Sommersemester 2022



Englisch  -  UNIcert III (C1)

English for Natural Sciences - DIGITAL
 
This course explores the language used for research across the natural sciences, including typical grammatical structures, vocabulary/idioms, and written forms. Participants negotiate readings and topics for group presentations as well as investigate and report on typical linguistic forms from their particular fields of study. Regular in-class participation, completion of homework tasks, and development of brief team and individual presentations and writing assignments will be required.

Voraussetzung: Online-Einstufungstest mit 65 bis 100 Punkten.
 
91030   Di 13-17 wöch. Online  Dr. C. Hank  5 ECTS-Punkte  40 € 


Englisch  -  UNIcert III (C1)

For Students of Medicine 1 - DIGITAL
 
Particularly for participants wishing to undertake clinical attachments abroad, the course offers an introduction into the language used in clinical examinations (history-taking, giving instructions/explanations), case presentations and discussions. It aims to boost and expand vocabulary, practise the pronunciation of medical terms, develop presentation and discussion skills as well as the detailed comprehension of written and spoken texts. Final tests:  listening, vocabulary.

Voraussetzung: Online-Einstufungstest mit 65 bis 100 Punkten.
 
91032   Mo 17-21 wöch. Online  G. Wagner  5 ECTS-Punkte  40 € 
91033   Mi 17-21 wöch. Online  G. Wagner  5 ECTS-Punkte  40 € 


Englisch  -  UNIcert III (C1)

English for Law: English Civil Law - PRÄSENZ
 
This course will focus on the language of legal discourse in various areas of English law. All language skills will be practised. You will read, analyse and discuss academic texts, law reports (precedents) and statutes and summarise them in writing. In addition to that you will listen to authentic texts (radio programmes and video), discuss them and write short comments. You will further, as home assignment, prepare a short presentation related to civil law. A lot of effort will be put into boosting the range of vocabulary, with a special focus on the adequate use of legal language. Grammar practice will be remedial. The Leistungsnachweis will be awarded on the basis of regular and active participation and the final tests in reading, speaking and vocabulary/grammar.

Voraussetzung: Online-Einstufungstest mit 65 bis 100 Punkten.
 
91035   Mo 14-18 wöch. DOR 65 3.58  L. Helge  5 ECTS-Punkte  40 € 


Englisch  -  UNIcert III (C1)

English for Economics and Business Studies - PRÄSENZ
 
This course aims to provide students of Economics and Business Studies with the opportunity to improve speaking, listening and reading skills in particular, with regard to their field of study. To this end, a range of topics will be covered, depending on the needs and interests of the students, and could include, for example, future economic trends, women in business, start-ups in Berlin as well as other economic current events. In week 1, we will discuss potential topics and appropriate sources for authentic materials.
Students will be asked to prepare subject-specific presentations and chair the ensuing discussion. Language feedback will allow students to see how they are progressing throughout the course. Grammar practice will be remedial. As well as the assessed presentation, there will be final tests in reading and listening comprehension.
 

Voraussetzung: Online-Einstufungstest mit 65 bis 100 Punkten.
 
91037   Mo 12-16 wöch. DOR 65 3.57  Dr. T. Spray  5 ECTS-Punkte  40 € 


Englisch  -  UNIcert III (C1)

English for Economics and Business Studies - PRÄSENZ
 
Who is responsible for the 2008 financial crisis? What is money? Why do startups succeed or fail? In this course you will discuss and analyse contemporary questions in economics and business. You will develop an understanding of how economics connects to society, and develop your own area of interest. Working in groups, you will also set up your own 
startup business and pitch it to investors. Grading is based on grammar quizzes, a critical essay, a speaking task, a group presentation, and the final exam. 
 

Voraussetzung: Online-Einstufungstest mit 65 bis 100 Punkten.
 
91038   Mi 14-18 wöch. DOR 65 3.29  P. Walsh  5 ECTS-Punkte  40 € 


Englisch  -  UNIcert III (C1)

English for Economics and Politics - DIGITAL
 
This course aims to provide students with the opportunity to improve key speaking, reading and listening skills in their fields of study. Students will be expected to give presentations on contemporary economic and political events and to participate actively in follow-up discussions. Topics covered will be current, recent examples of which have included Black Friday Marketing, Earth Overshoot Day, Green Energy, Netflix, Squid Game, Overtourism, Womenomics, Space Economics, and much related to the COVID-19 pandemic. At the end of the course, students should be able to exhibit C1 English language ability in spoken skills and reading & listening comprehension. Previous knowledge of economic and business terminology or concepts is helpful but not a prerequisite. 
Students will be assessed on the basis of an agreed presentation theme, homework/class contribution, and by passing the final tests in Speaking (on the student’s presentation subject and one class topic) and Reading and Listening Comprehension. 
 

