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Business English

The course will cover a wide range of topics from formal code of conduct to company structures and the preparation of various types of documents that are essential for your work in companies.


Jul 12, 2024 from 09:00 to 12:00 (Europe/Berlin / UTC200)

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Jul 12, 2024 from 09:00 to 12:00
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Seminar room 024, Leihgesterner Weg 52

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0641 99 18300

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At a Glance

  • Friday, 03.05.2024, 09:00 - 12:00
  • Friday, 17.05.2024, 09:00 - 12:00
  • Friday, 24.05.2024, 09:00 - 12:00
  • Friday, 07.06.2024, 09:00 - 12:00
  • Friday, 14.06.2024, 09:00 - 12:00
  • Friday, 28.06.2024, 09:00 - 12:00
  • Friday, 05.07.2024, 09:00 - 12:00
  • Friday, 12.07.2024, 09:00 - 12:00

Each session is designed to be independent of the others, so that you may attend any number desired to the extent you feel useful. 

  •  For doctoral students who plan to work in industry after their doctorate
  • Laurence Henry
  • English



The course will cover a wide range of topics from formal code of conduct to company structures and the preparation of various types of documents that are essential for your work in companies. Especially – but not exclusively – for those who are planning to work in industry after finishing their PhD, this course does not only provide useful information, but combines it with practical exercises as well as the opportunity for individual training and assistance with your own current papers and projects.

Aims: The series is designed to support you in the process of becoming familiar with the business side of academic activities, and to prepare for professional business communications in academia and in the company world. After the sessions, participants should be able to handle business situations confidently in writing, on the telephone, or in person. Participants will also be able to extend their knowledge and understanding of vocabulary specific to business situations.


Planned Session Content



Topic(s) of session         

Language component(s)

Session 1:



Business writing I: introductory letters, e-mails

Vocabulary, sentence structure for needs, wants, desires

Session 2:



Understanding types of companies: descriptions

Reading for gist, content, specific detail

Session 3:


Introduction to company structures: managers, supervisors, hierarchies


Grammar, vocabulary used in business relationships

Session 4:



Business writing II: cover letters               

Use of tone, register in business writing

Session 5:


Working environments: internships, contract work, part-time vs. full-time


Casual vs. semi-formal vs. formal: vocabulary and sentence structure

Session 6:



Individual and group project work, everyday and business negotiation situations

The language of negotiation

Session 7:



Business writing III: Different types of proposals, reports

Structuring business letters to get results

Session 8:


Finding and using business resources

Requesting information, following up, dealing with rejection



The general structure of each session will be as follows:

  1. Introduction to and discussion of business theme(s) (about 60 min.)
  2. Language exercises, focusing on the grammar, vocabulary and style related to the business topic(s) of the day (about 60 min.)
  3. Assisted writing (i.e. proposals, letters of inquiry, requests for information, etc.) (the remaining time, about 60 min.)

Two short breaks will be included in each session.



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The Trainer

Laurence Henry attended and taught at universities in Virginia and Texas, and completed a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science, and Master’s degrees in Human Nutrition and Health Education. Since 2008, he has been teaching English at the University of Giessen and the University of Marburg, as well as in private universities and companies. He is also a speaking examiner and examination invigilator for Cambridge English and the British Council (IELTS).