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English Language Skills

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The programme of courses offered as part of the Sprachpraxis module consists of Integrated Foundation Courses (IFC), Written and Oral Communication Courses (WOC), Academic Skills courses (AS), and Translation 1 courses (TR1).

You should attend one of each type of course, starting with an IFC (2 SWS) and an AS (2 SWS). The course types are described in greater detail below.

Integrated Foundation Courses (IFC)

The aim of the Integrated Foundation Course is to provide systematic and interconnected language training. Hence, all IFCs will contain elements of grammar practice, mistakes recognition, and some discussions.

Nr. Name Type Time Room Lecturer
154401 IFC
Group A
2 Ü Mo 08:30 - 10:00 R. 3.205 Rankin
154402 IFC
Group B
2 Ü Tu 08:30 - 10:00 R. 3.205 Rankin
154403 IFC
Group C
2 Ü Tu 10:15 - 11:45 R. 3.206 Stutz
154404 IFC
Group D
2 Ü We 16:15 - 17:45 R. 3.206 Soni
154405 IFC
Group E
2 Ü We 12:15 - 13:45 R. 3.205 Hamblock
154406 IFC
Group F
2 Ü Th 12:15 - 13:45 R. 3.205 Stutz
154407 IFC
Group G
2 Ü Fr 10:15 - 11:45 R. 3.205 Soni
154408 IFC
Group H
2 Ü Fr 14:15 - 15:45 R. 3.205 Soni

Academic Skills (AS)

These courses are for LABG 2016 students who started in WS19/20 or later, and Angewandte BA students.

This course does not replace the Academic Writing courses.

The Academic Skills course aims to provide students with the key competencies needed to successfully complete work at university level. It will show you how to approach work at university level, how to do research, the secrets of a successful presentation, and how to plan and write an essay. The course requirements are tasks throughout the semester.

Nr. Name Type Time Room Lecturer
154411 Academic Skills
Group A
2 Ü Mo 10:15 - 11:45 R. 3.206 Stutz
154412 Academic Skills
Group B
2 Ü Mo 12:15 - 13:45 R. 3.205 Rankin
154414 Academic Skills
Group D
2 Ü Tu 12:15 - 13:45 R. 3.205 Stutz
154415 Academic Skills
Group E
2 Ü Tu 14:15 - 15:45 R. 3.205 Stutz
154416 Academic Skills
Group F
2 Ü We 10:15 - 11:45 R. 3.206 Bell
154417 Academic Skills
Group G
2 Ü We 12:15 - 13:45 R. 3.207 Bell
154418 Academic Skills
Group H
2 Ü Fr 14:15 - 15:45 R. 3.208 Bell

Written and Oral Communication (WOC)

All the Written and Oral Communication courses – irrespective of their individual content – focus on expression, especially through writing. The emphasis is very clearly on planned and carefully structured writing, concentrating particularly on the argumentative essay.

Nr. Name Type Time Room Lecturer
154421 WOC: Sitcoms 2 Ü Mo 10:15 - 11:45 R. 3.205 Rankin
154422 WOC: Indie Cinema 2 Ü Tu 10:15 - 11:45 R. 3.205 Rankin
154423 WOC: Marvel Universe 2 Ü Fr 12:15 - 13:45 R. 3.205 Soni
154424 WOC: Media Studies 2 Ü Th 10:15 - 11:45 R. 3.206 Stutz

Translation 1 (TR1)

These courses are for LABG 2016 students who started in WS19/20 or later, and Angewandte BA students.

This course constitutes an introduction to translation, especially since translation has, in many cases, not been practiced beforehand. Students are made aware of the manifold problems involved in translating a German (source language) text into English (target language). Before entire texts are translated, students will be confronted with smaller syntactic units (sentences), selected on the lines of certain grammatical problems. Students will also be familiarized with relevant dictionaries and other translation aids. Students attending any of these classes will be expected to prepare material in advance of each session and to take an in-class test at the end of the course.

Nr. Name Type Time Room Lecturer
154431 Translation 1
Group A
2 Ü Mo 08:30 - 10:00 R. 3.427 Hamblock

Bachelor (Auslandsaufenthalt)

To meet the requirements for the stay abroad, you should consult one of the members of staff who offer an opportunity for Project Design and Evaluation. When you have agreed on a project, you should register for the semester in which you intend to complete your project.


Nr. Name Type Time Room Lecturer
154441 Project Design and Evaluation 3 Ü -- -- Bell
154442 Project Design and Evaluation 1 Ü -- -- Hamblock
154443 Project Design and Evaluation 1 Ü -- -- Stutz


Masterclass (MC)

MA LABG 2009/2016 & MA Angewandte only

MA Angewandte students can only take this class for AT

The Masterclass is intended to give students the opportunity to practise and improve their language through a variety of different topics and areas.

Nr. Name Type Time Room Lecturer
154461 Masterclass: Once Upon a Time 2 Ü Fr 10:15 - 11:45 R. 3.208 Bell
154462 Masterclass: Media and Me 2 Ü Th 14:15 - 15:45 R. 3.207 Stutz

Translation 2 (Core) (TR2C)

These courses are geared towards all MA LABG students and Angewandte MA students.

These courses cover several areas, e.g. vocabulary, semantics, collocations, grammar (morphology and syntax), contrastive linguistics and stylistics. In addition to the traditional four skills: reading, listening, speaking, writing, translation constitutes a fifth skill which is not to be underestimated. This skill can only be acquired by practising translation over a long period of time. It replaces the previously offered Translation German/English class. The classes will run parallel: it would not, therefore, be sensible to attend more than one. Students attending any of these classes will be expected to prepare texts in advance of each session and to hand in work for marking.

Recommended dictionary:
Langenscheidt Großwörterbuch Englisch, Munich 2019

Nr. Name Type Time Room Lecturer
154471 Translation 2 (Core)
Group A
2 Ü Mo 12:15 - 13:45 R. 3.207 Stutz
154472 Translation 2 (Core)
Group B
2 Ü Tu 16:00 - 17:30 R. 3.205 Hamblock
154473 Translation 2 (Core)
Group C
2 Ü We 10:15 - 11:45 R. 0.215 Hamblock

Translation 2 (Extension)

These courses are for GyGe/BK/HRSGe students who began their MA studies in the SoSe 2020 and Angewandte MA students.

The aim of this class is to offer students the opportunity to hone the translation skills acquired in the two previous courses. The emphasis will be on problems found in different types of texts, as well as appropriately rendering semantic and syntactic features of the source texts concerned. Students attending any of these classes will be expected to prepare texts in advance. All further requirements will be discussed in class.

Nr. Name Type Time Room Lecturer
154481 Translation 2 (Extension) 2 Ü Mo 16:00 - 17:30 R. 3.208 Hamblock

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Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Campus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dort­mund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Campus). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from North Campus to South Campus by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Campus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund University has its own train station (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station (“Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 15 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop “Dort­mund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dort­mund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on North Campus. One (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Campus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Campus and offers a direct connection to South Campus every five minutes.

The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.

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