Englisch für akademische MitarbeiterInnen

 

Seminars for Academic Staff: New offerings for 2018

We offer a variety of FREE academic English seminars for PhD students and academic staff. We also offer in-house seminars, tailored to the needs of your workgroup, for a reasonable fee. We are happy to develop and provide semester courses according to your needs, including Academic Presentations, Academic English for Master's Students, Thesis Writing, and more. Please contact Dr. Lucy Blaney-Laible for details and pricing: workshop-english@sz.uni-stuttgart.de

Attention: These are seminars for 'akademische MitarbeiterInnen' (university doctoral students and university academic employees), not for undergraduate students. For undergraduate student course offerings, please register via C@mpus.    

Unser Angebot "Englisch für akademische MitarbeiterInnen" ist auf die Bedürfnisse der akademischen MitarbeiterInnen ausgerichtet. Wir freuen uns, Ihnen auch im Jahr 2018 Seminare in diesem Zyklus anbieten zu können.

 

Writing Reader Friendly Texts in English - FULL
 Dates:

February 9 (Fri)

 Times: 8:30 - 12:30
 Location: Pfaffenwaldring 59
Room 0.02
Vaihingen Campus
www.sz.uni-stuttgart.de
 Prerequisites: solid Abitur-level English
 Price: 0 EUR (FREE)
 Group Size: max. 10 seminar participants
 Your trainer: Dr. Lucy Blaney-Laible

 

Have you ever been told that your writing is awkward, or difficult to understand? This could be a problem with 'reader friendliness.' According to a 2011 study by Thomas Armstrong of German-speaking scholars in Switzerland, ‘reader friendliness’ is one of the most frequent issues that come up when seeking to publish in English. There are some key differences between the structure and style of academic texts in German and those in English. German texts tend to assume a high level of reader responsibility, while English texts assume a high level of writer responsibility.The goal of this brief seminar is to highlight the main aspects of reader friendliness in academic texts in English and to gain some skills for fostering reader friendliness in our own writing. A series of editing exercises will help participants to practice these skills.

Topics covered in this seminar include:

  • Clarity in sentence and paragraph structure
  • Writing in the style the reader expects
  • Focusing on persuasion and logical sequence
  • Typical academic writing terms and phrases (collocations)
  • Avoiding common grammar mistakes that lead to confusion

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Intercultural Competence
 Dates:

February 21 (Wed)

 Times: 9:00 - 13:00
 Location: Sprachenzentrum der Universität Stuttgart
Breitscheidstr. 2
Room 1.026
www.sz.uni-stuttgart.de
 Prerequisites:  
 Price: 0 EUR (FREE)
 Group Size:  
 Your trainer: Dr. Anuradha Srinivasan

Many of us interact with persons of diverse cultures living within our own societies or in a society that is foreign to us when we travel to another country. Some of these experiences make us aware of the differences or similarities that exist across cultures.

This workshop will address:

  • Culture – how much of culture is real or imagined?
  • Cultural conditioning – defining our cultural identities
  • Recognizing the cultural borders we draw - why and how
  • Creating an awareness of the myriad cultural identities that exist
  • Acquiring the necessary competence to feel at home in the presence of cultural differences /  cultural alienation –when am I aware of my sense of belonging or foreignness

We will also look at some of the research that defines cultures and cultural markers. We will discuss key terms, like cultural indices and cultural standards.

There is no limit on the cultural baggage that can be brought to the course. The heavier, the better.

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Effective Presentations in English for Academics - FULL

This seminar is fully enrolled. No further enrollment is possible.

 Dates: February 22-23 (Thurs/Fri)
 Times: 9:00 - 13:00
 Location: Sprachenzentrum der Universität Stuttgart
Breitscheidstr. 2
Room 1.026
www.sz.uni-stuttgart.de
 Prerequisites: approx. seven years of English (B2.2 level)
 Price: 0 EUR (FREE)
 Group Size: max. 10 seminar participants
Your Trainer To be announced

 

Academic presentations are an integral part of any scholarly career. In the increasingly international research community, the ability to present one’s ideas and research in English is crucial. This workshop is geared towards preparing academic staff to present papers in English in a conference setting. Workshop participants will learn key structures and phrases and then deliver short practice presentations. The workshop instructor will provide critical feedback on how to improve presentation flow and style.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Gain confidence presenting academic papers and ideas in English
  • Communicate clearly and effectively
  • Analyze data presented
  • Learn key terms and phrases for introductions, transitions, emphasizing important information and conclusions when presenting in English
  • Common mistakes and how to correct them

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Writing Research Proposals in English- FEW SPOTS LEFT

This session is nearly full. Enroll as soon as possible to secure a spot. 

