English Two

Summer Term 2008
Thursdays, 4−6 pm; room 049, Computer Science building, Takustr. 9.


English Two has a rather specific goal: to get you to talk, read, and write better in English. To achieve that, we will do a lot of talking in class, listening/watching at home, and don't forget reading and writing. I will assume that you have a reasonable grasp of English grammar and that you can at least be coerced to talk during classes. It will also assume that you are able and willing to put in a bit of work—two hours per week wouldn't be too far off the mark.

It is strongly recommended that participants have English skills equivalent to level B1 of the CEFR system. Accordingly, the target level for participants to reach by the end of this course will be B2.

Students and faculty of the departments of mathematics and computer science are equally welcome; outside applications will be accepted, space permitting. Regular attendance and participation will usually be rewarded with 2 ECTS credits.

You are required to register for this course via the KVV.



  • Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary.
  • Thomson/Martinet: A Practical English Grammar.
  • Crystal: The Cambridge Encyclopaedia of the English Language.
  • Fox: Watching the English.

* CEFR level B1: Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

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