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Code: G581V-
Teacher:  Simon Pierce
CFU subdivision: Lectures: 3
Basic aims:  Info not available
Acquired skills:  Info not available
Course contents:  The program includes various listening, reading
comprehension, speaking and writing activities with an
emphasis on agricultural terminology. Lessons are also
designed to explain forms of scientific communication such as
formal report writing, presentation of talks and posters at
conferences, and how to apply for jobs and postgraduate study
in other countries.

The main aims are:

preparation for real ‘international’ situations in working life,

to gain confidence in expressing yourself in a professional

to understand the various forms of professional scientific
Program:  Lesson program:

1). World Englishes - a brief history and American vs. British

2). World Englishes - Received Pronunciation vs. global variation
(listening practice)

3). Mnemonics - memory tricks for learning English spellings

4). Corn or corn? Translating and using crop and animal names

5). Let’s discuss the EU’s common agricultural policy! (And get

6). Formal letter writing and email

7). Understanding scientific reports

8). Writing scientific reports

9). How to publish internationally

10). Speaking in public to an international audience (conference
talks and posters)

11). Applying for jobs and postgraduate study abroad
Prerequisites:  A strong desire to stand up and communicate.
Preparatory instructions:  Info not available
Learning materials:  There is no course textbook, but various materials will be made
available during the course.
Other info:  This is an APPLIED course with emphasis on scientific
communication. The exam will be an oral discussion of a letter or
email written by the candidate. The letter will request a scientific
article from a REAL scientist, and the correspondence and the
scientific article will be discussed together during the oral exam.
Instructions with regard to how to write and interpret letters and
scientific articles will form part of the lessons.
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