Course description

No. 903.01

Communicating with international students and staff (B1/B2)


Wednesdays, 12:30–14:00 (from 09.04.2024 to 19.06.2024)


In-person course

Target group

The course is aimed at employees who already have previous knowledge at level B1 and would like to gain more confidence in communicating in English for their work at Paderborn University.

Number of participants

max. 12 persons


Communicating in English with students or visiting colleagues can be daunting if you don’t have an opportunity to practice your language skills on a regular basis. This course offers you the opportunity to do just that. The emphasis is on speaking, and participants are encouraged to suggest topics of interest which they find useful for their jobs.

Communication difficulties often arise between individuals from different cultural backgrounds because perspectives or expectations differ. Podcasts and video input highlighting cultural topics will provide a base for discussion, thereby improving both listening and speaking skills. Vocabulary practice will equip the participants with the necessary language phrases to discuss these topics and boost their confidence in expressing themselves freely.

Looking forward to working with you!


Eileen Saager

Trainer´s background

Eileen Saager is a native of Ireland. She obtained the CELTA Qualification (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) from the University of Cambridge in Dublin. For many years, she has lived and worked in Paderborn as an English language teacher in adult education and has led group and individual classes in various well-known companies in the area. Since 2008, she has been a lecturer at the ZfS. Parallel to this, she has participated in numerous further training courses in foreign language didactics.


The seminar is designed as a face-to-face seminar. You will be informed of the room with the invitation.

To find out your language level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), you can take the following online tests: British Council Placement Test or Cambridge General English Test.

Registration deadline


On the registration deadline, we will decide whether an event can take place based on the number of registrations. Therefore, please register promptly if you are interested. The more registrations we receive, the more certain we can hold the event. Late registrations will be accepted if there are still places available.


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