Now in its fifth edition, this online course involves about 24 hours of work. Online tutors will support participants during the training course. Learners decide their preferred time to follow the training.
The course requires an initial intermediate level of English. It includes different types of activities that participants should take part in, including:
- reading texts, audio files and videos on a wide range of trade union-related topics;
- quizzes which test participants' understanding of key vocabulary and grammar;
- forums where participants can share opinions and experiences with other learners;
- speaking and writing assignments to which participants receive personal feedback from the course tutor;
- live webinars with the course tutors, facilitating discussion and interaction between participants.
Take a look at this video presentation of the course.
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to communicate more effectively in English on the following topics:
- the work of trade unions and national confederations;
- differences in trade union representation throughout Europe;
- the work of trade union federations and the ETUC at European level;
- the current state of collective bargaining in Europe;
- the work, history, and state of European Works Councils;
- boardroom participation;
- SE companies;
- direct employee participation;
- financial participation.
As well as focusing on key vocabulary, we also look at the following grammar topics:
- tense usage in the active and passive voice;
- various conditional forms;
- reported speech;
- comparative and superlative forms;
- describing trends, statistics and graphs;
- talking about numbers (big and small);
- the language of meetings;
- diplomatic language.
Participants: A maximum of 100 participants can be accepted. The ETUI will select the participants based on the requirements for the target group and according to the principle of 'first come, first served'. The target group are trade unionists from ETUC-affiliated organisations with an intermediate level of English. Before filling out the enrolment form, interested participants are warmly recommended to take 15 minutes to assess their level online here.
Registrations: individual expressions of interest can be made through national contact persons (see the list here). ETUI Education is available for clarification and support (Sylviane Mathy firstname.lastname@example.org ). Participation in this course is free of charge.