This course is designed to develop and improve students’ presentation skills. Students will be exposed to and practice a variety of presentation styles including persuasive (argumentative), informative and explanative/instructive. Presentation delivery including body language, eye contact and voicing will be highlighted and the structure of an effective presentation, including the use of effective visuals aids, will be emphasized. The course will also expose students to the art of debating and how to facilitate and participate in group discussions to become an effective group leader/member. Students will be required to give critical feedback to their peers and to evidence adherence to feedbackin subsequent presentations. Although the focus of the course is on oral communication, there will be some research required in order to provide a realistic level of content in the presentations and discussion/debate.

This course is designed to develop and improve students’ presentation skills. Students will be exposed to and practice a variety of presentation styles including persuasive (argumentative), informative and explanative/instructive. Presentation delivery including body language, eye contact and voicing will be highlighted and the structure of an effective presentation, including the use of effective visuals aids, will be emphasized. The course will also expose students to the art of debating and how to facilitate and participate in group discussions to become an effective group leader/member. Students will be required to give critical feedback to their peers and to evidence adherence to feedbackin subsequent presentations. Although the focus of the course is on oral communication, there will be some research required in order to provide a realistic level of content in the presentations and discussion/debate.

This course focuses on the challenges involved in translating into one's first language in general and German in particular. Key principles of translation such as equivalence; translatability; strategies of adaptation; target readership orientation and stylistics will be explored and used in analysing a range of text types. Students will also deepen their knowledge of current translation tools and resources and increase their proficiency in translating.

Content

271431-102 First Meeting: 16.04.2020

This course provides students with a forum and appropriate tools for their upcoming Bachelor’s theses in English Language and Linguistics. The first few sessions focus on carrying out linguistic research in general and the different possibilities available for your theses. We will identify and work through the research process using several case studies and apply the lessons learned to your own topics of choice, including the development and discussion of possible research questions. In later sessions, we identify potential data collection and/or data compilation methods before we investigate and subsequently apply descriptive statistics. Finally, we will concentrate on the sound description of linguistic data.

Objectives

By the end of this seminar, students can:

  • develop research questions, based on thorough reviews of the literature

  • identify and adapt methodologies to research questions and projects

  • deduct the suitability of different types of data from these methodologies

  • and describe their collected data appropriately.

    Prerequisites

    Portfolio, including Proposal/Exposé, in Research Colloquium I


In this course, we will focus on advanced state-of-the-art research methods in English Language and Linguistics. After a repetition of basic data collection tools and the descriptive level of analysis, we will concentrate on sophisticated and well-prepared means of collecting linguistic data and their quantitative analysis. Towards the end of the course, the different linguistic variables, analytical statistics and their prerequisites will form the course’s main concern. Finally, the statistical results will have to be contextualized in light of the data they derived from and in terms of the scope their interpretation provides.

Objectives

By the end of this seminar, students can

  • apply previous knowledge of descriptive statistics

  • analyse and describe linguistic data appropriately

  • identify and adapt more advanced methodologies to research questions and projects

    Prerequisites

    None