Please note that successful participation in the ‘English Foundation Course’ is neither a prerequisite for nor an entitlement to participation in the ‘Advanced English’ courses of the higher semesters.
Please read the following guidelines carefully before you choose a particular course. This will save time in the long run and also help to ensure that the courses progress smoothly.
Choose your course before the first session has taken place!
Many students like to ‘shop around’ in the first weeks of the semester before they make their final decision. In the past, this has often led to situations in which the group has not settled down and we have not been able to make the progress initially aimed at. This loss of time can be frustrating not only for the lecturer, but for fellow students too.
We therefore advise all those interested to:
- Read the course description and relevant information carefully.
- Decide on which course is really feasible for you, ideally before the first session.
- Register for the course on STiNE.
- Attend the first session.
The maximum number of participants is 16/18/20/24 (depending on the course in question and in which semester – e.g. missing dates due to public holidays).
It should hopefully be clear that a seminar room with capacity for 20-25 students is not the ideal place for a course with 40. Please also understand that due to pedagogical reasons and owing to concerns regarding the content of the courses, we would not wish to admit more than 16/18/20/24 students to each course.
Regular attendance is mandatory.
Please note that our task is to help you to improve your linguistic competence. This can only be achieved if you participate regularly. Students should not miss more than two sessions, and they should excuse themselves if they cannot attend class. If you are ill or there is a good reason for missing the session, then we would kindly ask you to inform us. Please note that only students who participate regularly and complete all of the designated tasks can receive the ECTS points assigned to the course in question.
Active participation is a must.
Please note that the quality of your participation in our courses will be evaluated along with other course requirements when assessing your grade.
Awarding of ECTS points
ECTS points will only be awarded on successful participation in and completion of a language course at this department.
Requests for the accreditation of alternative courses must be submitted to the ‘Studienbüro’. Such applications will be passed on to Maura-Dell O'Mahony, whose recommendations are then conveyed to the Board of Examiners.