Preliminary Course "Academic English"

During their studies, all students are faced with specialist literature written in English. In some disciplines, nearly all publications are now in English. Many degree programs offer courses taught in English; furthermore, students need skills in academic English when going abroad.

Course description

The preliminary course in Academic English is designed for first-year students with good or very good English proficiency (minimum Level B2 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) and offers an introduction into English as it is used for academic purposes. The course covers various types of academic texts and their special formal and stylistic characteristics, possible ways of building an argument, typical sentence and textual structures, and important idioms. Students learn how to understand texts written in English, how to write their own texts, and how to present and discuss their results in an academic manner. They expand their vocabulary by adding basic scientific terms and useful terms to navigate the university environment. Furthermore, they acquire the basic knowledge needed to analyze sources or data, for example.

Note on language proficiency/course volume

Please check your level of English with the help of this test before registering for the course: www.cambridgeenglish.org/test-your-english (select “Begin Test: General English”). If you score fewer than 20 points, this course unfortunately is not suitable for you. If you score 22 points or higher, you may register for course groups 1 or 3, which are designed for students with especially strong language skills. Unfortunately, participation in these courses is not possible unless you submit a result from the placement test. Please print your score and bring it with you to the first session.

The course consists of a total of 24 hours of instruction. It is designed as a block course, including two three-day face-to-face blocks and one eLearning period. The course is offered in four groups on two dates (in the morning and in the afternoon) before the beginning of the semester. The maximum course size is 25 participants.

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01.

Dates

Course 1, Oct 6-8 + Oct 12-14

  • Timetable: 
    Oct 6: eLearning 
    Oct 7-8: 02:00 pm - 06:00 pm (synchronous video meeting) 
    Oct 12-14: 02:00 pm - 06:00 pm (synchronous video meeting) 
    + 2 asynchronous eLearning units
  • Total 24 hours of instruction
  • Suitable for you if you scored 22 points or higher in the placement test (see above)
  • Format: digital

Course 2, Oct 6-8 + Oct 12-14

  • Timetable: 
    Oct 6-8 12:15 pm - 04:00 pm (synchronous video meeting) 
    Oct 12-13: 9:00 am - 01:00 pm (synchronous video meeting) 
    Oct 14: 12:15 pm - 04:00 pm (synchronous video meeting) 
    + 2 asynchronous eLearning units
  • Total 24 hours of instruction
  • Suitable for you if you scored 20 points or higher in the placement test (see above)
  • Format: digital

Course 3, Oct 13-15 + Oct 19-21

  • Timetable:
    Oct 13-15: 10:00 am - 02:00 pm (synchronous video meeting) 
    Oct 19-21: 10:00 am - 02:00 pm (synchronous video meeting) 
    + 2 asynchronous eLearning units
  • Total 24 hours of instruction
  • Suitable for you if you scored 22 points or higher in the placement test (see above)
  • Format: digital

Course 4, Oct 13-15 + Oct 19-21

  • Timetable: 
    Oct 13-15: 10:00 am - 02:00 pm (synchronous video meeting) 
    Oct 19-21: 10:00 am - 02:00 pm (synchronous video meeting) 
    + 2 asynchronous eLearning units
  • Total 24 hours of instruction
  • Suitable for you if you scored 20 points or higher in the placement test (see above)
  • Format: digital

02.

Instructors

Course 1: Sonja Bretschneider

Course 2: Heike Erlenkamp

Course 3: Felix Oberem

Course 4: Antonio Wojahn

03.

Information

vkphilfa@uni-bonn.de


Registration

Registration is open Sept 2-23, 2020

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