LCC rolls out course for immigrant architects and engineers

Skilled immigrants who want to advance their professional and technical English skills can now get the training they need in a unique business English course offered by ISS Language & Career College of BC (LCC).

The course, called Professional and Technical Oral English, is aimed at immigrant architects, engineers and technologists with upper intermediate to advanced level English (Canadian Language Benchmark 5 and up).

“We put this class together because there are a lot of highly skilled immigrants who have good enough English for survival but it’s not good enough for complicated business transactions such as contract negotiation and managing employees,” said Camilla Dietrich, LCC Instructional Coordinator.

She said because of the lack of high-level English abilities, professional immigrants are not able to use their skills effectively in Canada.

To help skilled immigrants reach their full potential, the course focuses on developing negotiation, discussion, interview and presentation skills, and learning to explain numerical, structural and conceptual ideas more clearly.

This is the first class LCC plans to roll out in a series of Enhanced Language Training courses previously piloted at ISSofBC.

In anonymous evaluations, students in the pilot project noted the professional content and functional language related to their work, and credited the Professional and Technical Oral English Course for helping them learn about Canadian and corporate culture.

The course, licensed by the BC Provincial Government, starts Tuesday, April 22 and runs Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30 – 9:30 pm.

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