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Fluency: Intercultural Business English Programm

(English for Executives)

The Fluency: Intercultural Business English Program combines English language study with the goal of improving business competency and cultural awareness. This unique program enables clients to perform better in their own positions and as players in the international marketplace, in particular, to communicate effectively with United States counterparts.  The approach of the Fluency: Intercultural Business English Program is based on a “classroom without walls” philosophy, believing that there is no better or more efficient way to learn a language than to be immersed in it.  Curriculum is presented in one-on-one interactive training sessions that take place in a variety of settings in and around the historical, academic and culturally rich city of Boston.  A business contact is coordinated to provide real life practice (or hands-on experience) discussing professional topics.  Learning is reinforced and expanded through interactions with an American host family and daily life in Boston.  The Fluency: Intercultural Business English Program is tailored to meet the individual needs of each client and accommodates various learning styles. Interactive learning is designed to ensure fluency in all areas - English language - U.S. business etiquette and practices - U.S. culture and daily life.

It's not just a class - it's an experience!

  • Fully customized, intensive one-on-one English language 9-day program to meet needs of client
  • Total immersion in U.S. language and culture
  • Executive Bed & Breakfast homestay
  • Variety of professionally qualified trainers
  • Material addressing U.S. business etiquette and culture
  • Professional contact with U.S. counterpart in related field or position
  • Unique learning environments and interactive training sessions
  • Guided and suggested cultural activities
  • Airport transfer with private car service
  • Pre-departure materials and welcome packet

The Fluency: Intercultural Business English Program is provided by Global Immersions Inc. of Boston.  Living Cultures is the exclusive representative of Global Immersions in Switzerland.  Please
mailto: inquiry@livingcultures.biz for further information and application.

“I had a great time during the Boston Executive Program.  I improved my English language by having fun with very nice and professional teachers. The program was exactly prepared for my needs. Now I have much more self-confidence when dealing with English speaking people."

"My stay in Boston with the Boston Executive Program was a great experience! It was helpful developing both English and personal skills."

“The business contact was very helpful.  All my questions were answered and the contact showed a high competence in responding to my needs.”

“The course is very special.  You get the chance to learn and familiarize yourself with Boston.  Boston is a very nice city.  It helps a lot to be here for learning English.”

“The environment, trainers and all the rest fit together harmoniously to support the experience in a positive way.

“I met great people, learned quite a lot from them and got a glimpse of Boston history and the way of daily living in Boston.   My main goal was practicing the language and I received a lot of opportunities to do just that.  I would definitely do the program again.”  

The Fluency: Intercultural Business English Program inBoston offers a unique total immersion program for intermediate to advanced level clients.  In order to design the program to meet your needs, an individual assessment and an application is completed by the client.  The Living Cultures coordinator in Switzerland and the Fluency coordinator from Global Immersions, Inc. in Boston will then contact you for additional telephone assessments.  All business contacts in Switzerland must go through the local representative of Living Cultures.  

A team of several trainers will work closely with the Fluency Coordinator and the client to develop and deliver a customized curriculum that meets the needs of each client.   The goal is to strengthen and expose the client to a variety of authentic communication experiences that contribute toward the overall achievement of the client's learning goals. The advantages of working with multiple trainers are the exposure to diverse areas of expertise and to different training and communication styles. The Fluency: Intercultural Business English Program is designed so that all clients benefit from a variety of learning environments throughout their length of study.  Each interactive session is held at locations in and around the metropolitan Boston area and is accessible by public transportation.  

The Fluency: Intercultural Business English Program is 9 days with 44 units of 45 minute interactive training sessions (equaling 33 hours) of customized intensive one-on-one English-as-a-Second-Language training and U.S. business culture designed for intermediate to advanced level clients.  The standard 9-dayimmersion program starts with arrival to Boston and the homestay on Saturday and ends the following Sunday.  Additional weeks and hours are available upon request.

9 days (Saturday to Sunday)
44 units (45 min. interactive training sessions)

  • U.S. Language & Culture
  • Intercultural Communication
  • U.S. Business Culture & Etiquette
  • Personal Contact with U.S. Professional

U.S. Language and Culture
Competency is developed in listening, speaking, pronunciation skills, grammar, reading and writing.  The approach to grammar teaching is point-of-use correction, followed up by more in-depth study, dependent on client needs.  Idioms, vocabulary, and aspects of U.S. culture are addressed within the program manual and other written texts, as well as through the multiple contexts of training experiences.  Small talk and social skills are part of the training dynamics, and scheduled and suggested cultural activities offer additional insight into U.S. culture.

Intercultural Communication
Trainers in the Fluency: Intercultural Business English Program are specialists in intercultural communication.  They work with clients on culture-specific topics (e.g., U.S. versus German language communication issues and styles) and provide culture-general training sessions and materials.  Role plays or case studies may be utilized, and additional intercultural materials and resources may be recommended based on client interest and relevancy to job responsibilities.

U.S. Business Culture and Etiquette
The Program manual, supplemental materials, and training sessions address a variety of business topics, emphasizing U.S. business culture and communication styles.  Areas of focus may include:

  • Meetings & presentations
  • Telephoning & email
  • Negotiation skills
  • Marketing
  • Intercultural and international management behavior
  • Business vocabulary
  • Business writing
  • Business case studies and role plays
  • Reading and understanding U.S. business newspapers and journals
Business library research

Professional Contact with U.S. Counterpart

As a unique opportunity for authentic business communication without the pressure of job performance, the program includes a professional conversation in person or by telephone with a U.S. counterpart. * Clients have expressed time and again how useful, educational, and enjoyable they find this interaction.
* 4 units or 3 training hours can be substituted instead of Professional Contact
All Global Immersions Fluency trainers have extensive experience training professionals from many different linguistic and cultural backgrounds who have a range of competencies in English.  The trainers offer the following:

Advanced degrees in Intercultural Relations, English-as-a-Second Language, Foreign Languages, Psychology, Speech Pathology and Communication Disorders
Expertise and work experience in a variety of fields
Intercultural communication competence 
International living and working experience

Living with an U.S. host reinforces the Global Immersions Fluency total immersion approach.  The homestay experience allows for a greater understanding of U.S. culture and continual practice in a non-structured environment.  It is a perfect way to learn about U.S. culture and daily living.  All hosts have experience in hosting international visitors and are continuously trained about cultural differences.  Each client is matched appropriately with a host depending on homestay preferences.  The Executive Bed & Breakfast Homestay includes a fully furnished, clean and comfortable private bedroom, study space, continental breakfast (self-served), Internet access, shared bath, local telephone, laundry facilities, television and all utilities and is within walking distance to public transportation (30-45 minutes to downtown Boston destinations).    
What's Not Included
Airline flight, personal expenses, meals (lunch and dinner), snacks and coffee breaks, long distance telephone calls, and optional activities are not included in the program.  
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