English for Activists and Non-profits

why are different communication skills needed for activists and non-profits?

Because you are “selling” an idea rather than a service or product.  You need to connect to your audience in a different way than someone in a for-profit business.  The services I offer activists and non-profits include:

Click on the individual service to find out more.  If you need a service not listed here, please contact me.  I’d love to chat.  Click here to find out more about my experience and qualifications

One-to-one language training

My training courses focus on the skills you need to get the job done and to communicate effectively.  These courses are four weeks long and focus on one topic, with a specific focus on the type of activism or advocacy you are engaged in.  Topics include:

  • Improving your spoken English
  • Improving basic grammar
  • Writing skills (emails, impact statements, reports, etc.)
  • Presentation skills
  • Negotiations and meetings
  • CV help
  • Interview skills – both conducting and attending interviews

If you need help with a skill not listed here, please contact me.  Consultations are always free!

  • One hour per week for 4 weeks: €250
  • Two hours per week for 4 weeks:  €450
  • 10% discount for follow-on weeks

Four weeks is enough to see real improvement if we focus on a specific goal.  Of course, when we come to the end of the four weeks, you can book the next four – and with a 10% discount!  This isn’t limiting you to the number of lessons you take.  It’s focusing on what we do in those lessons.

I don’t do test prep. 

I teach those who have at least a basic level of English – B1.  Unfortunately, I don’t teach A1/A2 – those just starting to learn English.

I teach groups, but in a workshop setting only.  This is because my lessons are extremely focused on the needs of the individual learner.

Workshops

I offer workshops, for both native and non-native speakers, on a variety of topics. These include:

  • Language for effective meetings
  • Understanding outcomes and impact
  • Writing emails that get read
  • Presentation skills
  • And more!
 

international English workshop

Did you know that most non-native speakers have no trouble speaking with each other?  The problems start when native speakers join the conversation.  Why?  Because they use idioms and euphemisms, speak too fast, and use advanced vocabulary.  And most of the time they don’t even realise they are doing it.  

My Global English workshop introduces the concept of international English – basically, how to speak to anyone in English so they understand what you are saying.

 

The cost for workshops varies depending on the topic, workshop length, and the size of the group.  Consultations are always free, so contact me and let’s talk!

To participate in my workshops, you need at least a B1 (intermediate) level of English.

YES!  Many problems occur when natives speakers enter the conversation.  For example, I was in a meeting when an American told the group that the task ahead of them was “a piece of cake.”   Half the room had no idea why he was talking about food during a project meeting.  My workshop helps participants understand both language and culture issues in an international setting.

Copyediting and proofreading

Everyone needs a second pair of eyes to look over their work.  That is why I offer copyediting, proofreading, and naturalisation of documents, websites, reports, etc.s, t

Naturalisation is more than checking for proper grammar; it’s phrasing something the way a native speaker would say it.  For example, I recently read a piece written by a German company where they said the employees were “pressing their thumbs” for good news.  Unfortunately, this means nothing to an English speaker.  Instead, we would “keep our fingers crossed” for good news.  

That depends on how much work you want me to do.  Some people are good writers and just need another pair of eyes to check grammar, spelling, and punctuation.  Others aren’t as confident in their writing and ask for more help.

I always ask for a sample – usually 2-3 pages.  

My price is based on the length of the document, the amount of work needed, and the turn-around time (when you need it back).  That said, my prices are reasonable and the quality of my work is of the highest standard.

What others are saying about marshallsay English

“Laura’s superior command of the English language, meticulous attention to detail, and exceptional editing not only helped me get an article accepted for publication but also reduced the amount of time I had to spend on revisions after it passed through the peer review. I will use Marshallsay English for all of my future editing needs.”

James Risk, PhD
University of South Carolina

“Some organizational skills can be learned through formal training, but the personality required to be an effective liaison cannot. Laura has this needed personality trait.”

Vince V.
Chief of Visitor Services, USNPS

Laura Marshallsay is a proud member of

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