Do you speak English as a second or foreign language?
Do you have a good level of spoken English but need to learn how to speak in formal situations?
Do you need English for work or study purposes?
Do you need to speak politely in English in formal situations, such as interviews, meetings, official events?
Do you need to speak English with native or proficient speakers?
Take the course and learn how to speak politely in English.
Learn the 3 Golden Rules of Politeness
Discover the 6 Principles of Polite Speaking
Learn common polite phrases for a variety of communicative functions, such as complaining, interrupting, expressing disappointment and many more. New lessons are added all the time.
What does the course consist of?
This course is suitable for Intermediate speakers of English who need to learn how to speak politely in formal situations.
By the end of this course, you will have a better understanding of polite English and will be able to communicate more effectively and appropriately in your professional life.
In this lesson, you will learn about the Uncertainty principle and why it may not be a good idea to appear too confident.
In this lesson, you will learn about the Indirect Question principle and why asking an indirect question may get you better results.
In this lesson, you will learn about the Respecting Intelligence principle and why respecting the other person's intelligence will make them more likely to cooperate with you.
In this lesson, you will learn about the Sensitive Correction principle and why correcting somebody in a polite and sensitive way is more effective than direct correction.
In this lesson, you will learn the Reluctant Disagreement principle and discover why you should show the other person that you don't really want to disagree with them.
In this lesson, you will learn about the Avoid Direct Commands principle and find out why being too bossy will not win you many friends.
In this lesson, you will have the opportunity to review the key points of the course.
In this lesson, you will learn some useful phrases for interrupting.
In this lesson, you will learn some useful phrases for dealing with interruptions while you are speaking.
In this lesson, you will learn some useful phrases for expressing annoyance or irritation, in a polite way.
In this lesson, you will learn some useful phrases for expressing a preference.
In this lesson, you will learn how to express disappointment politely.
In this lesson, you will learn some useful phrases for expressing shock or surprise politely.
My name is Dylan Gates and I am a freelance teacher / teacher trainer / materials designer and English language coach.
Learning English is a challenge. My job is to help you take your English to the next level. Becoming a fluent speaker of English is not just about learning grammatical rules and remembering vocabulary. It's about developing communication skills and becoming a confident speaker. It's about learning how to express your ideas, thoughts, opinions and experiences in English.
My courses are designed to help you become a confident and competent speaker of English.
I've been a Director of Studies at a British Council accredited school in Central London, Course Director of a Training programme for English teachers (Trinity TESOL), and I've also worked as an English for Academic Purposes tutor at King's College (famous university in London) where I prepared international students for post-graduate study in the UK. Now, I am a self-employed teacher / trainer / blogger / course designer and enjoying the freedom.
What other teaching qualifications do I have?
I have an MA in Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching, a Diploma DELTA (advanced teaching qualification) and an E-tutoring certificate.
Is there anything else I would like to mention?
I prefer to call myself a trainer or coach rather than teacher. Learning a new language is like learning any new skill: you need to practise and train every day to become better at doing it. I hope that people watch my course and then go out and practise speaking English with other people.