Voraussetzung: Online-Einstufungstest mit 65 bis 100 Punkten.
 
91039   Fr 08-12 wöch. Online  Dr. F. Latino  5 ECTS-Punkte  40 € 


Englisch  -  UNIcert III (C1)

English for Social and Political Sciences - DIGITAL
 
The aim of this course is to enhance the ability of students to study social and political science in English speaking universities, or universities providing courses in English language. The course will focus on speaking and reading skills through group discussions, presentations and debates where students apply an academic level of vocabulary to assigned texts. Lectures, videos/ audios and presentations will aim to fine-tune listening skills. Although assignments and class discussions cover concepts that are central to social and political science – such as international relations, state vs. nation, domestic politics, government institutions, discrimination issues, and social movements– all students who are looking to improve their academic English are welcome to join the course. Students are also expected to establish their own language awareness throughout the course, such as  vocabulary, word combinations, useful phrases and idioms, as well as grammar forms and other aspects covered during discussion and analysis of the course topics and materials. Homework will primarily include grammar assignments and a few reading assignments for discussion.

Voraussetzung: Online-Einstufungstest mit 65 bis 100 Punkten.
 
91042   Mo 15-19 wöch. Online  M. Baierl  5 ECTS-Punkte  40 € 


Englisch  -  UNIcert III (C1)

English for Academic Purposes: Life - Learning English as an Exploration of the World - DIGITAL
 
In these difficult times, we must use online learning. 'Life' is an e-textbook published by Cengage, using National Geographic content. It integrates grammar, reading, vocabulary, critical thinking, and listening lessons with interesting texts and videos. Students are required to buy the e-textbook (ISBN: 978-1337286336). We will work, to the best of our abilities, with this textbook and other materials to improve your English reading, writing, and listening skills.

Voraussetzung: Online-Einstufungstest mit 65 bis 100 Punkten.
 
91046   Di 10-14 wöch. Online  Dr. J. Verhey  5 ECTS-Punkte  40 € 


Englisch  -  UNIcert III (C1)

English for Academic Purposes: Speaking, Writing, Listening and Reading - American Language and Culture in Film and Television - DIGITAL
 
This course prepares participants for the UNIcert® III exam. Watching films and series in English is an excellent way to learn new vocabulary and refine one’s pronunciation. In this course, we take it a step further and look at the social history and context of phrases, the cultural implications of dialects, and hidden meanings of some actions. The goal is to deepen students’ understanding of American English and culture while expanding their ability to use the language. In doing so, we will look at what makes American English “American” and how it affects our perception of this culture. 
To earn course credit, participants should prepare a presentation on a relevant topic of their choice. They receive regular, individual language feedback to help them see how they are progressing. Vocabulary and grammar practice is customized to participants’ needs and a regular part of each lesson.  
 
This course will start online. If possible/reasonable (and preferred by students), we will switch to hybrid lessons later in the semester.
 

Voraussetzung: Online-Einstufungstest mit 65 bis 100 Punkten.
 
91047   Mi 18-20 wöch. Online  D. Nichols  3 ECTS-Punkte  20 € 


Englisch  -  UNIcert III (C1)

English for Academic Purposes - Presenting at University - DIGITAL
 
This course is intended for students of all disciplines who wish to improve their oral language skills, in particular in preparation for oral presentations at university (for example in seminars or at conferences). We will begin by analyzing presentation structure and presentation skills. We will work with TED talks a good deal. At the end of the class each student will give one 10 - 20-minute presentation on their topic of research (if available - if not on their topic of choice), with a subsequent Q&A session and discussion.
 
 

Voraussetzung: Online-Einstufungstest mit 65 bis 100 Punkten.
 
91048   Mo 16-18 wöch. Online  Dr. J. Verhey  3 ECTS-Punkte  20 € 


Englisch  -  UNIcert III (C1)

English for Academic Purposes: US Today - Speaking and Writing - DIGITAL
 
This course prepares candidates for the UNIcert® III exam. In this course, we discuss a variety of cultural, social, and political topics. We use authentic media (podcasts, speeches, articles, tweets, etc.) to cover subjects ranging from developments in American humor to recent and upcoming elections. Many topics are chosen by participants and will probably include American music, the US economy, and new trends in American digital media. Particular attention will be given to the language developments (buzzwords, slang, etc.) taking place in each of these areas.
To earn course credit, participants should prepare a presentation on a relevant topic of their choice. They receive regular, individual language feedback to help them see how they are progressing. Vocabulary and grammar practice is customized to participants’ needs and a regular part of each lesson.  
 
