The aim of this two-day workshop is to provide skills that will help international professionals to improve their written and spoken business English.

This workshop addresses a technical skill on our Leadership Competencies Framework.


Facilitator - Desirée Williamson

This workshop will assist professionals, academics, managers and other business people who do not have English as their first language to refine written and spoken business English to meet the professional expectations of a business or academic environment. It is designed for participants with a high level of oral English proficiency.

Interactive and communicative learning methods are used in the workshop, with a focus on short presentations, discussions, and written business documents, which are centred on your workplace requirements.

You are invited to bring (non-commercially sensitive) samples of your own workplace writing to work on during the workshop. This will allow us to accurately diagnose your individual requirements, and allow you to have hands-on practice at self-editing and proofreading. In addition, you will receive a comprehensive workbook to use as a reference after the workshop.

This workshop qualifies for NZ Trade and Enterprise’s Capability Development Voucher Scheme.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • understand your individual ingrained errors and have a structured and easy-to-apply editing and proofreading process to ensure greater accuracy in grammar, spelling and punctuation
  • use a relevant template to structure your content so that you can produce effective business documents, including reports and other formal business documents
  • understand current communication theory and recognise how barriers can distort your message
  • structure, prepare and present effective presentations and social speeches (introductions, farewells and votes of thanks) for the workplace context
  • use relevant and effective audio-visual aids (notes, OHP, PowerPoint, etc) to support your presentations
  • answer audience questions with confidence and skill
  • use accent reduction techniques and reflect critically on your oral English skills.


  • Individual diagnosis of written and spoken skills
  • Common written and spoken English errors and how to avoid them through self-editing techniques
  • Writing effectively for your audience including structuring your document, using correct and clear grammar, punctuation, word choice and proofreading

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Unit 4, 41 Sir William Pickering Drive, Christchurch

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