ENGLISH FOR PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES
Members of the New Jersey Devils and the Phoenix Coyotes can attest to the successful results of this innovative course. The custom-designed program focuses not only on English "survival" skills, but also on the specific language skills that will enable players to better interact with their teammates, press, fans and medical personnel. Professional athletic teams have discovered that the EnglishPerfect course is invaluable not only to foreign players, but also to players whose first language IS English, but may have problems with diction, grammar and self-esteem.
The English for Professional Athletes program emphasizes oral/conversational skills and it incorporates grammar and pronunciation skills within the context of a task. For example, in the course of an interview with the press, how would a player respond to the idioms "give them your all," "they're history," "nail them," "stand up to them," "cream them," "bury them alive," "get slaughtered," etc.? The utilization of a video camera enables players to critique their own errors during press interviews and sensitizes them to the importance of eye contact and body language. Players will develop essential skills to describe plays, fights, injuries, ask for clarification, apologize, express sorrow, give encouragement, etc. In addition, players will increase their confidence to make transportation and hotel arrangements, order in a restaurant, take a taxi, etc.
PROGRAMS WILL BE ARRANGED TO ACCOMMODATE THE ERRATIC SCHEDULES OF PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES!