Leading in English

Boost your communication skills for the international workplace. An intensive 5-day, leadership programme set in the historical city of Utrecht.


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Starting from 24 June 2019

Introduction to the programme

Leading in English business language course

Do you have a reasonable command of English, but would you like to communicate more effectively and confidently in an international context? Do you regularly deal with international colleagues and clients at work? If you need to operate in a high-level business context or work in an international university setting, this intensive 5-day programme is perfect for you.

This tailor-made programme focuses and integrates three essential skills to make you leading in English: communication skills, intercultural skills and the language skills.

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Level and background of potential participants

This course is aimed at professionals wishing to become more versatile in their language use and more adapt at operating in an international context.

After immersing yourself in this intensive, 5-day programme, you

  • will have expanded your general and subject-related vocabulary
  • will master some essential learning strategies to help you in the future
  • will be a more confident and versatile  speaker of English in formal and informal situations
  • will be able to anticipate and deal effectively with cultural differences
  • will have better communication skills in speaking and in writing
  • will have brushed up your English grammar

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Short summary of the programme

This programme combines learning about vital communication strategies and intercultural agility together with the the necessary English language skills. The main objective of the course is to boost your confidence and make you an inspiring English communicator across cultures. The flexible, integrated modular programme allows you to choose the modules that suit you best. Here are some of the modules:

  • International meetings
  • Face-to-face meetings
  • Effective email writing
  • The art of persuasion
  • Engaging presentations
  • Effective learning strategies
  • Individual coaching session
  • Advanced intercultural skills
  • Giving brain-friendly workshops
  • Socialising in English across cultures

Apart from these modules, you will regularly meet up with your personal coach to perfect your skills and address any language issues you might have. The evenings will allow you to engage with English in a more relaxed and sociable way during informal dinner conversations, in an all-English cooking class or during a leisurely stroll in the beautiful surroundings.

The modular setup of the programme allows you to select those modules that meet your needs. Babel’s teaching philosophy is inspired by the principles of brain-friendly learning. We therefore  believe in providing hands-on learning, offering you the opportunity to compose your own personalised programme, working predominantly with interactive activities, giving personal attention, paying attention to people’s preferred learning style  and, above all, creating a safe and stimulating learning environment. Throughout the programme, you will have a personal coach who will monitor your progress, answer your queries and meet up with you twice a day. The programme consists of individual sessions, meetings and walks with your coach, small group sessions and self-study time.

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Time investment

Five full days and an evening programme. Self-study will  take between 3-4 hours a day. Prior to the start of the programme, you will be asked to do a preparatory assignment. Details will be sent to you well in advance.

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You need to have  a reasonable command of English at a B1/B2 level to enter this programme.You have some experience working with international colleagues and clients. Prior to the start of the programme you will have an interview with one of our trainers to determine your level of English make an inventory of your specific needs and discuss your preferred learning style. Moreover, during the interview, you can discuss which modules suit you best.

Programme costs
2.850 euros (excluding accommodation  or 3.150 euros including hotel accommodation).

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  • Starting date: 24 June 2019
    Day Date Start End
    Monday 24 June 2019 08:30 22:30
    Tuesday 25 June 2019 08:30 22:30
    Wednesday 26 June 2019 08:30 22:30
    Thursday 27 June 2019 08:30 22:30
    Friday 28 June 2019 08:30 14:00

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  • Starting date: 16 September 2019
    Day Date Start End
    Monday 16 September 2019 08:30 22:30
    Tuesday 17 September 2019 08:30 22:30
    Wednesday 18 September 2019 08:30 22:30
    Thursday 19 September 2019 08:30 22:30
    Friday 20 September 2019 08:30 14:00

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  • Starting date: 11 November 2019
    Day Date Start End
    Monday 11 November 2019 08:30 22:30
    Tuesday 12 November 2019 08:30 22:30
    Wednesday 13 November 2019 08:30 22:30
    Thursday 14 November 2019 08:30 22:30
    Friday 15 November 2019 08:30 14:00

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