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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Sprachenzentrum

Wintersemester 2020/21



Englisch  -  UNIcert III (C1)

English for Natural Sciences-Digitales Semester
  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.   Dr. C. Hank  5 ECTS-Punkte  40 € 


Englisch  -  UNIcert III (C1)

English for Law: English Civil Law-Digitales Semester
  This course will focus on the language of legal discourse in various areas of predominantly 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   Mi
 Do
 12-14
 14-16
 wöch.
 wöch.
 
 
 L. Helge  5 ECTS-Punkte  40 € 


Englisch  -  UNIcert III (C1)

English for Law: English Criminal Law-Digitales Semester
  This course will offer an introduction to the criminal law in England and Wales. You will deal with various topics from the English criminal justice system: e.g. the criminal courts, the legal profession, the jury system, the elements of a crime, analysis of various offences, general defences, sentencing. 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 criminal 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 writing, listening and vocabulary/grammar.
Voraussetzung: Online-Einstufungstest mit 65 bis 100 Punkten.
 
91036   Mo
 Mi
 16-18
 16-18
 wöch.
 wöch.
 
 
 L. Helge  5 ECTS-Punkte  40 € 


Englisch  -  UNIcert III (C1)

English for Economics and Business Studies-Digitales Semester
  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.   Dr. T. Spray  5 ECTS-Punkte  40 € 


Englisch  -  UNIcert III (C1)

English for Economics and Business Studies-Digitales Semester
  Who is responsible for the 2008 financial crisis? What is money? Why do startups succeed or fail? In this course you will 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. Your assessment consists of short quizzes, one written assignment, one spoken assignment, one group project, and an exam.
Voraussetzung: Online-Einstufungstest mit 65 bis 100 Punkten.
 
91038   Mi 14-18 wöch.   P. Walsh  5 ECTS-Punkte  40 € 


Englisch  -  UNIcert III (C1)

English for Social and Political Sciences - Digitales Semester
  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 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 15-19 wöch.   M. Baierl  5 ECTS-Punkte  40 € 


Englisch  -  UNIcert III (C1)

English for Students of the Humanities: Race/Gender/Migration-Digitales Semester
  This course seeks to improve participant ability to comprehend and comment on written and spoken English-language texts at an academic level, while enhancing their knowledge of some ideas and disputes prevalent in a variety of humanities disciplines in the English-speaking world. Readings and audio(-visual) clips explore issues such as race, gender, culture and migration, primarily with regard to historical and current developments in the Americas and Africa, including a special focus on the inter-relationship between Black music/film/literature and movements for social change. Speaking skills will be developed via extensive in-class discussion and occasional short presentations. Essay writing issues will also be addressed, and a heightening of awareness regarding typical grammatical forms as well as academic-level vocabulary and idioms will accompany discussion and analysis of the course materials. The final exams will include reading, writing, listening, and speaking components.
Voraussetzung: Online-Einstufungstest mit 65 bis 100 Punkten.
 
91044   Do 14-18 wöch.   Dr. C. Hank  5 ECTS-Punkte  40 € 


Englisch  -  UNIcert III (C1)

English for Film and Media-Digitales Semester
  Designed to meet the English language needs of those interested in film and media, the 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.   M. Plews  5 ECTS-Punkte  40 € 


Englisch  -  UNIcert III (C1)

Academic English: Presenting at university - Digitales Semester
  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.
 
91047   Mo 16-18 wöch.   Dr. J. Verhey  2 ECTS-Punkte  20 € 


Englisch  -  UNIcert III (C1)

The World of TED: Listening and Presenting-Digitales Semester
  Ted Talks are a wonderful way to learn English. 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, and reading. The units in Keynote each take a TED Talk as their point of departure. The TED Talks feature remarkable people communicating passionately and persuasively, and are a unique source of engaging and often amusing real language. What better way to learn authentic modern English?
Voraussetzung: Online-Einstufungstest mit 65 bis 100 Punkten.
 
91050   Do 10-14 wöch.   Dr. J. Verhey  5 ECTS-Punkte  40 € 


Englisch  -  UNIcert III (C1)

English for International Negotiations-Digitales Semester
  This course (taught online this semester with materials support folder – keep in mind many negotiations are done online!) 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.   G. Cullen  5 ECTS-Punkte  40 € 


Englisch  -  UNIcert III (C1)

English for Academic Purposes: Learning by doing - Academic discussions-Digitales Semester
  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.   M. Plews  5 ECTS-Punkte  40 € 


Englisch  -  UNIcert III (C1)

UNIcert® III Exam Preparation - Reading, Listening and Writing-Digitales Semester
  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 will 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. Assessment will consist of a series of quizzes, a process writing assignment, and an exam.
Voraussetzung: Online-Einstufungstest mit 65 bis 100 Punkten.
 
91057   Di 12-14 wöch.   P. Walsh  3 ECTS-Punkte  20 € 


Englisch  -  UNIcert III (C1)

English for Academic Purposes: Reading and Writing-Digitales Semester
  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.   Dr. D. Greeves  5 ECTS-Punkte  40 € 


Englisch  -  UNIcert III (C1)

English for Academic Purposes: Academic Essay Writing-Digitales Semester
  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.   L. Waters  5 ECTS-Punkte  40 € 


Englisch  -  UNIcert III (C1)

English for Academic Purposes: "Life" - Learning English as an Exploration of the world-Digitales Semester
  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.
 
91060   Di 10-14 wöch.   Dr. J. Verhey  5 ECTS-Punkte  40 € 


Englisch  -  UNIcert III (C1)

Intercultural Competence in English: Presenting and Writing-Digitales Semester
 

We use Zoom and Moodle in this interactive blended learning (online with in-person lessons when possible) course, which aims to help participants improve their language skills in the realm of intercultural communication.  We discuss and examine authentic media (podcasts, videos, research papers, case studies). Course topics range from code switching to face theory. We examine how cultural norms and traditions affect the language we use.

To earn course credit, participants should prepare a presentation on a relevant topic of their choice. Regular, individual language feedback helps students see how they are progressing. Grammar practice is customized to participants’ needs.

 


Voraussetzung: Online-Einstufungstest mit 65 bis 100 Punkten.
 
91062   Do 14-16 wöch.   D. Nichols  3 ECTS-Punkte  20 €