120101 Introduction to academic agricultural English

Lecture and exercise
Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Motsch, Viktoria , Hage-Ahmed, Karin , Leeb, Christine , Kaul, Hans-Peter , Zollitsch, Werner , Weber, Elisabeth , Winckler, Christoph , Kniepert, Martin , Knaus, Wilhelm Friedrich
Offered in
Sommersemester 2021
Languages of instruction



for content lectures: (always 14:00 - 15:30, via Zoom)
March 1, 8, 15, 22
April 26
May 3, 10, 17

for English coaching: no in-person or Zoom sessions. Instead the input is video based.

Easter break: March 25-April 21
End of course: June 9

(can also be found as "120010 Introduction to Academic Agricultural English Information Video" on YouTube). In case of course-related questions, please contact the mastermind of this course, Dr. Elisabeth Weber at elisabeth.weber@boku.ac.at

There are four modules, specializing on
- Technology & Environment,
- Plant Sciences,
- Livestock Sciences and
- Economy.

Each module takes up two weeks and includes two module lectures, one English Coaching input video and two weeks of online sessions.

Previous knowledge expected

none, ideally: English language skills at Matura level (= B2) or better.

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

Students develop their competences to understand and communicate agricultural contents in an international context using English as a means of international communication.

In order to reach this goal students learn to

- Read and understand the quintessence of specialized texts from relevant fields of agricultural sciences with the help of dictionaries and other sources,
- Understand and produce appropriate general comments on specialized texts produced in English,
- Present professional opinions related to a specialized text in an academic context and respond adequately to opinions expressed by others,
- Develop strategies to register, manage and extend specialized vocabulary,
- Develop strategies to practice and apply specialized vocabulary,
- Transform specialized knowledge from the first language into English in a comprehensible way and vice versa,
- Apply specialized language in their professional and academic field(s) in an efficient and flexible manner,
- Develop a healthy and supportive level of self-esteem when using specialized language in English,
- Understand the importance of and actively promote lifelong learning.
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.