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340195 UE Text und Kommunikation schriftlich und mündlich Englisch (2022W)

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 34 - Translationswissenschaft
Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung


Hinweis: Ihr Anmeldezeitpunkt innerhalb der Frist hat keine Auswirkungen auf die Platzvergabe (kein "first come, first served").


max. 25 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch


Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

We’ll return to our Bricks and Mortar Classroom during fall foliage season and winter---if COVID allows; otherwise we’ll move online and ZOOM.

Montag 10.10. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 2 ZfT Gymnasiumstraße 50 1.OG
Montag 17.10. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 2 ZfT Gymnasiumstraße 50 1.OG
Montag 24.10. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 2 ZfT Gymnasiumstraße 50 1.OG
Montag 31.10. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 2 ZfT Gymnasiumstraße 50 1.OG
Montag 07.11. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 2 ZfT Gymnasiumstraße 50 1.OG
Montag 14.11. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 2 ZfT Gymnasiumstraße 50 1.OG
Montag 28.11. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 2 ZfT Gymnasiumstraße 50 1.OG
Montag 05.12. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 2 ZfT Gymnasiumstraße 50 1.OG
Montag 12.12. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 2 ZfT Gymnasiumstraße 50 1.OG
Montag 09.01. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 2 ZfT Gymnasiumstraße 50 1.OG
Montag 16.01. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 2 ZfT Gymnasiumstraße 50 1.OG
Montag 23.01. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 2 ZfT Gymnasiumstraße 50 1.OG
Montag 30.01. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 2 ZfT Gymnasiumstraße 50 1.OG


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

Transcultural communication is based on three principles:
(i) any idea can be expressed in DIFFERENT ways (in our context: verbally);
(ii) there is always a BEFORE (i.e., the source—sometimes only imagined) and an AFTER (our target);
(iii) when we make, when we co-create meaning, we always work with and for somebody else—thus, we have to provide, i.e. safeguard, enough room for others to participate in this process.
In transcultural communication, our staple is texts—seen as multimodal, multisensory, multicodal events.
In this course, we will assess (read/analyse), compose (design/edit) and perform (embody/enact) texts; we will identify (and mimic) patterns—and break with patterns. We will work with pen and paper, voice and body. GENRE, REGISTER, TEXT TYPE, DOMAIN, SUBLANGUAGE, AND STYLE will come as our toy blocks and building bricks, and we will try to drop them in our ‘shape sorter cubes’. PRINTED and PERFORMED texts are quite different phenomena—mosaic and kaleidoscope …
As we often work in highly asymmetric communicative settings, we will not only determine the purpose of a given assignment but also reflect upon the concept of PURPOSE in general: Whose purpose, really? To whose benefit?
The course provides collaborative opportunities to jointly work on texts with your peers. We will discuss choices, compare solutions, and rehearse ideas and arguments before you create (design/perform) your own texts individually or as a team. Our class will also provide stimuli to think and move beyond templates (i.e., dominant, widely circulated formats), thus working on texts that are fit to print and not only printed to fit.
In our class, you will experience a cooperative and supportive environment.
Learning objectives:
(i) to help students to develop their creative composition (including design, visuals, etc.) and performance repertoire;
(ii) to hone design and performance skills with a focus on the communication situation and text organization.
In class, we will move from WRITTEN/DESIGNED to SPOKEN/PERFORMED text, and vice versa: in-class readings, regular writing assignments w/ presentation in class, peer reviews, live performances. Individual, pair and group work.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

Mid-term test (30 %)
End-of-term test (30 %)
Assignments (20 %)
Participation in class (20 %)
No materials or electronic devices permitted for the tests.

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

An advanced level of both oral and written English is required.
Students must complete all assignments.
Attendance is mandatory—two absences allowed.
Grading scale: 90-100%: 1 // 80-89%: 2 // 70-79%: 3 // 60-69%: 4 // < 60%: 5 (fail).
Students have to attain a passing score (60% or more) on at least one of the exams to be able to pass the course.


Both exams will be based on the assignments and our work in class.
Students will achieve the course objectives by:
(i) analysing and assessing a variety of texts;
(ii) writing, adapting/rewriting, or performing texts for various situations, target groups and media;
(iii) reflecting on and discussing the multiple, sequential steps in the composition or performance process;
(iv) incorporating theoretical input given in class in their assignments and applying strategies and methods accordingly.


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Blommaert, Jan. 2004. Discourse. Cambridge: CUP.
Brownholtz, Bethany M. 2013. [Queneau's] Exercises in Style: 21st Century Remix. College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences—Theses and Dissertations 138. https://via.library.depaul.edu/etd/138/ [22/01/2020].
Cooke, Michèle. 2011. Lightning Flash! Language, longing and the facts of life. Peter Lang: Frankfurt am Main.
Cooke, Michèle. 2012. Tell It Like It Is? Science, society and the ivory tower. Peter Lang: Frankfurt am Main.
Fairclough, Norman. 2003. Analysing Discourse. Textual Analysis for social Research. Oxon: Routledge.
Goldberg, Natalie. 2005. Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within. Boston (MA): Shambhala.
Kress, Gunter & Van Leeuwen, Theo. 2006. Reading Images. The grammar of visual design. London: Routledge.
Lebrun, Jean-Luc. 2010. Scientific writing: A reader and writer's guide. Singapore: World Scientific.
Lebrun, Jean-Luc. 2010. When the Scientist Presents. An Audio & Video Guide to Science Talks. Singapore: World Scientific.
Miller, Brenda & Paola, Suzanne. 2012. Tell It Slant! Writing and shaping creative nonfiction. New York: McGraw-Hill.
Olson, Randy. 2009. Don’t be such a scientist. Talking substance in an age of style. Washington: Island Press.
Pease, Allen & Pease, Barbara. 2004. The Definitive Book of Body Language: How to Read Others' Attitudes by Their Gestures. London: Orion.
Susan Sontag. 1961. Against Interpretation and Other Essays. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
Thomas, Jaquie Mary. 2008. Presentations in English. Freiburg: Haufe.
University of Chicago Press. 2017. The Chicago Manual of Style. The Essential Guide for Writers, Editors and Publishers. 17th Edition. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
White, Hayden. 2010. The Fiction of Narrative. Baltimore: JHUP.
White, Hayden. 1987. The Content of the Form. Baltimore: JHUP.
Wroe, Ann. 2018. The Economist Style Guide. London: Profile Books.
Zinsser, William. 2016. On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction. Revised and Expanded. New York: Harper Perennial.

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Letzte Änderung: So 09.10.2022 00:06