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The business case for investing properly in professional communication skills development"So sorry, but there is no quick fix for developing professional communication skills." This statement is not music to any organisation or entrepreneur's ears. When a skills gap is recognised, most of us want it fixed - fast. 25 Nov 2020 Read more

10 countries where you can teach English without a degreeBeing an EFL teacher is already a reward, but it doesn't hurt to have a few extra perks sprinkled on top. Teaching English abroad is a great way to meet new people, explore new places and experience diverse cultures - all while earning a good salary. 2 Nov 2020 Read more

Organisational learning and development: Who trains the trainers?People are the new competitive edge in business. Products or services can be duplicated and emulated by competitors but nobody can copy and paste the rich intangible assets of talented employees that perform in an exemplary manner. 19 Oct 2020 Read more

Lifelong learning and career choicesSome young people know from an early age exactly what they want to do when they grow up. 14 Aug 2020 Read more

Why boost your English language skillsYour language skills might be holding you back. 11 May 2020 Read more

Learning for personal developmentLiving and working in a knowledge-driven society is the challenging reality that most of us face these days. Jobs change quickly and there seems to be a continuous demand for new skills, more knowledge and higher levels of functioning. 4 May 2020 Read more

Get ready for the challenge of combining work and studyFinding the time (and budget) to study is a challenge for most working people and busy entrepreneurs. It often means that reaching your full personal and business potential have to take a back seat. We offer some pointers on how to tackle this challenge. 20 Apr 2020 Read more

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How quickly can I get a TEFL and go abroad?There are a 5 things that determine how quickly you can get your TEFL certification before riding (flying!) off to your new job. 4 Dec 2019 Read more

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Business English proficiency is not a soft skillBusiness is fast. And it's getting faster. In the Information Age human beings are required to process voluminous amounts of information in an instant. In the globalised, Fourth Industrial Revolution epoch, business is also diverse with multicultural teams across continents needing to collaborate and deliver shareholder and customer value. Cohesive, coherent and succinct communication is a key factor for business success. 3 Dec 2019 Read more

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The professional translatorTranslation is a much more complex process that simply rewriting words in a different language. You may know two languages, you may even know them well, but that is not enough to be a translator. A good analogy is that of a pianist: Simply because you have two hands does not make you a pianist. There are skills you need to acquire and practice that must go into it, before you can call yourself a pianist. Similarly, in order to be a translator, you need to learn certain skills and practice, before you can truly call yourself a translator. 3 Dec 2019 Read more

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6 reasons you should do a TEFL courseAre you looking for an exciting career change that involves working with people? As a bonus, you'd like something that includes travel and the opportunity to save some money. Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) allows you to do exactly this! TEFL, TEFL, CELTA - the name may differ, but the qualification is the same. Here are 6 reasons you should do a TEFL course: 23 Oct 2019 Read more

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Recipes for successful language learningLearning any new language takes a lot of dedication, practice and time, but all of that pays off when you are able to express yourself in a new and exciting way. 21 Oct 2019 Read more

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Your language skills might be holding you backImagine that English is not your first language, that you were taught English through your mother tongue, and that your company or clients expect you to be a proficient English speaker. Imagine that you have to write emails, proposals and reports or do presentations in English, and that your message and tone are misinterpreted - or even called unprofessional - because your writing and speaking skills do not have those slight nuances of a first language speaker. 16 Oct 2019 Read more

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Regulated and accredited TEFL courses: What does it all mean?You've likely seen the terms while looking for a suitable TEFL provider. Regulated. Accredited provider. 350-hour Master TEFL vs a mere 120-hour TEFL? There are so many questions - and so many different answers. Let's cut through the jargon and clarify the issues. 14 Oct 2019 Read more

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Recipes for successful language learningLearning any new language takes a lot of dedication, practice and time, but all of that pays off when you are able to express yourself in a new and exciting way. 6 May 2019 Read more

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The benefits of learning an additional languageLanguage affects the daily lives of everyone around the world. It helps express our feelings and desires, and ensures that we are able to communicate with those around us. The importance of communication is often overlooked. In order to travel the world, whether for business or pleasure, a willingness to adapt to new cultures and ways of life is essential. This adaptability includes being ready to communicate with new people in various languages. Being unable to communicate in a country makes it extremely difficult to adapt and get along with those you meet. 24 Apr 2019 Read more

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Eliminate your fears and doubts about teaching English to childrenThe idea of teaching English to non-native English speakers can be daunting - doing this with students aged 3-16 years seems impossible. That's why Wits Language School offers a specialised course in Teaching English to Young Learners. The course is ideal for pre-school, primary and EFL teachers no matter where you teach. 11 Mar 2019 Read more

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English: The language of oppression or opportunity?Having to communicate professionally in English sometimes strikes fear into the hearts of many South Africans irrespective of their gender, age or business field; the mere thought of presenting to a group of colleagues in English or submitting a report to your manager is daunting and nerve wracking. If you are one of the many, do not be embarrassed; you are in good company. 26 Nov 2018 Read more

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3 reasons to do your TESOL at Wits Language SchoolAre you looking for an exciting career change that involves working with people? As a bonus, you'd like something that includes travel and the opportunity to save some money? Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) allows you to do exactly this! TEFL, TESOL, CELTA - the name may differ, but the qualification is the same. 7 Nov 2018 Read more

