Language Seminars

Becoming proficient

Language seminars

Our English language seminars focus on an area of daily business and are beneficial across departments.

We aim to boost your employees’ skills and confidence for their day-to-day tasks.

Participants will feel encouraged and able to actively contribute to meetings, discussions and presentations.

Our trainers always consider individual preferences to optimise results for every participant.

The language seminars take place in groups of 3 to 6 people and focus on the employees’ area of work. We offer seminars for human resources, meetings, assistants, telephoning, negotiations, daily business, presentations, finance and international projects.

The limited group size and preliminary evaluations allow us to give participants optimal support, so they will master their professional challenges in English with ease.

Your trainers are all native English speakers and experts on the subject.

The seminars take place over the course of two days and can be held in-house or at EnglishBusiness. If you want to organise a seminar, we are looking forward to hearing from you!

English for Human Resources

Leading your international team with confidence

Language seminar goals

Today’s culturally diverse workplace environment makes this an exciting and challenging time to work in human resources. Accessing top professionals often means drawing from a global pool. English has become the lingua franca of many companies in recruiting, managing and training their team of international employees.

This language seminar provides HR professionals with an intensive setting to focus on the language tools they need for working in just such a global business environment. Through a combination of role plays, discussions and guided activities, our highly qualified trainers will help you sharpen the key communication skills you need for your work.

Seminar content

A typical two-day programme covers a selection of the following topics:

  • Describing company structure and roles
  • Recruiting
  • Structuring and conducting interviews
  • Communicating with international teams
  • Discussing difficult and sensitive issues with employees
  • Mastering negotiating skills
  • Understanding what motivates people
  • Handling cross-cultural issues
  • Practising relevant grammar, e.g. modals and conditionals. These are explained in a simple and fun way, making it clear and immediately useable

Additional information

Every language seminar can be further tailored to accommodate the specific needs and goals of the participants. The small group size (3–6 participants) allows for individual feedback and maximises speaking time. Real-life situations are role-played (optionally with video feedback) to give participants the chance to experience and work on meeting scenarios. The minimum language requirement for this language seminar is intermediate (B1 based on the Common European Framework of Reference).

Not sure about your level or wondering if this is the right language seminar for you? Make an appointment for an English evaluation to get started. Dates and prices are available on request.

English for Meetings

International conferences and team meetings in English? No problem!

Language seminar goals

Meetings in English are part and parcel of business life. This English for Meetings language seminar equips managers and employees with the language and skills they need to run or take part in meetings in English.

Learn to argue your point eloquently, ensure people listen when you speak, strike the right tone and moderate your meetings confidently. Find out what it takes to write objective reports, evaluate options, formulate next steps and end every meeting on time without being undiplomatic. Real-life situations are role-played (with optional video feedback) to give participants the chance to experience and work on meeting scenarios.

Seminar content

A typical two-day programme covers a selection of the following topics:

  • Getting your point across; agreeing and disagreeing
  • Being aware of body language in meeting situations
  • Conducting small talk before, during and after a meeting
  • Understanding language and culture in meetings
  • Drafting agendas and minutes
  • Chairing meetings
  • Using relevant grammar, e.g. modals and conditionals, explained in a simple and fun way, making it clear and immediately useable
  • Optional: Teleconferencing – a particularly challenging meeting situation

Additional information

Every language seminar can be further tailored to accommodate the specific needs and goals of the participants. The small group size (3–6 participants) allows for individual feedback and maximises speaking time. The minimum language requirement for this language seminar is intermediate (B1 based on the Common European Framework of Reference).

Not sure about your level or wondering if this is the right language seminar for you? Make an appointment for an English evaluation to get started. Dates and prices are available on request.

English for Assistants

Eloquent administrative staff make excellent first impressions

Language seminar goals

Executive assistants, PAs, administrative assistants or receptionists are often the first point of contact when clients reach out to a company. When dealing with international clients and partners, assistants are under additional pressure to appear assured and competent when communicating in English. Our English for Assistants language seminar equips participants with the linguistic tools necessary to approach even the most challenging situations and ensure that business opportunities aren’t lost in translation.

Seminar content

A typical two-day programme covers a selection of the following topics:

  • Welcoming visitors
  • Organising meetings and making travel arrangements
  • Telephoning in English
  • Crafting professional correspondence and emailing in English
  • Making small talk in a business setting
  • Writing minutes and reports
  • Handling difficult situations in English
  • Practising grammar topics on an as-needed basis

Additional information

This language seminar is aimed at reception staff, executive assistants and secretaries dealing with international clients.

