Business English Upper Intermediate (B2)

Level: Intermediate (B1/B2)

Would you like to improve or refresh your Business English skills for your current job or for a new role? Do you sometimes wish you were more persuasive when speaking English? Or do you sometimes struggle to find the right words to express your opinions? This course will help you to achieve your professional goals in a way that is flexible to your professional language-learning needs.

€ 475,00

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Starting from 14 September 2021

+ 3 more dates

About the course

In this course you will look at how to improve your business communication, both spoken and written. You will work with one of our expert language trainers on a range of professional tasks and projects that will allow you to put your newly-obtained skills into practice in your own work. Intercultural communication and business small-talk will be a part of the course.

In this B2 course, you will learn how to speak more persuasively. For example when presenting but also when trying to argue for your point of view. We will work together on your presentation skills, including handling tricky questions and situations during the presentation, and help you to become more spontaneous and fluent in your speech. You will also look at business writing skills so you can become more accurate and efficient when you need to write in English.

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Learning goals

You can start this course if your level is B1. By the end of the course you will have:

  • developed your Business English vocabulary so you can express yourself better in a business context;
  • learned how to express more nuanced opinions and give convincing presentations and pitches in English;
  • enhanced your knowledge of Business English writing conventions, improved your own business writing skills and practised writing clear and structured emails;
  • learned how to work more effectively in intercultural business settings;
  • become more confident communicating in your workplace.

 

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Method

We will work on practical exercises with an emphasis on cooperative work and task-based activities such as short presentations. Vocabulary development will be done in class and at home. Grammar will be revised when necessary. You will receive regular feedback on your spoken and written skills.

The teacher will challenge you (and the group) to get the most out of the course. Due to our personal approach, you will be able to work on your own learning goals in a welcoming and safe teaching environment.

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Time Investment

This course will take place over nine weeks. In addition to these sessions, you should give at least 2 hours each week to self-study and completion of homework.

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Practical

  • The language of instruction is English.
  • You can order the book for this course via our book page. We expect that all students will have the course materials with them for their first lesson.
  • You will receive a certificate of participation if you attend at least 8 meetings.
  • If you work or study at Utrecht University you will receive a 15% discount. Please register with your UU email address. Your registration will then be processed automatically.

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Schedule

  • Starting date: 14 September 2021 (Utrecht)
    DayDateStartEnd
    Tuesday14 September 202118:0019:45
    Tuesday21 September 202118:0019:45
    Tuesday28 September 202118:0019:45
    Tuesday5 October 202118:0019:45
    Tuesday12 October 202118:0019:45
    Tuesday19 October 202118:0019:45
    Tuesday26 October 202118:0019:45
    Tuesday2 November 202118:0019:45
    Tuesday9 November 202118:0019:45

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  • Starting date: 14 September 2021 (Virtual Classroom)
    DayDateStartEnd
    Tuesday14 September 202118:0019:45
    Tuesday21 September 202118:0019:45
    Tuesday28 September 202118:0019:45
    Tuesday5 October 202118:0019:45
    Tuesday12 October 202118:0019:45
    Tuesday19 October 202118:0019:45
    Tuesday26 October 202118:0019:45
    Tuesday2 November 202118:0019:45
    Tuesday9 November 202118:0019:45

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  • Starting date: 17 November 2021 (Utrecht)
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    Wednesday17 November 202120:0021:45
    Wednesday24 November 202120:0021:45
    Wednesday1 December 202120:0021:45
    Wednesday8 December 202120:0021:45
    Wednesday15 December 202120:0021:45
    Wednesday22 December 202120:0021:45
    Wednesday5 January 202220:0021:45
    Wednesday12 January 202220:0021:45
    Wednesday19 January 202220:0021:45

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  • Starting date: 17 November 2021 (Virtual Classroom)
    DayDateStartEnd
    Wednesday17 November 202120:0021:45
    Wednesday24 November 202120:0021:45
    Wednesday1 December 202120:0021:45
    Wednesday8 December 202120:0021:45
    Wednesday15 December 202120:0021:45
    Wednesday22 December 202120:0021:45
    Wednesday5 January 202220:0021:45
    Wednesday12 January 202220:0021:45
    Wednesday19 January 202220:0021:45

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