plain english language training

Would you like to be a more fluent English speaker? 

Welcome to our engaging and interactive Plain English language training course!

These Plain English language training videos have been created specifically for audiences in Ukraine who want to strengthen their English speaking skills. 

Each video focuses on a different topic and is supported by a worksheet.  

Using Plain English will help you deepen your relationships with international counterparts, especially the UK.

The Plain English training course is made possible by the British Embassy in Kyiv supported by the British Council in Ukraine and represents a small part of the UK’s wide-ranging support to Ukraine.    


Small Talk – Starting and finishing a conversation

How do you strike up a conversation with a stranger? Here are some tips!

Test your knowledge – Download our worksheet – “Small talk – starting and finishing a conversation”


Small Talk – Agreeing/disagreeing 

How do you disagree with someone without upsetting them? How do you express agreement without sounding too formal? Watch and find out!

Test your knowledge – Download our worksheet – “Small talk – agreeing and disagreeing”  

Small Talk – Maintaining a conversation 

Learn how to use different types of questions and empathetic phrases to keep a conversation going.

Test your knowledge – Download our worksheet – “Small talk – maintaining a conversation”

Giving advice

Find out about the language of advice. If I were you, I’d watch this video!

Test your knowledge – Download our worksheet – “Giving advice”

Providing clarification

Learn some useful phrases you can use to fix misunderstandings.

Test your knowledge – Download our worksheet – “Providing clarifications”

Paraphrasing

Learn how to rephrase something to make it easier to understand, to summarise it, or to avoid plagiarism. Erm, what I mean is: watch the video!

Test your knowledge – Download our worksheet – “Paraphrasing”  

Talking about plans

Learn when to use which tense to naturally speak about your plans.

Test your knowledge – Download our worksheet – “Talking about plans”

E-mails and general writing: Statements and formulaic language 

I wanted to let you know that there are lots of phrases you can use in your writing that will make it very professional. I look forward to seeing you in the video!

Test your knowledge – Download our worksheet – “Emails – formulaic language”

E-mails and general writing: Adapting writing to the target audience 

Too formal? Too informal? What’s the difference anyway!? Watch this video and find out!

Test your knowledge – Download our worksheet – “Emails – adapting your writing”

E-mails and general writing: Paragraphs and structure

Sincerely yours? Yours sincerely? Best regards? Which to use when and much more in this video!

Test your knowledge – Download our worksheet – “Emails – structure”

Articles 

The Ukraine? Ukraine? A boss told me to tell you to watch this video? The boss told me?

Test your knowledge – Download our worksheet – “Articles – the basics”

Plain English Language Training