Academic English

Uni­Spra­che­Eng­lisch is inten­ded to help stu­dents suc­cess­ful­ly use Eng­lish as an aca­de­mic and rese­arch lan­guage. To do this, we offer a wide varie­ty of work­shops and pro­vi­de indi­vi­du­al lan­guage con­sul­ta­ti­ons. Our work­shops are divi­ded into the cate­go­ries of aca­de­mic wri­ting, exami­na­ti­ons, pre­sen­ta­ti­ons, gene­ral Eng­lish skills, and stu­dy skills. We aim to offer inter­ac­tive work­shops that pro­vi­de you with both the infor­ma­ti­on you need on the spe­ci­fic topic as well as prac­tice exer­ci­ses and the oppor­tu­ni­ty to imple­ment what you’ve lear­ned into your own wri­ting. We use text­books on wri­ting, authen­tic arti­cles, and stu­dent sam­ples to help sup­port you in your aca­de­mic wri­ting. In addi­ti­on, we prac­tice the skills you need to suc­cess­ful­ly under­stand lec­tures, give aca­de­mic pre­sen­ta­ti­ons, and per­form well in writ­ten and oral exams. We want to help you achie­ve aca­de­mic suc­cess. All of the work­shops and lan­guage con­sul­ta­ti­ons offe­red by the Uni­Spra­che­Eng­lisch pro­gram are free of char­ge for Leip­zig Uni­ver­si­ty stu­dents. You can regis­ter for the cour­ses direc­t­ly on our web­site. And if you would like to make an appoint­ment for a wri­ting or lan­guage con­sul­ta­ti­on at the Lan­guage Cli­nic, plea­se send us an email at academicenglish@uni-leipzig.de.

Workshops

Here is a list of just some of the work­shops we offer:

  • Essen­ti­als of Aca­de­mic Wri­ting
  • Rese­arch Papers: Com­pact Ses­si­on
  • Com­mu­ni­ca­te Your Ide­as: Semi­nar Dis­cus­sions
  • Impro­ve Your Final Pre­sen­ta­ti­on: Boost Your Gra­de
  • Demys­ti­fy­ing the Master’s The­sis
  • Wri­ting and Refi­ning the Master’s The­sis
  • Refresh Your Grammar
  • Wri­ting Emails for Aca­de­mic Pur­po­ses
  • Wri­ting Let­ters of Moti­va­ti­on for Stu­dy Abroad Pro­grams
  • Suc­cess in Rea­ding Aca­de­mic Texts
  • Pre­pa­ring for the DAAD Test
  • Medi­cal Eng­lish (4 work­shps)
  • Talk the Talk: Impro­ve Your Com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on Skills
  • From Semi­nar Paper to Jour­nal Arti­cle: Revi­sing for Publi­ca­ti­on

Language Clinic

The Lan­guage Cli­nic is open to all bachelor’s, master’s, and doc­to­ral stu­dents who need assi­s­tan­ce with aca­de­mic lan­guage. Topics cove­r­ed in the ses­si­ons might inclu­de the fol­lo­wing:

  • dis­cus­sing the orga­ni­za­ti­on of your wri­ting
  • focu­sing on grammar and voca­bu­la­ry used in your wri­ting
  • orga­ni­zing and wri­ting cover let­ters, state­ments of pur­po­se, and let­ters of moti­va­ti­on
  • orga­ni­zing and wri­ting a bachelor’s or master’s the­sis or dis­ser­ta­ti­on
  • pre­pa­ring aca­de­mic pre­sen­ta­ti­ons
  • gene­ral advice on lan­guage lear­ning
  • recom­men­da­ti­ons on inde­pen­dent lear­ning mate­ri­als and lear­ning resour­ces
  • recom­men­da­ti­ons on asses­sing your aca­de­mic lan­guage skillls

We offer enrol­led stu­dents up to 10 appoint­ments (45 min each) per semes­ter. At the appoint­ments, we can dis­cuss the struc­tu­re of your pro­ject. We also read and edit tog­e­ther, focu­sing on issu­es such as grammar, voca­bu­la­ry, and word order. Our mot­to is “lear­ning through edi­t­ing,” and the idea is that we exp­lain the chan­ges we make, iden­ti­fy pat­terns in your wri­ting that make it less natu­ral, and also ask you to make chan­ges regar­ding issu­es we have alrea­dy dis­cus­sed. This way you can gain wri­ting stra­te­gies and be able to wri­te more pro­fi­ci­ent­ly on your own. Click here for more infor­ma­ti­on


The list of topics for the work­shops and Lan­guage Cli­nic is open and can be added to at any time. We wel­co­me your input. Con­ver­sa­ti­ons with the facul­ties are cur­r­ent­ly in pro­gress in order to assess the lan­guage needs of spe­ci­fic degree pro­grams as com­pre­hen­si­ve­ly and in as much detail as pos­si­ble. This infor­ma­ti­on will be used to pro­vi­de addi­tio­nal tailo­red work­shops and con­sul­ta­ti­ons.

Kontakt | Contact

Fachliche Leitung | Program director
Priv.-Doz. Dr. Olaf Bärenfänger | Sprachenzentrum (Language Center)

Goethestr. 2 | 04109 Leipzig
0341/9730270
academicenglish@uni-leipzig.de