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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Sprachenzentrum

Sommersemester 2020



Englisch  -  UNIcert III (C1)

English for Natural Sciences
  Venue is on the science campus in Adlershof. 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   Mo 13-17 wöch. RUD 26, 1.308  Dr. C. Hank  5 ECTS-Punkte  40 €  ab 15.04, 10:00 Uhr


Englisch  -  UNIcert III (C1)

English for Medicine 1
  Relevant 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: reading, listening, vocabulary. Knowledge of Medical German required.
Voraussetzung: Online-Einstufungstest mit 65 bis 100 Punkten.
 
91032   Mi 18-22 wöch. DOR 65, 3.26  G. Wagner  5 ECTS-Punkte  40 €  ab 15.04, 10:00 Uhr


Englisch  -  UNIcert III (C1)

English for Medicine 2
  The course is open to those who have completed Course 1 or who have obtained equivalent skills elsewhere. It is recommended for student from the 5th semester of medical studies onwards. We will practice skills like giving clear instructions in the physical examination of the patient, explaining investigations, diagnoses and treatments to patients without resorting to medicalisms, condensing the patient's story into case notes and documenting them according to the conventions used in medical practice, presenting patients to medical colleagues and being able to discuss cases with them. Discussions of current medical issues (e.g. cross-cultural competence in medicine, problems of medical ethics) will provide students with additional opportunities to boost their vocabulary and improve their grammar and style. Knowledge of Medical German required.
Voraussetzung: Online-Einstufungstest mit 65 bis 100 Punkten.
 
91033   Mo 18-22 wöch. DOR 65, 3.26  G. Wagner  5 ECTS-Punkte  40 €  ab 15.04, 10:00 Uhr


Englisch  -  UNIcert III (C1)

English for Law: English Civil Law
  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, listening, speaking and vocabulary/grammar.
Voraussetzung: Online-Einstufungstest mit 65 bis 100 Punkten.
 
91035   Di 16-20 wöch. DOR 65, 3.28  L. Helge  5 ECTS-Punkte  40 €  ab 15.04, 10:00 Uhr


Englisch  -  UNIcert III (C1)

English for Economics and Business Studies
  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, 2.37    5 ECTS-Punkte  40 €  ab 15.04, 10:00 Uhr


Englisch  -  UNIcert III (C1)

English for Economics and Business Studies
  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 a critical essay, a presentation, and a final exam.
Voraussetzung: Online-Einstufungstest mit 65 bis 100 Punkten.
 
91038   Mi 14-18 wöch. DOR 65, 3.26  P. Walsh  5 ECTS-Punkte  40 €  ab 15.04, 10:00 Uhr


Englisch  -  UNIcert III (C1)

English for Economics and Politics
  This course aims to provide students with the opportunity to improve key speaking, reading and listening skills in their fields of study. Each week students will be expected to give short presentations on current economic and political events and to participate actively in follow-up discussions and role play in related case studies. Topics will include a general review of economics, economic models, key economists, etc and the interrelationship of the economic, political and business environments. At the end of the course students should be able, through trainer input and feedback, to exhibit C1 English language ability in spoken skills and reading & listening comprehension. Previous knowledge of economic and business terminology or concepts is 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 (presentation and related class inputs) and Reading and Listening Comprehension.
Voraussetzung: Online-Einstufungstest mit 65 bis 100 Punkten.
 
91039   Fr 08-12 wöch. DOR 65, 2.38  Dr. F. Latino  5 ECTS-Punkte  40 €  ab 15.04, 10:00 Uhr


Englisch  -  UNIcert III (C1)

English for Economics and Politics
  This course aims to provide students with the opportunity to improve listening, writing, reading and speaking skills in their relevant fields of study. A range of topics will be covered, depending on the needs and interests of the students, and could include, for example, conflict in ‘the Middle East’, development in Africa, China as a superpower, EU foreign policy, the Climate Crisis, or Populism, nationalism and democracy. Potential topics will be discussed in week one. During the classes, there will be a major focus on assimilating information from diverse sources such as internet/radio and DVDs. We will also spend time looking at techniques for writing essays, describing economic and political trends, as well as producing summaries. Outside class time, students will be asked to prepare written responses on a variety of issues related to the fields of politics and economics. Language feedback in the form of corrected written and oral work and vocabulary reviews will allow students to see how they are progressing throughout the course. As well as receiving grades for written work, a presentation and vocabulary tests, students will also sit final tests in listening and reading comprehension.
Voraussetzung: Online-Einstufungstest mit 65 bis 100 Punkten.
 
91040   Di
 Mi
 14-16
 12-14
 wöch.
 wöch.
 DOR 65, 3.54
 DOR 65, 3.56
 M. Plews  5 ECTS-Punkte  40 €  ab 15.04, 10:00 Uhr


Englisch  -  UNIcert III (C1)

English for Social and Political Sciences
  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. Writing assignments will be exchanged and corrected among students in order to become aware of clarity, style, and the construction of arguments. 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 will be asked to research issues related to course topics, critical self-reflection, and peer-to-peer review of their work will be central to the advancement of their English language skills. Students are also expected to establish their own language awareness throughout the course, such as relevant 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.
Voraussetzung: Online-Einstufungstest mit 65 bis 100 Punkten.
 
