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