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English Courses

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The English courses of the PIER Education Platform are part of our language module "Negotiation and networking in English" that is specifically designed according to the needs of researchers in science.

Our teachers are native speakers with many years of experience in teaching scientists and graduate students.

The courses are reserved for doctoral researchers of the PIER Helmholtz Graduate School and its coorperation partners CUI/AIM, Quantum Universe. Postdocs and PhD students from other graduate programmes on the Science Campus Bahrenfeld may also participate (upon request).

Phonetics and pronunciation for scientists
Teacher: Louise Kennedy
Dates: 12 weekly sessions from 3 March - 2 June 2021, Wednesdays, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m., online

At a basic level, a PhD is about developing the skills of a professional academic researcher. However, without a set syllabus to follow, how do you develop those skills? In this course, we will focus on pronunciation skills to allow you to speak more clearly and coherently in all your academic performance areas. You will explain key aspects of your research and present progress updates. Through active pronunciation practice and peer review and instructor feedback, your diction will become clearer, and you will present your work with improved levels of clarity and fluency in your second language.

Registration: https://indico.desy.de/event/28484/overview

English at DESY Education

There are also various English classes for basic, intermediate and advanced learners, organised by DESY Education (DESY-F). Courses take place on the DESY campus, and they are not exclusively for PhD students. The fee for all language classes at DESY-F is usually 15 €. You can start at any time. Overview: Languages at DESY-F.

English at University of Hamburg

Hamburg There are also tailormade English classes on the city campus. Price is between 42-82 € for PhD students. A placement test is mandatory. More information: English at Hamburg University.

DESY Language Café

Do you need to strengthen your languages skills in e.g. German, English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese (e.g. Mandarin or Cantonese), Swedish, Norwegian or any other language in the world or you just simply miss speaking your own mother tongue? Then please join us every two weeks at the DESY Language Café!

The key idea of this Language Café is: "Learn a language well for free while helping others learn another language well for free." UPDATE: So far we have had 8 very successful Language Café meetings with around 25-30 participants each time, who participated at either the German, French, Italian, English, Mandarin, Russian, Swedish, Norwegian or Spanish speaking table. The Language Café will be held every two weeks, on Fridays around lunch hour.

More information: DESY Language Cafè

Mirko Siemssen
Phone: +49-40-8998-5506
E-mail: mirko.siemssen@pier-hamburg.de

Chu Wang
Infection and Structural Biology
Younes Otarid
Particle and Astroparticle physics
Florian Christie
Daniel Marx
Event Calendar
21 Jan. 2021 to 25 Nov. 2021
Chaired by: Thomas Tschentscher (European XFEL) ; Changbum Kim (PAL-XFEL) et al.
Location: Zoom
Today - 17:15
Speaker: David Simmons-Duffin (Caltech)
02 Feb. 2021 - 11:00
Speaker: Alejo Rossia (T (Phenomenology))
Location: zoom
02 Feb. 2021 - 16:00
Speaker: Tracy Slatyer (MIT)
Location: DESY, Hamurg
Room: Zoom
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