Sprachkurse in den Studiengängen

  • Architektur

    Professional English for students of Architecture, 2 sws

    Instructor: Ian Howe

    In this course students will design a small building/tiny house and use professional English to present and then write about the project.  The course follows the steps of the Royal Institute of British Architects.  In these steps students will encounter the language of project definition, preliminary design, and structural design.  Students will also learn the skills of effective presentation and writing.
    The course requires outdoor site visits.

    **Ws21 Fridays 09:45 (F209)  Course FULL - please email about a waiting list

  • Bauingenieurwesen

    BIB1 / WIB1: Konsolidierung der Grundlagen – Englisch, 2sws

    Instructor: Hyacinth Moodalie-Hünnemeyer, N.N.

    This course  provides first semester civil engineering (BIB) and business engineering (WIB) students with a revision, consolidation of  basic grammatical structures and development of key language skills (reading, speaking, listening and writing) in English to prepare them for their compulsory English Communication course in the second semester. Students learn and practice the  functional language (phrases) required to carry out discussions, give short presentations  and solve problems in professional and general situations. Technical English terminology and phrases for the construction industry are also introduced. Regular attendance and completion of the assigned tasks are mandatory.

    Assessment: Two short vocabulary tests,
    One reading and listening comprehension test,
    One short group presentation or oral task 

    (60% ) = Pass


    BIB2 / WIB2: English Communication, 2sws

    Instructors: Stefanie Giebert, N.N.

    Course objective: The goal of this class is to learn to communicate on B2 level within the field of Civil Engineering in written (technical documents) and oral form (trouble shooting, tasks of Civil engineers, progress on the construction site, a professional presentation on a bridge or building). You will read texts about forces, materials and technical innovations and watch videos on the structural developments for building skyscrapers, bridges, dams, and domes.

    Assessment: two vocabulary tests, reading test final, freely held, short presentation , final oral exam in the form of a dialogue between two students.

    URB 1: English Communication, 2sws

    Instructors: Sharon Zaharka, N.N.

    Content: Student practice discussing a variety of technologies relevant to their field of study, e.g. urban water supply, conventional  vs. renewable sources of energy, recycling.  Students also learn and practice the necessary vocabulary, phrases and language skills required to talk about technology in use, materials technology and technical problems.  Students should have a strong B1 or low B2 level of general English proficiency. Regular attendance and completion of the assigned tasks are strongly recommended.

    Assessment:  two vocabulary tests, a reading test, a freely held, short presentation, as well as participation and homework account for 40%. A final oral exam in the form of a dialogue between two students using technical English accounts for 60% of the grade.


    URB 1: Konsolidierung der Grundlagen – English, 2sws

    Instructor: Gisela Hindelang

    This course is designed to provide first semester URB students with a revision and consolidation of basic grammatical structures in English. Students will get introduced to and practice key language and skills required to participate in general and professional spoken communication (introductions, small talk, meetings, telephoning) as well as written communication (emailing).

    They will practice presenting topics, leading discussions and solve problems. In addition, they will get acquainted with basic technical English terminology used in the civil engineering sector.

    Assessment is based on regular and active participation, in-class presentations, vocabulary and language tests and written test at the end of term.

  • Elektrotechnik und Informationstechnik

    KdG Englisch (EIB1/EIW1)

    Instructor:  Jim Paul

    This course is designed to support the technical courses in the EIB/EIW study programs which are conducted in English in subsequent semesters. While all the language skill areas (reading, writing, speaking, listening) are engaged and practiced in the course, listening and reading are particularly stressed. Short technical lectures are given in English to improve listening and note-taking skills. Technical texts are used to improve reading comprehension skills needed for future EIB/EIW courses held in English. Vocabulary is given throughout the semester in support of all topics covered. Other specific areas/skills covered are electric circuits, mathematical equations, software development, technical descriptions, etc.

    Assessment: Two in-class exams (80% of final grade) and classroom performance- participation, homework, etc. (20% of final grade)

    KdG Englisch (AIT1)

    Instructor:  Sara Tröger

    AIT1 KdG English is a foundational course that aims to equip students with the English grammar and vocabulary skills and knowledge that will enable them to succeed in the AIT courses that are carried out in English in future semesters. (These courses include Electric Drives and Actuators, Automotive Software Engineering, Computer Vision, Real Time Operating Systems and Ubiquitous Computing, and Connected Vehicle Services.) 

    Students will have the opportunity to sharpen their skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening, but with a special focus on listening and reading. The semester will begin with a primary focus on English grammar and usage in technical English texts; careful attention will be paid to clarity, accuracy, and precision of communication. As the semester progresses, our focus will become more specifically relevant to the AIT program.

    It is only taught in Winter Semesters.

    Technical English (AIT4)

    Instructor:  Kate Russell Knittel

    AIT4 Technical English aims to equip participants with a broad range of technical vocabulary and refresh grammar structures so they can communicate with confidence either in spoken or written form on the job.

    This is course is being taught FOR THE LAST TIME in SS2021.

