In this course, students will improve their academic writing skills with a view to successfully composing term papers and their MA Thesis in their fourth semester. We will take a closer look at various formal and stylistic aspects of thesis writing, for instance good chapter and paragraph structures, citations, register, linguistic accuracy, and appropriate and varied vocabulary. (Students discuss content with their professorial supervisors.)
The course will consist of a survey introduction which focuses on formal and stylistic difficulties of writing a thesis and related student questions, as well as several individual consultations.
Being able to communicate accurately and fluently in English is not only essential in today's international business settings but also for career success. It is a skill that every employee from clerk to manager and senior executive must have. This course is designed to extend students’ English communication skills in a variety of professional settings. Students will polish their presentation, debate and discussion skills and will be exposed to and practice the language of business meetings and interviews. Grammatical and lexical accuracy, stylistic appropriateness and successful persuasive skills will play as much a role as effective non-verbal communication and good use of visual aids.
In this course, students will learn to improve their reading skills to become good and efficient readers. Even though every student has learned “how to read”, not everyone knows how to read effectively. Using a variety of primary and secondary sources, we will address reading skills such as preview reading, skimming and scanning, reading for main ideas, reading for details and reading for inference. Strategies for dealing with unknown vocabulary will play as much a role as skills in using the information gained from reading, e.g. summarizing, paraphrasing or creating charts and tables.