Every language seminar can be further tailored to accommodate the specific needs and goals of the participants. The small group size (3–6 participants) allows for individual feedback and maximises speaking time. The minimum language requirement for this language seminar is intermediate (B1 based on the Common European Framework of Reference).

Not sure about your level or wondering if this is the right language seminar for you? Make an appointment for an English evaluation to get started. Dates and prices are available on request.

English for Telephoning

Staying cool when the phones ring hot

Language seminar goals

A client’s first contact with a company often takes place over the phone. For businesses working on, or breaking into the international marketplace, it’s essential that every phone call goes smoothly and that clients feel they are in competent hands. This not only requires strong English language abilities, but the key communication skills for talking on the phone as well. Our English for Telephoning language seminar addresses your daily challenges, from taking and transferring calls to negotiating the terms of a deal, and helps you gain the confidence you need to do business naturally and successfully over the phone.

Seminar content

A typical two-day programme covers a selection of the following topics:

  • Mastering greetings, small talk and politeness on the phone
  • Spelling out names and addresses
  • Making, taking and transferring calls
  • Arranging appointments and meetings
  • Pronunciation, intonation and speaking clearly on the phone
  • Avoiding common mistakes made during phone calls
  • Practising grammar and vocabulary-building exercises as needed

Additional information

This seminar is ideal for executive assistants, marketing and sales employees and anyone building and maintaining client relationships in English.

Every language seminar can be further tailored to accommodate the specific needs and goals of the participants. The small group setting (3–6 participants) allows for individual feedback and maximises speaking time. A minimum English level of intermediate (B1 based on the Common European Framework of Reference) is required to participate in this language seminar.

Not sure about your level or wondering if this is the right language seminar for you? Make an appointment for an English evaluation to get started. Dates and prices available on request.

English for Negotiations

Don’t let language stand in the way of results

Language seminar goals

Every word counts when you’re negotiating. Our workshop is designed for business professionals from all industries who regularly negotiate or are preparing to negotiate in English. We can equip you with the linguistic tools necessary to succeed when negotiating in English and help you avoid the language traps that non-native speakers frequently fall into. This language seminar emphasises practising real-life scenarios and key communication skills that can be directly applied to your daily work.

Seminar content

A typical two-day programme covers a selection of the following topics:

  • Mastering the language of diplomacy and persuasion
  • Getting your message across
  • Recognising and responding to hostile language
  • Dealing with numbers and bargaining with confidence
  • Applying questioning tactics
  • Conducting small talk before, during and after the negotiation
  • Practising relevant grammar points on an as-needed basis

Additional information

This seminar caters to business professionals negotiating in English or wanting to do so in the future.

Every language seminar can be further tailored to accommodate the specific needs and goals of the participants. The small group size (3–6 participants) allows for individual feedback and maximises speaking time. The minimum language requirement for this language seminar is intermediate (B1 based on the Common European Framework of Reference).

Please note: This seminar does not address the negotiation skills themselves but rather the complex language required in negotiating. Negotiation skills are the focus of our Negotiating to Win seminars. We recommend this language seminar as an ideal basis to prepare you for participation in our Negotiating to Win (I) and (II) seminars.

Not sure about your level or wondering if this is the right language seminar for you? Make an appointment for an English evaluation to get started! Dates and prices available on request.

English for Daily Business

Successful communication for everyday business situations

Language seminar goals

In today’s international business world employees face numerous challenges in English, from meetings and telephone conferences to social interactions with colleagues. While the English you learned in school may be sufficient for taking a message or introducing yourself, business professionals working in English require more in-depth language knowledge. Our English for Daily Business language seminar is an intensive programme of language competence combined with key communication skills that allows you to practise and fine-tune your daily business English.

Seminar content

A typical two-day programme covers a selection of the following topics:

  • Participating in meetings in English: agreeing, disagreeing and getting your point across
  • Telephoning in English
  • Writing professional correspondence and emails in English
  • Conducting small talk and social English in business settings
  • Reviewing relevant grammar points on an as-needed basis

Additional information

This seminar is for employees looking to refresh or improve their business English.

Every language seminar can be further tailored to accommodate the specific needs and goals of the participants. The small group size (3–6 participants) allows for individual feedback and maximises speaking time. The minimum language requirement for this language seminar is upper intermediate (B2 based on the Common European Framework of Reference).

For participants with a lower language level or who want to focus on a specific topic, we recommend our English for Telephoning and English for Meetings language seminars.

Not sure about your level or wondering if this is the right language seminar for you? Make an appointment for an English evaluation to get started. Dates and prices available on request.

