120101 Introduction to academic agricultural English

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


Dates for Content Lectures (either in-classroom or online sessions):
Oct 10
Oct 17
Oct 24
Nov 7
Nov 14
Nov 21
Nov 28
Dec 7
Course end: Dec 21
You must attend these sessions. Additionally, there will be English coaching videos to watch and you have to complete assignments online.

(can also be found as 120101 Introduction to Academic Agricultural English 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.