Course II: English for Officers and Diplomats

Course II: English for Officers and Diplomats

i. English for Officers and Diplomats I

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Aims:
 This module is intended for the officials and diplomats taking the Programme and is aimed at those whose English is at an intermediate level. It hopes to improve participants’ levels of English in a number of selected areas which are crucial to their further professional development. By so doing it aims to improve the overall level of English in ASEAN Governmental Ministries. It is envisaged that the module will cover all 4 language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) but develop them in terms of the professional communication needs of the users rather than as skills per se. The areas covered are those which would seem to be of most benefit also in meeting the goals of ASEAN integration.

ii. English for Officers and Diplomats II

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Aims:
 This module is intended for the officials and diplomats taking the Programme and is aimed at those whose English is at a more advanced level. It hopes to improve participants’ levels of English in a number of selected areas which are crucial to their further professional development. By so doing it aims to improve the overall level of English in ASEAN Governmental Ministries. It is envisaged that the module will cover all 4 language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) but develop them in terms of the professional communication needs of the users rather than as skills per se. The areas covered are those which would seem to be of most benefit also in meeting the goals of ASEAN integration.

iii. New Media Literacies

Aims:
 This module is intended for the officials and diplomats taking the Programme and is aimed at introducing the members of that group to the use of New Media for communication in their professional work. It hopes to combine both theoretical and practical work which will enable them to better understand and use the New Media which are becoming an indispensable part of contemporary communication. New Media in this module is taken to mean any media which are digitized and which involve use of a digital device to produce or access. The module will focus on the analysis, critique and production of various types of New Media output. Participants will learn how to use New Media to communicate with the general public about selected aspects of their professional work. By the end of the module, participants will have gained a basic knowledge of how to use the New Media in their professional environment and will have the confidence to develop that knowledge further.

iv. Peoples and Cultures of Southeast Asia

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Aims:
 This module provides an introduction to the peoples and cultures of Southeast Asia. Among the subjects examined are processes of cultural and spatial changes and how people dealt with this in the past and how they deal with this today in different parts of Southeast Asia. Globalization and consumerism or the flow of commodities and necessities influence local cultures as well as as the interrelationship between peoples, cultures and the environment, in particular the urban landscape. These processes of cultural changes appear first in cities and then spread into outlying village areas. Commodity exchanges have led to multiculturalism and/or hybridization of culture that inevitably change the people’s way of life and the urban environment, and the changes are expressed through oral traditions, theatre, music and literature. By reading class assignments, attending lectures and completing presentation and papers, the module will foster first-hand interactions and knowledge sharing with the diverse peoples and cultures of the participating Southeast Asian countries.

v. Refreshers' English

Aims:
  The ability for diplomats to understand and express themselves clearly and accurately both in the oral and written forms of the English language is fundamental to conducting effective diplomacy and to maintaining successful and beneficial relationships within the international community.

This module focuses on the written component of English, particularly on report writing, and serves as a back-up to the Course on English for Officers and Diplomats 1. It aims to raise the participants’ awareness to the concepts and practices of writing reports. In addition, it hopes to improve the technical accuracy and fluency of the participants’ written work and also to increase their proficiency in written communi -cation. The exact content, however, will be adapted to the needs and requirements of the particular participants. 

vi. Regional Issues and Leadership in ASEAN

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Aims: 
The goal of this module is to build on and integrate the learning from earlier modules with a focus on emerging issues likely to affect changes within ASEAN in the years ahead, and the types of leadership required to navigate these changes.

To achieve this aim, the module will examine important global trends in the areas of demographics, technology, environment, and politics and economics. The concern will be how these broad trends affect and reflect specific ASEAN societies and the processes of regional integration.

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