This course will start online. If possible/reasonable (and preferred by students), we will switch to hybrid lessons later in the semester.
 

Voraussetzung: Online-Einstufungstest mit 65 bis 100 Punkten.
 
91049   Mi 16-18 wöch. Online  D. Nichols  3 ECTS-Punkte  20 € 


Englisch  -  UNIcert III (C1)

The World of TED: Listening and Presenting - DIGITAL
 
Ted Talks are a wonderful way to learn English.  The TED Talks feature remarkable people communicating passionately and persuasively, and are a unique source of engaging and often amusing real language.  Working with a textbook from National Geographic and Cengage Language, Keynote (Advanced), which you are required to buy for this course, we will work each week on all of the four essential skills:  listening, speaking, reading, and writing.  The units in Keynote each take a TED Talk as their point of departure.  What better way to learn authentic modern English?

Voraussetzung: Online-Einstufungstest mit 65 bis 100 Punkten.
 
91050   Do 10-14 wöch. Online  Dr. J. Verhey  5 ECTS-Punkte  40 € 


Englisch  -  UNIcert III (C1)

Learning English with Literature - PRÄSENZ
 
Studying the literature of any language is one of the best ways to learn it and to get a "feel" for it.  This course uses literature (including theatre and films) to develop students' language skills and especially their understanding of “style.”  We will read and analyze a number of short texts written in different styles.  Students will be asked to participate in exercises similar to those of a creative writing course (for example, writing like Hemingway).  We will use short stories and poetry to examine grammar and word choice.  Finally, we will work on our pronunciation by practicing and performing parts of a play or plays.

Voraussetzung: Online-Einstufungstest mit 65 bis 100 Punkten.
 
91051   Di 08-12 wöch. DOR 65, 3.27  Dr. T. Spray  5 ECTS-Punkte  40 € 


Englisch  -  UNIcert III (C1)

English for International Negotiations - PRÄSENZ/DIGITAL
 
This course will provide participants with the opportunity to improve key communication skills in a negotiating setting. All of us have to negotiate during our lives - be it in the private sphere or at work. The focus of the course is on developing negotiating techniques and an awareness of different cultures' approach to negotiations and then actually conducting and evaluating a series of negotiations. The approach used places participants in a central role practicing core communication skills while simultaneously learning the fundamentals of negotiations.
On completion of this course participants are assessed on the basis of an agreed negotiation simulation and should be able to exhibit, in a fluent and precise manner, appropriate communication strategies such as structuring and controlling information, asking the right questions, obtaining feedback, maintaining a positive atmosphere, avoiding personalization, making proposals and counter proposals to reach a deal and understanding key aspects of culture which can influence or impede the progress of any negotiation.
 

Voraussetzung: Online-Einstufungstest mit 65 bis 100 Punkten.
 
91054   Fr 08-12 wöch. DOR 65 3.57  G. Cullen  5 ECTS-Punkte  40 € 


Englisch  -  UNIcert III (C1)

English for Academic Purposes: Learning by doing - Academic discussions - PRÄSENZ
 
This course aims to develop students’ ability to participate and interact more fully in academic discussions and debates, thereby improving the fluency, clarity, accuracy and complexity of their spoken language as well as their listening, reading and writing skills, while concurrently deepening their knowledge of the course subject matter. In order to achieve this, students will participate in a series of discussions, each involving input (from a variety of sources), reflection and feedback phases to address their individual language needs. Discussion topics will be chosen by the participants in week one of the course. Following each discussion, students will produce an argumentative or opinion essay on the same topic. Assessment will be based on each individual’s language performance during the discussions and debates (two-thirds) as well as the quality of their essays (one-third of the final mark).

Voraussetzung: Online-Einstufungstest mit 65 bis 100 Punkten.
 
91055   Do 10-14 wöch. DOR 65 3.54  M. Plews  5 ECTS-Punkte  40 € 


Englisch  -  UNIcert III (C1)

UNIcert® III Exam Preparation - Reading, Listening and Writing - PRÄSENZ
 
This course is designed to prepare you for the UNIcert® III exam. Throughout the course we focus on the two key topics of Media and Work, and you will be expected to discuss these topics extensively in class. As well as extensive reading and listening activities, on this course you will improve your writing skills. We will work on mind-mapping and outlining, sentence and paragraph development, and you will receive feedback on your writing. Students will be assessed on the following: an essay and a final written exam. 

