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Language Acquisition 4: Professional Vocabulary in Use


Admission requirements

Language Acquisition 1 and 2.


LA4 is the follow-up course of LA3. The setup of the two courses is similar. Again, the systematic and thematic application of vocabulary is the main goal and activity. LA4, however, focuses specifically on professional language use. Students more or less run the course, while the tutor observes and gives the students the opportunity to produce language items and stimulate other students to do the same. The main criterion in the course is active vocabulary, and pronunciation and grammar receive less attention because students are assumed to have acquired those skills satisfactorily already. Finally, presentation skills will be practised and evaluated.

Course objectives

  • awareness of your own and other people’s professional language use

  • activating your passive vocabulary

  • increasing vocabulary

  • improving presentation skills

  • improving grammar and pronunciation


The timetable will be available by June 1st at www.hum.leidenuniv.nl/engels.

Mode of instruction

One-hour seminar every week.

Assessment method

  • participation: 20%

  • interviews: 40%

  • exam: 40%

A minimum of 5 for each of these components is a requirement to pass the course.


This course is supported by Blackboard.

Reading list

Pauwels, Paul et al. “Working Word At Work”. Deurne: Wolters Plantyn, 2004.


Students should register through uSis. Exchange students cannot register through uSis, but must see the director of studies and register with her. If you have any questions, please contact the departmental office, tel. 071 5272144 or mail: english@hum.leidenuniv.nl.

Exchange and Study Abroad students, please see the Study in Leiden website for information on how to apply.

Contact information

Departmental Office English Language and Culture, P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 102C. Tel. 071 5272144; mail: english@hum.leidenuniv.nl.
Studentcounsellor Bachelor: Ms. S.H.J. Bollen, P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 103B.
Coordinator of Studies Master: Ms. K. van der Zeeuw-Filemon, P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 103C.


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