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030619 KU International Legal English II (2021S)

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


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 100 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Wednesday 10.03. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital
Wednesday 17.03. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital
Wednesday 24.03. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital
Wednesday 14.04. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital
Wednesday 21.04. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital
Wednesday 28.04. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital
Wednesday 05.05. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital
Wednesday 12.05. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital
Wednesday 19.05. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital
Wednesday 26.05. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital
Wednesday 02.06. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital
Wednesday 09.06. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital
Wednesday 16.06. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital
Wednesday 23.06. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

Online can be good, very good !
Uni is mostly about learning, not teaching – so don’t think of an online class as second-best. In ILE, you will master both the course content and also develop your learning and communication skills. To help inter-action you will have a “permanent” partner for class exercises, and there will be regular small groups for discussions.
Overall, you’ll probably remember more than the 5% taken-away from a traditional lecture.

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).
It is based around Cambridge University’s successful international legal English syllabus, but with additional material from online sources such as the Guardian newspaper law pages, law reports, professional websites etc. Video and audio are extensively used.
The focus is on Common law and Commercial law, whose concepts are found in many legal systems. Topics in this semester include 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.
Classes will be interactive through Moodle and Collaborate Blackboard. 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.

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 a memo.
Listening: to increase your understanding of spoken English topics in client meetings, conferences, seminars etc – and online.
Speaking: developing your confidence in explaining and discussing legal topics in English – again online.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

To be eligible for the assessment, which will be online, participants may miss no more than two classes and must complete all homework. The assessment will be as follows:
Reading (40mins) Listening (40 mins). Resits are not possible.

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.

Reading list

There is no reading list beyond topics set in the course.

Association in the course directory

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