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Workshop Communication skills for non-native English speakers with Science without Borders 4 December 2023, 15:00

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Communication skills for non-native English speakers with Science without Borders

This workshop is meant to give participants who speak English as a second, or additional, language practical skills and strategies to help them become more confident and communicate more efficiently. Delivered by a team of three experienced international science communicators who had to overcome linguistic barriers themselves, the training aims to turn this disadvantage on its head and demonstrate how participants can communicate effectively to an international audience. This workshop series will help those who join to learn how to use their strengths in multiple languages to explain complex concepts in an engaging manner and how to use storytelling, speaking and writing techniques to explain their findings.

This workshop series will take place from the 4-7 December, 15:00-17:00 CET. The sessions will be divided as follows:

Session 1: Tackling the fear of public communication, this session will surface and normalise the emotions surrounding science communication in a foreign language, addressing concerns and evaluating current skills

Session 2: Science storytelling and structure, this session will examine traditional English storytelling structures, exploring the use of anecdotes and giving advice on the delivery of spoken communication

Session 3: Public speaking and events, this session addresses different formats and spaces that science communication can happen in and will explore using body language and performance, as well as inclusive language practices

Session 4: Facing the media and wrap-up, this session will look at science communication in a formal media environment and will reflect on the lessons learned from the course to use the skills of a non-native English speaker as a strength

If this workshop series appeals to your interests, apply by 20 November

Places for this FREE workshops are limited to 30 people, so if you wish to participate please complete this application form by the appropriate closing date (listed above and on the form). Only EGU Members can apply to participate in these workshops and attendees will be shortlisted by the EGU Outreach Committee selected by their answers to the question, ‘Why do you want to attend this workshop?’ and to ensure a diverse group of participants.

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