015.112 Technical English Communication A
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2020W, VU, 2.0h, 3.0EC


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: VU Lecture and Exercise
  • Format: Distance Learning

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to speak and write about technical matters in English. Through group work, debates, poster presentations, and exams on a variety of technical and business-related topics, you will increase your technical vocabulary, acquire a natural and confident use of technical and scientific English, and improve your grammar and pronunciation.  

Subject of course

This course is designed to prepare students for their transition from the academic to the career world. Students train how to interview effectively and prepare their job application by learning the finer points of convincing CV and cover-letter writing. Through debates, flipchart presentations, and critical-thinking workshops, this course will expand your technical, scientific, and business vocabulary. In addition to avoiding typical Germanisms, special focus is also given to reading scientific articles, essay writing, grammar, pronunciation, and punctuation.



Teaching methods

Workshops are held on CV and cover-letter writing, as well as interviewing. Students submit their job applications, and every student has a 5-minute personal interview. Poster presentations on the differentiation of technical and scientific vocabulary are given in student teams. There is a written and oral midterm and final exam, which focuses on grammar, pronunciation, word choice, and short-essay writing.

Mode of examination

Written and oral

Additional information


Is it possible to take both TECO A and B/TEPR A and B?

- No, A and B are two offerings of the same course: you may take either the A or the B course of TECO and TEPR, but you may not take both A and B for each course.

Are these courses an appropriate training für internationally accepted language tests like TOEFL or IELTS?

- TECO and TEPR will help you improve your English, but they are not designed to prepare you specifically for TOEFL or IELTS

How will the course be taught during COVID-19?

- Via ZOOM 



Course dates

Wed10:00 - 12:0007.10.2020 - 27.01.2021 TECOA
Technical English Communication A - Single appointments
Wed07.10.202010:00 - 12:00 TECOA
Wed14.10.202010:00 - 12:00 TECOA
Wed21.10.202010:00 - 12:00 TECOA
Wed28.10.202010:00 - 12:00 TECOA
Wed04.11.202010:00 - 12:00 TECOA
Wed11.11.202010:00 - 12:00 TECOA
Wed18.11.202010:00 - 12:00 TECOA
Wed25.11.202010:00 - 12:00 TECOA
Wed02.12.202010:00 - 12:00 TECOA
Wed09.12.202010:00 - 12:00 TECOA
Wed16.12.202010:00 - 12:00 TECOA
Wed13.01.202110:00 - 12:00 TECOA
Wed20.01.202110:00 - 12:00 TECOA
Wed27.01.202110:00 - 12:00 TECOA

Examination modalities

Evaluation Criteria 

(25 points)     CV & Cover Letter

(25 points)     Team Introduction & Word-Differentiation   

(100 points)    Midterm Exam  

(25 points)      2-minute Job Interview

(25 points)      Team Debate, Project Proposal, or Critical Thinking Poster-Talk

(100 points)     Final Exam


Grading Scale: 

270 – 300             1

230 – 269             2

190 – 229             3

150 – 189             4

   0 –  149             5

Course registration

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16.09.2020 09:00 27.09.2020 09:00 18.10.2020 00:00



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