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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 9.

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 Professional Skills in English is offered annually in March and September.

If you would like to take this course but it is either full or does not list a starting date that suits you, please click here and you will be notified once you can sign up for new dates.

Course materials

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.

After having registered for this course, you will receive additional information about the course materials in due time.


To receive a Wageningen in'to Languages certificate, a minimum attendance of 80% is required.

Fees (excl. course materials)

WUR employees: € 555
Regular fee: € 650