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Professional Skills in English (online course)

This course gives 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. The maximum number of participants per group is 16.

Course level

B2/C1 (CEFR)

Course content

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.


The class meets weekly for 12 weeks. Each session is 1.5 hours. You should expect to do two hours of homework each week.

Dates and times

The course will be offered in March 2021.

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Course material

Business Vocabulary Builder by Paul Emmerson, Macmillan, Intermediate/Upper-intermediate version B1/B2. ISBN 978-0-230-71684-1. € 23.99

The teacher will post additional course material on BlackBoard. Participants should have access to a computer and the internet. Tablets and laptops are also useful for in class. Free Wi-Fi is available in class.


If you are taking the course as part 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. If you do not pass, you will be awarded a Certificate of Attendance, providing you have attended enough classes.


WUR employees: € 440 (Excluding course material)
Regular fee: € 480 (Excluding course material)

Prior to registration: placement test

New course participants are obliged to take the free Oxford Online Placement Test (OOPT) to ensure that they are placed in the right course. This course requires an OOPT score of at least 60. Please note: registration cannot be confirmed without a placement test result. Arrange an OOPT appointment through our online calendar.

Please note that it is not possible to cancel your appointment online. If you cannot attend your appointment, please contact us:

T: +31 (0)317 48 25 52