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030577 KU International Legal English I (2018W)

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 3 - Rechtswissenschaften
Continuous assessment of course work

Details

max. 22 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Tuesday 09.10. 17:15 - 18:45 Seminarraum SEM61 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 6.OG (Kickoff Class)
Tuesday 16.10. 17:15 - 18:45 Seminarraum SEM61 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 6.OG
Tuesday 23.10. 17:15 - 18:45 Seminarraum SEM61 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 6.OG
Tuesday 30.10. 17:15 - 18:45 Seminarraum SEM61 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 6.OG
Tuesday 06.11. 17:15 - 18:45 Seminarraum SEM61 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 6.OG
Tuesday 13.11. 17:15 - 18:45 Seminarraum SEM61 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 6.OG
Tuesday 20.11. 17:15 - 18:45 Seminarraum SEM61 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 6.OG
Tuesday 27.11. 17:15 - 18:45 Seminarraum SEM61 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 6.OG
Tuesday 04.12. 17:15 - 18:45 Seminarraum SEM61 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 6.OG
Tuesday 11.12. 17:15 - 18:45 Seminarraum SEM61 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 6.OG
Tuesday 08.01. 17:15 - 18:45 Seminarraum SEM61 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 6.OG
Tuesday 15.01. 17:15 - 18:45 Seminarraum SEM61 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 6.OG
Tuesday 22.01. 17:15 - 18:45 Seminarraum SEM61 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 6.OG

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

The course will develop your competence to work confidently in English in a legal context by improving skills in the four language areas - reading and writing, speaking and listening (Level C1).
Core of the course is international legal English; the main (obligatory) textbook is Cambridge’s International Legal English* (2nd edition); with additional material drawn from online sources such as theguardian law pages, law reports, professional websites etc. Video and audio are also used.
Although based on Common Law and Commercial law, the concepts are found in many legal systems. Texts and topics include: company law, contract, sale of goods, employment, real and intellectual property, and competition law. However, it should be emphasised that this is not a course in substantive law - simply that these subject areas provide a realistic context for language acquisition.
Teaching is in a participative, tutorial format offering opportunities to use the skills that you have learned in teaching sessions. Many classes begin with a small group discussion of a current legal issue. Weekly preparation and exercises, lasting 90 mins. are an integral part of the course. Programme leader is David Goulden, a Cambridge-qualified barrister, and an experienced language trainer.
* We have bought bulk copies of the textbook and they will be available at the first lesson for 33.50€ (saving 10 /12€ compared with online prices).

Assessment and permitted materials

Reading: improving your ability to read and understand legal texts such as legal journals, legislation, correspondence etc
Writing: to improve your ability to write common legal texts like letters and memoranda
Listening: to increase your understanding of spoken English when it is used to speak about legal topics in client meetings, conferences, seminars etc
Speaking: developing your confidence in explaining and discussing legal topics in English.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

To be eligible for the assessment participants must attend 10 of the 12 classes and complete all homework. The assessment will be as follows:
Reading (40mins) Listening (35 mins). Resits are not possible. There will also be an in-course writing exercise.

Examination topics

The areas to be tested are described as:
Reading: semantic precision, grammatical and lexical knowledge, awareness of text structure and understanding gist, detail, opinion and information
Listening: understanding gist, detail, function, opinion and inference; also retrieving specific information, identifying speakers and topics; recognising attitude.
Writing: concise expression, accuracy of language, organisation of content and relevance.

Reading list

Cambridge’s International Legal English* (2nd edition)

Association in the course directory

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