Developing Your Future

Working in the global market means having globally literate staff. As companies develop their local and overseas markets, they need to ensure that their staff is capable of meeting the challenges of conducting business. While our corporate training focuses on individuals, our aim is to develop the overall capacity of the corporate world’s number one asset – its staff. By targeting individual skill deficiencies, upskilling new graduates and reskilling existing staff, we can help you to address the future needs of your business and stay ahead of the pack.

One-On-One Language Training

This personalized program is designed to enhance your performance in the English language. You will learn with highly-qualified and experienced facilitators in a one-on-one framework tailored to your specific needs.

Through an initial intensive, targeted needs analysis and consultation, facilitators will assess your individual requirements and develop a training program aimed at helping you to meet your professional goals. Expect to enhance your communication competencies via energetic discussion and debate, critical reflection and intensive feedback from your facilitator.


Duration of course

You and your facilitator will devise a personal plan based on your needs.


Training venue

Sessions are held at Wits Language School in Johannesburg or at your place of work.


Fees

A single lesson is R470 per hour.

The needs analysis is R500.

If the sessions are held at your place of work, travel expenses will be incurred.


English Communication for Professional Development Programs

General Business English

The Focus

Business English courses provide you with the English communication skills required to effectively and confidently communicate in a professional setting.

The Courses

  • English Foundations, Part 1 and Part 2.
  • English Fundamentals, Part 1 and Part 2.
  • Communicative Grammar.
  • Business Writing.
  • Presentation Skills.
  • Report Writing for Executives.
  • English for Critical Thinking in Business Contexts.

Entry Requirements

  • Minimum of 18 years of age.
  • No specific school or tertiary qualification is required.
  • All candidates must be literate and numerate.
  • All candidates are required to complete the pre-assessment (to determine the candidate’s level of English proficiency) to ensure they enter the program at an appropriate level. The pre-assessment is a one-hour written test.

Course Duration

  • Each course consists of 40 contact hours and runs for 10 weeks every Saturday from 09h00 to 13h00.
  • The Communicative Grammar, Report Writing for Executives and English for Critical Thinking in Business Contexts courses consist of 50 contact hours and run for ten weeks every Saturday from 08h30 to 13h30.
  • The exam is written in the 11th week.

Certification

Each course entitles you to a University of the Witwatersrand Short Course Certificate of Competence.

Course Fees

  • Each 40-hour course is R5,500.
  • The 50-hour Communicative Grammar, Report Writing for Executives and English for Critical Thinking in Business Contexts courses are R6,500 each.

The Impact on the Individual

  • Acquire greater written and oral fluency in business situations.
  • Attain a higher level of confidence in your ability to conduct business in English.
  • Progress faster and further in your career.

The Impact on the Organization

  • Improve productivity.
  • Increase employee engagement.
  • Improve customer service.
  • Enhance professional images for both employers and companies.


English for Specific Purposes (ESP) Courses

The Focus

ESP courses offer you an opportunity to explore specialist English language skills and concepts to succeed in your area of work or interest.

The Courses

  • English for Marketing
  • English for Human Resources.
  • English for the Financial Sector.
  • English for Engineering.
  • English for Aviation.
  • English for Project Management.

Entry Requirements

  • Minimum of 18 years of age.
  • NQF Level 4 competence in English.
  • You may be required to complete a pre-assessment to determine your level of English proficiency. The pre-assessment is a one-hour written test.

Course Duration

  • Each course consists of 40 contact hours.
  • Each course runs for 10 weeks every Saturday from 09h00 to 13h00.
  • The exam is written in the 11th week.

Certification

Each course entitles you to a University of the Witwatersrand Short Course Certificate of Competence.

Course Fees

Each 40-hour course is R6,900.

The Impact on the Individual

  • Navigate and access the specific vocabularies of your company, industry and functional area and understand how to employ such vocabulary in specific business situations.
  • Convert technical knowledge into compelling presentations and reports.

The Impact on the Organization

Equip talent with the skills and capabilities to effectively deliver their own KPIs in a way that contributes towards the performance of their teams, departments, and overall organizational aims.


Career Readiness Program

The Focus

This program is designed to develop the specialist English language knowledge and communication skills that job-seekers need to apply for and secure jobs. It is ideal for both working professionals and those new to the world of employment.

The Courses

  • Communicative Grammar.
  • Business Writing.
  • Presentation Skills.
  • English for Job Application and Interview Essentials.
  • English for Critical Thinking in Business Contexts.

Entry Requirements

  • Minimum of 18 years of age. All candidates must be literate and numerate. All candidates are required to complete the pre-assessment (to determine the candidate’s level of English proficiency) to ensure they enter the program at an appropriate level. The pre-assessment is a one-hour written test.

Course Duration

  • Each course consists of 40 contact hours.
  • Each course runs for 10 weeks every Saturday from 09h00 to 13h00.
  • The English for Critical Thinking in Business Contexts courses consist of 50 contact hours and run for ten weeks every Saturday from 08h30 to 13h30.
  • The exam is written in the 11th week.

Certification

Each course entitles you to a University of the Witwatersrand Short Course Certificate of Competence.

Course Fees

  • The English for Critical Thinking in Business Contexts is R6,500.
  • The remaining courses are R5 500 each.

The Impact on the Individual

  • Differentiate yourself in the employment market.
  • Seek and gain employment opportunities your competitors do not have the skills for.

