Executive Combination Courses

What are our Executive Combination Courses?

This option combines 50% 1:1 lessons with 50% small group (with a maximum of 4 students) and offers the advantages of both individual and group tuition. The 1:1 mornings concentrate on the individual’s specific language difficulties and specialist vocational vocabulary; the afternoons focus on communication and intercultural exchange with participants of different nationalities and commercial backgrounds in the context of professional situations for example; – presentations, meetings, negotiating, leading an international team, intercultural awareness in working environments.

Who is our Executive Combination course for?

This programme is for those who want to improve communicative performance in a wide range of professional, business and commercial contexts. They may be starting in their chosen career or they may have discovered that they do not feel as confident or adept at the English language as they would like. We are here to help improve their performance and confidence.

Executive Combination Plus Courses

This course is the same as the Executive Combination course but with 5 extra 1:1 hours. Total of 17.5 hours 1:1 lessons + 12.5 hours small group lessons.

Key information

Minimum age: 25 (Average age: 40)
Required level: All levels for 1:1 classes Minimum level lower-intermediate for group classes.
Maximum class size: 1 to 4 (depending on course)
Course length: Minimum 1 week

Executive Communication Skills on our Combination Courses

When new participants join LSI/IH Portsmouth they are given a thorough needs analysis. During this analysis, an emphasis is placed on suitable professional vocabulary, register, grammatical structures, and pronunciation used by the participant. This allows us to tailor the perfect and most suitable course for our students. The course can include formal classroom teaching, case studies, using video and roleplays.

Generally, in our Business English courses, the focus is placed on effective, practical and useful business English communication skills and typically includes language and skills for some or all of the following:

  • Meetings and Teleconferencing
  • Negotiations.
  • Presentations.
  • Telephoning.
  • Socialising and Networking.
  • E-mail, Letter and Report Writing.
  • Cross-cultural awareness.
  • International leadership and management.
  • Specialist vocabulary development.

What is the Executive combination course duration/programme?

Course duration can be for between 1 and 4+ weeks (2 weeks is the average).

This programme is highly intensive and includes 25 contact hours (12.5 of 1.1 training and 12.5 of small group training) plus 5 to 10 self-access study hours plus 7.5 hours social English over optional teacher accompanied lunch per week plus optional evening social activities (such as restaurants, guided tours, live music, cultural events).

We find that the most popular of our Executive Courses is the Combination course. The student has 1:1 training in the morning where they are able to concentrate on their specific language requirements, and then they study in a small group in the afternoon where business functional language can be studied and practised with colleagues from other companies and countries.
Key Facts
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An Executive language stay will expose you to native speakers while learning about the culture in England, and provides an opportunity to network and build long-term friendships. They offer high levels of comfort and convenience.
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Social Programme

Our Executive Social Programme and its teacher accompanied lunch system, provides opportunities to practise social English, enhance intercultural awareness and network with professionals from all over the world and with all levels of English; a great preparation for real-life work situations.