Helping our students become more effective international communicators

Chia Suan Chong


With English being used as the global language of trade, education and science, English users of different backgrounds are having to find ways of successfully communicating with each other across the borders. The inclusion of mediation in the new CEFR goes to further demonstrate that the ability to accommodate, adapt and accurately interpret our conversation partners is essential when communicating internationally. In this interactive workshop, Chia will be using critical thinking activities, storytelling, roleplays and a touch of drama to explore some ways we can help learners develop an awareness of different communication styles and cultural expectations, spot a communication breakdown when it happens, and become better international communicators.


Chia Suan Chong is a writer, communication skills trainer and a teacher trainer. She is the author of Successful International Communication, where she presented her ADAPT model as a framework for dealing with intercultural conflict. Delivering both online and face-to-face training to teachers and learners around the globe, Chia specializes in interactive workshops that encourage reflection for more effective international communication and improved collaboration. Currently based in York, Chia was English Teaching Professional’s award-winning resident blogger between 2012 and 2019 and now has a regular feature ‘Not Only But Also’ in the bi-monthly ETp magazine. She has contributed extensively to Business English materials for the British Council Learn English website, is a regular ELT conference speaker and holds a DELTA and a Masters in Applied Linguistics and ELT. Chia is a co-author for VOICES, an integrated series by National Geographic Learning for adult learners of English.

Presentation Details

Type of presentation: Talk
Presentation is for: General audience
Presentation focuses on: Secondary education
Presentation Coding: General (GEN) Commercial
Speaking on behalf of a publisher, examination board, or commercial organisation? Yes, National Geographic Learning Polska

Scheduled for

Date: Saturday, 2022-09-17, 15:00 - 16:00
Place: prof.Ziembińskiego Aula