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This course has been designed by Masters English for the Christian Albrecht University in Kiel, Germany. 

Course description

This 20-hour course is designed to help you prepare for a semester/academic year abroad. To participate in this course, you should already have reached a CEF language level of B2 or higher. If you attended a German Gymnasium, it is assumed that the language level requirement has already been fulfilled. However, if you are in doubt as to whether you qualify, please contact the course director, Mr. Eric Jon Delsman, at delsman@masters-english.com . If you wish, there is a short placement test you can take in order to determine whether your language level is appropriate.
This placement test is arranged through Masters English and is not officially recognized by the CAU.

Course objectives

In this course, you will learn how to;

  • ask questions to get high-level information about others, their interests, their educational background, their academic/personal aspirations,
  • talk about yourself, your education, your academic/personal aspirations,
  • talk about your subject area, your research specialties, the reasons why you decided to study abroad at a particular university,
  • navigate your way through university bureaucracy,
  • deal with cultural, race, gender issues/differences on campus,
  • deal with university authorities, i.e. university police, security guards,
  • etc.

During our first session, we will also be discussing what your personal objectives are for this course and how we can incorporate your ideas into our course.

Course load

In addition to regular attendance, you will also be asked to research your own areas of interest as well as areas assigned to you by the course director and to present this to the other course participants.  You are expected to maintain a language acquisition notebook (LAN) where you will collect phrases, vocabulary, and information that will help you facilitate your semester/year abroad. A homework load of approximately one hour per day should be assumed.

Dates and times

This course will be conducted via zoom daily from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. from October 5 to October 9, 2020 and again the following week from October 12 to October 16, 2020. Invitations will be sent accordingly.

Course requirements

Daily attendance, active participation and the competion of homework assignments are required.

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