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Using small talk effectively in academic and professional settings
WS 2017/18
Verena Barbosa Duarte
Termine am Freitag. 12.01. 09:00 - 17:00
Erster Termin:Fr , 12.01.2018 09:00 - 17:00, Ort: 04/E01
Lecturer: Verena Barbosa Duarte
Between 2012 and 2017 she held the position as head of subject-specific languages and courses for advanced learners (English, French and Spanish) of the Language Center at Osnabrück University. Verena has extensive ex-perience in preparing non-native speakers for English oral contributions of various kinds. She received her academic degree (teaching state exam) in English, German and Phi-losophy from Osnabrück University, and also spent study periods abroad at St. Mary’s University College, Belfast, Northern Ireland and Griffith University, Gold Coast, Austral-ia. She has a special interest in intercultural communication and applied linguistics. In her dissertation she applies a so-ciopragmatic approach to the analysis of aspects of spoken English.

How do you start a sensible conversation at a conference dinner? How can you illustrate your social competence in a job interview? How can you use language to build and maintain good relationships with the members of your research group or your fellow employees? These and other related questions will be ad-dressed in a workshop on small talk presented by the Language Center.
In spite of its name, small talk plays a very important role in social interaction. It serves to create a positive atmosphere and to create a comfort zone between people who might be total strangers. However, using one’s second language for social purposes can be quite daunting, because traditional language teaching seldom pays sufficient attention to this important aspect of communication. The result is often that second language speakers of English avoid or limit their so-cial interaction in academic and professional settings in which English is used. At best, they might have the courage to simply blindly talk their way through so-cial situations, while trying their utmost to manage feelings of discomfort that may arise from doing so.
The workshop offers participants the opportunity to develop confidence in using small talk in academic and professional settings by introducing them to:

• ways of establishing contact,
• politeness strategies in English,
• ways of coping with a breakdown in communication in social settings and
• important linguistic and cultural aspects involved in maintaining good re-lationships.

Participants will also be given the opportunity to practice small talk in a series of role plays related to social interactions that commonly occur in academic and professional contexts.
Doctoral candidates. It is strongly advised that participants have at least an intermediate competence level in English.
Weitere Informationen aus Stud.IP zu dieser Veranstaltung
Heimatinstitut: Zentrum für Promovierende und Postdocs an der Universität Osnabrück (ZePrOs)
beteiligte Institute: Sprachenzentrum
In Stud.IP angemeldete Teilnehmer: 11
Anzahl der Postings im Stud.IP-Forum: 2
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