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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Sprachenzentrum

Wintersemester 2019/20



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   Mi 13-17 wöch. RUD 26, 1.308  Dr. C. Hank  5 ECTS-Punkte  40 €  ab 16.10, 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.
Voraussetzung: Online-Einstufungstest mit 65 bis 100 Punkten.
 
91032   Mo 18-22 wöch. DOR 65, 3.54  G. Wagner  5 ECTS-Punkte  40 €  ab 16.10, 10:00 Uhr
91033   Mi 18-22 wöch. DOR 65, 3.26  G. Wagner  5 ECTS-Punkte  40 €  ab 16.10, 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 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   Di
 Do
 16-18
 16-18
 wöch.
 wöch.
 DOR 65, 3.27
 DOR 65, 3.27
 L. Helge  5 ECTS-Punkte  40 €  ab 16.10, 10:00 Uhr


Englisch  -  UNIcert III (C1)

English for 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   Mo
 Mi
 16-18
 16-18
 wöch.
 wöch.
 DOR 65, 3.56
 DOR 65, 3.48
 L. Helge  5 ECTS-Punkte  40 €  ab 16.10, 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  W. Garner  5 ECTS-Punkte  40 €  ab 16.10, 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, 3.27  P. Walsh  5 ECTS-Punkte  40 €  ab 16.10, 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 16.10, 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, 3.56
 DOR 65, 3.56
 M. Plews  5 ECTS-Punkte  40 €  ab 16.10, 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. 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 10-14 wöch. DOR 24, 3.019  M. Baierl  5 ECTS-Punkte  40 €  ab 16.10, 10:00 Uhr


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 14-18 wöch. DOR 65, 3.48  Dr. C. Hank  5 ECTS-Punkte  40 €  ab 16.10, 10:00 Uhr


Englisch  -  UNIcert III (C1)

English for Film and Media
  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. DOR 65, 3.56  M. Plews  5 ECTS-Punkte  40 €  ab 16.10, 10:00 Uhr


Englisch  -  UNIcert III (C1)

English for 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, 3.28  Dr. S. Harwood  3 ECTS-Punkte  20 €  ab 16.10, 10:00 Uhr


Englisch  -  UNIcert III (C1)

Language and Culture in American Film, Television and Music: Speaking and Writing
  Consuming language and culture via film, television and 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, the cultural implications of specific phrases, and the subtle references as well as dialogues taking place are often easily overlooked. This course seeks to provide students with the ability to develop a deeper understanding of American language and culture by enjoying, consuming, and using these media. To obtain credit students will participate regularly and actively in this course via in-class discussions, presentations, and regular writing assignments for which they receive individual feedback.
Voraussetzung: Online-Einstufungstest mit 65 bis 100 Punkten.
 
91048   Di 12-16 wöch. DOR 65, 2.45  D. Nichols  5 ECTS-Punkte  40 €  ab 16.10, 10:00 Uhr


Englisch  -  UNIcert III (C1)

Scotland -The Best Small Country in the World"
  What do you know about Scotland? Most people will answer: whisky (not whiskey- that is Irish), tartan and Braveheart. Scotland - aside from the stereotypes - is not a particularly well-known country. In taking this course, you will gain a deeper understanding of this wee land by examining its historical roots to present day and its political landscape, especially the West Lothian question and the Scottish parliament. The differences between the Scottish legal and education systems and their English versions will also be investigated as well as society and culture with reference to contemporary Scottish literature (especially tartan Noir, feminism and entertainment). Upon completion of this course, you will not only have broadened your knowledge of Scotland's rich history and culture, but also have improved your language skills and have expanded your vocabulary through using authentic material, including newspaper articles, video and podcasts. To pass the course: you are asked to give a presentation on an aspect of Scotland and manage the discussion thereafter, write an essay and pass an end of term test.
Voraussetzung: Online-Einstufungstest mit 65 bis 100 Punkten.
 
91049   Do 12-16 wöch. DOR 24, 3.005  C. Forbes  5 ECTS-Punkte  40 €  ab 16.10, 10:00 Uhr


Englisch  -  UNIcert III (C1)

The World of TED: Listening and Presenting
  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 improving your listening and speaking skills. 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 14-18 wöch. DOR 65, 3.55  Dr. J. Verhey  5 ECTS-Punkte  40 €  ab 16.10, 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   Di 08-12 wöch. DOR 65, 3.54  Dr. J. Verhey  5 ECTS-Punkte  40 €  ab 16.10, 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 first 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, 3.48  G. Cullen  5 ECTS-Punkte  40 €  ab 16.10, 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 24, 3.019  M. Plews  5 ECTS-Punkte  40 €  ab 16.10, 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 16.10, 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, 3.57  D. Greeves  5 ECTS-Punkte  40 €  ab 16.10, 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 16.10, 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 16.10, 10:00 Uhr


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 €  ab 16.10, 10:00 Uhr