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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Sprachenzentrum

Wintersemester 2018/19



Englisch  -  UNIcert III (C1)

English for Students of Natural Sciences
  This course explores the language used for research in the natural sciences, including typical grammatical structures, vocabulary/idioms, and written forms. Basing ourselves on a common core, participants will also 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   Mi 15-19 wöch. RUD 26, 1.308  Dr. C. Hank  5 ECTS-Punkte  40 € 


Englisch  -  UNIcert III (C1)

English for Students of 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.
Voraussetzung: Online-Einstufungstest mit 65 bis 100 Punkten.
 
91032   Mo 18-22 wöch. DOR 65, 3.26  G. Wagner  5 ECTS-Punkte  40 € 
91033   Mi 18-22 wöch. DOR 65, 3.26  G. Wagner  5 ECTS-Punkte  40 € 


Englisch  -  UNIcert III (C1)

English for Students of Law: English Civil Law
  This course will focus on the language of legal discourse in various areas of English law (e.g. the courts, the legal profession, contract law, employment law, various torts). 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 an aspect of 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/summarising and vocabulary/grammar.
Voraussetzung: Online-Einstufungstest mit 65 bis 100 Punkten.
 
91035   Fr 08-12 wöch. DOR 65, 3.29  L. Helge  5 ECTS-Punkte  40 € 


Englisch  -  UNIcert III (C1)

English for Students of Law: English Criminal Law
  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   Di
 Mi
 16-18
 16-18
 wöch.
 wöch.
 DOR 65, 3.27
 DOR 65, 3.27
 L. Helge  5 ECTS-Punkte  40 € 


Englisch  -  UNIcert III (C1)

English for Students of 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, 3.31  W. Garner  5 ECTS-Punkte  40 € 


Englisch  -  UNIcert III (C1)

English for Students of Economics and Business Studies
  This course will concentrate on improving students’ oral and written skills in the context of business communication. Fluency and accuracy will be improved through practice of the language in situations appropriate to the modern business environment such as presentations, projects, meetings and negotiations. Subjects for discussion and vocabulary sources will mostly be drawn from authentic materials; therefore students will be expected to be aware of current news and developments in the world of business. Subjects to be discussed include The Battle of Ideas (Keynes and Hayek), Thatcherism and Reaganism, Globalization, Corruption, and Outsourcing. Throughout the course there will be an accompanying focus on the correct use of grammar. Activities to practise grammar will be incorporated into business discussions and simulations. Grading is based on written assignments and final exams in reading and listening comprehension.
Voraussetzung: Online-Einstufungstest mit 65 bis 100 Punkten.
 
91038   Mi 14-18 wöch. DOR 65, 3.26  P. Walsh  5 ECTS-Punkte  40 € 


Englisch  -  UNIcert III (C1)

English for Students of 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, 3.27  Dr. F. Latino  5 ECTS-Punkte  40 € 


Englisch  -  UNIcert III (C1)

English for Students of Economics and Politics
  This course aims to provide students with the opportunity to improve listening, writing, reading and speaking skills in their fields of study. A range of topics will be covered, depending on the needs and interests of the students, and could include conflict in the Middle East, development in Africa, China as a superpower and EU foreign policy. 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 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, 3.54
 M. Plews  5 ECTS-Punkte  40 € 


Englisch  -  UNIcert III (C1)

English for Students of 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, 3.57  M. Baierl  5 ECTS-Punkte  40 € 


Englisch  -  UNIcert III (C1)

English for Students of the Humanities: Race/Gender/Migration
  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 12-16 wöch. DOR 65, 2.37  Dr. C. Hank  5 ECTS-Punkte  40 € 


Englisch  -  UNIcert III (C1)

English for Students of the Humanities: Film and Media
  Designed to meet the English language needs of film and media students and those interested in these topics, 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. DOR 65, 3.54  M. Plews  5 ECTS-Punkte  40 € 


Englisch  -  UNIcert III (C1)

English for Students of History (and related disciplines): Writing and Presenting
  In this course we will work on the English language skills needed to be a successful academic historian. First, we will concentrate on writing skills, especially on essay writing and critical writing (writing a review, writing summaries). Next, we will concentrate on the presentation skills needed to give both a generic presentation (such as, for example, in a museum) and a conference paper. We will work on vocabulary and grammar as needs be. The grade for the course will be based on the work you do in the course (66%) and on a final essay exam (33%) in the last week of the course.
Voraussetzung: Online-Einstufungstest mit 65 bis 100 Punkten.
 
91046   Do 16-18 wöch. DOR 65, 3.57  S. Harwood  3 ECTS-Punkte  20 € 


Englisch  -  UNIcert III (C1)

Language and Culture in American Music
  Listening to and analyzing music is an excellent way to learn new vocabulary and refine one’s pronunciation. However, such an approach has its pitfalls – the social history and context of certain types of music, the cultural implications of specific phrases, and the subtle references as well as dialogues taking place between artists are often easily overlooked. This course seeks to provide students with the ability to develop a deeper understanding of American language and culture via the medium of music. Following an historical overview of American music, we will explore its genres as expressions of mass culture and language as well as its instrumentation by American subcultures as a form of expression. To obtain credit students will participate regularly and actively in this course via in-class discussions, presentations, and a final examination in listening and writing.
Voraussetzung: Online-Einstufungstest mit 65 bis 100 Punkten.
 
91048   Di 16-18 wöch. DOR 65, 2.45  D. Nichols  3 ECTS-Punkte  20 € 


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, 3.29  M. Plews  5 ECTS-Punkte  40 € 


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   Di 12-16 wöch. DOR 65, 2.38  D. Greeves  5 ECTS-Punkte  40 € 


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 70 bis 100 Punkten.
 
91059   Di 10-14 wöch. DOR 65, 3.48  L. Waters  5 ECTS-Punkte  40 € 


Englisch  -  UNIcert III (C1)

Intercultural Competence in English
  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 € 


Englisch  -  UNIcert III (C1)

Teaching in English
  In the course of their professional lives many university graduates will need to teach both native and non-native speakers in English. Alongside teaching English as a Foreign Language, teaching in English ranges from teaching an academic subject in English in higher or secondary education to running seminars and workshops in companies and at conferences. This course will help prepare participants for this task by providing practice in the skills of presentation and facilitating discussions and group work in small-group teaching situations. The course will focus on the following areas: • Effective presentations including the use of audio-visual aids • Listening skills of native and non-native speakers of English • Classroom/Seminar/Workshop discourse • Discussion management skills • Facilitating group work • e-learning In this course participants will have the opportunity to develop and practise the skills necessary for effective teaching in English. The final grade will be based on the aforementioned activities and two teaching practice assignments. This course also prepares candidates for the speaking and listening parts of the UNIcert® III examination. This course is only open to graduate students who have, at least, completed their bachelor level studies and members of the academic staff. It is primarily intended for students/staff interested in teaching/planning to teach their subject in English in advanced secondary or higher education, although graduates planning to teach or become a trainer in a commercial or professional setting will also be welcome. Potential participants may contact the course tutor david.bowskill@spz.hu-berlin.de for further details and (if desired) an individual consultation.
Voraussetzung: Online-Einstufungstest mit 65 bis 100 Punkten.
 
91063   Mi 16-18 wöch. DOR 65, 3.28  D. Bowskill  3 ECTS-Punkte  20 €