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English for professionals

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Are you interested in participating in meetings more effectively? Have you ever struggled presenting your work in public? Or do you want to know which writing style applies best to your official letters, policy briefs or business reports? Register for this course and learn how to communicate more confidently and spontaneously in English!

The specially designed sessions provide dynamic, practical and skills-based training for your career. Working in small groups and using a hands-on approach, you will improve your speaking and writing skills and strengthen your confidence to use English in various situations .

Depending on the needs and wishes of the group, we may work on skills in the following areas:

  • discussion and debate
  • preparing and delivering short talks and presentations
  • effectively participating in meetings
  • developing writing skills for different audiences and in different contexts
  • increasing clarity, accuracy and coherence in written texts
  • improving overall writing skills based on your needs

6 weeks
Study load:
12 x 2 contact hours + self-study (+/- 20 hours)
Online Support:
All participants will receive online support through a specially prepared learning environment (in Brightspace).
Target groups:
Staff of the University of Groningen, the University Medical Center Groningen and the universities of applied sciences in the three northern provinces as well as business professionals who would like to improve their English skills. You can participate with a B2 level (CEFR) or higher. This course is not intended for students.

Office Hour

If you want to register and you have not previously taken an English course at the Language Centre, we advise you to visit the office hour  to discuss with a teacher which course would suit you best, but this is not mandatory. Please note that you can already register for the course you are interested in.

You can also determine your starting level of a language training online and in your own time with the placement test. This test gives a global indication of your level for your own reference, for a more personal advice visit our office hour.


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Group Size

Minimum 8 and maximum 10 participants

Course materials

The course leader will provide you with course materials via the Brightspace online learning environment of the University of Groningen. Additional handouts will be distributed during the sessions.


After successful completion of the course, a certificate of participation will be awarded. A minimum of 75% attendance is required. If required, an official certificate stating the participant’s CEFR level for oral language production can be provided at an additional fee.

Last modified:01 June 2023 4.58 p.m.
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