English Terminology

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Theory: 3 hours/week | ECTS Units: 2

Content – Aim of the course

The course aims at the students’ familiarization with basic concepts and terms in English, which are relevant to the field of Biochemistry and Biotechnology. Another aim is the development of reading and listening comprehension skills as well as writing and speaking production skills, within an academic context. The students are also expected to develop critical thinking and study skills, thus being able to evaluate and use scientific sources and make oral presentations on topics related to their discipline.

Analytical Description of the Course

  • Introduction: Biology: basic terms and phenomena, laboratory equipment
  • Living organisms – cell structure, note-taking techniques, physical description
  • Mitosis and meiosis – description of biological process, comparison structures, paragraph structure
  • Toxicity, antibiotics – paraphrasing and summary writing
  • Stem cells – text cohesion and coherence, linking words and phrases
  • Genetically modified products, gene editing – academic abstracts
  • Nanotechnology – graph description
  • Compiling and citing bibliographical references (journal articles, books, book chapters, e-sources), APA reference system
  • Techniques for searching for sources – oral presentations

Student Evaluation

Students are required to participate in written exams at the end of the semester. They could also opt for a short assignment and an oral presentation during the semester, but this is not compulsory.

Reading Suggestions

  • Katsampoxaki – Hodgetts, K. (2017). English for Chemistry EAP. Disigma Publications.
  • Lee, R., Matheson, R. & Chrimes, J. (2019). Αγγλικά των Επιστημών Γεωπονίας, Αγροτικής Οικονομίας, Βιοϊατρικής και Περιβάλλοντος. Broken Hill Publishers Ltd.
  • Mahili, I. (2008). Oral presentations: theory and practice. Anikoula.
  • Morley, J., Doyle, P. & Pople, I. (2007). University Writing Course. Express Publishing.

Teaching Material / E-class



Eleftheria Nteliou (Course Coordinator)