Close this search box.

How to speak to Learners of English


East Midlands Foster Carers and UASC support workers listed below:

  • Derby City
  • Derbyshire
  • Leicester City
  • Leicestershire
  • Lincolnshire
  • North Northamptonshire*
  • Nottingham City
  • Nottinghamshire
  • Rutland
  • West Northamptonshire*


*Children’s Services provided by Northamptonshire Children’s Trust.

Aim of the Workshop:

Learn to ‘unlock your English’ when speaking to Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children.

Natural speech sounds like a stream of noise to people who are still on their way to becoming fluent English speakers. This training course shows you how that feels and gives you strategies for modifying the way you speak that we promise will get a much better response from your conversation partner.


  • How to declutter your speech.
  • How to signal word boundaries.
  • The difference between gesture and mime, and which is your safest bet.
  • How to maximise the impact of your facial expressions (timing is crucial.)
  • Why phrasal verbs confuse non-native English speakers, with examples.
  • How to recognise idioms and cut them out.
  • Things that can feel patronising, and how to avoid doing them.
  • When to rephrase, and when it’s better not to.


Course Content:

  • On the course you will listen to a foreign language and try to understand it. This lays the foundation for all the skills you will learn by giving you a taste of how it feels for the listener.
  • Then you will learn to speak slowly and clearly, in a manner that relaxes your conversation partner instead of insulting their intelligence.


Course Structure:

  • How does it feel to listen to a language you can hardly speak. You’ll find out.
  • How 15 improvements you can make to how you communicate
  • Practice speaking in a way that is simple but doesn’t sound patronising.


Course Facilitator:

Shelley Purchon is the founder of English Unlocked. After a long career of teaching English to people from all over the world she has developed a way to help them understand English, as an extremely inclusive communicator with a very accessible speaking style. She now runs various workshops which allows other to learn.

  • 00


  • 00


  • 00


  • 00


  • 1Select Ticket
  • 2Attendees
  • 3Payment
  • 4Confirmation
EMC Member
Available Tickets: 18
The "EMC Member" ticket is sold out. You can try another ticket or another date.
Available Tickets: 18

**SMP agreed partner UASC VCSE**

The "Partner UASC VCSE" ticket is sold out. You can try another ticket or another date.


02 May 2024


10:00 AM - 12:00 PM



Virtual Event


Virtual via Zoom


Anna Anderson