Chris Moore, SLC’s Managing Director, was invited to chair a round table event this week to discuss the impact of the IELTS Test on international recruitment to the NHS.
Specialist Language Courses (SLC) and our partners, Accent International, are delighted to launch a new online English course, specifically designed for the oil and gas industry, Online English for Safety in Oil and Gas.
This 22.5-hour course draws on many years’ combined experience providing English language programmes to a wide range of oil and gas companies, including BP, Shell, Chevron, Saudi Aramco, Lukoil, Schlumberger, Halliburton, Baker Hughes and Technip.
Online English for Safety in Oil and Gas gives technical workers the English language skills they need to work safely and to communicate effectively with colleagues in what can be highly challenging circumstances. Learners focus on a broad range of safety-critical language, from essential signage to permits to work, giving handovers, maintaining tools and equipment, reporting incidents, and dealing with electrical, fire, vehicle and environmental hazards.
Each section covers a wide variety of language and communicative scenarios. Taking this course ensures workers can understand and implement safety instructions, minimise the risk of accidents and incidents, improve workplace safety standards and participate in a pro-active safety culture.
Perfect Preparation for the Safety English Test
SLC and Accent work in partnership with the owners of the international Safety English Test (SET): Language Solutions International and the Atlas Knowledge Group.
The Safety English Test is an online English Language competency test, designed specifically to assess English language skills within the context of health and safety. SET provides a consistent and reliable international English language standard for the Oil and Gas industry.
Online English for Safety in Oil and Gas prepares workers to achieve an intermediate (B1) level in SET, reassuring companies that staff can communicate effectively in safety-critical scenarios.
For more information about the course, either as standalone training or as preparation for SET, visit https://www.specialistlanguagecourses.com/english-for-safety-in-oil-and-gas/ or contact SLC directly:
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Telephone: +44 1273 900213
About SLC and Accent International
Specialist Language Courses (SLC) is a leading expert in online technical, academic and business language training, publishing online language courses and delivering online training to a wide range of international clients. See www.specialistlanguagecourses.com for more details.
Accent International is a specialist UK consultancy which has been providing business and technical English training programmes to international companies for almost 30 years. See http://www.accent-international.com for more details.
Statistics published last week showed a dramatic drop in the numbers of EEA-trained nurses joining the NMC register, as reported in the Nursing Times and national media. In December 2016, only 101 nurses joined, a year on year fall of 35.7% and the lowest monthly figure for the year.
We believe that the decision taken 1 year ago by the NMC to change the English Language requirements for EEA-trained nurses registering in the UK is fundamental to this drop. This decision was that all new registrants now need to score 7.0 in the international IELTS Academic English language test.
Specialist Language Courses is delighted to announce the launch of a suite of online General English courses.
There are 5 levels, from beginner (A1) to advanced (C2). Each level consists of 45 hours of integrated skills work – reading, listening, writing, communication – and 15 hours of grammar support and consolidation. Learners can download the accompanying grammar app, with 100s of screens of activity, and there are free lessons based on current newspaper articles uploaded every week.
Welcome to the first in a series of occasional posts giving essential Medical English tips. This one focuses on a critical area of practice: giving advice sensitively. Get this right, and your rapport with your patient will be a powerful factor in building a successful therapeutic partnership. Get this wrong, and your relationship may never recover. Read on.
NEW ONLINE COURSE: ENGLISH FOR DOCTORS: CLINICAL INTERACTIONS 1
Specialist Language Courses (SLC) is delighted to launch its new online English for Doctors course, Clinical Interactions 1.
Do you know when in your language you use an expression that, when read literally, seems to make no sense at all, or it’s used to express another meaning altogether? That expression is an idiom or common saying. Every language has many of them.
Yes it’s true, learning English can be easy even if you speak a Romance Language. Here are some essential tips to help you learn English quickly and effectively.
Here’s an article about something we’re doing more of. Teaching. Online. While much of our work in the last 2 years has focused on producing online language learning materials – especially for Technical English such as Medical and Oil & Gas workers – we have steadily grown an army of specialist English language trainers who teach online English courses around the world. Teaching online enables lessons to take place wherever a learner has a half-decent internet connection.
In a recent blog post we presented the advantages and disadvantages of learning a new language via Mobile Apps. If you are thinking about starting a course with an app but you don`t know which app to choose you are in the right place.
Learning languages are great – I think we can all agree with that. But if you decide to learn a new language the next question is how? Nowadays there are a lot of different ways to learn a language: online or tutored language courses – like the ones we at SLC provide, going abroad, reading loads of books and doing reading, listening and speaking tasks on your own OR perhaps what might be considered the most modern way: using an app on your mobile phone which makes language learning easy and accessible to everyone. The most attractive argument for a lot of people is that you can learn WHENever, WHEREver and WHATever you want. It`s your own decision and no one can really control your progress, although this might be – sometimes – a real problem, especially for lazy people. Have you ever thought about using such an app? But you aren`t sure yet if you should try it?
The IELTS exam is perhaps the most widely taken international English language test. Over 2.5 million people sit the test every year from around the world. IELTS is recognised by universities, companies, professional bodies such as the GMC and NMC, immigration authorities, and government institutions all around the world as a measure of English language ability.
The reading paper of the Academic IELTS test is a tough one. You have to read 3 academic texts taken from journals, reports and articles and answer 40 questions on them in 1 hour. The texts are long – up to 2,000 words each. This means you have to develop the ability to understand the main points quickly, as well as the ability to find the answers to the questions without reading every single word.
Is the English culture and behaviour really that different from the rest of Europe? And if so, what are the most popular prejudices against the typical British person? Are these true, or are they just stereotypes?
Here at SLC our aim is to help European citizens to work in the UK, just as I, Jule Kirchner, have also done. As an intern at SLC, I closely experience the every-day working life in the UK, and I would to share some of my thoughts and observations. (more…)
At SLC, we are proud to have been working with hundreds of EU nurses and doctors coming to work in the UK, either through our online Medical English courses or through our IELTS test preparation programmes. We see how committed they are and what a vital contribution they make to healthcare in this country, not just in NHS Trust hospitals, but also in care homes, nursing homes and private clinics and hospitals around the UK.