zen (English for Academic Purposes)

Description

This course is a workshop aimed at developing and practising the use of English in academic writing and speaking for PhD Students and Junior Scholars. Workshop content will depend on the needs and requests of the participants, and may include (but is not limited to):

  • general rules for writing English academic texts and presentations 
  • questions of style and rhetoric
  • developing arguments
  • delivering and discussing arguments and presentations 
  • etc. 

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

Also, 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 to review excerpts that need further work.

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

Costs

0,00 Euro

Course participation is free of charge.

Please note that the course fee will be paid by your department and therefore the department must be informed before participating.

Terms and Conditions

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 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 is open for

  • International and German PhD Students/Junior Scholars and members of staff at the University of Kassel
    whose
  • English language level is advanced (C1).

Maximum number of participants

  • 12

Costs

  • Course participation is free of charge.

Registration

  • You can only register online from March 29, 2016 until the maximum number of participants has been reached.

  • Registration will be possible on this page.

  • A scan-file of written confirmation of your postgraduate status is required.

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, PhD Students who are registering for the first time or who have registered before and were on the waiting-list are given preference.

Please download:

Terms and Conditions zen

FAQ

English language level

My English language level is upper intermediate (B2), 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 whose English Level is advanced (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.

How do I register?

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

Why do I have to specify my University of Kassel-email 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-email 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, PhD Students 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 email.

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.

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:

Iris Paulsfeld, M.A.
ISZ/Sprachenzentrum (Language Centre)  
Kurt-Wolters-Str. 5, room 2043
34125 Kassel
i.paulsfeld@uni-kassel.de

Please download:

FAQ zen

 

Registration

You
can only register
online from Monday, March 27th, 2017

The registration form will be enabled on Mo, March 27th, 2017 around 12.00 p.m. on this page.

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

For more information please read the Terms and Conditions and FAQ.

For international PhD Students, we also offer a special German course.