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English courses

The English programme at the University of Siegen Language Center

Our English programme is divided into four main sections. Click on the tabs below to find out more about each section. You will also find a detailed description for each individual course in unisono. Simply click on the corresponding hyperlinks below.

  • General English

    We currently offer courses from A2-C1 level of the CEFR. Our B1 courses are offered in semi-compact format (4 SWS), and our B2 and C1 courses take place in regular format (2 SWS). Our A2 course will be piloted in WiSe 2019/20 as a 2 SWS course.
    Each General English course level consists of three parts, e.g. B1.1, B1.2 and B1.3, to provide learners with ample opportunity to refresh and enhance all four language skills: listening, reading, speaking and writing. Moreover, students will review and build on key grammatical structures for the level in question and broaden their vocabulary in at least three main fields/topics per semester.
    Students learn in different ways, and this is reflected in our assessment model for the General English programme. Students will be able to track their progress through formative and continuous assessment (mid-term tests, online exercises, presentations/podcasts and homework) and also a summative test at the end of the semester. Furthermore, students completing a course level (B1.3, B2.3 and C1.3) will take an oral exam at the end of term.

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  • English Skills Development

    Sometimes students prefer to focus on improving a particular language skill, which is where our Skills Development programme comes in. A semester-long course (2 SWS) can be taken to work intensively on business, grammar, presentation or writing skills.

    Courses (link to unisono descriptions)

  • English for Specific Purposes

    Our English for Specific Purposes (ESP) programme currently caters for students of Architecture, Electrical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. Courses for Architects are offered at two different levels depending on the placement test result. Courses for Electrical Engineers are also offered at two different levels. Students should register for both courses and will then be accepted onto one of them following the placement test. The A2/B1 course is only necessary if the student has not yet reached B2 level.
    The aim of our specialist course programme is to prepare students for the workplace through communicative activities and tasks specific to their particular field. In addition, they will broaden their subject-specific vocabulary.

    Courses (link to unisono descriptions)

  • English for University Staff

    We are currently expanding our English for Staff programme. At the moment, we offer 4 different courses during the semester for MTV staff at the University. The courses are offered at a range of different language levels and are held at different locations on campus: the Language Center (WS), Unterem Schloss (US), and Hörderlin (H).
    English Conversation for Staff focuses on improving participants’ spoken fluency and confidence and the other English for Staff courses focus on both spoken and written correspondence and communication within our University context.
    We are also able to offer intensive English courses for porters and caretakers, subject to demand.
    If you would like to request a staff course that we do not currently offer, please contact sarah.leek@spz.uni-siegen.de

    Courses (link to unisono descriptions)