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Communicating with Diverse Audiences

Explore what drives the way you communicate and develop communication strategies for successful communication in diverse settings.

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Communicating with Diverse Audiences

Learn to interpret different varieties of English and avoid communication bias

Communication with diverse audiences is necessary for many professions.

You may face communication barriers when talking to people with a different cultural background, who speak different varieties of English, or who don’t share your life experiences and professional practices.

On this course, you’ll learn how different values or expectations, and different varieties of English can pose challenges to effective communication.

You’ll learn to make conscious decisions about the way you use language in interpersonal interactions and how to communicate more effectively through a range of strategies.

What topics will you cover?

During this course you will cover the following subjects:

Week 1: The role of culture and language in communication

Week 2: Language and unconscious bias

Week 3: Using English as a lingua franca with speakers from different linguistic backgrounds

Week 4: Using language to establish interpersonal relationships

Who is this accredited by?

The CPD Certification Service
The CPD Certification Service:

This course has been certified by the CPD Certification Service as conforming to continuing professional development principles

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Describe the layers and facets of culture and of other possible influences on communication practices
  • Assess which factors influence how they and others communicate
  • Reflect critically on their own and others' communicative behaviours to avoid unconscious bias
  • Describe different varieties of English and reflect critically on their own position as an English speaker
  • Apply a range of new strategies to establish rapport and achieve desired goals
  • Explain how language can be used to build interpersonal relationships
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of their communicative repertoire

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for professionals looking to improve their ability to communicate across linguistic and cultural boundaries.

Recommended for learners age 16+

Who developed the course?

University of Surrey

The University of Surrey is a global community of ideas and people, dedicated to life-changing education and research. Surrey empowers students for personal and professional success by providing exceptional teaching and practical learning.

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