Do you need advanced communication skills in English? Once you’re using English at work, you no longer need much of the basic English instruction on the Internet. (You also won't need half the pages on EnglishHints!)
Instead, your English needs have grown more individualized. They're based on your particular situation and knowledge gaps. Focus on resources or help to meet your current, specific needs rather than one-size-fits-all lessons.
I’ve been working on personalized, advanced lessons for several years.
If you are interested in working with me directly, see the last half of Develop your English Speaking Skills for information on my one-on-one and group coaching programs.
On this page I’d like to direct you to some of my pages that may help, and to other resources my students have found useful.
If you have specific questions about your own needs, I can help with those too. (I’ve been studying what’s available online for teaching and learning English for well over ten years.)
You can leave a message on the contact form at the bottom of the page. I’ll be glad to answer—or get on a quick call if that would work better for you. Just let me know.
If you’re in business or if you work as a professional, check out Develop your English Speaking Skills or Master Business English. Do you need to persuade a customer or your boss of the value of your suggestion? See Why the Right Word Matters, How to Change Someone’s Mind, and Effective Examples of Persuasion.
If you have a job interview in English soon, check out Preparing for a Job Interview in English. That page mentions a workshop to help practice for an interview. I hope to offer that again fairly soon-- but can speed up my timeline if I know someone needs it.
There's a link to contact me at the very bottom of the page (the blue section.) Be sure to mention you're interested in the Interview Workshop, and when you expect your interview(s). At the very least I can give a few tips to prepare-- or a lesson if you want to practice with an English-speaker and don't have anyone to help.
You probably won’t need help with vocabulary used in your own profession. You might want to review some vocabulary common across the professions, though. Most of these pages have practice exercises. Some ideas to start:
Here are some more:
All these pages (except Charts & Graphs) include practice exercises after providing some explanations. You’ll know many of the words, but a review might help-- and any words you don’t know are likely to be relevant to you.
If you like to do crossword puzzles, I have quite a few. Use them to practice hundreds of the words important in professional and academic situations.
They’re easier than most crosswords for native speakers because I give a list of the words used. (That means you don’t need to think of hundreds of possible words to complete them.) They’re downloadable and printable, and all have answer sheets.
See Common Idioms for my pages on English idiom and phrasal verb meanings and practice. Those pages also link to more idioms (since we use hundreds in English and I discuss less than 100 on those pages) and to a downloadable free phrasal verb e-book with explanations and over 100 common phrasal verbs.
There are way too many of either to learn all at once, so I will also be offering a newsletter teaching a few each week (along with tips for learning and using other tricky areas of English.)
Please let me know if these are helpful-- if it would be worth the effort to make more like them. (You could leave a Facebook comment on this page or complete a quick note on the Contact Me form near the bottom of the page if you don't use Facebook.) I would love to hear what you find useful-- or if some change would make it easier to understand.)
I also have a free downloadable workbook with important professional vocabulary and expressions you might use at work meetings in English. They include ways to ask questions or make your points persuasively (and ways to disagree politely). You can check it out here.
For those who don't need the vocabulary but want to practice common work phrases, see Useful English Phrases for Work.
The first free download on that page gives examples of common phrases for making suggestions, asking for or expressing an opinion or polite ways to agree or disagree, asking for clarification, dealing with interruptions, and asking for or offering help. It also discusses when we use 'make' in expressions vs. when we use 'do.'
When you sign up for that pdf you can also get a pdf workbook with exercises practicing expressions with 'make' and 'do.'
(In case you missed it, for one-on-one or group lessons on speaking see Develop your English Speaking Skills.) See also my new, discounted course: Speak English Confidently. It's open now (mid Sept. 2023.) Enrollment will close before its start date (Sept. 25), but you can contact me if you're interested and I'll let you know when it will be offered again- or of any similar opportunities.
For listening practice (and ideas), see TED talks. They're usually under 20 minutes, on various high-interest subjects.
Podcasts are also great listening practice (though not always easy)-- on any subject you might be interested in.
This site reviews interesting science podcasts. (They're for the general public, not researchers, but it's a good way to follow what’s going on in other fields. The first podcast they reviewed, Science VS, also has a short version with talks just 8-14 minutes or so. A bonus: listen to a lady who knows her science and shares it with enthusiasm and a strong British accent.
Get double value for your time online reading in English. Combine your reading (and listening practice) with professional and personal growth.
Besides trying professional journals in your field, you can get some great ideas from the monthly English Detective newsletter (see Building Vocabulary) or Reading Articles to Improve Your English (from old English Detective issues). I try to find thought-provoking articles on different subjects each month.
For other ideas see English Listening & Reading Comprehensive Exercises (the intermediate or advanced level suggestions for each.)
If you write about science in your work, see Communicating Science.
For help with professional writing, see Learn to Write English. In its last paragraph I also link to two very useful free tools to help you revise your work and check for grammar mistakes. Transition Words not only reviews the uses of these important words but also provides practice choosing which to use.
To help you with proofreading, consider Grammarly. (It has a paid level, but even the free level is quite useful. I use it myself to check for typos, doubled words, and simple mistakes that can be easy to overlook.) The Revision & Proofreading Checklist is a review of important issues that could help you, too.
Medical English has resources and links to information useful for health professionals. It links to pages on the grammar for giving advice, with examples from health care settings.
There's also a link to the excellent English Health Train curriculum. I used it to teach English to nurses hoping to work in the U.S. Many of their materials would also be work for self-study. I highly recommend it!
The page also has several links to medical terminology pages. One might be of interest to other professionals as well. Medical Vocabulary discusses the English names for various professions, diseases, tests & treatments. It's a good overview of areas you don't work in, in which you might sometimes be unsure of the English word involved.
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