  • Maschinenbau

    MEP3: Englisch

    Teacher:  Jim Paul

    This course is designed to provide students with the essential English language skills for mechanical engineering students and professionals. Students are expected to show command of English grammar, language skills and appropriate technical vocabulary at a B2 level. The course focuses on all 4 language skill areas: reading, writing, speaking and listening, as well as engineering topics such as structural forces, engineering materials/properties, describing mechanisms/processes, renewable energy sources, etc. Regular attendance is necessary as the most important communication practice takes place in the classroom. English language proficiency is assessed in a 90-minute written exam.

    MAB3: Technical English

    Teacher:  Christina Schäfer

    Content of the course

    This course is part of the module “Arbeitstechnik und kommunikative Kompetenz“  together with the course “Project Management”. Both courses are taught in English. The oral exam consists of a presentation of a PM topic and is given by a team of two students. The aim of this course is to help engineering students to increase their knowledge of general technical and specific project management vocabulary and grammar.

    The topics range from job applications, calculating, geometry, materials, renewable energies to project failures.

    You will learn and practice reading and communication skills to enable you to talk and write about a variety of topics.


    MMS1: Technisches Englisch 3 (Fremdsprache 1 Verhandlungsniveau)

    Teacher:  Jim Paul

    This course is designed to provide students with the essential language skills required to successfully carry out a sales negotiation in English in a professional business setting. Students are expected to show command of English grammar and appropriate business vocabulary and phrases at a B2 level. The course focuses on 4 areas of oral communication: telephoning, introductions, small talk and negotiating. Regular attendance is necessary as the most important communication practice takes place in the classroom and language lab. English language proficiency is assessed in a 20-minute oral examination.

    WIM1: Englisch 1

    Teacher:  Ian Howe

    In this course we will develop English skills in writing, communicating and presenting.

    We will develop the vocabulary of materials, parts, measurement and forms.

    We will improve our writing and grammar through process description, and through data commentary.

    We will improve our communication skills and grammar skills in descriptive comparisons, in socialising, and in talking about necessity and obligation.

    We will learn how to control our presentations so that they are targeted and effective.

    Assessment is a 45 minute Final examination (50%) and Coursework (50%)


    WIM3: Verhandlungsenglisch

    Teachers:  Jim Paul, Hyacinth Huennemeyer

    This course is designed to provide students with the essential language skills required to successfully carry out a sales negotiation in English in a professional business setting. Students are expected to show command of English grammar and appropriate business vocabulary and phrases at a B2 level. The course focuses on 4 areas of oral communication: telephoning, introductions, small talk and negotiating. Regular attendance is necessary as the most important communication practice takes place in the classroom and language lab. English language proficiency is assessed in a 20-minute oral examination.

    WIM 4 Technical English, 2sws

    Instructor: Sharon Zaharka

    You will learn how to write about and present a technical device in a structured way starting with easy topics then gradually moving to complex ones. There is a written exam at the end of semester, and for the "Schein" students will present their design of a Rube-Goldberg style nonsense machine.

  • Wirtschafts-, Kultur-, und Rechtswissenschaften

    English Zusatzkurs BWB1

    Teacher: Ian Howe

    Aim of the course:

    To increase your working fluency in the most important business language in the world - English. Lessons will involve a Business reading topic with comprehension exercises and discussion.    As the course develops, you will improve your understanding of English grammar and sentence structure through writing. We want you to be successful in your studies and your careers. This class is offered to those of you who want to do very well in English. Besides, don't bi-lingual speakers earn more?

    Lesson times: Mondays 11:30 am

    Winter semester 2021 Kick off lesson with pre-course eligibility test Thursday 7th October 08:45am Webex ONLINE link htwg-konstanz.webex.com/meet/ihowe

    Verbessern Sie Ihre Sprachkenntnisse in der wichtigsten Geschäftssprache der Welt - Englisch. Der Unterricht wird ein Business-Lesethema mit Verständnisübungen und Diskussion beinhalten.  Im weiteren Verlauf des Kurses werden Sie Ihr Verständnis der englischen Grammatik und Satzstruktur durch Schreiben verbessern. Wir möchten, dass Sie erfolgreich studieren und Karriere machen. Dieser Kurs wird für diejenigen unter Ihnen gemacht, die sehr gut Englisch sprechen wollen. Außerdem verdienen zweisprachige Sprecher nicht mehr?

    Lektionszeiten: Montags 11:30 Uhr

    Wintersemester 2021 Unterrichtsbeginn mit Eignungstest vor dem Kurs Donnerstag, 7. Oktober 08:45 Uhr Webex ONLINE

    Business English 1 in BWB2, 4 sws

    Teacher: Christina Schaefer

    Content of the course

    This course focuses on core areas  in business and economics. The topics  are:

    • Application: CV and Covering Letter 
    • Customer service: Telephoning and emailing
    • importance of politeness and diplomacy 
    • Work conditions and fringe benefits
    • Types of retailing
    • Describing charts  
    • Marketing strategies and presentations
    • Language of banking and finance 
    • Debts, credits and investment
    • Types of organizations
    • Describing organigrams
    • Accounting  terminology 
    • Balance sheets
    • Basic language of economics
    • Factors of economic growth
    • Documents in international trade

    You will learn and practice language and communication skills to enable you to talk about a wide variety of topics.


