Business English Speaking Skills Advanced (C1)

Level: Advanced (C1/C2)

Are you sometimes insecure about how to pronounce a word in English? Are you having doubts whether you are using the right words when speaking? And would you like to be more convincing when you are presenting? This course offers you a lot of opportunities to practise and perfect your speaking and pronunciation skills with an expert language trainer.

€ 545,00

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Starting from 5 July 2021

+ 3 more dates

About the Business Fluency course

cursus Zakelijk Engels spreekvaardigheid en uitspraak

This course focuses solely on your speaking skills. With various exercises, you will practice your speaking within the business context. For instance, you will practise with expressing your point of view while telephoning and video-conferencing. You will also learn how to host and participate in meetings. Moreover, you will practice how to successfully deliver your presentation. You will learn how to speak with confidence, accuracy and clarity in difficult situations.

You will practice with asking and answering questions during (one-to-one) meetings, interviews and presentations. We will ask you to come up with topics from your work. By doing so, you will be prepared for situations from your business context and your self-esteem will increase. This course is supported by extra teaching material in an online teaching environment.

Through this course, your language skills and awareness will become more nuanced. You will learn how to recognise and use different professional communication styles and how to move between formal and informal language more naturally. You will also consider the (inter)cultural aspects of business communication.

This course will particularly focus on your work context, so you can immediately put your knowledge into practice. You will receive a high level of personal attention and feedback tailored to your professional needs. Every class will be highly interactive, with regular feedback given by your trainer on your speaking and pronunciation skills.

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Learning Goals

You can start this course if your level is B2.

By the end of the course you will have:

  • developed your professional vocabulary;
  • improved both your fluency and accuracy of your speech and learn how to persuade and influence in a business context;
  • improved your pronunciation, stress and intonation;
    improved your delivery of a presentation or a pitch effectively;
  • developed your ability to use and recognize both formal and informal language;
  • developed awareness of intercultural communication skills in a business context.

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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 performance.

The teacher will challenge you (and the group) to get the most out of the course. Due to the personal approach, you will be able to work on your own language learning goals in a safe learning environment. This way, you will quickly learn about your own pitfalls.

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Time investment

This course will take place over nine weeks in evening sessions of 1 hr 45 minutes, held on location at Babel in the historic city centre of Utrecht.

In addition to these sessions, you should give at least 2 hours each week to self-study.

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  • This course is offered on-site (Utrecht, Rotterdam & Eindhoven) as a face-to-face class 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 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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  • Starting date: 5 July 2021 (Virtual Classroom)
    Monday5 July 202118:0019:45
    Wednesday7 July 202118:0019:45
    Monday12 July 202118:0019:45
    Wednesday14 July 202118:0019:45
    Monday19 July 202118:0019:45
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    Wednesday28 July 202118:0019:45
    Monday2 August 202118:0019:45

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  • Starting date: 7 July 2021 (Utrecht)
    Wednesday7 July 202118:0019:45
    Wednesday14 July 202118:0019:45
    Wednesday21 July 202118:0019:45
    Wednesday28 July 202118:0019:45
    Wednesday4 August 202118:0019:45
    Wednesday11 August 202118:0019:45
    Wednesday18 August 202118:0019:45
    Wednesday25 August 202118:0019:45
    Wednesday1 September 202118:0019:45

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  • Starting date: 16 September 2021 (Utrecht)
    Thursday16 September 202120:0021:45
    Thursday23 September 202120:0021:45
    Thursday30 September 202120:0021:45
    Thursday7 October 202120:0021:45
    Thursday14 October 202120:0021:45
    Thursday21 October 202120:0021:45
    Thursday28 October 202120:0021:45
    Thursday4 November 202120:0021:45
    Thursday11 November 202120:0021:45

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  • Starting date: 17 November 2021 (Utrecht)
    Wednesday17 November 202118:0019:45
    Wednesday24 November 202118:0019:45
    Wednesday1 December 202118:0019:45
    Wednesday8 December 202118:0019:45
    Wednesday15 December 202118:0019:45
    Wednesday22 December 202118:0019:45
    Wednesday5 January 202218:0019:45
    Wednesday12 January 202218:0019:45
    Wednesday19 January 202218:0019:45

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