Writing classes were specially developed for smaller universities that cannot afford to equip and facilitate big full English classes. Which obviously are required for attracting foreign students.
A typical writing class of 5 EC (based on a bachelor of 240 EC) takes 140 student hours and approximately 16-20 professor/tutor hours.
The main advantages of writing classes are that students train in independent literature research, field study, and cooperating in a (small) group of mixed nationalities and cultures.
Writing classes consist of students who write independently a given number of papers about a specific field of study. The papers are corrected and/or discussed by a professor who is an expert in this field. He needs not be a teaching staff member of the university involved.
Writing classes provide an opportunity to offer courses and classes in English without creating a huge burden on the school’s organization. If e.g. a certain course is normally not taught in English, because there is no professor available at a certain moment, or if it is for whatever reason not appropriate for students to attend certain classes in English, like in a lecture, it is still possible to offer the course to a smaller and selected group of mixed students, consisting of both Domestic and foreign students.
In doing so, universities can offer courses in English to foreign students and at the same time offer somewhat more of a challenge to Domestic students who need it; a sort of honor’s group, so to say.
Please click HERE for further information and a detailed schedule for a writing class.
Reading classes consist of students who read independently a given number of chapters from a given set of books and/or other literature in a specific field of study.
Reading classes may meet more or less regularly, but not necessarily.
If so, it would be ideal to have a setting like a round table, (Round Table Teaching, RTT; please click HERE for more information about RTT).
For this reason a reading class should not exceed more than 12/15 students.
The knowledge of students acquired in reading classes is tested in e.g. ‘guided peer assessments’.
Reading classes may result in a written exam, but that is no prerequisite.