English, being a Germanic language, is the most widespread language in the world. There are numerous countries in which English is an official language. In other countries it functions as lingua franca and most international organisations use English is official language as well.
In total, a number ob approximately 340 million people are native to the English language. By the way: 38 % of EU-citizens claim to have sufficient knowledge of English to have a conversation.
Offered Courses and Placement
Every semester, English courses are offered to intermediate learners at various levels of proficiency (starting from A2/B1). All courses cover 4 SWS and usually take place twice a week.
More information on English for Specific Purposes can be found here.
Placement takes place by means of a mandatory placement test. During the first registration phase in PAUL, students can sign up for the test. It takes place at the Centre for Language Studies (check PAUL for rooms).
After the test, you can sign up for the course that fits your level of English in PAUL:
|Result Oxford English |
|Recommended Course || |
|40-49 ||English B1.1 || |
|50-59 ||English B1.2 || |
|60-69 ||English B2.1 || |
|70-79 ||English B2.2 || |
|80-89 ||Speaking in Academic Contexts || |
|80-89 ||Writing in Academic Contexts || |
|90-99 ||English C1.1 || |
|100-109 ||English C1.2 || |
|ab 110 ||English C2 || |
Content of the Classes and Textbooks
In the names of the courses, the level of the Common European Framework (CEF) is stated to give some guidance. To get an idea of the first 6 levels of proficiency of the CEF (A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2) you may check the global scale. More detailed information can be found in the self-assessment grid.
For further information on the content of the courses click on the name of the course in the table below.
The following textbooks will be used in the courses. Please note, that the information is subject to change.
|Nr. ||Kursname ||Lehrwerk |
|L.ZfS.04005 ||English B1.1 ||English File third edition Intermediate Student´s Book with iTutor |
|L.ZfS.04005 ||English B1.2 ||English File third edition Intermediate Student´s Book with iTutor |
|L.ZfS.04007 ||English B2.1 ||Cambridge Academic English B2 Upper Intermediate Student's Book (Units 1 – 5) |
|L.ZfS.04009 ||English B2.2 ||Cambridge Academic English B2 Upper Intermediate Student's Book (Units 6 – 10) |
|L.ZfS.04011 ||English C1.1 ||Oxford EAP: A Course in English for Academic Purposes. Advanced/C1 (Units 1-6) |
|L.ZfS.04013 ||English C1.2 ||Oxford EAP: A Course in English for Academic Purposes. Advanced/C1 (Units 7-12) |
|L.ZfS.04017 ||English C2 ||to be announced in class |
|L.ZfS.04010 ||Speaking in Academic Contexts ||to be announced in class |
|L.ZfS.04020 ||Writing in Academic Contexts ||to be announced in class |
Participants of English courses have the chance to take a UNIcert®-examination:
More information on the university-specific language certificate can be found on the website UNIcert®.