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Professional and Interdisciplinary Skills (AfK)

Professional and Interdisciplinary Skills (AfK) offered by the Centre for Competence Development (ZfbK):

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(AfK-Nr. 275)

Intercultural Awareness Training

Dates:
Friday: 08 November 02:00 pm - 06:00 pm
Saturday: 09 November 02:00 pm - 06:00 pm
Sunday: 10 November 02:00 pm - 06:00 pm

Place: Lokal International, Eichendorffring 111

This course outlines the basic concepts of Intercultural Communication in order to improve communication skills that enhance cross-cultural communication.
(Niveau B1+ GER)

The following topics will be covered:

- Cultural perspectives: identity and intercultural relations
- Perception: beliefs, values, and attitudes
- Components of intercultural communication: conflict management and cooperation
- Examining communication and the self

Participants will receive a pass/fail, 1 CP is awarded for the successful completion of the course.

Please note that the course is organized in cooperation with the JLU international office.
*** Exchange students and free movers are welcome to sign up via e-mail up to 21 October 2019: lokal.international@studentenwerk-giessen.de***

A completion of the English language placement test offered by the Forum Sprachen prior to enrolment in this course is voluntary but highly recommended.
Participants should complete the placement test with 60% or higher in order to be able to successfully complete the course.
You can access the placement test via this link:

Placement test

(AfK-Nr. 618)

Introduction to Academic Writing

Date: Tuesdays, 04:00 pm-06:00 pm

Place: Karl-Gloeckner-Str. 5A, R. 117

The increasingly international orientation of academia in general requires students to be able to write academic texts in English – a requirement that is difficult to fulfil successfully without the support of university writing courses characteristic of English-speaking countries. To fill this gap, this course is designed for students from all disciplines with little to no experience with academic writing who need to write academic texts in English in their study programs or are planning to study in an English-speaking country. The course addresses the basic concerns of academic writing in English (such as understanding writing assignments, paragraphing, and paraphrasing) and encourages you to develop your own writing skills in practice. You will also receive regular feedback on your written texts.

By the end of this course, you will be able to…

• … identify common structures of different kinds of academic texts and structure your own texts accordingly.
• … identify and use the basic terminology of academic disciplines.
• … find a research topic as well as draft research questions and theses statements.
• … outline a research paper’s argumentation.
• … work with sources effectively (for example evaluating, summarizing, referencing).
• … apply the specificities of academic writing in English in your own texts.

As the development of writing skills requires frequent practice, this course is offered as a regular course over the whole term. Please be prepared to complete several writing tasks for this course during and after the semester as, in order to receive credit (CP), you will need to complete a writing portfolio.

Kindly note that this course will be conducted in English. Participants will need at least level B1+ or equivalent in English to complete the course. However, this course is not designed to improve your English language skills. If you are looking for a course to improve your grammar, vocabulary etc, please refer to the English language courses offered by the Forum Sprachen.

Participants will receive a pass/fail, 2 CP are awarded for the successful completion of the course.

A completion of the English language placement test offered by the Forum Sprachen prior to enrolment in this course is voluntary but highly recommended.
Participants should complete the placement test with 60% or higher in order to be able to successfully complete the course.
You can access the placement test via this link:

Placement test

(AfK-Nr. 642)

Introduction to Digital Marketing

Dates:
Saturday: 02 November 09:00 am - 03:00 pm
Saturday: 09 November 09:00 am - 03:00 pm

Place: Karl-Gloeckner-Str. 5A, R.106 (ZfbK)

 

In this compact course, you will be introduced to digital marketing and to some tools used by
professionals. The goal is not only to discover some basic advertising fundamentals, but also
learn the process to conceptualize digital campaigns. The students will have the opportunity
to design a draft plan for social media, from briefing and persona design to marketing
strategy.

Participants will receive a pass/fail, 1 CP is awarded for the successful completion of the course.

(AfK-Nr. 357)

Regionalkompetenz Baltikum (Estland, Lettland, Litauen)

Dates:
Saturday: 03 November 10:00 am - 06:00 pm
Saturday: 10 November 10:00 am - 06:00 pm

Place: Karl-Gloeckner-Str. 5A, R.106 (ZfbK)

 

Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, which are the focus of the following workshop, belong to one of the most thriving and blooming regions in Europe and offer a great variety of cultural, touristic, and educational opportunities. Therefore, the aim of this course is to provide an overview of the historical development, current social and political trends, and, most importantly, intercultural competencies in order to understand cultural specificities of people living the Baltics. Moreover, necessary information on educational opportunities/exchange and cooperation programmes for JLU students will also be provided. In an interactive and friendly environment, we will plunge into a unique atmosphere of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania and do a lot of interesting tasks to get familiar with the Baltic cultures.

Participants will receive a pass/fail, 1 CP is awarded for the successful completion of the course.

 

English language courses

The ZfbK also offers English language courses on different levels.