generalised course books, to increase the range and depth of vocational vocabulary. We use technical manuals to focus on specific vocabulary and to give learners the knowledge and skills to deliver presentations on and explanations of technical topics. We utilise peer group teaching and pair work exercises to increase speaking time per learner per lesson.We introduce daily toolbox talks to increase the skill in speaking clearly and concisely on specific, technical related subjects.We establish the system of only using English in the teaching and learning environment. We encourage learners to explain new lexical items in English, not only as translation.We ensure the end of each course consists of group presentations in English.

Course Aims and Objectives

  • To give learners the level of English they need to start their HSSE and Technical training;
  • To focus on work specific vocabulary and ensure that learners receive a clear understanding of meaning in contect;
  • To introduce and instil an understanding of best working practice and behaviours;
  • To ensure every learner understands and follows HSSE best practice;
  • To encourage and help every learner to take responsibility for their own learning and development.


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Methodology

Our training methodology has the following features and elements;

Course Content and Training Features

  • Initial placement test;
  • A 3-month (12-week) course of English, focused on building both communication across the 4 skills and specific technical vocabulary;
  • An emphasis on behavioural development to ensure learner commitment to and success on the course;
  • Where possible small group sizes consisting of no more than 10 learners with groups based on language level, not on technical discipline;
  • General test of taught materials every 2 weeks and a level test every month;
  • Basic grammar framework taught but the main focus is on the 4 skills – speaking, listening, reading and writing;
  • Weekly delegate presentations on a variety of topics e.g. previous work; technical subject; the oil and gas industry;
  • How to write reports, e-mails and other work-related materials and how to take notes;
  • Bi-weekly talk/lecture from technical instructors;
  • Certificates are awarded at the end of each course;
  • Following the 3 month programme learners entering the technical training programmes will have a weekly, 2-hour English lesson during their technical training.This will enable them to maintain and improve their speaking skills and continue with development of their writing and reading skills.

Training Materials

There is no specific oil and gas industry or technical course book which provides adequate materials or expertise.Therefore, we use a wide-range of materials from many different sources.

Every learner receives:

  • A communicative language text book and workbook;
  • A learner’s grammar practice book;
  • An English/English Advanced Learner’s Dictionary;
  • Whenever available a booklet containing technical terms translated into the first language;