ENGLISH LANGUAGE COURSES

This programme is conceived primarily to help students function academically and socially in a university setting. Students engage collaboratively in the completion of tasks that are pedagogically and linguistically motivated to develop and enhance knowledge of English in an academic context. Students entering the first level of English Language Studies (LAN 100) are expected to be approximately at the level of the Cambridge FCE Exam or at the B1+ (Threshold) level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. All English language courses can be taken as free electives provided any prerequisites are met.
 
COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

LAN 100 General Advanced English (5 ECTS)

This course is designed to help students function in English in an academic environment. Students are given ample opportunities to improve their command of English overall. By completing various task-based activities students will have progressive practice in their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. More specifically, students are introduced to a variety of techniques to help them read academic texts more quickly and productively, including: skimming and scanning, understanding the meanings of vocabulary items from context clues, locating the main idea(s) and supporting details, determining the author's purpose for writing, examining organizational patterns of writing, and finally preparing and delivering an informative presentation.
 
LAN 101 Academic English (5 ECTS)
Prerequisite: LAN 100 or equivalent

This course enables students to continue to develop proficiency in all areas of the language regarding reading, writing, speaking and listening. The primary focus of this course is to encourage students to engage critically with the language, whether spoken or written, and to recognize and question the validity of ideas encountered in materials. Emphasis will be placed on differentiating fact from opinion, detecting author bias, understanding inferences, recognizing tone, developing vocabulary, and expressing opinion in writing tasks. Students will also deliver a persuasive presentation. They will learn not only to collect, assess, and synthesize information but also how to use persuasive language effectively.
 
LAN 200 General Topics in Academic English (5 ECTS)
Prerequisite: LAN 101 or equivalent

This course is thematically designed to develop students' fluency and confidence in using English in an academic context, exploring various negotiated topics. Students will continue to improve their integrated language skills and proficiency in reading, writing, listening, and speaking addressing advanced English language vocabulary and language use. They will be encouraged to further hone their digital literacy skills and develop peer assessment skills through various group and task-based activities: identifying specific writing techniques, locating and discussing contradictory viewpoints in materials, and learning to appraise sources for suitability, bias, and propaganda. A variety of media is used as teaching material: books, journals, newspapers, films as well as the internet.
 
English for Special Purposes

LAN 102 English for Architecture (5 ECTS)
Prerequisite: LAN 100 or equivalent

This course is designed to meet the needs of university students studying in the field of Architecture. Reading materials incorporated into the course, taken from a wide variety of authentic contemporary journal articles, are designed to familiarize students with the literature and terminology in the respective subject. The course focuses on activating all language skills through cooperative task-based work. Tasks include delivering oral presentations on a topic connected to the field of Architecture, reading and writing documents in architectural contexts, developing academic study skills, listening, speaking and extensive terminology practice on topics such as construction sites, plans and materials.
 
LAN 103 English for Biomedical Sciences (5 ECTS)
Prerequisite: LAN 100 or equivalent

This course is specifically designed to meet the needs of university students specializing in the fields of Biology and Medicine. It aims to enable students to use the English language efficiently and fluently during their academic studies and later in their professional lives. The course focuses on activating all language skills through collaborative task-based work. Tasks include delivering scientific poster presentations, reading and writing scientific texts such as articles and abstracts, developing academic study skills, listening and speaking within the context of biomedical sciences, and developing an extensive vocabulary focused on topics related to biology and medicine.
 
LAN 104 English for Technical Purposes (5 ECTS)
Prerequisite: LAN 100 or equivalent

This course aims to improve students' skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking with particular emphasis on comprehending written material. Attention is also given to summary, process and memo writing in addition to the expansion of engineering related vocabulary. In order to cater to the specific needs of engineering students, class texts are taken from engineering and/or science magazines so as to assist students in familiarizing themselves with real world materials. The ability to summarize and present information through PowerPoint presentations also enhances comprehension and allows students to better cope with the vast array of English language engineering related literature.
 
LAN 109 English for Law (5 ECTS)
Prerequisite: LAN 100 or equivalent except for Law students

This course is particularly designed to meet the needs of university students studying in the field of Law. It aims to enable students to use the English language efficiently and fluently during their academic studies and later in the performance of their duties as qualified lawyers. The course focuses on activating all language skills through cooperative task-based work in a legal context: delivering oral presentations, reading and writing legal documents (such as letters giving legal advice, legal memos, case notes, etc.), developing academic study skills, listening and speaking about legal matters and extensive legal terminology practice.
 
