In keeping with the underlying theme and approach to Brain’s ‘Management , Vocation and Continuing Professional Development’ sector we have designed and produced a number of our own training programmes which respond to specific needs of company personnel and also to freelancers looking to develop expertise in their chosen career. Again it is the fresh and innovative nature of course structure which appeals and first hand experience and interactive sessions are a feature.
Programmes can be compacted into one day sessions or extended over a weekend by adopting a modular approach and are considered suitable for the ‘away day’ approach which continues to gain consensus as a ‘breath of fresh air’ in the training environment.
Certification is provided on end of programme completion and materials give the participants the added learning opportunity to follow up themes and practices introduced.
Viewing the links on the page below you will appreciate the extensive coverage which Brain can provide to organisations and individuals looking to work closely with a training provider.
Train the Trainers - A course for EFL and ESP tutors
INSIGHTS INTO TEACHING A FOREIGN LANGUAGE: GENERAL AND SPECIAL PURPOSES
A preparatory course looking at approaches and methodology, information technology applications, and identification of career opportunities
Ideal for those: a) considering entering the profession and needing support in management and preparation aspects of course implementation and understanding of range of methodological approaches including the language laboratory b) looking to improve their approach and teaching style and add variety to teaching and training content and organisation c) experiencing difficulty in coming to terms with the demands of the classroom and IT room and face to face student contact and wishing to adopt more analytical and innovative approaches to their teaching. The subject content is not only relevant to English teaching but to language teaching in general and of course for non native speakers of English represents an opportunity to improve one’s management skills in English and meet with native speakers in a professional context.
- What is a language and when and in what situations do we use it? An analytical understanding of the communication process. Notions, functions, and communication style are all relevant factors. Understanding of all is crucial to know hat you are doing and why you are doing it and has direct relevance to classroom and lesson preparation.
- How do we learn a language – through need or through mechanics? If we understand how we learn, we can better decide how we teach, and prepare lessons accordingly.
- What do I use to teach? My voice, my mind, my intuition? Is it better to use techniques and learn how to adopt and adjust teaching styles and make maximum use of auxiliary materials?
- The lesson plan: Is it an hour or two in isolation or part of a process? How do I enthuse students and make them see the sense of it all?
- Teaching materials! The world is your oyster and every teaching location offers a multitude of communication opportunities
- The teaching kit. A plumber or an electrician always goes to work with a kit. Is an English teacher a tradesperson too? What’s in your kit bag?
- ‘I want to do conversation’. Does the student know what they mean when they make this request? Help yourself to help the student by understanding what conversation is, how you can teach it, and, most importantly, how you can help the student to improve his or her conversational skills. Can you do conversation in the language lab?
- ‘We’ve got a book, so we need to use it’. True or false? Let’s look at the best way to incorporate and make use of a textbook in language teaching.
- What do we mean by ‘classroom management’? Is it natural to stay in a room or a language lab for an hour with an individual or group of persons. Shape the room and the lab, and the time you have to your needs and needs of the student(s). Never accept the status quo!
- Language levels, the Common European framework and all that stuff. Do you prefer ‘intermediate’ or ‘threshold’, and what difference does it make?
- Do you want to teach EFL as a career? What are the opportunities and what good will TEFL training do you? Will it enrich you as an individual?
- English for special purposes? What’s the purpose and how do you go about it? Just a moment – isn’t every student studying for a special purpose? Definition and understanding.
- Know your grammar? Of course, I know the difference between the present perfect and the present perfect continuous. Do you really? And if you know the difference, do you know how to teach it? An analytical look at tenses and tense choice, and how to teach them!
Solutions hard and soft for advancement in translation technique Advanced Technical Documentation Training - The modular management of technical documentation - The creation of numerical indexes or alphabets or analytical indexes as well as the use of terminological indexation in the text. Users: in-house technical offices and operating manual offices. Aim: be able to write and manage the manual in a rational and organic manner, to better the quality of translated texts in foreign languages, guarantee the terminological and stylistic coherence; to reduce the delivery completion times, to fully use the technical information held in both manuals and in advertising material (brochure, leaflets, websites), catalogue and archive information in an organic way.
TRADOS TRAINING , the latest innovation in CAT tools. Courses on the use of this software are devised for in-house translators and freelancers linked or wishing to be linked with translation companies. The aim of these courses is to learn to use an instrument which allows creating and retrieving translation memories, guaranteeing the terminological and stylistic coherence of them and avoiding translating already done texts, saving time and costs and improving all-round efficiency.
BRAIN training in marketing, communication and business development Brain’s extensive experience in international business development not only gives us an insight into trends and winning formulas for market entry and expansion but allows us to develop a series of training programmes, innovative in nature and highly relevant to market reality. Moreover content is not merely of hard business value but pertinent to personal development of individuals and corporate culture of companies. Interaction is at the core of all programmes and be the sessions of a day or over a weekend and involvement and reflection are spontaneous and vital elements. Shaped to the continuing professional needs of the company or organisation a series of training sessions can be put together to cater for overall training provision.
- Marketing planning and its role in the business world of today
- Life in the Fast Lane. Time management and handling stress in the workplace Effective networking in international terms - a Brain approach to doing business internationally.
- New overseas markets: Identifying opportunities - minimising risks - maximising potential success
- Doing Business in India
- Born to be an entrepreneur
- Know Yourself before you Sell Yourself
- Cricket glorious cricket: What’s cricket got to do with business in the English speaking world?
‘BRAIN BUSINESS BLAST’
Introduction: Brain Business Blast is a personal development training programme of Brain International Ltd introduced in London in 2010 as a series of 3 day live/learn - work/enjoy weekends.
The innovative format of the weekends allowed participants to mix business with pleasure and depart refreshed and with renewed enthusiasm, and a different appreciation of their own personal development parameters and business acumen – plus of course a new expression or two in English!
What is BBB exactly?
A seminar led interactive discussion on aspects of personal motivational understanding relevant to individual awareness, self-appreciation and development, combined with input and principles useful for career advancement and business growth. Change through personal reflection is a good summary and an appropriate title is ‘What’s in you for your tomorrow?.
Why is it called BBB?
‘Blast’ is defined as something short and significant and of lasting benefit – and in colloquial English it means a really good time also! Combining useful input and a relaxing interactive setting is sure to result in a positive and enjoyable evening – and all this in English too!
Why should BBB interest you?
An opportunity to experience this innovative ‘live/learn - work/enjoy’ format and which will certainly assist you in all those life, career, and business reflections and decisions.
Why will you enjoy BBB?
The session is of an easy and relaxed style where a small number of professional persons come together in an informal topic led discussion and seminar , all elements being essential to the shared experience and reflections on the considerations and decisions which await us today and tomorrow in personal career, professional development and company organisation choices.
Who will coordinate BBB evenings?
Geoff Barclay is founding partner and director of Brain International with a long consolidated career in professional training and international business development and expert in this type of interactive seminar style approach.