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Professional Skills in English

This course is designed to give you the skills and practice required to perform successfully in an English-speaking professional environment.

Target group

This course is primarily aimed at professionals currently working in an English-speaking environment, who would like to improve their English language business communication skills in the key areas of emailing, participating in meetings, presenting, negotiating and socialising with colleagues and international visitors. It is also suitable for graduating students about to enter the business workplace and who are looking to give themselves an edge in the job market.

Course level

B2/C1 (CEFR)


This course is designed to give you the skills and practice required to perform successfully in an English-speaking professional environment. Professional Skills in English will help you feel more comfortable when interacting with international colleagues and provide the skills required to participate confidently in the English language in the business and academic world. This course is an ideal accompaniment to the Advanced Speaking Skills courses.

Elements included in the course are reinforced by peer-assessed, practical sessions allowing students to practice the taught skills as well as receive advice and tips on how their personal performance can be improved.


12 sessions of 1.5 hours each. In addition to the sessions, participants are expected to do 2 hours of self-study per session.

Dates and times

This course is offered in February and September each year.

Startdate Enddate Day Time
13 September 6 December Wednesday 15.30 - 17.00 hrs.

Course material

Business Vocabulary Builder by Paul Emmerson, Macmillan, Intermediate/Upper-intermediate version B1/B2. ISBN 978-0-230-71684-1. € 23,99

Additional training material will be provided by the teacher in digital format, so access to a computer is essential. Tablets and laptops are also useful for in class. Free Wi-Fi is available in class.


If you are taking the course in the context of Wageningen University & Research Language Policy, your skills will be tested in class. If you pass the course, you will receive a Wageningen in’to Languages certificate. Should you not pass, you will be awarded a Certificate of Attendance (providing you have attended enough classes).


  • WUR employees € 418

  • Regular fee € 465

Prior to registration: placement test

To make sure everyone is placed in the right course, new course participants are obliged to take the free Oxford Online Placement Test. This particular course requires a score of 60. Please note: registration cannot be confirmed without a placement test result. Arrange an appointment through our online calendar.

Please note that it is not possible to withdraw your subscription online. If you are unable to attend your appointment please let us know by phone (+31 317 48 25 52) or send an e-mail to