“Active” listening and Body Language

Body awareness and perception play key roles in understanding what is “not” being said. A great part of communication relies on non-­‐verbal signals. Being a good observer and an active listener are particularly important in developing communication skills.

  • develop a keener perception through careful observation
  • practice sensorial exercises and activities
  • learn how to “decode” non-­‐verbal communication and meta-­‐communication
  • improve active listening skills (signals, echo, mimicking, verbal responses, etc.)

Reading and Writing skills

Even when narrative, the structure of written English is, for the most part, concise and to–the-point. Therefore it is necessary to be able to communicate ideas in as few words as possible. Understanding which tense to use is also essential when conveying specific ideas and past events.

  • read case facts and take an instinctive position
  • extrapolate main points from case studies
  • use clear and concise language to convey your argument
  • review basic rules of syntax
  • narrative -­ how to “structure” and convey a compelling legal story

Speaking and Arguing a Case

What makes an effective speaker? Practice! The best speakers study how to speak publicly and
practice over and over again – polishing their skills over many years. It’s not enough to study
the facts of a case, you have to practice your arguments out loud and learn how to engage your

  • vocalization: projection vs. volume; emphasizing (“punching”) words; breath, pacing
  • body language: posture, gesturing, eye contact, focus
  • storytelling: the essential ingredient of advocacy!
  • arguing a case
  • debating
  • giving a presentation

ENGLISH language

grammar, syntax, phrasal verbs, legal terminology, email and telephone language

  • reading material and grammar exercises will be provided throughout the course
  • video resources such as YouTube and TED talks will complement the lessons