Professional English Speaking and Writing Workshop

 Open Dates: 15-20 March 2020
icon_price_fee_euro  Price: € 650

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Accommodation and Meals

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Do you speak English but make mistakes and feel unprofessional? Do you have or plan a job that requires speaking fluent English? Do you know English grammar but still get confused by certain more complicated rules? Then this program is for you!

In today’s globalised world, good knowledge of English is becoming increasingly necessary. In particular, many companies now require a good level of English for applicants. Often a lack of English proficiency can be a hurdle which even stops careers! At the same time, it’s often difficult to find the right course in a short period of time which offers a genuine improvement to your professional communication skills. This workshop is for busy people who have little time to improve their English proficiency.

This is no regular English language course! This is an intensive workshop for those who already can speak English but would like to enhance their skills both for professional and personal life. The focus is made on speaking and writing business skills.

Having great communication skills in English is a perfect way to leave a great impression on colleagues and partners. Candidates with better English certainly stand out against others at job interviews. During the workshop, you will learn and practice business correspondence and negotiations in English. You will definitely move to the next level!

The workshop allows to find out any problems with your English and help to improve your professional communication. Your speaking and writing skills will become better and more professional, you will feel much more confident! You will start to understand smaller details and maybe (just MAYBE!) begin to understand British humour!

Why Amsterdam? The Netherlands has one of the highest levels of English proficiency among countries where English is not the official language. Furthermore, Amsterdam is one of the most international cities in the world, so you will meet people from almost every country. We believe this is a perfect environment for adjusting your English!

If you can’t get your dream job in your dream country because your English isn’t good enough, then join Professional English Speaking and Writing Workshop today and get the green light to your future career in an international organisation.

Program

Communication is often the hardest part of any language. Speaking and writing are perhaps the hardest parts of English. It is a core part of our educational philosophy that everyone requires individual attention in order to improve. Moreover, different people make different mistakes at different times and therefore need to be catered to as individuals. This workshop is aimed at small groups where each member can receive personal attention from a tutor and get personalised feedback and recommendations.

The participants are expected to arrive on Sunday. There will be no activities planned on that day so if you arrive early in the morning you can plan your day!
Participants are tested and divided into small groups according to their levels. From Monday to Thursday there are sessions. The sessions will be quite intense, we recommend not to miss any of them and attend all the sessions. Friday is the departure day (no activities).

At the beginning of the program, a tutor asks participants what are the topics they would like to focus on, what are the fields where they have difficulties, what are the issues they would like to address. The tutor slightly adjusts the program in order to address all these points. Some of the questions will be addressed during the sessions (they might be interesting for other participants as well) and others can be addressed individually.

The workshop is conducted by a native speaker in small groups to make sure everyone will be involved in the learning process.

We recommend having at least B1-B2 of English level before joining the workshop in order to be able to receive all the benefits from the participation.

The workshop consists of the following blocks:

A tutor will introduce some grammar rules which are often neglected and cause common mistakes.

Discussion on some common mistakes in communication in English which are often made by non-English speakers. Tutor will provide the recommendations on how to avoid them.

Learn the rules for professional communication – oral and written. The tutor will teach participants how to build a speech in a professional environment.

Theory and practice on how to build the arguments in order to have your voice heard in a professional discussion.

Teamwork is very important in international organizations. The lack of teamwork skills in English might lead to complications at work. The participants will learn how to develop their skills of teamwork in English.

Learn how to write a remarkable CV and motivation letter using professional English.

How to go through job interviews in English? Reveal key tips and practise!

Writing an email is one of the key skills of any job! The participants will learn how to write professional emails and how to avoid common mistakes.

Explore professional English language, give examples of some useful phrases and expressions.

During the program, the attention will be paid to each participant. The tutor will identify your individual skills that could be improved and give relevant feedback. You will receive individual recommendations.

During the program, there are some…weekends! What can you do? You can work on own project and study - that is always a good option! You can walk around Amsterdam, meet new people and surely you won’t be bored and find enough things to do and see during all your weekends! And of course, you can travel around!

Where can you travel from Amsterdam? - Well… where to begin - there are too many options!

