Environment, Ecology, and Economies: Conversations about Climate Change in English


This resource provides materials on Environmental English that have emerged out of a Bachelor’s course on sustainable digitalization. The course combines a detailed language instruction course that is offered to German students who study technical and business-related English. Within this seminar, students will be able to combine a study of environmental topics (either Bachelor’s or postgrad level) with the acquisition of advanced English language skills in a foreign language classroom. This toolbox description includes some guidelines on how to successfully integrate listening and reading as well as writing and speaking exercises into a subject-specific course for engineers. Key topics include: sustainable cities, environmental terminology across the globe, distinctive histories of environmentalism (Germany, US and Britain, with additional group work on other countries); pros and cons of a cost-benefit analysis of climate change as well as discussions on the relationship between sustainability and digitalization, including industry 4.0 and 5.0; relationship of environmentalism to specific consumerist and business concepts, e.g. vanity capital in Asia, sustainable employees and the quantification of the self at work; current environmental projects across the globe, e.g. building projects and environmental protection in South America, Middle Eastern projects in the desert regions.


Martina Jauch

After studying at the University of Mannheim (Germany), UNC Chapel Hill (USA) for my Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees, I received my Doctorate Degree from Purdue University (USA) in Comparative Literature. I have been a full-time permanent lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences – Environmental Campus Birkenfeld in Trier (Germany) since 2010, where I am teaching English for Academic Purposes, Intercultural and Communication Seminars, and Digitalization and Environmental Studies Courses. I am currently researching on digitalization, language teaching and environmental narration and have attended the Cornell School of Criticism and Theory, Deleuze Conferences, and numerous conferences at Harvard, Yale, Cologne, London, Mexico City, and Italy.

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