English for Law in San Francisco - Sample Timetable

Aimed at qualified barristers and solicitors, junior lawyers, law students and legal secretaries.







9:00- 10:50

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

Input: Vocabulary & Language of Presentations.
Skill: Speaking / Listening
Presenting your case, language of persuasion, diplomacy. Summarising and concluding.

Skill: Speaking Listening
TV Courtroom
Expressing facts & sequence of events
Reporting verbs
Reported Speech
Remedial pronunciation work.

Group videoed discussion
Skill: Speaking Listening
Meetings and Negotiations. Chairing, participating & contributing. Giving / asking for opinions. Turn-taking & interrupting. Summarising & concluding. Discussion based on previous day's Court visit.

Company Law - Case Study
Input: Vocabulary
Skill: Listening to short DVD presentation. Note-taking, group discussion. Oral and written consolidation of week's vocabulary, function and grammar.

11:10- 12:00

Topic Lesson
Input: Vocabulary
Skill: Reading / Speaking
Discussing case report and/or statute

Input: Grammar
Remedial work based on presentation.
Interrogative forms, Passive voice.

Skill: Speaking
Language for clarifying, rephrasing, checking & confirming information

2nd and 3rd Conditional for expressing hypothesis

Skill: Speaking / Listening
Video recording of prepared individual Presentations of group members (individual case studies/law reports)

12:10- 13:00

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

Contract & Company Law
Input: Vocabulary
Legal language, terminology & word families.

Role Play: The Law Firm
Debriefing colleagues
Possibilities v Facts

Skill: Reading & Writing
Legal documentation
Plain English v Legalese

Continuation of above.
Remedial grammar and pronunciation.
Group Lunch


13:50- 14:40

Skill: Listening
TV Courtroom programme:

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

Visit to Law Court

Skill: Speaking
Language of possibility, certainty. Modal verbs, passive voice.

Skill: Speaking
Group viewing of videoed presentations.

14:55- 15:45

Skill: Speaking
Summarising information, comparing data, agreeing and disagreeing

Skill: Reading & Speaking
European Law &
Human Rights

Visit to Law Court

Professional visit to Legal Institution.
Exploring legal resources
Social English practice

Group discussion on performance.
Error analysis and oral feedback. Advice for further study.
Farewell party

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