Loquitur’s Aims

Loquitur began 20 years ago with a simple aim; to provide practical English language training for legal professionals and law students who are not native English speakers.

Loquitur courses are specialised, not just because their focus is on a specific area – the law – but because they are designed to suit the needs of the participants.

We understand that you are looking for a course that can help you, in a practical way, with the everyday demands of your job. That’s why, if you choose a Loquitur course, we will ask you to tell us what your English language work needs are, and where you need to improve the most. For example, you may want to:
 

  • Expand your vocabulary in the area(s) of law in which you work – we cover the terminology used in many fields of law – contract, company, tort, employment, IP, crime, EU and human rights to name a few.
  • Improve your speaking skills – if you use English to speak to colleagues on the phone, or advise clients, express opinions, negotiate deals, or just socialise – we can explore the words and expressions you need to improve your fluency and communicate your ideas more effectively. Your trainer will correct the mistakes you make while you are speaking.
  • Fine-tune your writing – whether you’re drafting agreements, writing an email to a colleague or a letter of advice to a client, we give you the tools to write accurately and clearly in the modern ‘plain English’ style which is now the professional standard.
  • Practise your listening skills – our courses include original listening exercises in realistic settings, such as a law court or a lawyer’s office.

Loquitur’s Materials

Over 20 years, we have created a large volume of original material. This has been designed specifically with the legal profession in mind and is in line with TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) practice. The material you receive will be selected according to your area(s) of legal expertise and your general English language needs. 

Loquitur material allows you to work with your trainer to explore the target language, expand your vocabulary and develop your speaking, writing, listening and reading skills. It includes authentic and realistic legal documents.

Loquitur’s Ethos

We don’t think you can learn without being engaged. That’s why Loquitur training sessions are not a series of lectures; they’re a collaboration, with trainer and trainee working together in a way which is both productive and fun.

Loquitur People

Stephen Dillon Weston (BA, LLB, RSA Cert. TEFL)

Stephen has a degree in modern languages from University College, London and a degree in law from City University, London. He is a qualified teacher of English as a foreign language and has wide teaching experience.

Michael Dillon Weston (MA, Cambridge)

Michael is a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales. He has worked as an in-house lawyer for a multinational company and as a partner at a City of London law firm.

Irene Kiebert (BA, JD, U.C. Berkeley Cert TES/FL)

Irene has a degree in social sciences from the University of California, Berkeley and a degree in law from the University of California.  She practiced law for over 20 years and is a certified teacher of English as a foreign language.

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