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Conversational English in the Workplace for the Non-Native Speaker

Don't let a language barrier keep you from getting the job you want. San Antonio and Central Texas are prime areas for job seekers to have bilingual skills, so you can't afford to miss this opportunity. Take our Conversational English course and you'll be a stand-out candidate on any job application. Develop your professional background in a short time while learning the skills you need to work in an English-speaking team environment.

Course Details

Conversational English in the Workplace will enable beginning English speakers to develop the vocabulary and grammatical structures necessary to communicate in the workplace. This course is designed to be an informal introduction to the English language in a professional setting.

Participants can anticipate class sessions that will involve quick, simple instructions in grammar and language acquisition, typically followed by group activity and informal presentations designed to help students practice creating and communicating with new English language structures. The course, geared toward language in the workplace, will include role-play scenarios that may arise in business or other similar settings.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Listening: Participants will practice comprehension by listening to media and the instructor. Participants also may begin engaging in conversations with their peers and will engage in assignments designed to help students practice new listening comprehension skills.

  • Speaking: Participants will practice speaking in structured conversations designed to accentuate workplace vocabulary with peers and native speakers. Participants also will participate in group projects and light assignments designed to encourage students to think and speak in English.

  • Reading: Participants will read from several modified texts designed to highlight workplace language and culture. Readings may include workplace narratives and reports, short stories and memos.

Schedule & Fees

Registration for this course has closed. Please use the sign-up form below to receive notification when new course dates are available. Thank you for your interest.


No textbooks will be required for this course.

Other Required Materials

Participants will need paper and pen, as well as access to a computer that can print. 

About the Instructor

Darren Meritz is a full-time UTSA instructor whom is well-versed in language and literature. Starting out as a staff writer and reporter, he went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts in English, and a Master's degree in English Literature. Darren earned his TESOL/TEFL Certification. Darren is also a member of the Faculty Advisory Committee of the UTSA Writing Department, which reviews textbooks for departmental use. His committee also does sample evaluations of student writing portfolio projects to establish norms and standards.

His other courses of instruction were in composition, developmental writing, integrated reading and writing, world literature, and public speaking. Darren has also lectured at Northwest Vista and in China for a university summer school.

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