Speak Better English: From “Singlish” to Standard English
Although Singlish can sound fun and foster bonding among many Singaporeans, it is a root to a set of problems. Users of Singlish may be seen as incompetent, unprofessional and even disrespectful. While this may not be an accurate assessment, people do judge us based on how we use English at the workplace. Learn how to switch from colloquial Singaporean English and gain a deeper appreciation for the English language in your workplace today.
10 key topics covered in this session include:
- What is “Singlish” versus “Standard English”?
- When is it appropriate to use “Singlish and/or Standard English”?
- Code switch and commonly misused words;
- Common “Singlish” expressions and the equivalent in “Standard English”;
- Common grammar and sentence structure issues;
- Pronunciation and grammar;
- Commonly mispronounced words;
- Improve articulation, word stress and sentence stress.
- Grammar practice for conversational purposes;
- Additional practice, reflection and coaching from speaker and facilitator.
Who Should Attend?
This interactive workshop is designed for managers, secretaries, executives, supervisors, customer service professionals and anyone who wants to develop a deeper appreciation for the English language and improve their communication skills.
It is particularly useful in helping both Singaporeans and those whom are new to Singapore to develop the ability to switch between Singlish and Standard English in situations that require it.
“We continue to receive very positive comments about Emma’s courses from my staff members. Several people, including our internal communication manager, said that Emma provided the best one-day training courses. Many thanks for providing insights, tips and factoids that will enable our company to write and communicate even better to our bosses and stakeholders.” – Cynthia Zhuang, Marketing Manager, NETS Singapore
“Great business courses by Emma! I walk away with some great tips and insights which are not just ideas that have no practical consideration. The class’s spirit of spontaneity and engagement is also very encouraging for my learning. Every trainer should be able to keep the attention of the class just like she has.” – Jess Tang-Xin, Senior Admin Executive, Singapore Workforce Development Agency
“I loved Emma’s presentation style. She shares stories to help everyone relate to the business scenarios that we may encounter at work. She also simplifies concepts for everyone to understand easily. One of the best professional development courses I have been to. I will recommend my colleagues to join me for one of her other upcoming courses.” – Razline Maria, Senior Business Associate, Shangri-la Hotel Singapore
Business English and Communications Coach: Emma Jarman-Jones (MBA, Imperial College London in UK)
Emma Jarman-Jones specialises in developing and enhancing workplace communication skills. This work includes writing, speaking, interpersonal and management skills training. She has over 15 years of experience training in Singapore, as well as regionally in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam.
Emma has worked as an external consultant and trainer with both private and public sectors, designing, customising and delivering programmes, and coaching individuals. She believes in the potential of every person and is dedicated to providing the highest quality of training that will benefit the individual, as well as the organisation.
Emma holds an MBA from the Imperial College London in United Kingdom. She has also completed a Diploma in Human Resource Development at the Singapore Institute of Management, and is a certified People Developer Consultant.