Seminars and Workshops
  given by David Bolton for non-native speakers of English

     All of my English-language seminars and workshops have been designed with several 
  goals in mind:

  - to help intermediate/advanced learners of English further improve their English
     in an entertaining way, while using it in a meaningful context

  - to teach the participants useful psychological skills that they can use not only
    for language learning, but in just about any area of their lives

   - to add a meaningful back-end offering to the activities of any language school,
     or to give companies the chance to offer their personnel a great educational

   Normally held in English (though I also give the events in German or Spanish, upon request), these seminars and workshops, though informative and entertaining for native English-speakers, are mainly designed for the large, and ever-increasing number of non-native speakers whose level permits them to understand English pretty well, even if their speaking abilities may be lacking. I speak a bit more slowly than I would with an English or American audience; I explain any unusual vocabulary that may crop up, and give occasional grammatical explanations whenever appropriate.

  But these events are far more than just a chance for the participants to improve their English.

   Take a look at the themes I offer to get an idea of the practical skills and useful knowledge your students will be able to acquire...

               List of Workshops and Seminars 
                                  (as of June 2009)

                "Successful Public Speaking" (workshop)

How to overcome your inhibitions - the secrets of effective communication - how to give an interesting talk.  In this workshop, each participant who so desires gets the chance to practice speaking to the group. But don't worry: the atmosphere is very relaxed, and I see to it that everyone has a lot of fun!


                      "How to find a Job" (workshop) 

Not only the habitually jobless need to learn how to find meaningful employment. More and more people who are already working occasionally need to change their job, and are faced with the question:

   What can I do to improve my chances of finding a good job, one that will not 
    only offer me the  money I desire, but will also give me a maximum of personal

    When a company calls me for an interview, how should I prepare for it?

   This workshop casts light upon the common mistakes people make when searching for employment, and shows not only how to avoid such pitfalls, but also touches such vital areas as...

    - How to recognize your own greatest strengths, and formulate them effectively

Learning how you can contribute to your future employer's business, and give 
      yourself the edge

    - Presenting yourself in the best possible light when you apply for employment -
      without lying!

   You can improve your chances of getting a job - even a better one than you 
previously would have dared hope for - by following the plan that this workshops offers.


                           "The Keys to Learning" (seminar) 

Why is it that some people seem to be able to learn better than others? Is it only a question of "intelligence"? As a matter of fact, why is it that any one individual can learn some things very well, but is terrible at learning another subject matter? Why is the cultural level of our young people sinking so drastically, and what are our schools doing wrong?

   What do you need to be able to learn very quickly, and to remember what   
    you've  learned?

   This seminar will answer these questions, and more: it will show you how you
   can  improve your  learning ability, no matter what the topic!


     "The Dating Game: How to Find a Romantic Partner"  

There are many people today who don't have a romantic relationship, and they often ask themselves why: is there something wrong with them? I don't think so!

   In this workshop, you will discover that most probably, you've simply been going about things the wrong way, and making some common mistakes. That's the bad news. the good news is that you can correct these mistakes, and learn how to find that special someone in your life. Some of the techniques I'll reveal here may seem unusual, but believe me, they do work!


          "Making your Relationships Work" (workshop).

Simply finding a romantic partner does not, of course, ensure happiness. More and more relationships, even ones that may have begun on a bed of roses, eventually wind up on a rocky coast: misunderstandings, lack of communication and deeper personal conflicts within one or both individuals can have a devastating effect on their relationship, leading to emotional distress, arguments, and eventual separation. "What did I do wrong?" each may ask when the dust has settled. 

   We will examine the causes of such human disasters, and above all, I will show how they can be successfully dealt with, or even avoided altogether. A workshop that anyone who has had problems in their relationship/s will not want to miss! 


                "Understanding Western Humor"  (seminar)

One of the many striking differences between western and Japanese culture is our humor. For the Japanese, it is often difficult or even impossible to comprehend why we in the west find certain things funny. In this seminar, I talk about the elements of western humor (using American, German, British and Spanish humor as examples), and explain what makes us laugh.

   If you are a Japanese who deals with westerners, whether in business, or in your private life, you will find this seminar invaluable in helping you to understand the minds of us "mysterious foreigners".


                     "The Roots of Happiness" (seminar)

Today, we in the first-world countries live in a society more privileged than any in the past. We enjoy political and individual freedom, our health system is far in advance of what it was even a few decades ago, there is food for everyone, there are more forms of entertainment than one can count, Internet presents us with an entire new world of possibilities... 

   How is it possible, then, that there are so many people that are unhappy?  

Here I examine this topic, one that is perhaps the most important in all our lives. This seminar incorporates insights from sociology, psychology and philosophy, but is not theoretical, for its main theme is the truly essential question: what can you do, starting right now,  to be happier, and to lead a more fulfilling life? 


     "Prophesy, Clairvoyance, Oracles:  Help or Humbug?"  
Many are the people today who turn to fortune-tellers and psychics to get a peek into their future. Is it really possible for some people to tell us what life has in store for us? Having researched this area rather extensively, I am able to offer some valuable insights, yet what you hear may surprise you, for the phenomenon of clairvoyance cannot be explained simply, but rather, it gets to the root of our misconceptions about what the future actually is. This seminar serves as a mental stimulus for both skeptic and believer, while challenging some of the notions that each group holds so dear.


             "Religion in Modern Secular Society"  

Many Europeans (and Japanese) are often surprised at how many Americans actively practice a religion. What is it about religion that allows it to survive even in a so-called "enlightened" society? And above all: could there really be something at the root of religion, some basic truth that is eternal, and that many people instinctively intuit? No matter whether you are religious or not, this seminar will help you to better understand the phenomenon of religion. Of course, I won't pretend to be able to give any final answers - not even the greatest philosophers of the past have been able to do that - but I will shed some light on certain aspects of religion that you may not have thought of before...


       "Politics: Right, Left, and how we get there" (seminar)

Many people think that "right-wing" and "left-wing" are modern terms, reflecting differences of opinion that have arisen in the last couple of centuries. Not so! There were extremist "communist" movements in ancient Greece, and of course, right-wing despotism also has its roots in the distant past. In addition to looking at the phenomenon of "right" and "left" from an historical perspective, we will go into something much more basic and essential:

   What are the factors that make a person tend to one side or the other of the political spectrum? Is deciding to be "right" or "left" really a result of objective thinking, or could it be that our political ideas are formed by psychological factors that have nothing to do with reasonable thinking?

   This seminar/discussion may challenge some of your beliefs, but it will be sure to open your eyes as to why many people think the way they do where politics is concerned!


   If you would like to be informed as to the date/place of any of these seminars or workshops, just write me at, and I'll keep you up to date.


Oh, and if you haven't already, don't forget to get your copy of my free language-learning E-book. 

            Just click here:    "The Secrets of Successful Language Learning"