 Dates: March 2 (Fri)
 Times: 9:00 - 13:00
 Location: Sprachenzentrum der Universität Stuttgart
Breitscheidstr. 2
Room 1.026
www.sz.uni-stuttgart.de
 Prerequisites: approx. seven years of English (B2.2 level)
 Price: FREE
 Group Size: max. 10 seminar participants
 Your trainer: Dr. Anuradha Srinivasan

Your research is important to you, but how do you demonstrate its significance to other people? Convincing grant writing is an indispensable skill for researchers. Excellent English can help to persuade your audience to support your research, while awkward writing has the potential to cloud your message. A successful grant writer needs to explain what the research does, but more importantly, why it should be funded. This seminar highlights key features that can help your proposal stand out for the right reasons.

Learning Objectives:

  • Helping to convince your reader through persuasive and descriptive language
  • Necessary phrases and vocabulary terms generally used in research proposals
  • Sentence structure and the advantages of active vs. passive voice
  • Appropriate verb tenses for each section
  • Common problems

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Academic Writing for Science and Engineering + Academic Writing Workshop- FULL

This seminar is fully enrolled. No further enrollment is possible.

Dates:

March 5, 7, 9 (Mon, Wed, Fri)

 Times: 14:00-18:00
 Location: Sprachenzentrum der Universität Stuttgart
Breitscheidstr. 2
Room 1.026
www.sz.uni-stuttgart.de
 Prerequisites: approx. seven years of English (B2.2 level)
 Price: 0 EUR (FREE)
 Group Size: max. 10 seminar participants
 Your trainer: Dr. Colleen Dockery
 

At some stage in their careers most academics today will be called upon to disseminate the results of their research in English, be it in the form of an abstract, a submission for a paper at a conference, an article for an academic journal or even a thesis or book. While many academics in Germany possess a relatively high level of English-language competence, they often run into difficulties when putting pen to paper. This often comes down to interference from their mother tongue as well as stylistic differences between English and German in academic writing. This workshop will attempt to identify the main problem areas non-native speakers have when writing in English and provide tips on how to improve their writing. Furthermore, peer review and individual coaching will put into practice what is learned throughout the workshop. This seminar is specifically adapted to the needs of scientists and engineers, with particular focus on technical writing, process descriptions, describing data, and other specific needs for science scholars.

 Content:

  • key academic vocabulary (drawn from the Academic Word List, among other sources)
  • sentence structure and paragraph building
  • academic writing style
  • discourse markers and coherence
  • describing graphs and presenting data
  • expressing cause and effect relationships
  • false friends
  • collocations
  • punctuation, footnotes and bibliographies
  • various types of texts (e.g. abstract, conference paper, thesis) 

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Professional Applications (CVs and Cover Letters)
Dates:

March 7 (Wed)

 Times: 9:00-13:00
 Location: Sprachenzentrum der Universität Stuttgart
Breitscheidstr. 2
Room 1.026
www.sz.uni-stuttgart.de
 Prerequisites:  
 Price: 0 EUR (FREE)
 Group Size:  
 Your trainer: Dr. Colleen Dockery
 

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An excellent application is crucial to success in the academic job market. This seminar provides guidance in constructing and polishing academic applications, as well as writing effective cover letters. A writing workshop session is included to help participants apply these techniques to their own application materials. 

Learning objectives:

  • Understanding the job application process and learning key vocabulary
  • Organizing and writing academic C.V.s
  • English vs. German C.V.s
  • Dealing with common issues (grade scales, translation issues, equivalents in native languages)
  • Correspondence (Emails, Telephone, Video Conference)
  • Cover letters and other documents (personal statements, teaching philosophy, and others, as needed)

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Intensive Grammar Review (C1)- FULL: Alternative session offered

This seminar is full. AN ALTERNATIVE SESSION IS BEING OFFERED ON MARCH 14, 13:00-17:00

If you would like a place in the alternative session, please contact us via our workshop-english@ email address (see below) to reserve a place.

