Department English

The English team provides high quality English teaching to enable Bachelor’s students to communicate successfully in their subsequent professional careers or Master’s studies. For staff, we also offer language services (translating into English and proofreading) with a view to enhancing the quality of communication in English at the ZHAW’s School of Life Sciences and Facility Management.

«In the two-year Advanced course during my studies at the ZHAW we did a lot of oral short presentations, which helped me to communicate confident and more spontaneously. I gained skills in academic reading and writing which finally enabled and encouraged me to do my Bachelor’s thesis in Ireland and ... in English.»

Bettina, MSc Student in Food and Beverage Innovation

«I gained a good grounding in writing, talking and reading, taking English classes at the ZHAW during my 1st year … without these basics I may not have succeeded in Norway.»

Andreas, BSc in Natural Resource Sciences

«Participating in the English Upper Intermediate course at the ZHAW has enabled me to reach the required level for taking part in a summer school, where lecturers and students from seven countries worked together on different projects involving cell cultivation techniques.»

Jana, BSc in Biotechnology

Teaching

English is included in all the study programmes at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences Wädenswil and it is taught at three different levels:

  • Intermediate
  • Upper-intermediate
  • Advanced

Before starting their studies, students take a placement test which helps determine which level is most appropriate for them. Students who have already passed an external exam at level C1 or higher may apply for dispensation.

The courses build on the students’ existing levels of competence and, by developing both oral and written language skills, help prepare students to be effective English users in their future employment or study situations. Two ETCS credit points are awarded per semester on successful completion of the module that English is part of.

Team

Optional courses

Cambridge English exam preparation

In addition to the regular English courses, students can prepare for one of the following Cambridge exams: First Certificate in English, Certificate in Advanced English, Certificate of Proficiency in English or IELTS. The courses combine one lesson per week in the autumn semester (usually lunchtimes or late afternoon) with self-study, and the exams are generally taken in March.

Cambridge English Exams
Contact: Maggi Lussi Bell

Academic and Professional English (APE)

The APE course focuses on improving English skills for work or study. It gives both students and staff who are at B2 (e.g. First Certificate in English) level or above the chance to refine essential communication skills in English. The course takes place in the spring semester and consists of one double-lesson per week (late afternoon).

Contact: Nick Bell

Language Services

The English team provides proof-reading and translation services for employees working with English texts (e.g. scientific articles and papers, websites, presentations and posters).

Our familiarity with and close proximity to the various subject areas within the school of Life Sciences and Facility Management enables us to maintain an efficient and high level of service. This ranges from simple polishing to refining texts for publication.

We take a collaborative approach to enhance the clarity and precision of texts. Longer translations and those for publication are double-checked by a second team-member. We also give editorial feedback on content.

For further information about Language Services please contact Maggi Lussi Bell.

«Language services have enabled us to communicate our messages better to our peers and stakeholders, and to target better journals. All of which are critical success factors for our work. The discussions with the language services team have also helped us to look at our work from a different angle, going beyond just examining language. Consulting and working with the English team has become part of our standard working process.»

Chahan Yeretzian, Professor for Analytical Chemistry, Bioanalytical Chemistry and Diagnostics

«Fast, competent and reliable. We regularly require support for the 11 Bachelor in Natural Resource Sciences English modules. Whether it is with translations of scripts, proof reading of course descriptions or lesson tips, the Language Services team is always helpful.»

Diana Haller, Student Mobility Coordinator

«Great service, great people. Working together helps us to publish not only scientifically correct but also linguistically precise articles, books and presentations. The Language Services team is a delight and a pleasure to work with.»

Sören Werner, Research Associate Biochemical Engineering