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'Free' online courses versus interactive classroom coursesThe internet is currently abuzz with advertisements for "free" online language courses and online education. While developments in technology have undoubtedly created opportunities for more people to access education, the question still remains as to whether it is actually possible to learn a language solely with the use of an online platform. Whilst there are numerous advantages to using online platforms, there are equally as many disadvantages. 22 Oct 2018 Read more

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6 reasons you should do a TESOL courseAre you looking for an exciting career change that involves working with people? As a bonus, you'd like something that includes travel and the opportunity to save some money. Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) allows you to do exactly this! TEFL, TESOL, CELTA - the name may differ, but the qualification is the same. Here are 6 reasons you should do a TESOL course: 8 Aug 2018 Read more

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Knowing the basics is not good enough anymoreBeing able to confidently speak and write in English has never been so important. Using the right words in the right way can make a massive difference to any company. 8 Aug 2018 Read more

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Learning South African Sign Language will make you a better communicatorWits Language School is offering a unique language course, which will soon be an official language, the South African Sign Language (SASL)! The upcoming course, will run from 29 September till 1 December 2018. This language will expose you to a new cultural and linguistic community, whilst at the same time helping you realise the importance of being able to communicate and understand people of the deaf community. Register for the SASL course now and start your journey to becoming a better communicator! 25 Jul 2018 Read more

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Learn how to express yourself in an African, Asian or European languageLiving in a country with 11 official languages, it's important to be open to learning new languages and how to communicate with those around us, and why stop there? Learning a new language will open you up to a new world of opportunities and experiences, whether you want to enhance your career, travel, or if you are purely after personal enrichment, Wits African, Asian or European (AAE) language short courses focus on teaching you how to communicate in real-life situations. Course modules also cover the cultural aspects of the languages and will help you feel at ease when speaking to others in their native language. Start learning a new language today! 23 Jul 2018 Read more

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The ultimate TESOL course to launch your English teaching careerAnyone interested in launching a career in teaching English to speakers of other languages should complete this 120-hour TESOL course with Wits Language School (WLS) - from students taking a gap year, to long-term travellers, to those who have decided to change their careers (and their lifestyles) and those who have retired - with full-time (four weeks), part-time (12 weeks) and blended-learning (12 weeks) options available as of 2 July 2018. 27 Jun 2018 Read more

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Wits Language School's EFL course - Learning English in South AfricaEnglish not your first language? The English as a Foreign Language (EFL) course, brought to you by Wits Language School (WLS), is guaranteed to build your competence and confidence when using English to communicate in all aspects of the academic and business worlds. Register now and start improving your English skills! 27 Jun 2018 Read more

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A business lens for learning and developmentIn a 1998 Harvard Business Review article, Professor Dave Ulrich controversially called the business human resource function "ineffective, incompetent, and costly". He also accused HR professionals of lacking knowledge or experience with empirical assessments. 29 May 2018 Read more

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Transform your English communication capabilitiesThe need for communication skills is important in virtually every career. Whether you are competing to get the job you want or to win the customers your company needs, your success or failure depends to a large degree on your ability to communicate. If you learn to write well, speak well, listen well and recognise the appropriate way to communicate in various business contexts, you'll gain a major advantage that will serve you throughout your career. Moreover, because your communication plays a key role in efforts to improve efficiency, quality, responsiveness and innovation, your communication affects your company's success. 29 Aug 2016 Read more

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Transform your English communication capabilitiesThe need for communication skills is important in virtually every career. Whether you are competing to get the job you want or to win the customers your company needs, your success or failure depends to a large degree on your ability to communicate. 23 May 2016 Read more

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Celebration of language diversity in Africa at Wits Language School Africa WeekThis week is Africa Week at Wits University, part of the celebrations around Africa Day on 25 May which commemorates the founding of the Organisation for African Unity (OAU), which then became the African Union (AU). 12 May 2016 Read more

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English for Professional Development Certificate Ceremony 2014On Friday, 31 October 2014, the English for Professional Development (EPD) unit hosted its annual certificate ceremony. It was a glamorous affair. Students and facilitators dressed up for the occasion. It was clear that people who enjoy studying English also have a good sense of fashion. 9 Dec 2014 Read more

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English for Professional Development Certificate CeremonyThe English for Professional Development (EPD) unit held their 4th annual Certificate Ceremony on Friday evening, 1st November 2013. 1 Nov 2013 Read more

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English for Professional Development Open Day in PretoriaExpanding the accessibility of the English for Professional Development (EPD) courses, Wits Language School recently held the first ever English for Professional Development Open Day in Pretoria on 18 May 2013. 20 May 2013 Read more

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2012 Wits Language School EPD Certificate CeremonyA cool summer's evening and a celebratory atmosphere greeted the English for Professional Development (EPD) students as they arrived for the annual EPD Certificate Ceremony on the 18th of October 2012. 19 Oct 2012 Read more

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Commending the academic success of our leanersThe English improvement Certificate Ceremony that took place on 21 October 2011 at the Professional Development Hub (PDH) paid tribute to the learners that have worked hard to achieve competence in their respective levels. 21 Oct 2011 Read more