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The 6 Ps and SLB: Improve your English

Alan Ritchie talks about SLB in-company classes


“We’re pitching a new potential client in English next week.”

“Most of our clients are now outside Spain.”

“Our company has had to internationalise since the crisis.”

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These are just some of the statements SLB hears from businesses in our network on a regular basis. SLB in-company students can vary from having no discernible need for English in their workplace to those who are going to be pitching a multinational in a few days.

The first type may be motivated by other things, travel, an English speaking family member or a love of an English language band, TV series or author. The second type may not have much time to enjoy their exploration of the language on their own terms, they have to prepare, perform, and deliver in short order.

For an SLB teacher like myself this kind of class comes with a clear set of objectives, a set time frame and attainment that is to some degree immediately measurable.

I relish these classes and the challenges they bring into the mix. However, those same criteria can be enough to put the fear of god into anyone who is not speaking their native language, and that is where SLB can be of service.

The 6 Ps were drummed into the heads of the youthful rugby team in which I once played by our eccentric but undeniably effective coach. For those of you haven’t had previously had the pleasure- the 6 Ps are: Prior. Planning. Prevents. Piss. Poor. Performance.

And whilst you might not appreciate the old coach’s language, the message is impossible to argue with. So for our purposes as language trainers; rehearsal, dry runs and a positive feedback loop are key motors of performance. Students get specially targeted feedback and personalised language notes. In a short space of time, and with the unavoidable motivation of a pressure work situation, students can make rapid gains and improve delivery, confidence, and results.

Do you have a presentation next week? Are you flying to Scandinavia soon? Was that last video conference impenetrable? We’ll work with you to maximise outcomes and build your ability and confidence.

We have found a variety of techniques to work depending on the situation. As a client recently said; “We are so proud of the work done, it wouldn’t have been the same.”

For less immediate, or long-term challenges, a bespoke course of study is highly recommended, and can be arranged. However, if a company, team or individual is finding that they need to up their English game yesterday: forget the 6Ps, you just need to remember 3 letters; SLB.

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Why I joined the Cooperativa de Serveis Lingüístics de Barcelona

Laura Hesse is a teacher specialised in business English, job interview preparation and preparation for official exams. She lives and works in Barcelona, and has over ten years’ experience in education. In this post she talks about her reasons for becoming a […]

International TEFL Survey

Are Non-Native Speaker Teachers Discriminated Against?  Cooperativa de Serveis Lingüístics de Barcelona’s 2014  international TEFL survey finds that there is a significant disparity in pay between similarly qualified non-native speaker teachers and their native speaking counterparts.   This is part […]

Why I Joined Cooperativa de Serveis Lingüístics de Barcelona

George Chilton talks a little more about what SLB is developing, and why he decided to join Irene Almazán, Alan Ritchie and Neil McMillan in co-founding this services sharing cooperative. Training, workshops, and professional development for teachers and translators I […]

Announcing the launch of our website!

This is a big week for Serveis Lingüístics de Barcelona – after months of writing, translating and designing we can finally introduce our website to you – — tada!

I won’t lie, we did crack open the cava.

We’d like to thank our designer, Crawford Tait – we think he’s done a cracking job. You can find his website here. New Now

It felt good finally having completed stage one, and having the English and Castilian versions online. But this is only the beginning. We are now in the process of translating and proofing the Catalan, and we hope to have that up and running very soon.

Of course, the website does what any business website does – it advertises our language services, translations and English classes to our potential clients, but there’s a lot more to it than that!

In the members’ area, our socios can access the growing SLB library, a project managed by our VP, Alan Ritchie. The library has teaching materials, translation memories, our online training and professional development, screencasts and documents. This is an area we will be developing further in the second stage of the website.

We also have the first version of our language service professional profiles – featuring two of our four new members  – see if you can spot them! //

Currently, our clients can book teachers/translators from their profiles online, but we’ll soon have a much more interactive system (I’m keeping these plans under wraps for now though).

In the meantime, I’d like to leave you with a song from our supporters in Portugal.

Glorioso SLB


Thanks all,