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120101 UE Language Competence I - (UF MA EN 01) (2021W)

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 12 - Anglistik
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. 25 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Tuesday 05.10. 12:15 - 13:45 Digital
Tuesday 12.10. 12:15 - 13:45 Digital
Tuesday 19.10. 12:15 - 13:45 Digital
Tuesday 09.11. 12:15 - 13:45 Digital
Tuesday 16.11. 12:15 - 13:45 Digital
Tuesday 23.11. 12:15 - 13:45 Digital
Tuesday 30.11. 12:15 - 13:45 Digital
Tuesday 07.12. 12:15 - 13:45 Digital
Tuesday 14.12. 12:15 - 13:45 Digital
Tuesday 11.01. 12:15 - 13:45 Digital
Tuesday 18.01. 12:15 - 13:45 Digital
Tuesday 25.01. 12:15 - 13:45 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

This course equips students with the skills and knowledge necessary for coping with a wide range of texts relevant in the educational domain. The focus is on independent genre analysis and adapting texts to make them suit different (learner) audiences and purposes. The course is also designed to help students improve their academic writing skills for the MA thesis (if required).

- to develop awareness of the parameters that shape various genres and how these parameters affect linguistic encoding and text structure
- to cope productively and receptively with specialized text types
- to develop the skills necessary to adapt texts for various (educational) purposes

Communicative language practice based on the discussion of concepts from genre analysis

Assessment and permitted materials

Assessment is based on regular assignments, class participation, a written assignment, a student project, and a final test.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Attendance (max. 2 absences)

The grade is made up as follows:

1. Individual written abstract: 20%

2. Individual written assignment: 35%
A genre analysis critiquing and comparing at least two texts of the same text type (of your choice) from one of the three modules. Include citations from at least three outside sources. 1,000-1,500 words.

3. Team project: 45%
Genre analysis comparing two genres (two texts from each genre), including reference to at least three outside sources to frame the analysis. The analysis is followed by a mediation task in which the team adapts content from one genre to produce a new text for a new audience or to fulfil a new purpose. Entire project presented to the class in an academic style conference.
10% Project proposal
25% Analysis and mediation project
10% Academic presentation

All parts must be completed and two out of the three graded parts must be positive. The pass grade is 60%.

Grading scale:
1 (sehr gut) 100-90%;
2 (gut) 89-80%;
3 (befriedigend) 79-70%;
4 (genügend) 69-60%;
5 (nicht genügend) 59-0%.

Your work may be subjected to the plagiarism detection software Turnitin.

Examination topics

Continuous assessment based on what is covered in the course; details will be given in class and on moodle.

Reading list

Information about reading will be provided in class and on moodle.

Association in the course directory

Studium: UF MA EN 046; 507
Code/Modul: M 1A / 1B;
Lehrinhalt: 12-4812

Last modified: Fr 12.05.2023 00:15