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Information for Students

First of all . . . Welcome to the Course!

Here is some general information about the year ahead. The course runs over two semesters and meets Tuesdays, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. in HS 04.11  (Universitätsplatz 4, First  Floor). This year we will begin on October 6, 2015. We will spend as much as possible of the three hours each week practicing speaking. Reading and writing you can learn by doing work at home, so regular attendance and homework are both necessary and expected. The course begins at a very basic level, but it progresses very quickly! You are welcome to also attend the class offered by the GEWI faculty. 

I don't have office hours at the university, but will always have time to meet students individually before the course begins on Tuesdays. If you have any questions, need any help, or just want to talk, you can always contact me through email at karen.pommer(at)uni-graz.at and request a meeting.

The course book is available at the UNI for LIFE office on Beethovenstrasse, but as I am currently updating it, many new materials as well as the weekly assignments will be made available on my homepage (https://homepage.uni-graz.at/de/karen.pommer/) or in class throughout the year. If you do not have access to email or internet from your home, please let me know so that copies can be made for you in advance.

The dates for the exam (Studienberechtigungsprüfung) are usually in late September, late January and early June. The best way to prepare for it is to come to class every week, but there are many other things you can do to improve your English over the next 8 months. It is a very simple fact that the more English you come into contact with, the more and the faster you will learn. 

A Note about Grammar, Speaking, and Attitude

I know that a lot of you may be afraid of speaking and may feel that you need to learn English before you can speak it. In fact, the exact opposite is true: you have to speak a language in order to learn it. Of course, we will be learning some grammar and "rules", but try to remember that grammar is not the most important factor in learning a language. Your job is to communicate information and your ideas any way you can. Don't worry about making mistakes. In fact, mistakes are good! They mean you are trying something new. They mean you are not limiting your contributions to what you know you can say perfectly. If you can learn to relax and take on this attitude, you'll get much more from this class and the class will get more from you. You might even have some fun.

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