120104 English III (B2): Preparation for stays abroad and standardized language tests

Lecture and exercise
Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Weber, Elisabeth
Offered in
Wintersemester 2022/23
Languages of instruction


The main focus of English III is to familiarize students with the international standardized language testing system IELTS. Together we will explore how such tests are done so that students can successfully master such an exam at level 5.5 to 6.0.
We also work on the students' reading, writing, speaking and listening skills, do some vocabulary work and boost self-confidence when using the language.
This course is ideal for students who wish to prepare for a stay abroad.

We work with chapters 1-9 of the textbook "Focus on IELTS" (please do NOT buy the book in advance. I will provide information on our e-learning platform).

Level: band 5-6 (modest to competent user) according to IELTS.

October 1 - October 13: Course Orientation
October 14 - November 10: Module One
November 11 - December 8: Module Two
December 9 - January 26: Module Three (incl. Christmas break)
January 27 - January 31: Round Off
Within each module you are required to complete a number of assignments to work on your English language skills. As this is a video-based e-learning course you can do these tasks (within given frameworks) whenever they best fit into your schedule - and life. You must come to the platform and do assignments at least once a week.

Previous knowledge expected

"E3" as a result on the English entrance test or successful completion of General English Brush up/English Grammar.

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

After the successful completion of this course, students can
* do IELTS-based tasks (listening, reading, writing, speaking) at level 5.5 to 6.0,
* use English for personal and professional contributions in written and oral settings at level B2,
* apply strategies to further their healthy and proactive relationship with English as an international means of communication,
* understand the importance of lifelong learning, especially related to foreign languages / working languages.
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.