Dates:

March 12 (Mon)

 Times: 13:00 - 17:00 
 Location: Sprachenzentrum der Universität Stuttgart
Breitscheidstr. 2
Room 1.026
www.sz.uni-stuttgart.de
 Prerequisites:  B2 - C1 English
 Price: 0 EUR (FREE)
 Group Size:  
 Your trainer: Dr. Bhesham Sharma

This seminar offers a compact, quick review of the key grammar rules and skills scholars need to communicate effectively in academic settings. Whether it has been years since you took your last English course, or you simply need to brush up on the essentials, this course is for you.

Learning objectives:

  • The most common grammar problems in English academic writing and how to fix them
  • German/ English transfer problems
  • Prepositions
  • Mechanics (such as spelling, punctuation and capitalization)
  • Passive voice (where, why, how to use it)
  • Relative clauses
  • Sentence structure and word order

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Professional Communications for Academics - FULL

This seminar is full. No enrollment is possible. 

Dates:

March 16 (Fri)

 Times: 9:00 - 13:00 
 Location: Sprachenzentrum der Universität Stuttgart
Breitscheidstr. 2
Room 1.026
www.sz.uni-stuttgart.de
 Prerequisites:  B2 English
 Price: 0 EUR (FREE)
 Group Size:  
 Your trainer: Dr. Anuradha Srinivasan

The purpose of this seminar is to sharpen participants‘ skills in the art of daily academic communication. Academics need to communicate clearly and effectively in a wide variety of situations in order to coordinate projects and collaborate with others.

Learning objectives

  • Best email practices (including phrasing)
  • Cold contact (contacting someone you’ve never met)
  • Giving and receiving effective feedback on projects
  • Coordinating with team members in person, via email and by telephone with confidence
  • Persuasive language use
  • Adding niceties and polite touches to everyday communication
  • Negotiating difficult situations such as complaints, mistakes and misunderstandings
  • Avoiding typical English errors, such as false friends and unintentional rudeness

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English for International Classrooms - Cancelled
Dates:

March 16 (Fri)

 Times: 13:00 - 17:00 
 Location: Sprachenzentrum der Universität Stuttgart
Breitscheidstr. 2
Room 1.026
www.sz.uni-stuttgart.de
 Prerequisites:  
 Price: 0 EUR (FREE)
 Group Size:  
 Your trainer: Dr. Bhesham Sharma

As international universities increasingly offer English-language degree programs, there is a progressively high demand for teachers who are able to teach their subject areas in English.  Adapting to native and non-native English speakers from a variety of backgrounds and helping guide them through the course material is a challenging task, and one that is not typically taught in language classrooms. The purpose of this workshop is to give university instructors some key linguistic tools and perspectives in order to organize and guide their teaching in English.

Learning objectives:

  • Communicating clear expectations and evaluation standards to students
  • Lecturing in a clear way
  • Fostering comprehension and active participation in the classroom
  • Making information accessible and understandable
  • Dealing with disagreement and controversy
  • Giving constructive feedback on student work
  • Setting clear academic integrity standards (plagiarism and cheating rules) for students of various cultural backgrounds

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Voice Training and Accent Reduction - FULL
Dates: April 13, 20 (Fri)
 Times: 9:00 - 13:00 
 Location: Uni Bibliothek Vaihingen
 Prerequisites: B2.2 level
 Price: 0 EUR (FREE)
 Group Size:  
 Your trainer: Ann Hesse


Do you feel you have a foreign accent when you speak English, one that possibly detracts from your professional image when delivering presentations or chairing a meeting? Would you be interested in fine-tuning your English pronunciation so that your pronunciation matches your high level of English? If so, the Language Centre is pleased to be able to offer a workshop for those who want to project a competent and confident image but feel that their accent is holding them back.

