Language and cross-cultural skills training

The course comprises 5.5 units of classroom time in 2 sessions plus approx. 8 hours of independent learning to prepare for and follow up on meetings.

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Students are able to

  • develop and structure successful presentations
  • design visualisations on slides and in scientific communications
  • present professional data with visual aids efficiently and effectively
The art of being right. How to win arguments (gain agreement and acceptance)  
Winter semester 2022
Centre for Social Competence
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Course description
How successful are you in debates, arguments, discussions in private, academic and professional situations? Based on Schopenhauer’s 38 tricks to always be right, we analyse and practice methods of successful speakers. We learn to identify them, apply them and deal with others using them against us. We also discuss ethical decisions we face in such communications.
English level C1 or B2
• Ability to understand different perceptions and expectations of private, professional and academic thought and communications;
• Ability to gain agreement and acceptance;
• Ability to identify and interpret hidden intentions in argument and debate;
• Identify and evaluate claims and evidence as well as flawed argument;
• Improved awareness, knowledge and skills;
• Training done in English
[English] interactive & New Media (conveying knowledge also in a computer based way)
Self-assessment quizzes, analyses of training sample texts, written and spoken, preparations of readings and assignments, class performances, peer and tutor feedback, learning blogs with goal-setting, reports, reflection of performances in several learning cycles
920.057 The art of being right. How to win arguments (gain agreement and acceptance) (2SH VU, SS 2022)
Day Date from to Place Type of Class Date Type Comment
4.10.2022 08:00 12:15 online regular class confirmed
11.10.2022 08:00 12:15 online regular class confirmed
18.10.2022 08:00 12:15 online regular class confirmed
25.10.2022 08:00 12:15 online regular class confirmed
8.11.2022 08:00 12:15 online regular class confirmed
15.11.2022 08:00 12:15 online regular class confirmed
Exam Information
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Classroom participation and contributions; Portfolio assessment: completing set assignments including preparations, performances, peer feedback and reflection of task performances in blogs on course Website
Continuous assessment, 100% attendance required
continuous assessment
Further information
Ribeiro, Henrique Jales, (ed.) Rhetoric and Argumentation at the Beginning of the 21st Century
Schopenhauer, The Art of Always Being Right
Tannen, Deborrah, The Argument Culture. Stopping America's War of Words
Stella Cottrell, Critical Analytical Thinking
Readings will be available online; quizzes, assignments and learning blogs to be processed on
Online information
e-learning course
Bring your Wifi enabled laptop or tablet!

These materials develop social skills in English across cultures.

socialising: sharing a meal