English Language and Culture

Programme code:  OA-MINTCENG-13
Semester:   Fall / Spring / Fall & Spring (Part time)
Number of ECTS:  30 
Language of instruction:  English 

Profile of the programme

We live in a globalized community where the borders between countries no longer exist when it comes to the economy, communication and tourism. In many professional contexts, therefore, excellent command of a first language is no longer enough and effective communication in an international language has become essential. English is world language number one and a good command of this language will enhance your professional chances. During this minor you work on improving your English language skills for two periods.

In period one you will start off with a course on language skills, which is aimed at improving your fluency and confidence, acquiring the basic principles of formal writing and learning to analyse your own proficiency in speaking and writing. Alongside the language skills course you will also take a grammar and basics course, which is aimed at supporting you to become a better speaker and writer of English by teaching you about spelling, grammar and pronunciation. During period one you will also familiarize yourself with the American culture by learning about American history, politics and people.

In period two you continue training your language skills at a more advanced level. The speaking and writing classes in period two focus more on formal use of language. After learning about American culture, students now focus on contemporary British culture. This course gives students the opportunity to visit Britain for a week (this is not financed by the HU). For the last 5 EC students can choose a course that best suits their ambitions and development. We offer Business English, Cambridge Exam Training and Literature (note: there are limited spaces available on each course)”.

Your level of English is the starting point for the minor. Before you start taking classes you are assessed and together with your teachers you decide what you want and have to work on in order to achieve the language level you are aiming for. Your teachers are native speakers or have spent a longer period of time in an English speaking country. All classes are taught in English and you are assumed to have at least a CEFR B2 level of English before commencing the course.

This minor is interesting to any student who will have international contacts during their future career or who believes that English proficiency is important in any context. On top of that the minor is a good addition to the general professional competencies.

Entry requirements

English at B2 level.

Course structure diagram

 Period A 
OA-MINTCENG1-18 Language Skills 1: Speaking and Writing 5 EC 
OA-MINTCENG2-14  Culture 1: American Culture  5 EC
OA-MINTCENG3-12  Grammar and Basics  5 EC 
 Period B
OA-MINTCENG4-12 Language Skills 2: Advanced Speaking and Writing  5 EC 
OA-MINTCENG5-16 Culture 2: British Culture 5 EC  
OA-MINTCENG6A-17* Elective Course: Business English  5 EC  
OA-MINTCENG6B-17*  Elective Course: Cambridge Exam Training  5 EC  
OA-MINTCENG6C-17*  Elective Course: Short Stories  5 EC  


Kate Cousins (kate.cousins@hu.nl)

More information

Download the course guide.