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This course is the SECOND part of a two-semester course leading to
English language proficiency certificate
It is not necessary to be enrolled in a natural sciences degree program to participate in the course.
PREPARING SCIENTIFIC ILLUSTRATIONS (2d ed) by Mary Helen Briscoe. Springer 1996. 978-0-387-94581-1.
ACADEMIC AND SCIENTIFIC POSTER PRESENTATION by Nicholas Rowe. Springer 2017. 978-3-319-61278-2.
PRESENTATION ZEN (2d ed) by Garr Reynolds. New Riders 2012. 978-0-321-81198-1.
ENGLISH FOR ACADEMIC RESEARCH: Vocabulary Exercises by Adrian Wallwork. Springer 2013. 978-1-4614-4267-7.
ENGLISH FOR ACADEMIC RESEARCH: Writing Exercises by Adrian Wallwork. Springer 2013.
ENGLISH GRAMMAR IN USE (3rd ed.) by Raymond Murphy. Cambridge 2004. Third edition.
Subject-oriented reading and listening texts provide the basis for learning and practicing scientific communication, such as describing, justifying, arguing, and formulating hypotheses. The course focuses on the theme of scientific inquiry, incorporating a variety of related topics, with special focus on presentation skills and critical reasoning.
Students must fulfill either precondition:
It is not necessary to be enrolled in a Natural Sciences degree program to participate in the course.
The number of credit points awarded for successful completion of each course is determined by the Course and Examination Regulations (StPO) of each student’s degree program.
Certificate: THIS IS THE CERTIFICATE COURSE. The certificate UNIcert® III (English for Natural Sciences) -- is awarded upon successful completion of the UNIcert® III certificate exams at the end of this course.
The aim of this course is to strengthen a student’s English language skills to a proficient academic level.
Authentic texts from professional and academic publications form the foundation for reading comprehension and text analysis, focusing on the disciplines represented in class, while podcasts provide listening comprehension opportunities.
Students will have opportunities to practice their speaking and presentation skills as well as develop analytical and critical thinking abilities, reasoning skills (deductive reasoning), and rhetorical constructions in their choice of academic and/or professional contexts.
Each student will work INDIVIDUALLY to prepare and present either a scientific research conference poster or a poster on a pre-approved topic from their field of study.
Following the oral presentation each student must submit a written report of their poster for critique.
Final Exams: A four-part exam, each testing a separate language skill area: reading comprehension, listening comprehension, written expression, oral expression.
Each exam is given on different days.
The four test scores are weighted equally to determine the final grade for this course and the level of proficiency to be indicated on the certificate.
Testing Fee: There is a testing fee for all UNIcert® certificate exams.
The course is aimed primarily at students of the natural sciences, but is also open to interested students from other disciplines.
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