Studies: Language Proficiency  


Preconditions As there are no English language courses for beginners, knowledge of English at the Matura level or at the level of the "Cambridge First Certificate" is necessary.

Aims The major aim of the language courses is the acquisition of a thorough active as well as passive knowledge of the English language. They are a necessary precondition for English and American Studies themselves, as the literature and linguistics courses are taught in English. For students of the Lehramtsstudium, the aim of the language courses is to prepare them to teach English at Austrian grammar or vocational schools up to Matura level.

Courses Oral Practice
This course focuses on spoken English. It includes exercises on pronunciation, intonation, rhythm of speech, conversation etc. and makes use of the language laboratories.

Comprehensive Language Courses I, II, und III
These three courses have to be taken one after the other. They present a general introduction to English usage. The major aim is the acquisition of a basic knowledge of grammar while at the same time applying this knowledge in everyday situations, both written and oral. Use of idioms, stylistics, and other aspects of modern English are also included. Course III aims at deepening the knowledge acquired in courses I and II.

Translation I and II
The objective of Translation I is the acquisition of a general knowledge of the use of English. This course is an introduction to the theory of German-English translation by means of translating texts with a more general content in class. Focus is placed on the application of basic grammatical knowledge, e.g. tenses, word order, articles, prepositions, adverbs etc. as well as extending students' vocabulary by using mono- and bilingual dictionaries.
In Translation II more complex texts are translated based on knowledge and skills acquired in Translation I and other language practice courses. This course especially focuses on deepening the knowledge of grammar and on textlinguistic and stylistic phenomena such as coherence, cohesion, collocations, deictic terms, reference, focus, and context.

Composition I and II
These two courses, which have to be taken one after the other, aim at the practice of structuring a written text. In Composition I students write essays on general topics. Composition II is a preparation for writing the Master's thesis. A thorough knowledge of English and the subject matter are pre-conditions for independent work on linguistic and literary questions.

This Proseminar includes the acquisition and deepening of knowledge of grammar and the analysis of grammar in linguistic terms such as contrastive grammar, theories of grammar etc. Students write a paper and present this in class.