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Upper-Intermediate/Advanced Business English

Kickstart Business English is an Upper Intermediate/Advanced (B2-C1) level business English course designed to develop the language skills necessary for professionals to communicate confidently in an international working environment. Integral aspects of the course include enhancing cultural awareness and reinforcing the use of appropriate language and tone across a variety of social and professional situations that occur in the workplace. The course will present and consolidate relevant grammar and business-related vocabulary to ensure our clients can express themselves in any and all of their work-related interactions.

Students are provided with a tailor-made 'Business English Course Manual’ designed by experienced business English trainers at Kickstart for upper-intermediate to advanced level learners. The manual includes authentic articles, grammar reference, practice exercises and an extensive glossary with a collection of both general business terms and vocabulary for specific situations.

The course will cover the following topics:

  • Networking and telephoning in English
  • Language of meetings
  • Email and social media writing techniques
  • Effective negotiation strategies
  • Report and proposal writing
  • Presentation skills

Students will have access to Kickstart's online learning platform, KickstartNet, which has additional materials and grammar exercises to help students consolidate what they have learnt in class. Our clients will also receive access to two exclusive mobile apps related to their course. These will remain accessible even after the course has finished allowing you to practise your business English skills on the go!

This course also contains material to assist students preparing for the Cambridge English: Business (BEC) Vantage or Higher exams. Students wishing to take one of these exams can also combine this course with a Cambridge English: Business (BEC) Exam Preparation programme.

The Kickstart Business English group course is designed to cover the language needs of individuals in a variety of professional contexts. However, if you are seeking English for a more specific purpose or industry, we also offer tailor-made in-company training.

Note: The Business English Summer course is an abridged version of our regular Business English course. This is reflected in a lower price of €300.

Materials  Business English Course Manual
KickstartNet, our online learning platform
Kickstart Mobile app

Length  30 hours 

Format  Once a week (regular)

Group size  4 to 10 students  

Homework  2.5 hours per lesson 

Price  €550 (including all course materials).
(Summer course - €300 including all course materials).
For all of our courses, we offer a money-back guarantee: if you are not satisfied after the first lesson, we will refund you the full course fee (less €15 administration costs).  

Catch-up lessons  If a student misses a lesson during the course, catch-up lessons can be arranged at a discounted rate of €50/hour.   

Highlighted below is the language level of this course. Other courses at this language level can also be seen, as well as follow-on courses.

Please contact us to arrange a short, free intake to assess your language level. You can also check the CEFR framework to read the skills description for each level.

English courses

CEFR Level  General Courses   Communication courses Business Courses   Exam Preparation Courses  Online Courses  
A0  Elementary 
A1  Upper-Elementary 
A2  Pre-Intermediate   Communication 1      
B1  Intermediate   Communication 1
Communication 2  
B2  Upper-Intermediate       

Communication 2
Communication 3
- Cambridge: First (FCE)
- Cambridge: Business (BEC) Vantage      
- Academic English
- Business English       
C1  Advanced   Communication 3    Upper-
- Cambridge: Advanced (CAE)
- Cambridge: Business (BEC) Higher 
- Academic English
- Business English
C2  Proficient 
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 What our students say about us

  • My experience with Kickstart has been highly beneficial in both developing language skills and improving my knowledge of the Dutch culture. Josien's support is always spot on and very intuitive in relation to personal circumstances. She spends a lot more than the official time allocated to really get to know her clients and her approach is customised accordingly. She was recommended to me by other Shell colleagues who expressed the same sentiment and I was fortunate enough to benefit from this during the time I spent with her.

    Vennasa van de Ven, Migration Manager working at Shell

  • Entering the Kickstart school premises alone gives you a push of energy and the commitment this will help to create is hardly unmatched in any other language school. The methodology and the approach used in the lessons also helps smoothly unlock the secrets of everyday Dutch. Kickstart School has helped me get in touch with the 'undutchable' culture of the Netherlands and its people. The individual language training I could experience at Kickstart School has been one of the best educational experiences I could have in Europe.

    Alessandro d’Addario, European Law Enforcement 

  • I really enjoyed my English lessons with the Kickstart School. The teacher was professional and really knew the subject. The way they teach is also great! The classes are presented in a clear and professional manner and the online exercises completed at home are very helpful. The teacher always provided useful feedback. It's a great experience to join a Kickstart course with such a friendly atmosphere of students and teachers.

    Beatriz Pedroche, Spain 

  • Kickstart has been the ideal place for me to learn. The teachers are very helpful and friendly and have always gone the "extra mile" to help me learn in a positive way. Their teaching is practical with elements that can immediately be applied to everyday living situations. Included in the lessons are cultural aspects of living in the Netherlands that make learning Dutch dynamic and fun; you learn the language and about the place and the people! The teachers took an active interest in my progress and provided valuable customized sessions that maintained my strengths and developed my weaknesses; all in a patient, fun and friendly style.

    Graeme Ting, dentist from New Zealand 

  • My first contact with Kickstart School was after 1 month of living in The Netherlands, when I started to study Dutch. At the time I didn’t have any knowledge of the language, but with their courses organized by levels I developed important language skills and learned about the Dutch culture. They all do a great job at Kickstart because their motto it’s not just a motto – they are really pleased to teach you. You learn a language in a friendly atmosphere, make new friends from all over the world, and all in a cosy building right in the heart of The Hague.

    Anca Boros, mathematics and physics teacher from Romania

  • During my time with Kickstart I have learned a lot and gained confidence. I was always challenged by the interesting assignments, but never too much. I have really enjoyed the classes!

    Sabine de Bruijn, Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

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