Business Fluency Intensive Course

Level: Advanced (C1/C2)

Will you be giving an important presentation soon? But are you insecure about your pronunciation? Or do you often speak English at work, but would like to improve your spoken English in a short time span? If so, this intensive three-day course is for you.

In order to give you a worry-free start of your group course, we have put measures in place against the coronavirus and we offer you flexible booking. You can cancel or reschedule your enrolment for courses that start in November, without any additional costs. This is possible up to 10 days prior to the start date of the course.

€ 1295,00

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Starting from 25 November 2020

+ 17 more dates

About the Business Fluency Intensive Course

Intensieve spreekvaardigheid cursus Engels

You will learn how to perfect your spoken English, working with one of Babel´s expert trainers. You will receive feedback on your pronunciation and intonation, but also on your ability to persuade and convince others through your speech. There is plenty of space in this course to practise your own presentation, pitch or topic. Our language trainers will help you to improve your personal work and provide you with constructive feedback.

This course will give you advanced training in professional speaking skills, including for telephoning, video-conferencing, hosting and participating in (one-to-one) meetings, and presenting. You will learn how to speak with confidence, accuracy and clarity in difficult situations. Moreover, we will practise with you how to ask and answer questions. This way, it will no longer be a problem for you to deal with unexpected questions during presentations or meetings.

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.

Unique about this course is the high level of personal attention and feedback that you will receive and the direct link to your own work context. Before you start the course, you will do a short test and one of our expert language trainers will call you to discuss your results. During this call, we will find out about your language learning goals in your work. Together we will select the right e-learning course for you. In class, the teacher will pay special attention to your professional needs.

Even after your language course, you will continue improving your Business English Skills. For four months you can count on extra support with Babel Continuous Language Support, which is included in the course price. You will receive support from a professional language teacher and you will gain access to an online platform with many language exercises. Read here more about Babel CLS.

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Learning goals

You can start this course if your level is B2.

Before your course starts, we would like to ask you to do a short test. We will discuss the results with you during your intake. With the results of this test, we can help you to choose the right course.

By the end of the course have you:

  • developed your professional vocabulary;
  • improved the fluency and accuracy of your speech and did you learn how to persuade and influence in your speech;
  • have you improved your pronunciation, stress and intonation;
  • do you know how to deliver a presentation or a pitch effectively;
  • did you develop your ability to use and recognize both formal and informal professional speech features;
  • have you developed awareness of intercultural communication skills in a business context;
  • did you receive personal feedback on your own presentation or pitch.

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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 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 learning goals in a safe teaching environment. This way, you will quickly learn about your own pitfalls.

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Time investment

This course will take place over three full-day sessions. You will have six hours of teaching each day, from 09:30 – 12:30 and then from 13:30 – 16:30. Lunch will be provided. We offer these courses at our locations in Utrecht, Rotterdam and Eindhoven. Outside of the classes, you will need to revise and study the content you have learned. You should make sure you have at least two hours a week to do this.

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Practical

  • The language of instruction is English.
  • Babel will provide lunch.
  • The e-learning is included in the course price. You can finish the e-learning module in your own pace. You will be granted 3 months access to the e-learning.
  • When the course has finished, you will have 4 months access to Babel CLS. This is included in the course price.
    The book is included in the price.
  • You will receive a certificate of participation if you attend all 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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