Business English Upper Intermediate

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.


All our on-site courses will be taught in the virtual classroom, at least until 20 April. For upcoming face-to-face courses we are working on the basis of several possible scenarios as regards the courses starting in the week of April 19th. These are outlined here for you.
We offer you a worry-free start to your course with our flexible booking policy.

See how Anouk found the virtual classroom here (in Dutch).

We did not (yet) plan in a new course.

This course is also offered tailor-made. Feel free to contact us for a quotation.

About the Business English 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.

Missed something during a lesson or want more practise of a particular skill? These classes are supplemented with extra online material that you can find in our virtual learning environment.

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.

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.



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.

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.


  • This course is offered both on-site (Utrecht, Rotterdam and Eindhoven) and in the virtual classroom. You can enrol for your preferred option using the buttons above. All our on-site classes are taught in a small group. You can find an overview of all the measures we have taken against the coronavirus here.
  • 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.