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Examenskurs Sprachbeherrschung

  Content   The aim of this course is to prepare you for your oral examination in Sprachbeherrschung. Our main focus will lie on the discussion of grammatical structures (their form and function), but we will also do some vocabulary work. 

You will be required to do a (group) presentation on one of the grammatical phenomena that we shall deal with.

We will also devote some time every week to worksheets with grammar in context (which are structured exactly like in the examination). 

By the end of the semester, you should have developed an awareness of common English language problems for native speakers of German.

  Information sheets  
Information about the examination
Topics covered in the examination and in the presentations in class
  Examination   This course does not end with an examination in the strictest sense - but it prepares you for one, namely your oral state examination in Sprachbeherrschung
In order to know what to expect, please read the information sheet above.

Registration for the state exam
is very early - usually in January and July half a year before your scheduled start. (For binding and up-to-date information by the Prüfungsamt, klick here.)
If you have not registered by the time the semester starts, you will not be able to take the examination on the next possible date.
Although the Sprachbeherrschung examination counts towards your final grade, it is not part of the state examination. This means that you can only repeat it (once) if you take it during your studies, as a studienbegleitender Leistungsnachweis.

If you are studying Lehramt Gymnasium or Realschule, please contact Ms. Leitenstorfer (Bismarckstr. 1, C5A0, 85-22435, gabriele.leitenstorfer AT angl.phil.uni-erlangen.de) during the first three weeks of the semester to let her know who you would like to examine you. Though we always try to accommodate your wishes, there is no guarantee that everyone will get the examiner they chose.
If you are studying Lehramt Grundschule or Hauptschule, the same applies - but please contact Ms. Manneck at the Nuremberg Prüfungsamt.

If you would like to know the date of your examination and the name of your examiner, please contact Ms. Leitenstorfer or Ms. Manneck no earlier than two months prior to the beginning of the Prüfungszeitraum - but note that the dates may still change and are only truly fixed two weeks before the beginning of your Prüfungszeitraum. It is therefore advisable to check your precise date again shortly before the examination.

  Requirements   You must have passed your Grundstudium courses. Since you may only attend this course once, it is recommended that you take it shortly before your Sprachbeherrschung examination. Ideally, this should be in your final year at university, so that you enter your teacher training course (Referendariat) well prepared. 
The course is designed as a self-study course - which means that the more you put in, the more you will get out of it.
  Material   You will find digital material online in my password-protected StudOn area for this course.

In order to be able to access the material for this particular course, you will need to register with a password that I will give you during the first meeting.


  Recommended literature  


Foley, Mark and Diane Hall (2003): Longman Advanced Learners' Grammar. A Self-Study Reference & Practice Book with Answers. Edinburgh: Pearson.
[Provides you with explanation sections, exercises and answers.]
Herbst, Thomas, Rita Stoll and Rudolf Westermayr (1991): Terminologie der Sprachbeschreibung: Ein Lernwörterbuch für das Anglistikstudium. Ismaning: Hueber.
[Gives you a brief and readable overview of the central grammatical aspects.]
Hewings, Martin (2005): Advanced Grammar in Use. A Self-Study Reference and Practice book for Advanced Students of English (With Answers). 2nd ed. Cambridge: CUP.
[Each double page consists of a one-page overview of a particular grammatical phenomenon + one page of corresponding exercises with solutions in the appendix.]
Quirk, Randolph et al. (1985): A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language. London: Longman.
[Comprehensive indeed. This large volume provides a well-researched linguistic background to English grammar.]
Sammon, Geoff (2002): Exploring English Grammar. Berlin: Cornelsen.
[If you like Cornelsen's Studium Kompakt series, you may also like this book, which has the immense advantage of being written explicitly for German learners of English.]
SEALING 2: Syntaxanalyse im Examen. Script. University of Erlangen-Nuremberg.
[This script, which you can buy in the Anglistik secretary's office C 5A5, will help you understand the structure of English sentences - a necessary prerequisite for our analyses in class.]
Swan, Michael (2005): Practical English Usage. 3rd ed. Oxford: OUP.
[Not the "typical" grammar book, it is similar to dictionaries in having entries for many individual phenomena. An indispensable reference in cases of doubt.]
Ungerer, Friedrich et al. (1984): A Grammar of Present-Day English. Stuttgart: Klett.
[The well-structured classic for German learners of English.] 


Bulmer, A.F. and W.R. Adamson (1996): Which Words? A Fresh Approach to Vocabulary Building for Advanced Students. Southampton: Englang.
[Not only useful but also fun to read.]
Hoffmann, Hans G. and Marion Hoffmann (2003): Großer Lernwortschatz Englisch. 2nd ed. Ismaning: Hueber.
[If you want to learn vocabulary with German translation equivalents, this is the book for you.]
Humphrey, Richard (2001): Your Words, Your World. Stuttgart: Klett.
McCarthy, Michael and Felicity O'Dell (2002): English Vocabulary in Use. Advanced. Cambridge: CUP.
Parkes, Geoff and Alan Cornell (1989): German-English False Friends. (3 Vols). Southampton: Englang.
[These cleverly illustrated books give you an idea of possible false friends - but handle with care and do not let them confuse you.]