Travelling within the Netherlands:

  • The Hague – 50 min by train and you are in the center of the Hague – one of the international capitals of UN-institutions and other international organizations. Here you can visit the beach – amazingly beautiful and sandy! You can also visit various international organizations – International Court of Justice, International Criminal Court, International Organization for Migration and many more!
  • Rotterdam – one hour by train and you are here – in the second largest city of the Netherlands and one of the most beautiful examples of modern architecture – Rotterdam! You will see modern buildings combined with the Dutch style, international city with a unique flavour! You will definitely enjoy the day in Rotterdam!
  • University cities Leiden and Utrecht – popular small towns which look and feel like Amsterdam.

... and many other places in the Netherlands could be a great plan for a day on the weekend!

Travelling to other countries during the weekends:

  • Belgium – 3-4 hours by bus and you are in Brussels! And do not forget about the lovely cities of Bruges, Antwerp or Leuven.
  • Germany – take a train and within 2-4 hours you are in Dusseldorf, Cologne or Hamburg.
  • France? - Yep! The super-quick train will take you from Amsterdam to Paris in 3 hours and 17 min (it is quite cheap if book in advance)

Travelling at weekends is not included in the course price.

We offer mini-trips with sightseeing to nearby countries after the course. Travelling is offered for an additional fee and includes tickets and one night stay. Click here to learn more. Please let us know in your application form if you are interested.

We try to make sure that the program will be relevant to your learning needs!

Accommodation and Meals

All the participants are provided with accommodation in Amsterdam for the whole period of the course. Type of accommodation is a shared room for 2 people. The accommodation in a single room can be arranged for an additional fee – please see additional services section. Participants have access to the kitchen which they can use. The accommodation is well connected by public transport with all the tourist places in Amsterdam. During the program, the trainings will be conducted in the classroom which is in walking distance from the accommodation. Participants will be provided with a detailed description of the venue and the information on how to reach it from the airport.

We offer comfortable accommodation where you can stay during the program and fully enjoy your time in Amsterdam!

Accommodation is provided for the dates of the program. If you arrive 1-2 days earlier or leave later – extra nights can be provided for an additional fee. Please email us in advance to ask about the availability.

Meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner and coffee-breaks) are included in the price – please see price section.

Dates and Price

Dates Price
1-week program: 23-28 February 2020 € 650

The price includes:

  • – Program (including all the materials)
  • – Accommodation (shared room for 2)
  • – Meals (breakfast, lunch and coffee-breaks)

Tickets to and from The Netherlands are not included in the price.

  • Transfer from/to the airport (one-way): € 50
  • Single room: € 100

Visa

If you want to travel to the Netherlands you might need a visa.  Here you could determine whether you need a visa. Please tick “90 days or less” in the first question. Or just send us an email and we will advise you.

Usually, visa type required to attend our courses: Short-term business visa. But it would be better to make a double check at you local Consulate / VFS Center. We provide a standard visa invitation letter for our applicants after the receipt of a guarantee deposit from the applicant.

Step 1

Please go to your local Consulate / VFS website and make an appointment. Sometimes you can make an appointment only  1-2 months in advance. We recommend doing that as soon as possible and then proceed to Step 2.

Step 2

Please learn more about the list of all the required documents (usually, those documents are listed on the website of your local Consulate / VFS. This list also includes visa invitation letter that we send. Usually, we send a visa invitation letter within 1-3 days after receiving the required pre-payment from the applicant.

Step 3

With the full list of documents and completed visa application form, you have to go to the local Consulate/VFS on the appointment day and submit them. The fee for the visa might differ depending on the country where you apply. VFS might also apply an extra charge for their services.

We strongly recommend to check all the documents before the submission and make sure you provide the correct information to the Consulate and in that case you most probably will receive a visa without any difficulties.

If you have any questions, we would be happy to assist at any stage of your application!

How to Apply

Just click to apply via website

Or you could send an email to the following address: netherlandsinstitute@gmail.com

Please indicate the “Professional English Speaking and Writing Workshop” in the subject and provide the following information in the body of the email:

  • – Full name
  • – Nationality
  • – Date of birth
  • – Telephone number
  • – The reasons why you would like to join the program and your expectations
  • – Other wishes

We recommend having at least B1-B2 of English level before joining the workshop in order to be able to receive all the benefits from the participation.
We do not have any age or geographical limits for the applicants. Person of any age from any country is welcome to apply for the program.

Please be aware, that we confirm registration only after the receipt of a guarantee deposit in the amount of 50% of the course fee. Please learn more about payment methods here.

Questions

In case of any questions regarding the program – feel free to send us an e-mail – or call us +31 30 879 50 55

Past programs: 27 January – 1 February 2019