Questions you asked

1)  Q: As well as taking the exam, how many essays do we have to write?

A: Just one out of the three. Length 500 words. Bibliography should be provided at the end. Plagiarism should be avoided. You can find a sample essay in this link.

2) Q: What topics can we choose for a presentation?

A: You are free to choose any topic as long as it is chemistry-related. You may also present  for 5 minutes only, in pairs or individually. You don’t have to write a report after this.

3) Q: Can I hand-in a draft for revision before the final version of my essay?

A: Yes. Feel free to email a draft with questions or issues you might need further explanations for and I will be happy to help you out.

4) Q: How do we hand-in the essay, typed up or hand-written?

A: In an attempt to avoid wasting paper, I urge everybody to send the essay to the tutor by email. Upon receiving your email I should send you a reply verifying it. Keep the receipt in your in-box just in case.

5) Q: As for book, where do we pick it up from?

A: From the tutor’s office, during office hours, on Monday and Thursday.

6) Q: Are there any notes (handouts, photocopies) provided?

A: Yes, on several occasions. Pick them up in class or from this blog. Check it on a weekly basis to be up-to-date.

7) Q: When do the exams, presentations, essay dates take place?

A: Everything should be after January the 10th, 2011. You will be notified in advance.

8) Q: If I am a Proficiency Certificate (C2)  Holder I am exempted from the Final exam of E1?

A: Yes, but you still need to write the essay and make the presentation. Also, it is advisable to attend classes since this will make your transition to E2 much smoother. Feel free to take the exam though, just for the experience, if you wish.

Kindly note that if you wish to be exempted, you need to hand in a photocopy as well as the original certificate to the tutor after Christmas vacation. The original will be returned to you on the same day.

9) Q: Can I keep the book If I decide not to attend the class?

A: You may keep the book as long as you registered for the course. Otherwise, please note that other people might be in need of it, so feel free to return it during office hours.

10) What other benefits do I get by attending this course?

A: It is not just General Chemistry terminology in English that this course focuses on. You will also learn how to write and present  academic English appropriately, a skill that will be of use to you indefinitely from now on. Last but not least, you may ask for references for future ventures of yours (Masters degree or Erasmus).


Guidelines for English 2 course


Students who attend the English 2 course and actively participate  in the lectures by both completing their homework assigned as well as responding to classwork will get a 10% bonus in their final exams.

Start with the English 2 library file…you can find a range of activities based on your language theory and articles! The file is updated on a weekly basis and is subject to change till the end of the semester.

You can also visit our blog and check English 2 extras or links for further online practice!

For any queries ro advice please contact the instructor Maria Koutraki: and office: 221a (Biology Department), tel.2810-394053, office hours: Monday 9.30-10.30 & Friday 12.00-13.00

Freshers’ Welcome!

Welcome to English for Chemistry Foundation Course at the University of Crete!

English for Chemistry is an English for Specific Purposes (E.S.P.) and English for Academic Purposes (E.A.P.) course tailored to the needs of first and second year undergraduate chemistry students at the Faculty of Science and Technology of the University of Crete.

There are two compulsory modules in year one, in the winter and spring semester each, and an optional module you can only attend provided you have passed English 1 and 2. There are 3-hour lessons every week for thirteen weeks.

A description of the courses can be found on the right hand side link provided. The links will guide you through the course requirenments, content and important dates so that you are well aware of what’s to come!


In order to raise our educational standards, we need to be aware of your profile as a student. For this reason, we run diagnostic tests in English. This is for some of the students’ own benefit (It’s not compulsory). Students who already hold either the Michigan or Cambridge Proficiency Certificate and happen to score more than 8 in the diagnostic test are exempted from TEST 1 in Chemistry English 1, if they wish. It’s worth having a go at it! There is nothing to lose!

All you need to do is contact your tutor by email and find out the date you can take the exam.

Last but not least, there will be announcements concerning library seminars throughout the semester. Do not miss them. You will save a lot of time later on if you know how to use the library facilities.