English: Speaking and Writing in the Natural and Health Sciences

This course builds on the vocabulary, reading, listening, speaking and writing skills gained in general English foundation courses. It also further develops competences introduced in subject specific courses such as "English in Medicine", "English for Pharmaceutical Scientists", "English for Sports Scientists", and "English for Global Health".
We use an assortment of authentic print and audio materials on contemporary issues from a variety of natural and health science disciplines, such as the life sciences, pharmacy, environmental sciences, nanosciences, chemistry, physics and sports sciences.
In addition, participants use their own materials to practise the correct use of scientific jargon and other aspects of speaking central to discussions and mini-presentations. Students have the opportunity to train and develop further the features of writing common in the natural and health sciences.

Entry requirement: min. 2 semesters of natural or health sciences.
Further information:
Course level:
B2/C1 [more]
Kumiko Masai [more]
Monday, 18h00-19h40
Course period:
02.10.2017 - 11.12.2017 (Herbstsemester 2017)
Credit points:
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Certificate of attendance:
In order to receive a certificate of attendance (available on request) for this course, you are not allowed to be absent more than maximum two times.
± 90 minutes / week
Course materials:
A script will be distributed electronically.
Further details will be found in the course confirmation. Please do not acquire the course materials before then.
Course fee:
CHF 288 plus CHF 3 materials costs (for students and PhD candidates)
CHF 576 plus CHF 3 materials costs (for University employees)
Registration deadline:
17.05.2017 - 24.09.2017
This course requires either an obligatory computer placement test or completion of a preceding course.
If you have not attended a preceding course, a computer placement test has to be taken prior to registration.
Replacement date:
The supplementary replacement date for lessons that might not take place is: 02.12.2017 from 10h - 16h
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