Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

2011 - Courses for SAOT members

Scientific English Workshop

09th December 2011, 2.30 to 6.30 p.m.

Students have their own paper (maximum 10 pages) reviewed and corrected by the lecturer in advance of the workshop. The paper must be submitted one week before the workshop at the latest. During the workshop students revise the corrections and review another researcher's paper. Each student's common errors are identified and discussed in the group so that all participants can avoid common mistakes and make improvements when writing papers in the future. -  After the registration students can send a paper directly to the lecturer on info@uni-works.de.Maximum students: 4.

Lecturer: Sheila Regan

Location: SAOT / MAOT course room, Paul-Gordan-Str. 8/10

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Hosting international researchers

26th November 2011, 10.00 a.m. to 02.00 p.m.

This course will give you practice in welcoming and hosting international researchers. The workshop includes writing polite and efficient emails, intercultural issues and useful language for welcoming your guest. In the second half of the course we will have lunch in a restaurant to practise small talk and useful language for informal interaction. 

Lecturer: Sheila Regan

Location: SAOT / MAOT course room, Paul-Gordan-Str. 8/10

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Cultural Diversity

02nd July, 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.

Lecturers: Markus Gebhardt,  Challenge Learning

Within the last decade working with other cultures got more and more normal. Sometimes we are surprised by behaviours we do not understand. This seminar will help you to get along even easier in the international world. Content:

  • Understanding Culture. What is culture? Where does it come from? Key terms, processes, and concepts to help you understand the general meaning of culture and how it works in our world. The central focus of this course is the relationship between “Culture in the Abstract” and “Culture in the Flesh.” It's important to understand that the beliefs and behaviors of a particular culture are not arbitrary, but are part of that culture's rich history and heritage.
  • Breaking Down Stereotypes. Get to know the important keys to building a cross-cultural community, especially the need for breaking down harmful stereotypes. What is needed to break down stereotypes? It requires that individuals and societies make a commitment to gaining new insights and perspectives through compassion, honesty, self-control, compromise and participation with the common good in mind.
  • Cultural Differences in the Workplace. Explaining the characteristics and challenges of a multicultural workplace, introduces you to issues that may occur as a result of workplace diversity.
  • Celebrating Diversity. This seminar offers you the opportunity to learn how to celebrate cultural diversity with your peers, other employees or guests/clientele at your place property.

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How to survive in a job interview?

17th June, 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. plus one hour on 18th or 19th June

Lecturers: Franka Strietzel, Com/on/four GmbH, Jürgen Großmann

The two-day-course trains the student how to perform in a job interview:

  • On the first day the usual structure and requirements of a job interview are presented and recommendations are given how to perform successfully. In small role plays the theory is put into practice.
  • On the second or third day each student will attend a real 'live' simulation of a job interview.

On the first day the whole group works together. On the second/third day individual time slots for the students will be scheduled. Therefore time required for each student is only the first day and about one hour on the second or third day and the maximum number of attendants is limited to sixteen. We ask for a registration by 29th April in order to know whether one or two days for the invidual interviews are needed.

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Scientific English Workshop

Date: permanent offer

Lecturer: Sheila Regan

Permanently SAOT offers workshops in Scientific English which are handled flexible so that students can have their work reviewed as and when they need it. Each SAOT student is entitled to get one English paper (or presentation/poster) reviewed.

The work will only be edited if the students attends a workshop of 2 - 4 hours in which a small group of students review several papers (posters/presentations) together with the tutor, Sheila Regan. This is to ensure that - in addition to an improved paper - students also have the opportunity to learn about their particular common mistakes and also learn from others.

Papers, posters or presentation slides can be submitted at any time by e-mail to Sheila Regan: teachgraduate@me.com

Whenever possible, student will receive the revised paper within two weeks. A workshop date would be arranged once a sufficient number of papers had been submitted. Again: participation in the workshop is compulsory!

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Conference English for Effective Networking

Two individual courses on 16th April and 14th May, 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.

Lecturer: Sheila Regan

This course will give you experience of typical conference settings in which you have to communicate effectively in English. You will learn how to create an effective "verbal abstract" and how to participate actively in seminars and discussions. In addition to communicating in formal settings, you will develop and practise small talk and networking skills. It is carried out independent of the permanent offered Scientific English Workshop (see above)

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Mission

SAOT provides an interdisciplinary research and education program of excellence within a broad international network of distinguished experts to promote innovation and leadership in the areas

Optical Metrology
Optical Material Processing
Optics in Medicine
Optics in Communication and Information Technology
Optical Materials and Systems
and Computational Optics.