Professional English Programs for Journalism in San Francisco

Professional English Program for Journalism in San Francisco focuses on the language needed by journalists for research, interviewing and writing skills.

English for Journalism is offered as one-to-one private Platinum English language Course for Professionals. You can choose a private Platinim course with 15, 20, 25, 30 or 35 one-to-one lessons a week. This course can be combined with mini-group General English and/or Business English Platinum courses. In this case, we recommend a combined Platinum Plus course. You will learn General and/or Business English in mini-group with other executives and professionals and English for Journalism in private classes (you can choose 1, 2 or 3 one-to-one lessons a day in addition to the group Platininum classes). English for Journalism is also available as a closed mini-group course for 3 to 5 students arriving together.







1 & 2

Skill: Speaking / Listening
Client introductions.
Professional profiles.
Language assessment.
Grammar review.
Fine-tune course content

Input: Language of Interviewing: Formal arrangements
Skill: Speaking / Listening
Strategies for interrupting,
holding the floor, pressing
for further information,
directing and focusing the interview.

Topic: Press Conferences
Input: Vocabulary
Skill: Speaking
Getting attention & maintaining contact
Asking for clarification and confirmation.

Topic lesson:
Skill: Speaking / Listening
Building up contacts
Telephone Interviews v.
Face-to-face Interviews

Group Video Day
Input: Vocabulary
Skill: Speaking & Writing

Feature writing: Preparing a brief to finished article.


Topic Lesson
Input: Vocabulary
Skill: Speaking
Oral feedback

Input: Grammar
Question forms -
Question styles -
Reported Speech
Being direct v. being discreet

Input: Language of Interviewing: Impromptu situations.
Remedial pronunciation work.

Input: Grammar
The Passive Voice
Speaking: Maintaining a neutral position
Pronunciation remedial work

Writing up, Sub-editing and Preparing for publication


Skill: Speaking
Fluency practice, feedback and remedial work on grammar and pronunciation

Formal Interviews:
Videoed Role play
Oral feedback
Handling questions from group

Out of class project:
Videoed Live Street Interviews on chosen topic

Skill: Speaking
News gathering and follow-up
The Editorial Conference
Oral feedback

Group (videoed) TV Presentation of week's and morning's work.



Skill: Listening & Writing: Note-taking TV News Documentary

Learner training: Using a mono-lingual dictionary, vocabulary files, storage and retrieval

Skill: Speaking
Reporting back on findings from street interviews.

Skill: Speaking and Writing
Telephone Interview
Note-taking and write-up.

Skill: Speaking
Group viewing of videoed presentations.


Skill: Speaking
Summarising information, Hypothesising & Offering opinions

Skill: Listening & Writing
Interpreting information and sub-messages.
Written follow-up

Skill: Writing
Note-taking to Text
Editing skills
Abbreviations & spell-check

Professional visit to BBC, Chartered Institute of Journalists or similar.
Social English practice

Group discussion on performance.
Error analysis and oral feedback

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