Please note: This course was formerly called "Englisch C1.1: Listening and Speaking". It is only the course title that has changed; not the contents or learning outcomes.
This course provides listening and speaking practice at advanced level (level B2+/C1). We will watch videos, listen to podcasts, interviews, talks and presentations and discuss various topics in class. The course will help you expand your vocabulary, build your confidence when speaking English and improve your general communication and language skills.
The courses "English C1.1" and "English C1.2" successively prepare students for the attainment of level C1 of the CEFR. To meet the requirements of level C1, we recommend that you complete at least two courses at level C1.1 and two at level C1.2.
Learners at level C1 are able to do the following:
- follow extended speech with relative ease (e.g. lectures, discussions and debates) on abstract and complex topics beyond their own field, even when it is not clearly structured and when relationships are only implied and not signaled explicitly (though they may need to confirm occasional details, especially if the accent is unfamiliar)
- understand a wide range of recorded and broadcast audio material, including some non-standard usage, and identify finer points of detail including implicit attitudes and relationships between speakers
- recognize a wide range of idiomatic expressions and colloquialisms, appreciating register shifts
- express themselves fluently and spontaneously, almost effortlessly. They have a good command of a broad lexical repertoire allowing gaps to be readily overcome with circumlocutions. There is little obvious searching for expressions or avoidance strategies; only a conceptually difficult subject can hinder a natural, smooth flow of language.
- easily follow and contribute to complex interactions between third parties in group discussions even on complex unfamiliar topics
- give clear, detailed descriptions and well-structured presentations on complex subjects, integrating sub-themes, developing particular points and rounding off with an appropriate conclusion
- argue a formal position convincingly, responding to questions and comments and answering complex lines of counterargument fluently, spontaneously and appropriately
Admission requirement: successful completion of a B2.4-level English course at the ZfbK or level 76-85 in our online placement test
Credit points: 2
Credit requirements: active participation, presentation, end-of-term exam
Coursebook: materials will be provided by the instructor