Learning Objectives: 

  • learn the basics of English pronunciation and intonation
  • identify your typical mistakes and problem areas related to pronunciation and intonation
  • learn ways to reduce your accent and communicate clearly and precisely
  • begin to develop ways to harness the power of your voice
Socializing and Networking- NEARLY FULL
Dates: June 8 (Fri)
 Times: 8:30 - 12:30 
 Location: Campus Vaihingen
Pfaffenwaldring 59
Raum 0.02
 Prerequisites: B2.2 level
 Price: 0 EUR (FREE)
 Group Size:  
 Your trainer: Dr. Lucy Blaney-Laible

This seminar is nearly full. Enroll as soon as possible if you would like to participate. 

Sometimes small talk can lead to big business. Do you find it easier to present a paper in English at a conference than to discuss it over lunch with new colleagues afterwards? Do you have difficulty making the transition between discussing your work and making small talk? This lively, interactive workshop will help you brush up on your socializing and networking skills in English, thus allowing you to better navigate the unscripted moments of academic interaction.

Learning Objectives:

  • Talking about your job, research, and place of employment
  • Extending, accepting, and declining invitations
  • Making requests
  • Agreeing and disagreeing
  • Managing a conversation
  • Making small talk and listening actively
  • Establishing and confirming new connections through e-mail and phone conversations
English for Literature Reviews- NEARLY FULL
Dates: June 15 (Fri)
 Times: 8:30 - 12:30 
 Location: Sprachenzentrum der Universität Stuttgart
Breitscheidstr. 2
Room 1.070
www.sz.uni-stuttgart.de
 Prerequisites: B2.2 level
 Price: 0 EUR (FREE)
 Group Size:  
 Your trainer: Dr. Lucy Blaney-Laible

 This seminar is nearly full. Enroll as soon as possible if you would like to participate.

Literature reviews are an essential part of research writing because they orientate the reader to your point of view with the help of expert opinions. A successful literature review is more than just a list of publications the author has read; it is the foundation on which your writing is built. The goal of this seminar is to give participants the skills necessary to write a persuasive and productive literature review.

This seminar focuses on the following elements:

  • Important phrases and terms for referring to other authors’ writing
  • Accepting, rejecting, questioning or criticizing previous findings
  • Positioning yourself within the greater field of research
  • Introducing quotes, quoting and paraphrasing (mechanics and style)
  • Defining terms with authority
  • Appropriate verb tenses, as well as mixing tenses
Academic Writing for Science and Engineering + Academic Writing Workshop - NEARLY FULL
Dates: June 22, 29, and July 6 (Fri)
 Times: 8:30 - 12:30 
 Location: Campus Vaihingen
Pfaffenwaldring 59
Raum 0.02
 Prerequisites: B2.2 level
 Price: 0 EUR (FREE)
 Group Size:  
 Your trainer: Dr. Lucy Blaney-Laible

 This seminar is nearly full. Enroll as soon as possible if you would like to participate.

At some stage in their careers most academics today will be called upon to disseminate the results of their research in English, be it in the form of an abstract, a submission for a paper at a conference, an article for an academic journal or even a thesis or book. While many academics in Germany possess a relatively high level of English-language competence, they often run into difficulties when putting pen to paper. This often comes down to interference from their mother tongue as well as stylistic differences between English and German in academic writing. This workshop will attempt to identify the main problem areas non-native speakers have when writing in English and provide tips on how to improve their writing. Furthermore, peer review and individual coaching will put into practice what is learnt throughout the workshop. This seminar is specifically adapted to the needs of scientists and engineers, with particular focus on technical writing, process descriptions, describing data, and other specific needs for science scholars.

Content:

  • key academic vocabulary (drawn from the Academic Word List, among other sources)
  • sentence structure and paragraph building
  • academic writing style
  • discourse markers and coherence
  • describing graphs and presenting data
  • expressing cause and effect relationships
  • false friends
  • collocations
  • punctuation, footnotes and bibliographies
  • various types of texts (e.g. abstract, conference paper, thesis)

Anmeldung

Die Teilnehmerzahl ist, wie in der Kursbeschreibung angegeben, begrenzt. Wer sich zuerst anmeldet, hat gute Chancen auf einen Platz.

  • Anmeldung ab:   sofort
  • Zulassung ab:    i.d.R. sofort
  • Zahlungsweise:  Informationen darüber erhalten Sie, wenn Sie zum Kurs zugelassen werden

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