English/German for professional communication

Contact : Anne Guégand - Courriel



Analysing professional situations through realistic case studies :

  • Greeting visitors/ visiting companies (introducing oneself, presenting one’s company...)
  • Presenting a process, a product, a project...
  • Taking part in meetings (chairing, intervening...).
  • Negotiating.
  • Telephoning.
  • Selling oneself (job interviews).

Helping PhD students to develop the skills and language they need in professional situations through interactive practice activities

The modules focus on communication skills (ie :not on grammar or basic structures), they are therefore aimed at students whose level in the language studied is at least intermediate.




ENGLISH :  The two modules are complementary, it is therefore strongly recommended to attend M1 before M2 .

GERMAN : The module covers a selection of  notions studied as part of M1 and M2.

30-hour Modules (3h x  10) :

Module 1 :

  • Presentation of the TOEIC (see below)
  • Telephoning in English  (situations studied in M1).
  • Introducing oneself.
  • Presenting a project, a laboratory, a company.
  • Taking part in meetings (chairing, intervening...)..
  • Travelling.


Module 2 :

  • Telephoning in English  (situations studied in M2).
  • Presenting an experiment, a process.
  • Presenting  a process( with visuals...).
  • Designing one’s CV.
  • Writing a letter of application.
  • Going through the interviewing process.
  • Selling a product, a service.
  • Negotiating.





TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication) :


The TOEIC is the most widely used English language test for professional English.It is used as a certification tool in more than 5000 companies worldwide.PhD students can use the TOEIC to certify their English skills and enhance their employment profile.


Test takers are awarded separate marks for the written and oral comprehension sections on a scale ranging from 5 to 495 points. The total score is hence between 10 and 990 points. Candidates are given a score report, which shows their results.

Test takers are provided with a TOEIC® can-do table  that can be included with the CV when communicating the TOEIC® score. This grid presents possible scores and the corresponding English skills associated with each; in other words, a picture of what the individual can and cannot do.


NB : The TOEIC is therefore an assessment, not an exam.


The M1 and M2 cover the vocabulary and notions assessed by the TOEIC and course participants are encouraged to take the test to valorize their CV.

Individual preparation for the test can easily be done through self-study as a follow-up to the courses.



ZDfB (Zertifikat Deutsch für den Beruf): Professional German

ZD (Zertifikat Deutsch): General German


Enrollment fees for the above-mentioned exams and assessments can be paid by the Doctoral School for participants who have the required level and a regular attendance record for both M1 and M2.