Course Schedule

Veranstaltungen von Dr. Sabrina Völz


Lehrveranstaltungen

Writing With Style: Discovering Your Academic Voice in English. Englisch C1 (Seminar)

Dozent/in: Sabrina Völz

Termin:
wöchentlich | Freitag | 10:15 - 13:45 | 02.04.2024 - 24.05.2024 | C 5.109 Seminarraum
Einzeltermin | Fr, 31.05.2024, 10:15 - Fr, 31.05.2024, 13:45 | C 6.321 Seminarraum | Einzeltermin - Raumwechsel wegen lunatic-Festival
wöchentlich | Freitag | 10:15 - 13:45 | 07.06.2024 - 05.07.2024 | C 5.109 Seminarraum

Inhalt: With Grammarly, DeepL, and artificial intelligence, is taking an academic writing class still useful? Will you write your bachelor thesis in English and are not quite sure if you're ready? Will you need to write an assignment or essay in English for one of your classes this semester? If you answered yes to any of those questions, then you may want to take this class. Just as students need to know the fundamentals of math to use the calculator properly, academics need certain skills to make the most out of a seemingly unending amount of AI-driven writing tools. In this class, we'll explore the fundamentals of academic writing and the possibilities of digital and/or AI-driven tools. Further topics include recognizing quality writing, including producing knock-out introductions and conclusions, making the most of citations, examining personal bias and positionality (how one's identity affects their writing and research), and critically revising one's own work. Finally, we'll also take a closer look at matters of style and creative language use. Participants will work on and discuss many writing activities in class. At the same time, due to the heterogeneity of seminar participants, the instructor will assist students in developing their own writing styles and mentor them individually. Those who are willing to put the time and effort into the class should notice a great improvement in their confidence and writing skills. The first hour of the seminar is devoted to writing practice and the themes mentioned in the content section. During the second hour of the seminar, students have the opportunity to set their individual writing goal(s) and take advantage of language coaching.

Cat Got Your Tongue? – Developing Your Oral Communication Skills in English. Englisch ab B2 (Seminar)

Dozent/in: Sabrina Völz

Termin:
wöchentlich | Donnerstag | 12:15 - 13:45 | 02.04.2024 - 05.07.2024 | C 5.019 Seminarraum

Inhalt: Are you uncomfortable speaking in English in front of a group? Do you want to say something in your classes, but can’t get the words out fast enough? Do you want to be prepared to meet the demands of 21st century workplaces, where employees are valued for their ability to communicate well in diverse situations? If so, then this is the course for you. In this student-centered class, we will work on vocabulary-building strategies, while improving oral fluency and proficiency skills in English. Moreover, students will practice their public speaking skills in various contexts (small talk, intercultural settings, presentations, interviewing, etc).

Advanced Language Skills (Übung)

Dozent/in: Sabrina Völz

Termin:
wöchentlich | Dienstag | 10:15 - 11:45 | 02.04.2024 - 05.07.2024 | C 5.310 Seminarraum
Einzeltermin | Di, 09.07.2024, 10:15 - Di, 09.07.2024, 11:45 | C 5.310 Seminarraum

Inhalt: This course will focus on skills development from both the learner's and the teacher's perspective. This is a very practical course which will cover a number of interesting and debated issues related to skills development for learners of English at different levels of proficiency. In addition to skills development, participants will try their hands at designing activities for themselves and/or learners of English.

Academic Writing (Übung)

Dozent/in: Sabrina Völz

Termin:
wöchentlich | Montag | 14:15 - 15:45 | 08.04.2024 - 05.07.2024 | C 12.009 Seminarraum
Einzeltermin | Mo, 08.07.2024, 14:15 - Mo, 08.07.2024, 15:45 | C 12.009 Seminarraum

Inhalt: Do you have a good command of academic vocabulary? Do you know how to write a proper introduction to a research paper? Or what strategies apart from the summary you can use for the conclusion? Do you know the difference between informal and formal English? Do you have a good idea of how to vary your sentence structure or integrate creative elements into your academic prose? Can you use commas effectively? If you have answered no to two or more of these questions, then this might be the course for you. Each participant will gain experience reading and responding to academic texts, and working with a variety of reference works. Students will be introduced to and practice using academic register and conventions. Finally, students will be encouraged to develop their own academic voices and apply techniques learned in the seminar to an essay on film.

Reading and Writing Life in North America (FSL) (Profil NAS, Modul 3) (Seminar)

Dozent/in: Sabrina Völz

Termin:
wöchentlich | Montag | 10:15 - 11:45 | 02.04.2024 - 05.07.2024 | C 12.111 Seminarraum
Einzeltermin | Mo, 08.07.2024, 10:15 - Mo, 08.07.2024, 11:45 | C 12.111 Seminarraum

Inhalt: Participants will learn about life writing with a focus on religious, gender, and cultural identities in the United States. They will engage with a graphic novel and memoir writing. Presentation groups will each choose one of the the following memoirs to analyze according to Julia Watson and Sidonie Smith's Toolkit for interpreting autobiographical texts: Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America (2003) by Firoozeh DuMas, Growing up Amish (2011) by Ira Wagler, Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots (2012) by Deborah Feldman, and Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover (2018), and Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story by Jacob Tobia (2019). Also, students will acquire a range of skills and techniques to produce their own life writing texts. Therefore, this seminar combines theoretical foundations with practical application. We all have a story to tell. What's yours?

Narrative Nonfiction Writing (Übung)

Dozent/in: Sabrina Völz

Termin:
wöchentlich | Dienstag | 14:15 - 15:45 | 02.04.2024 - 05.07.2024 | C 6.026 Seminarraum
Einzeltermin | Di, 09.07.2024, 14:15 - Di, 09.07.2024, 15:45 | C 6.026 Seminarraum

Inhalt: Until recently, narrative nonfiction writing was often seen as the stepchild of literary studies. As a result of the internet, blogging, Twitter, and the growing interest in the daily lives of people in general, narrative nonfiction writing is booming. Increasingly more attention is being given to groups whose voices have not been elevated much. In this project-oriented class, students will be introduced to life writing and techniques writers of non-fiction use to tell their own stories. Moreover, students will explore the genre by closely reading a variety of nonfictional texts and stories. In particular, students will choose between Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America (2003) by Firoozeh DuMas, and Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots (2012) by Deborah Feldman as the main text of the seminar. In the second part of the course, students will be mentored on an individual basis and write about their own lives. They will be involved in peer editing and expected to revise their own writing as well as present/read their life writing piece to the class. Students will produce lively audio versions of their stories that will be compiled into a class anothology. Everyone has a story to tell. What is yours?