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Meetings Across Borders – Online Course


05. September 2024 09:00 – 05. September 2024 17:00
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International meetings have become even more common through the increased acceptance of web conferencing. But tackling tasks in a group can be additionally demanding when done online – and in English. In this workshop, you'll participate in several challenging meetings, using English to assert your opinion, problem-solve and negotiate.

Along the way, you'll learn principles and vocabulary which are valuable in these situations in general, and, by virtue of our digital format, you will also gain practice in contributing to and in leading meetings online. The workshop's overall goal is to afford you insights and experience which will help you communicate more confidently and effectively in these situations in your professional life. The workshop is held in English by a native speaker, and you will have frequent opportunities for spoken practice.

Intended Learning Outcomes

  • You will know a guideline for and be aware of expressions helpful for starting meetings effectively and efficiently in English.
  • You will understand factors to keep in mind when steering a meeting and be aware of English-language phrases relevant for managing these factors.
  • You will be acquainted with a method for problem-solving and understand linguistic structures for negotiating as they can be applied within the context of meetings.
  • You will be familiar with vocabulary for disagreeing with and rejecting the ideas of others in polite ways.
  • You will have insights into making grammatically correct recommendations with a range of forcefulness.

Didactic Methods

Trainer input, role-plays with feedback, small-group work, simulation, case-study analysis, whole-class discussion


To participate in the online course, you need a PC/laptop with a current browser (recommended: Chrome or Firefox) as well as a headset (or speakers and a microphone), a webcam, and a stable Internet connection.

Proficiency in English at the B2 level of competency is required.


September 5, 2024, 9 am–5 pm

Target Group

Doctoral candidates and postdocs from all disciplines


Maximum number of 12 participants
Internal 25 EUR
External 75 EUR


Please register until August 21, 2024 using the online registration form.


Andrew Cerniski

Event Organizer

MArburg University Research Academy (MARA)
Doctoral Program for Life and Natural Sciences