Advanced English Conversation for Professionals

Take the skills and tools you learned in the Speaking Clearly series and put them into advanced practice. This fast-paced and dynamic course empowers you to improve your conversational skills for today’s business environment. Develop the confidence to feel successful in one-on-one discussions, workplace meetings, interviews and business negotiations.

Through a variety of activities, case studies and group exercises, increase your use of business vocabulary and idiomatic expressions while learning to be an active listener. Scenarios will change based on the instructor and on student needs, but some conversation scenarios you might practise include:

  • one-on-one discussions such as workplace meetings, interviews and business negotiations
  • collaborating and communicating in team settings to resolve tricky or challenging situations
  • negotiations and debates
  • conflict situations
  • giving feedback, expressing opinions, agreeing/disagreeing and making proposals
  • teaching, explaining processes and overseeing projects

While the instructor may offer occasional feedback on pronunciation, this course focuses specifically on providing supportive and advanced practice with effective communication strategies for the workplace.

Who is this course for?

Participants in this course have either completed Speaking Clearly in English 2, or have demonstrated core communication competencies for the workplace. Although Speaking Clearly in English 1 and 2 are not prerequisites, some students find it helpful to complete both levels before taking this course.

This course can be applied to the UBC Award of Achievement in Business English for International Professionals or it can be taken as a stand-alone course.

Course Format

This course is offered in two formats: 100% online or in-class.

Please read our answers to frequently asked questions about UBC Extended Learning’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and for more information on how we are temporarily changing how we are offering courses and programs.

About Online Learning
Our online English communication courses offer you a real-time virtual classroom experience where you can see and interact with your teacher and classmates. Each week, you log in at a set time to your class using our intuitive learning management platform, Canvas. Through Canvas, you access Zoom, a web conferencing app, for your live class. Just like in a classroom, you do individual, pair and group work, ask questions and receive verbal feedback from your instructor.

Outside of class time, you can access handouts and other materials online at your own pace and rhythm. You might be doing readings or watching videos to prepare for your next class, or practising with the material you have learned in your previous class. You do get out what you put in.

In order for a virtual classroom to be successful, we want to see your faces! Please be prepared to participate with your video turned on. We provide virtual drop-in sessions for you to test out the Zoom app before your first day of class.  We will also send you instructions on accessing Canvas before your course begins.

Learn more about online learning at UBC Extended Learning.

Available Sessions

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Sep 24-Oct 29, 2020 | Online | $395.00

Format: Online
Code: WD105F20A
Offered: On Thu
Sep 24-Oct 29, 2020
6 sessions
From: 7:30 PM-9:30 PM

1nstructor: Heather Lill


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Feb 20-Mar 27, 2021 | Online | $395.00

Format: Online
Code: WD105W21A
Offered: On Sat
Feb 20-Mar 27, 2021
6 sessions
From: 10:00 AM-12:00 PM

1nstructor:


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