On­line English for Aca­de­mic Pur­po­ses (zen-V), lan­gua­ge le­vel C1

This course is aimed at developing and practising the use of English in an academic context and is open to Doctoral Students and Junior scholars at the University of Kassel. Course content will depend on the needs and requests of the participants and may include (but is not limited to):

  • developing arguments
  • delivering and discussing arguments
  • presentations
  • etc.

Materials will also depend on participants' needs but will likely include writing materials for developing and perfecting general aspects of English academic writing.

Participants may use material directly related to their thesis work and will have the opportunity to give presentations to develop speaking and communication skills.

However, this course is not a translation service for entire academic works but rather intended as an opportunity for participants to review excerpts that need further work.

The course will take the form of 6 online sessions.

International and German Doctoral Students as well as Junior Scholars and staff members of the University of Kassel can enrol for this tailor-made English course offered at ISZ / Sprachenzentrum (Language Centre).

0,00 Euro

Course participation is free of charge.

Please note that you have to inform your department before participating.

Under the Terms and Conditions of the ISZ / Sprachenzentrum (Language Centre of the University of Kassel), the following participation rules apply:

Attendance Regulations

  • You are currently a PhD Student, Junior Scholar and/or any other member of the academic staff at the University of Kassel.
  • You are willing to participate regularly and actively in the course.
  • If you miss sessions, for example due to illness or for professional reasons, please let the instructor know in advance.

Course zen

  • is open exclusively for the above mentioned target group whose English language level is advanced (C1) or above (a scan-file of written confirmation of your status and a proof of your achieved C1 level is required).
  • In preparation for the course, there will be a first informative meeting. The date and time for this meeting will be posted here shortly. You will be informed about the location of this meeting by e-mail a week before. The purpose of this meeting is to answer any questions that participants might have as well as check expectations. In order to form homogeneous C1 groups, your language level will then also be tested (unless an up-to-date language certificate can be provided).

Maximum number of participants

  • 12

Costs

  • Course participation is free of charge.

Registration

  • You can only register online  during the official registration period (see website) until the maximum number of participants has been reached. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis and only when the requirements are fulfilled.
    Registration will be possible on this page.

Place allocation

  • We cannot reserve or guarantee participation in advance.
    If you are registering for the first time,
  • the following applies:
    Places will be allocated in order of registration.
    If you have registered before and were on the waiting-list,
  • the following applies:
    Places will be allocated in order of registration.
    If you have participated in the course in the previous term(s),
  • the following applies:
    In the allocation of places, participants who are registering for the first time or who have registered before and were on the waiting-list are given preference.

English language level

My English language level is intermediate (B1) or lower. Can I apply for zen?

Unfortunately, you cannot apply for the course. Zen is only offered to PhD Students | Junior Scholars and/or any other member of the staff at the University of Kassel whose English Level is upper intermediate or advanced (B2/C1).

What if the level of the course is too low/too high for me?

Our instructors are aware that students are in the course corresponding to the level they have given in the registration form. It is possible for you to withdraw from the course if the level does not suit your needs. In this case, please inform your instructor and Ms Paulsfeld.
 

Registration

Last semester I registered and was on the waiting-list.  Am I now automatically registered in the new course?

No, you must re-register for the course because we cannot reserve or guarantee participation in advance. Places will be allocated in order of registration when the requirements are fulfilled.

How do I register?

You can only register online during the registration period until the maximum number of participants has been reached and all places on the waiting-list have been taken.
Registration will be possible on this page.

Why do I have to specify my University of Kassel e-mail address?

This is required as a first step to check that you are currently a PhD Student or Junior Scholar at the University of Kassel.
Please note: if you do not specify your University of Kassel e-mail address, your application will not be considered.

Why do I have to upload or send a scan-file of written confirmation of my postgraduate status?

A scan-file of this document is required as proof of your postgraduate status at the University of Kassel.
 

Allocation of places

  • We cannot reserve or guarantee participation in advance.
    If you are registering for the first time,
  • the following applies:
    Places will be allocated in order of registration.
    If you have registered before and were on the waiting-list,
  • the following applies:
    Places will be allocated in order of registration.
    If you have participated in the course in previous term(s),
  • the following applies:
    In the allocation of places, participants who are registering for the first time or who have registered before and were on the waiting-list are given preference.


Admission Process

How long does it take to process my application?

During the peak admission period, processing takes a minimum of 4 working days after receipt of your application.

How do I know I can attend the course?

Your application will be reviewed and you will receive your admission or rejection by e-mail.
 

Attendance

On  successful registration, am I obliged to attend the course?

For your learning success regular attendance is necessary.  
You may miss sessions, for example due to illness or for professional reasons, but please let the instructor know in advance. You should not miss the course more than two times.
 

Costs

How much does it cost to attend the course?

Course participation is free of charge.
 

Cerificate

Will I receive a certificate?

On request, you can receive a confirmation of attendance at the end of the course.

Will there be a final exam?

No.

 

Contact

Who can I contact if I am not sure the course suits me best?

Each course listed on our website includes a description of the content, objectives, language level and suggestion for who the course is designed for.

We recommend reading the course description carefully and if you have further questions, please contact the coordinator:


ISZ/Sprachenzentrum (Language Centre)  
Kurt-Wolters-Str. 5
34125 Kassel
sz-plus[at]uni-kassel[dot]de

Instructor: Ms Ailsa Lenz

Time:

First informative Meeting: Thursday, 11 August 2022 17:00

Monday, 15 August 2022 14:30 - 18:00

Thursday, 18 August 2022 14:30 - 18:00

 

Monday, 22 August 2022 14:30 - 18:00

Thursday, 25 August 2022 14:30 - 18:00

 

Monday, 29 August 2022 14:30 - 18:00

Thursday, 1 September 2022 14:30 - 18:00

Pre-registration
You can only pre-register online from Wednesday, 6 April 2022  until Monday, 8 August 2022 (deadline). 

registration form

Please understand that we cannot reserve or guarantee participation in advance.

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