Voraussetzung: Online-Einstufungstest mit 65 bis 100 Punkten.
 
91057   Di 12-14 wöch. DOR 65 3.48  P. Walsh  3 ECTS-Punkte  20 € 


Englisch  -  UNIcert III (C1)

English for Academic Purposes: Reading and Writing - PRÄSENZ
 
This course teaches advanced students how to write clearly with well-articulated arguments and adequate academic vocabulary. The course treats writing as a collaborative process and involves extensive revising, peer-editing, and group discussion of a writer's work. Through reading and writing activities, students also have the opportunity to expand their academic vocabulary in order to better understand a variety of texts and articulate their ideas more concisely and fluently.  The course covers four primary areas of academic reading and writing: strong arguments for general purpose essays, literary analysis, persuasive writing, and briefly addresses academic and professional writing conventions (CVs, cover letters, etc.). Writing assignments focus on making and supporting claims/arguments, discussing various points of view, describing objects and situations, comparing and contrasting ideas, reviewing general conventions of academic writing, and removing barriers to clarity. Grammar is reviewed as necessary. Reading materials are drawn from both academic (e.g. scholarly journals) and popular media sources (e.g. magazines). In-class activities emphasize identifying, summarizing, and paraphrasing key points as well as discussing content-based questions and improving each other's work through constructive criticism.

Voraussetzung: Online-Einstufungstest mit 65 bis 100 Punkten.
 
91058   Do 12-16 wöch. DOR 65 3.29  Dr. D. Greeves  5 ECTS-Punkte  40 € 


Englisch  -  UNIcert III (C1)

English for Academic Purposes: Academic Essay Writing - PRÄSENZ
 
This course is designed to help students write clear and well-articulated argument and opinion essays using adequate academic vocabulary and thus prepare them for the UNIcert® III writing exam. Apart from designing overall essay plans (introduction- body – conclusion) on a variety of subjects, you will study the structure of arguments and the requisite language and structural tools to develop it. 

Voraussetzung: Online-Einstufungstest mit 65 bis 100 Punkten.
 
91059   Di 10-14 wöch. DOR 65 3.57  L. Waters  5 ECTS-Punkte  40 € 


Englisch  -  UNIcert III (C1)

Critical Perspectives on World Literature and Film - DIGITAL
 
Everyone has favorite literary works that have been transformed into better or worse film versions, though we’ve often heard the verdict that “the book was much better than the film”. In this course, we’ll consider works of literature and their film adaptations from around the world, especially focusing on ones in which non-standard varieties of English are showcased. Each week, we’ll read excerpts from selected novels, memoirs, short stories, or plays and critically compare them to their cinematic adaptations. Topics considered will include racial, gender, and sexual oppression; (civil) war; migration; religious and cultural clashes; addiction; rebelliousness and crime; and the individual’s relationship to society. We’ll also discuss differences between cinema and literature as forms of artistic expression, examining their strengths and weaknesses in portraying the myriad dimensions of human experience. The focus in class will be on group discussion, cinematic and literary analysis and critique, and viewing clips from a given week’s films. Participants will be expected to give short individual or team presentations on the films and books covered, actively discuss the weekly materials, and write a brief essay or review. 

Voraussetzung: Online-Einstufungstest mit 65 bis 100 Punkten.
 
91063   Do 14-18 wöch. Online  Dr. C. Hank  5 ECTS-Punkte  40 € 


Englisch  -  UNIcert III (C1)

English for Academic Purposes: Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking - DIGITAL
 
This course prepares participants for the UNIcert® III exam. Each week we read and/or listen to material primarily chosen and/or presented by participants, then we discuss and write about it. This can include a chapter from a favorite book, a song by a popular artist, a podcast episode, etc. Grammar and vocabulary practice is a regular part of the course and is customized to participants' needs. Participants receive regular individual feedback on their work.
To earn course credit, participants should prepare a presentation on a topic of their choice and lead a discussion on it. 
 
This course will start online. If possible/reasonable (and preferred by students), we will switch to hybrid lessons later in the semester.
 

Voraussetzung: Online-Einstufungstest mit 65 bis 100 Punkten.
 
91064   Mo 16-18 wöch. Hybrid DOR 65, 3.57  D. Nichols  3 ECTS-Punkte  20 €