    Career Express, Business English B2, published by Cornelsen

    90-min written

    All students must be able to communicate understandably in both spoken and written English to pass this course: Make sure that you have crossed the communication threshold before starting the course.

    Business English 2 in BWB3,     2sws

    Instructor: Sharon Zaharka

    This course aims at improving students’ writing skills, both for academic purposes and selected business purposes.

    Students will be introduced to different text types (article summary, review, essay, letter of application, minutes, project report/ case study reports) and will review a variety of language points and elements of style to help improve writing.

    In order to pass this course, students should demonstrate a B2 level of proficiency of English in a business context, and must attend class, constructively participate, and submit all assignments.

    This course is based on newspaper or magazine articles, scientific articles that students bring to class, and additional materials posted on moodle.

    Business English 3 in BWB4,     4sws

    Instructor: Sharon Zaharka

    This course is designed to improve spoken business English by reading articles and developing vocabulary in business related areas.

    We will cover six different topics (economics, products and brands, marketing, manufacturing, human resources, quality), with a starter text from me, and follow-up articles supplied by students the following week. We will review these materials, do vocabulary work with them, but also practice important business communications skills, such as: small talk, phone calls, meetings, presentations.
    Vocabulary quizzes will be offered and students may give one 5-minute presentation (on a company or economy). The final exam counts 80%: First students must make some small talk as they meet their business partner at a point of arrival (train station, airport, etc.), and then they will conduct strategy meetings to discuss changes and challenges of the business environment with reference to their company.

    WRB 2 – Business English 1, 2SWS

    Teachers: Hyacinth Moodalie-Hünnemeyer, n.n.

    This course will help students develop confidence and proficiency in discussing a wide variety of business topics in different situations. In class students are expected to participate actively in group and pair work aimed at consolidating and extending their knowledge of English by practicing all four language skills. The main emphasis is put on developing the students' communicative skills. The participants practice presenting business related topics and participating in business related discussions by focusing on the active use of business vocabulary, collocations, idioms, correct grammar and appropriate functional language phrases. The course is based on Career Express C1, Cornelsen 2011. Additional material is made available on Moodle.

    Assessment includes both coursework and a final exam.

    Coursework: vocabularytests, listening and grammar test, short class presentation. 

    Final examination: Oral exam in pairs in which students demonstrate their ability to conduct polite, professional small talk, complete a business related discussion task, and give a short presentation on a business topic covered in class. In this exam, fluency, clarity, accuracy, professional conduct, and the active use of Business English vocabulary are the main criteria.


    WRB3 – Business English 2,  2SWS

    Teachers: Hyacinth Moodalie-Hünnemeyer, n.n.

    As a follow up to Business English 1, we will reinforce the skills introduced and practiced in semester 2 in this course. Additionally, students will focus on clear and concise reading and writing skills through further reading and listening comprehension activities. They will also become more aware of and improve grammatical accuracy by analysing common errors in both speaking and writing. Business English 2 is also based on Career Express C1, Cornelsen 2011 and supplementary material is made available on Moodle.

    Assessment includes both coursework and a final exam.

    Coursework: vocabulary tests, reading and grammar test, class presentation, graded discussion tasks.

    Final examination: Written examination: a) Reading and listening comprehension tasks. b) Grammar cloze task based on common errors discussed in class.


  • Studienkolleg

    English / Lower Intermediate: B1 Level- 4SWS

    Instructor: Jim Paul

    This course is designed to help STK students with lower level English skills reach a solid B1 level of English proficiency. The textbook used as the basis for the course is Technical English at Work and it covers both technical and business topics. All of the skill areas (speaking/listening/reading/writing) are engaged and practiced with an emphasis on grammar revision and vocabulary building.

    The course starts with a review of the language that should have already been learned:  nouns (singular/plural), pronouns, simple present/past tenses, adjectives/adverbs, etc.

    More difficult language is then presented in the second semester: present perfect & future tenses, much/many, comparatives/superlatives, passive tenses, if-sentences, etc.

    Other skill/topic areas covered in the course: introductions/small talk, cover letter/CV, telephoning, mathematics vocabulary, describing graphs, presentations, etc.

    Assessment: mid-term & final examinations, regular attendance/active participation and oral presentation

    English/ Upper Intermediate: B2 level – 4SWS

    Instructor: Hyacinth Moodalie-Hünnemeyer, n.n.

    This two semester “EAP,”/ English for Academic Purposes course is designed to improve the general and academic language proficiency of SK „Wirtschaft“ and „Technik“ students. The course is based on the coursebook, “Oxford EAP – Upper Intermediate/B2” OUP, 2012 and focuses on preparing students for tertiary academic study by exploiting all four skills areas. In particular, students work at improving their:

    • understanding of grammar
    • academic and general vocabulary
    • reading strategies for academic texts
    • presentation skills for university/college
    • oral communication to participate effectively in seminars and in general.
    • listening comprehension for lectures
    • academic writing skills/essays, and summaries

    Assessment: examination, oral presentation / project work / debate, writing tasks, regular attendance and active participation.