120101 Introduction to academic agricultural English

Lecture and exercise
Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Holzinger, Andreas , Salhofer, Klaus , Walzer, Andreas , Leeb, Christine , Kaul, Hans-Peter , Zollitsch, Werner , Weber, Elisabeth , Winckler, Christoph , Knaus, Wilhelm Friedrich
Offered in
Sommersemester 2024
Languages of instruction


PLEASE NOTE: This is a continuous assessment course (VU). Attendance for the content lectures is compulsory (max 3 sessions can be missed to qualify for a positive grade)! The English Coaching sessions are video-based. For these there are no in-person or online sessions.

(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 in
- Technology & Environment,
- Plant Sciences,
- Livestock Sciences and
- Economy.

Each module takes up two weeks and includes two module lectures (attendance is compulsory, max. 3 sessions can be missed), 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.