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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Sprachenzentrum

Wintersemester 2020/21



Englisch  -  UNIcert IV (C2)

English for Economics - International Finance-Speaking 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 improve participants’ speaking and writing skills in the realm of international finance. To achieve this goal, we cover a range of topics, including the zero-bound, international investment portfolios, the IMF, and recent economic issues. Course participants play a major role in choosing which topics are covered. Material is taken from diverse sources, including podcasts, internet/radio, DVDs, and journals. 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® IV examination.

 


Voraussetzung: Online-Einstufungstest mit 80 bis 100 Punkten.
 
91070   Mi 14-18 wöch.   D. Nichols  5 ECTS-Punkte  40 € 


Englisch  -  UNIcert IV (C2)

Writing the future: a look at science fiction and Fantasy-Digitales Semester
  Are you worried about the rise of the robots, environmental collapse, or artificial intelligence? Through science fiction (SF) and fantasy we imagine how present trends might become future reality. Therefore, in this course we will read key SF and fantasy texts, analyse the issues they raise, and develop a better understanding of what makes these genres popular with readers. This course is suitable for both science and humanities students who want to improve their writing skills, as well as those curious about SF and fantasy genres. As well as reading key texts there will be creative activities to inspire you. Grading is based on the following: two short thought papers, a longer piece of critical or creative writing (of your choice), and an exam.
Voraussetzung: Online-Einstufungstest mit 80 bis 100 Punkten.
 
91072   Di 10-12 wöch.   P. Walsh  3 ECTS-Punkte  20 € 


Englisch  -  UNIcert IV (C2)

Writing Essays and Critical Reviews-Digitales Semester
  Immanuel Kant answered the question “what is enlightenment” with "Enlightenment is man's emergence from his self-imposed nonage….This nonage is self-imposed if its cause lies not in lack of understanding but in indecision and lack of courage to use one's own mind without another's guidance. Dare to know! (Sapere aude.)" In other words, be critical. This course provides instruction and practice in critical reading and, especially, critical writing. You will write summaries, critical reviews, and critical essays. I will try to have you write something at least every second week. As this is a UNIcert® IV (C2) course, the course concentrates more on the structure of arguments and developing a clear writing style and less on grammar or formal issues such as footnoting. This course is open to students of all disciplines; topics will vary depending on the interests of the students.
Voraussetzung: Online-Einstufungstest mit 80 bis 100 Punkten.
 
91077   Mi 16-18 wöch.   Dr. J. Verhey  3 ECTS-Punkte  20 €