Business English

If you want to speak and write English more confidently in a professional environment, take the Business English course and you'll find that English is subsequently far easier.

The two-day Business English course is an interactive course in which you are very actively involved. Do you find it difficult to find the right words when writing an English e-mail? Do you have trouble finding the right words during an English phone call? Or is it not always possible to switch between Dutch and English effectively? The Business English course offers a solution.

This training session is given in small groups, so there is plenty of scope for personal attention. As a participant, we ask you to complete an intake form prior to the training session. Based on the intake forms, our trainer puts together the programme and you can practice with familiar material and situations. In principle, all skills are dealt with: writing, speaking, listening and reading. We also focus on cultural differences, Dunglish, vocabulary and grammar.

The Business English course is a complete training session, covering all aspects of English.

Target group

For all those who use English regularly in their work.



  • How do you write a correct e-mail in English?
  • What standard phrases do native speakers of English use?
  • How do you use punctuation marks correctly in your texts?
  • What useful words can you use to make your narrative more fluent?


  • How can you be more confident and clearer on the phone?
  • What tricks will help you switch quickly between Dutch and English?
  • How can you enliven your spoken English? How do you keep your language use varied?

Vocabulary and grammar

  • You learn how to make your passive knowledge active. You probably know more words than you think, but how do you use them in the right context?
  • You expand your vocabulary and know what resources you can use, even after training.
  • What fixed combinations of verbs and prepositions are there in English? If you use these correctly, you will improve your English.


  • What are common mistakes made by Dutch people in English and how can you prevent those mistakes in order to professionalise your English?

Practical information

  • Date: 4 and 27 February 2020
  • Location: Trippenhuis KNAW, Amsterdam
  • Language: Dutch
  • Group size: Maximum of 12 people
If you would like to enrol in this course, please complete the application form.


The Local Consultations Committee (employer and union representatives) considers it well worthwhile to spend part of the employee benefits budget on sustainable career development. Training, courses and coaching meant to support sustainable career development are therefore funded from this budget.