The Impact on the Organization

Transform graduates into employees who can think critically, communicate clearly, and solve complex problems.


Executive English Communication Programs for New Managers

The Focus

It is oriented towards new managers or managers growing from a technical specialist to a general management role.

The Courses

  • Pre-requisite: English for Critical Thinking in Business Contexts.
  • Report Writing for Executives. English for Negotiating.
  • Speaking for Business Contexts.
  • English for Project Management.

Entry Requirements

  • NQF Level 5/6 competence in English.
  • You may be required to complete a pre-assessment to determine your level of English proficiency. The pre-assessment is a one-hour written test.

Course Duration

  • Each course consists of 40 contact hours.
  • Each course runs for 10 weeks every Saturday from 09h00 to 13h00.
  • The Report Writing for Executives and English for Critical Thinking in Business Contexts courses consist of 50 contact hours and run for ten weeks every Saturday from 08h30 to 13h30.
  • The exam is written in the 11th week.

Certification

Each course entitles you to a University of the Witwatersrand Short Course Certificate of Competence.

Course Fees

  • Each 40-hour course is R6,900.
  • The Report Writing for Executives and English for Critical Thinking in Business Contexts courses are R6,500 each.

The Impact on the Individual

  • Acquire key management communication skills.
  • Enhance your ability to set priorities, delegate tasks, manage resources and help drive team productivity.

The Impact on the Organization

  • Give high potential talent the skills they need to develop in line with the organization’s overall objectives, bringing them up to speed with the capabilities they need for the next stage in their career.
  • Increase retention of hard-to-fill senior positions, both functional and cross-functional, by preparing participants to take on new responsibilities.


Executive English Communication Programs for Leadership

The Focus

It is aimed at decision makers responsible for leading organizations or significant units within organizations.

The Courses

  • English for Change Management.
  • English for Strategic Thinking.
  • Cross-Cultural Business Communication.
  • English for Conflict Management. Executive Speaking Essentials.

Entry Requirements

  • NQF Level 5/6 competence in English.
  • You may be required to complete a pre-assessment to determine your level of English proficiency. The pre-assessment is a one-hour written test.

Course Duration

  • Each course consists of 40 contact hours.
  • Each course runs from Monday to Friday once a month from 09h00 to 16h00.

Certification

Each course entitles you to a University of the Witwatersrand Short Course Certificate of Competence.

Course Fees

  • Each 40-hour course is R12,900.

The Impact on the Individual

  • Refine your ability to communicate strategically.
  • Improve your ability to garner support for the company vision.
  • Enhance the understanding and use of nuance and complexity in business situations and the ability to materially contribute to discussions related to business problems, analyses, and solutions.

The Impact on the Organization

  • Accelerate readiness for leadership positions.
  • Ensure greater retention of high-potential leaders.
  • Drive results throughout the organization.


2018 Course Dates and Fees

Programs Start Date End Date Exam Date Fees
English Foundations, Part 1 27 January
26 May
08 September
14 April
11 August
17 November
21 April
18 August
25 November
R5,500
English Foundations, Part 2 27 January
26 May
08 September
14 April
11 August
17 November
21 April
18 August
25 November
R5,500
English Fundamentals, Part 1 27 January
26 May
08 September
14 April
11 August
17 November
21 April
18 August
25 November
R5,500
English Fundamentals, Part 2 27 January
26 May
08 September
14 April
11 August
17 November
21 April
18 August
25 November
R5,500
Communicative Grammar 27 January
26 May
08 September
14 April
11 August
17 November
21 April
18 August
25 November
R6,500
Speaking and Pronunciation 27 January
26 May
08 September
14 April
11 August
17 November
21 April
18 August
25 November
R5,500
Business Writing 27 January
26 May
08 September
14 April
11 August
17 November
21 April
18 August
25 November
R5,500
Presentation Skills 27 January
26 May
08 September
14 April
11 August
17 November
21 April
18 August
25 November
R5,500
Report Writing for Executives 27 January
26 May
08 September
14 April
11 August
17 November
21 April
18 August
25 November
R6,500
English for Critical Thinking in Business Contexts 27 January
26 May
08 September
14 April
11 August
17 November
21 April
18 August
25 November
R6,500


How To Apply

Step 1: Choose your course or program

Use the information here and on our website to choose the course that’s right for you.

Step 2: Apply

You can apply online at http://www.witslanguageschool.com/Courses/CommunicationforProfessionalDevelopment/Register.aspx

You need to attach a copy of your ID with your application.

Step 3: Pay your fees

You can pay your fees by EFT, credit card or debit card.

If you pay by EFT, email your proof of payment to wls@wits.ac.za.

If you are going to be sponsored, you need to bring a signed letter on the company’s or organization’s letterhead stating who is responsible for the payment of course fees.

Step 4: Write the pre-assessment

Come into WITS Language School during office hours Monday to Friday between 08:00 and 16:00. Bring the following documents with you:

  • Certified copy of your ID/passport (if you have not emailed it).
  • Proof of payment(if you have not emailed it).
  • Certified copies of your qualification/s.

(It takes 1.5 hours to complete the pre-assessment.)

Step 5: Notification of pre-assessment result

You will be notified of the outcome by email, within 3 days of writing the pre-assessment.

Program taught in:
  • English
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