LAN 111 English for Computer Science (5 ECTS)
Prerequisite: LAN 100 or equivalent

This course aims at helping students communicate successfully in the field of Computer Science by teaching them the use of effective reading, writing and speaking strategies. The course intends to improve students' understanding of texts by reading articles related to their field of study. In addition, students will engage in writing activities to facilitate the art of writing more concisely and coherently. Oral presentations will help improve speaking fluency. A further aim of the course is to learn and use Computer Science vocabulary. Collaboration and interaction between students will be achieved through various group and task-based activities.
 
LAN 201 Business Communication for Management (5 ECTS)
Prerequisite: LAN 101 or equivalent

This course is designed to help students communicate successfully in the business world and prepare them for the challenges that they will face both at university and at the workplace, by teaching them the use of effective writing and speaking strategies and skills. Particular features of the course have been designed to focus on communication-related topics and issues critical to business and finance students. The understanding of the theory behind good communication is facilitated and the students implement that theory by developing their note-taking and paraphrasing skills, which will lead into producing clear and accurate summaries of business readings.
 
LAN 202 English for Public Speaking (5 ECTS)
Prerequisite: LAN 101 or equivalent except for European studies students

This course is designed to improve communicative skills in English in an academic setting through a combination of theory and practice. In order to develop proficiency in verbal communication, students will complete a variety of activities, both individual and group, and be evaluated by their peers and their instructor according to task type. Course materials are drawn from an extensive selection of current printed matter, online resources, video and podcasts. One of the intentions of this course is to encourage students to begin to recognize the parameters within which their own culture operates and understand the important role that intercultural skills play when engaging in public speaking activities.
 
LAN 203 English for European and International Relations (5 ECTS)
Prerequisite: LAN 101 or equivalent

This specialized course is designed to encourage and support the practice of the English language in the context of European and International relations and to provide students with subject-specific knowledge through the medium of English. The course is task-oriented and addresses a number of thematic areas. Focus will be placed on comprehension and production as well as on intercultural skills. Possible themes will include: The functioning of European and International institutions, European and Regional integration and political, economic and social cooperation, among others. This course offers students the opportunity to develop their communicative competence in the specific field of European and International relations.
 
LAN 204 Business English (5 ECTS)
Prerequisite: LAN 101 or equivalent

This course is designed to meet the business communication needs of university students and gives emphasis to English-speaking companies and commercial relations in the business world. Students are encouraged to use the English language efficiently and fluently both during their studies and later in their professional careers. The course also develops an immediate communicative competence in the business area. The course focuses on developing sociocultural awareness as well as on the acquisition of practical linguistic knowledge through a task-based approach based on CV writing, negotiating, writing business letters, dealing with customers and suppliers, etc., and by taking part in group discussions and presentations.
 
LAN 209 Advanced English for Global Communication (5 ECTS)
Pre-requisite: LAN 101 or equivalent

This specialized course is designed to encourage the practice of the English language in a social, academic, and professional context. The course focuses on advanced level readings, such as the United Nations Human Development Report and other topics based on authentic material as well as listening, all of which serve as a catalyst for discussion and writing tasks, i.e. note-taking and summary writing. The course is task-based aiming at achieving fluency and developing concise and coherent text production; students will be required to work on a case study towards compiling a group opinion report and an individual podcast. Extensive vocabulary specific to Economics will be practiced throughout the course in order to enhance students' overall language competence.
 
LAN 212 English for the Workplace (5 ECTS)
Pre-requisite: LAN 101 or equivalent
 
The course aims to better prepare learners for the workplace by introducing, developing and honing a set of transferable language-related skills that are pivotal from the stage of looking for a job, to applying for one, to entering and practicing in the workplace. Using a wide range of authentic material, the four main linguistic skills (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) will be exercised. The course will employ a mixture of task-based, skills-based methodologies and will encourage a hands-on approach via which learners will receive ample practice and opportunities, working both individually and in groups, to become familiar with and refine the real-life tasks and skills introduced in this course. Upon successful completion of the activities involved and of the course assessment, learners will be expected to be well-equipped language- and skills-wise with regards to the respective workplace requirements.