Basic Communication in English

The first aim of this course is to give students the opportunity to improve their receptive language skills (listening and reading comprehension) with the help of authentic materials. At the same time students will be encouraged to enlarge their vocabulary by focusing on a number of specific topics and vocabulary fields. The target vocabulary will first of all be introduced in context before students have a chance to encounter some of this vocabulary again in carefully chosen texts and to use it themselves during in-class discussions. Furthermore, we will review a number of grammatical and lexical problem areas in English which cause difficulty and frequently lead to mistakes. Students will be expected to identify, correct and explain typical errors that Germans still make at university level. Please pick up the relevant materials from the copy shop (Kopiersysteme Ewald Priebe, Segerothstr. 81) shortly before the semester begins.