91042   Mo 10-14 wöch. DOR 65, 3.56  M. Baierl  5 ECTS-Punkte  40 €  ab 15.04, 10:00 Uhr


Englisch  -  UNIcert III (C1)

English for Academic Purposes: Film and Media
  Designed to meet the English language needs of those interested in film and media, this course will utilise authentic audio, video and print materials to provoke consideration and discussion on topics such as the nature of art and film; film and film music; the language of film: signs and syntax; media genres; and narrative structures and binary opposition in media text. The final grade is based on continuous in-course assessment (an oral discussion and presentation, a written essay and semiotic analysis, plus vocabulary reviews), and a final assessed task (analysis of signs, narrative and sound in a film).
Voraussetzung: Online-Einstufungstest mit 65 bis 100 Punkten.
 
91045   Mi 14-18 wöch. DOR 65, 3.56  M. Plews  5 ECTS-Punkte  40 €  ab 15.04, 10:00 Uhr


Englisch  -  UNIcert III (C1)

English for Academic Purposes: US Today - Speaking and Writing
  In this course we will be examining a variety of cultural, social, and political topics. We will draw on authentic media (podcasts, speeches, articles, tweets, etc.) to discuss and write about topics ranging from recent developments in American music to political divisions in the USA. Course participants play a major role in choosing which topics will be covered. Particular attention will be given to the language developments (buzzwords, slang, etc.) taking place in each area of interest. Course credit is earned on the basis of active and regular participation, a presentation, and writing tasks. The discussions and writing tasks will help prepare candidates for the UNIcert® III examination.
Voraussetzung: Online-Einstufungstest mit 65 bis 100 Punkten.
 
91049   Di 12-16 wöch. DOR 65, 2.45  D. Nichols  5 ECTS-Punkte  40 €  ab 15.04, 10:00 Uhr


Englisch  -  UNIcert III (C1)

The World of TED: Listening and Presenting
  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   Di 08-12 wöch. DOR 65, 3.58  Dr. J. Verhey  5 ECTS-Punkte  40 €  ab 15.04, 10:00 Uhr


Englisch  -  UNIcert III (C1)

Learning English with Literature
  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 student’s 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   Do 08-12 wöch. DOR 65, 3.29  Dr. T. Spray  5 ECTS-Punkte  40 €  ab 15.04, 10:00 Uhr


Englisch  -  UNIcert III (C1)

English for International Negotiations
  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, 3.56  G. Cullen  5 ECTS-Punkte  40 €  ab 15.04, 10:00 Uhr


Englisch  -  UNIcert III (C1)

English for Academic Purposes: Learning by doing - Academic discussions
  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, 3.58  M. Plews  5 ECTS-Punkte  40 €  ab 15.04, 10:00 Uhr


Englisch  -  UNIcert III (C1)

UNIcert® III Exam Preparation - Reading, Listening and Writing
  This course is designed to prepare you for the UNIcert® III exam and covers all four skills: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. 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. This course will also 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, 3.27  P. Walsh  3 ECTS-Punkte  20 €  ab 15.04, 10:00 Uhr


Englisch  -  UNIcert III (C1)

English for Academic Purposes: Reading and Writing
  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, 3.55  Dr. D. Greeves  5 ECTS-Punkte  40 €  ab 15.04, 10:00 Uhr


Englisch  -  UNIcert III (C1)

English for Academic Purposes: Academic Essay Writing
  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, 3.48  L. Waters  5 ECTS-Punkte  40 €  ab 15.04, 10:00 Uhr


Englisch  -  UNIcert III (C1)

English for Academic Purposes: 'Life' - Learning English as an exploration of the world.
  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: 978-1-305-67199-7). 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.
 
91060   Mo 16-18 wöch. DOR 65, 3.48  Dr. J. Verhey  3 ECTS-Punkte  20 €  ab 15.04, 10:00 Uhr


Englisch  -  UNIcert III (C1)

Intercultural Competence in English: Presenting and Writing
  Intercultural competence is becoming more and more important in an increasingly globalised world. This course is designed to improve your ability to deal with intercultural encounters in English at university and at work. We will examine some of the theory behind intercultural competence, but be mainly concerned with the practical side of how to manage intercultural encounters - what to do and say to avoid any misunderstanding or miscommunication, and what to do when something does go wrong. We will look at our own cultural beliefs in comparison to others, and focus on the kind of language we need to use in order to maximize our chances of successfully communicating with people outside our own cultural norms. You will be tested orally (presentation) and in writing.
Voraussetzung: Online-Einstufungstest mit 65 bis 100 Punkten.
 
91062   Di 14-18 wöch. DOR 65, 3.48  L. Waters  5 ECTS-Punkte  40 €  ab 15.04, 10:00 Uhr


Englisch  -  UNIcert III (C1)

Critical Perspectives on World Literature and Film
  Everyone has favorite novels 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 or plays and critically compare them to scenes from 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 towards the larger society. We’ll also discuss differences between cinema and literature as forms of artistic expression, examining their strengths and weaknesses for portraying aspects of human experience. The focus in class will be on group discussion, film/lit analysis and critique, writing, and viewing clips from the week’s films. Each participant will also be required to give one individual presentation of about 20 minutes and write a brief essay or review.
Voraussetzung: Online-Einstufungstest mit 65 bis 100 Punkten.
 
91063   Mi 12-16 wöch. DOR 65, 2.37  Dr. C. Hank  5 ECTS-Punkte  40 €  ab 15.04, 10:00 Uhr