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Communication Skills

Communications SkillsCommunications Skills - Accredited by the British Council for the Teaching of English


  • Timetable: Monday to Friday - 9am-6pm - each student takes 3-5 hours of timetabled CS classes
  • Teaching hours per week: 3-5
  • Course fees:Free supplementary course for University of Bedfordshire international students
  • Maximum class size: 25 students

At the University of Bedfordshire, we want you to get the most out of your time with us. That's why the University has created a core programme of timetabled communication skills classes, which all international students must attend.

We know how important it is, both during your time at University and in your career afterwards, to continually develop and enhance your intercultural communication skills.

Many employers and visa sponsors will look for evidence (in addition to your academic achievements) of excellent English language proficiency and career skills.

Communication Skills classes help me to improve my reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. They teach me how to write academic essays and how to communicate in daily life. Playing language games or doing competitions with my classmates makes language study interesting as we learn more actively. The teaching is good and thanks to all the teachers.

Ma Pengcheng
CS4 & BA (Hons) Business Administration student from ICB

Communication Skills Programme structure

Communication Skills is designed to help you boost your course grades and become an effective communicator. This core unit consists of three parts:

Academic skills

  • Preparing your assignment from task to task submission
  • Paraphrasing, summarising, synthesizing and referencing
  • Listening and note-taking skills
  • Dissertation writing

British university culture

  • Awareness of British university interaction and practice
  • Seminar skills
  • Approaches to independent study
  • Avoidance of plagiarism

Communicating effectively within your subject area

  • Presentation technique
  • Appropriate formats and language for correspondence
  • Subject-specific vocabulary
  • English language improvement

Find out why communication skills are important in today's world and learn all about the unique programme University of Bedfordshire designed to help students become first-class presenters, improve their referencing and boost their confidence when it comes to communicating in English:

What students say

Find out how Communication Skills Classes helps our Students with their studies:

Communication Skills Plenary Lectures

As part of the communication skills programme, all international students can benefit from attending plenary lectures every Wednesday evening. You will be asked to take notes during the lectures by inspirational speakers, and then write an essay on the lecture theme. Valuable feedback will be provided from which you will be able to recognise your improvements during the course of the year.

Every Wednesday: 5pm, or 6pm repeat

No Lecturer Lecture Title Date Location
1 Nicholas Botfield Feed back; Think Forward 25/01/2017 G101
2 John Lapwood

Communicating effectively to solve a crisis - a case study

01/02/2017 G101
3 Rafael Cloete

The global obsession with English

08/02/2017 G101
4 Paul Owen

Thinking and writing critically in a post-fact world

15/02/2017 G101
5 Katy Robertson-Hohmann

Listening Matters

22/02/2017 G101
6 Mark Jones

Your Motivation

01/03/2017 G101
7 Paul Owen

Soft Skills Training

08/03/2017 G101
8 Paul Harrison

Developing skillset and mind-set for the global job market

15/03/2017 G101
9 CS Debate from 5pm Talent or the right connections? Which is more important in the world of work? 22/03/17 @5pm only G101

Communication Skills Plenary Lecture Benefits

  • Listening skills
  • Note-taking practice
  • Observing and interacting
  • Writing and reporting skills
  • Cultural awareness
  • Interesting and varied topics
  • Targeted feedback from essays
  • Submission of task answers via Turnitin - see your CSa Unit on BREO

Find out more

For further information please contact the Language Centre:

T: +44 (0)1582 489032

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