English for Presentations

Convincing, powerful words in persuasive presentations

Language seminar goals

Presenting effectively can be one of the most challenging aspects of doing business. Add English to the mix, and even the most confident presenter will begin stumbling over his or her words. Our English for Presentations language seminar is designed for business professionals from all industries who present or are preparing to present in English. A highly qualified trainer who specialises in the language of presentations will help you hone your linguistic skills, avoid common mistakes and deal with even the most nerve-racking presentation scenarios. This language seminar emphasises practising real-life situations and key communication skills that can be directly applied to your daily work.

Seminar content

A typical two-day programme covers a selection of the following topics:

  • Using language to clarify your objectives and conclusions
  • Structuring your presentation and using language to “signpost”
  • Describing figures, graphics and trends
  • Mastering language tactics for taking and responding to questions
  • Using the appropriate vocabulary and tone for your audience
  • Practising relevant grammar points on an as-needed basis

Additional information

This seminar is aimed at employees of all levels wanting to improve their English presentation skills.

Every language seminar can be further tailored to accommodate the specific needs and goals of the participants. The small group size (3–6 participants) allows for individual feedback and maximises speaking time. The minimum language requirement for this language seminar is intermediate (B1 based on the Common European Framework of Reference).

Please note: This language seminar does not address presentation skills themselves but rather the language required for presenting. Presentation skills and techniques are the focus of our International Presentation Skills seminar. We recommend this language seminar as an ideal basis to prepare you for participation in our International Presentation Skills (I) and (II) seminars.

English for Finance

Helping your numbers do the talking

Language seminar goals

Business professionals working in the financial sector have extremely specialised and unique English communication needs. The terms and vocabulary required in this field, as well as the ability to explain these terms clearly and concisely, can be especially challenging for non-native English speakers in an international business environment.

Our English for Finance language seminar is designed for bankers, auditors, accountants, analysts, bookkeepers and anyone facing the challenge of understanding, illustrating, discussing, reporting on or presenting financial information in English. A highly qualified trainer with experience in the financial sector will help you overcome your language weaknesses and avoid common mistakes. Real financial data from annual reports and other current financial publications are used to ensure the highest topic relevance and applicability.

Seminar content

A typical two-day programme covers a selection of the following topics:

  • Expanding vocabulary related to accounting and bookkeeping
  • Describing types of assets
  • Reporting profit and loss
  • Reading and understanding financial statements
  • Communicating company law
  • Discussing topics such as bankruptcy and auditing

Additional information

This language seminar is ideal for managers or employees of financial institutions and investment banks as well as auditors, analysts and anyone else whose work depends on understanding and communicating financial information in English.

Every language seminar can be further tailored to accommodate the specific needs and goals of the participants. The small group size (3–6 participants) allows for individual feedback and maximises speaking time. The minimum language requirement for this language seminar is intermediate (B1 based on the Common European Framework of Reference).

Not sure about your level or wondering if this is the right language seminar for you? Make an appointment for an English evaluation to get started. Dates and prices are available on request.

English for International Projects

Clear communication for complex projects

Language seminar goals

It’s a fact of business life today that more and more of us work in international project teams. Many of us are involved in projects where four, five, six or more nationalities are represented. Typically, we have to work together closely to deliver results and meet tight deadlines.

Our English for International Projects language seminar will help you discuss and report on key project topics with clarity, accuracy and a broader vocabulary. You will practise talking about goals, project plans, resources, costs and handling deadlines in face-to-face meetings as well as in simulated telephone conferences.

Our aim is to help you work optimally with a mix of colleagues, whether they are native speakers or using English as a bridge language.

Trainer speaks about project management in front of flipchart

Seminar content

A typical two-day programme covers a selection of the following topics:

  • Describing timeframes and benchmarks
  • Reporting on time, cost, and quality in English
  • Using diplomatic language
  • Working with common communication challenges
  • Handling teleconferences, video conferences and remote teams in English
  • Using appropriate vocabulary and tone

Additional information

Every language seminar can be further tailored to accommodate the specific needs and goals of the participants. The small group size (3–6 participants) allows for individual feedback and maximises speaking time. The minimum language requirement for this language seminar is upper intermediate (B2 based on the Common European Framework of Reference).

Not sure about your level or wondering if this is the right language seminar for you? Make an appointment for an English evaluation to get started. Dates and prices are available on request.

Our language seminars at a glance:

  • Two days
  • In-company seminar – max. 6 participants; dates and prices available on request
  • Seminar at an EnglishBusiness training centre – max. 6 participants; locations, dates and prices available on request

Contact our consultants to start organising your language seminar!

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