If your professor suggests that you write the thesis in English, then he trusts you. That is a compliment. Now you have to find out for yourself if you really want to implement that and if so, how.
What speaks against and what speaks for a thesis in English?
If you’re not a native English speaker, the difficulty level of academic work increases when written in English. This influences your score. If you want to be linguistically fit, the thesis in English is a not negligible chance for a better grade. For later applications, this voluntary additional service also plays a role. Depending on the job, such work can open the door to new opportunities. This does not just apply if you want to work internationally.
Keep in mind that English is still a scientific language
Writing in English yourself shows that you are able to read and understand the original texts and studies. Should you later become scientific, this is indispensable. However, consider carefully whether you are up to the challenge, it is not just about your general English skills. Ask yourself:
- Is my professional vocabulary sufficient?
- Can I spend the extra time?
- Are there any competent contact persons in my environment when I become uncertain?
Start with a test phase
If you can not assess whether you can meet the requirements, start with a test. But cancel this plan with the responsible professor. Two options are right for you. You can z. B. Accept the topic and start writing the thesis in English. In the meantime, if you discover that you can not do it, start over, but this time in German. If this is not allowed please ask for a similar topic and write a scientific contribution in English. This work is not free. It helps you to test your skills. In any case, you have to invest additional time.
Choose a professional in English
Also, look for someone who reads your written texts and gives you competent feedback. This person must have excellent English language skills. It is even better if it is a native speaker. If there is no such person in your environment, you can use a paid service. The task of such a service is not to eliminate errors in content, but merely to give an assessment and to help you to improve your language. In this way, you will also learn for the future what mistakes you are prone to and how you will avoid them in the future. Special attention deserves the syntax, because by mistakes in sentence construction, the text is bumpy. The reader then has to concentrate on understanding the sentences. As a result, the scientific focus falls into the background, which will be reflected negatively in the note.
Note the way other students work
It definitely pays off to look at other scientific papers written on related topics in English. So you can get an idea of the expected level. It’s fine if you have to look up individual terms. You should still be able to read the works fluently. Do not let yourself be confused by the possibly very high level. Your ability to express yourself in writing in the English language will improve as you complete the task. If you come to the conclusion that you are up to the task, but time is running out, consider carefully whether you want to take the risk.
The decision has been made, you write the thesis in English
Stay strictly at the set standards.
Make sure to develop your own thoughts and quote with the utmost care. A high risk for academic work in a foreign language is the plagiarism that you did not intend to do.
Also keep in mind that there are pitfalls in the approach. Avoid any misunderstanding. Do not translate proverbs and do without humorous passages if you are not completely sure about the foreign language.
Do not write ambiguously, but be particularly precise and understandable. This also applies if you work with literature that is scientifically recognized, but casual in its formulation.
Do not copy style, but find your own. This is not easy when working in a foreign language. But with the precision of your work you will succeed.
An investment in the future
With the bachelor thesis you are still at the beginning of your scientific career. You know your goals and know that you should be courageous and self-confident in your job, because the claim is increasing. So you have to decide for yourself whether you want to “just” master your studies or if you have higher expectations of your future. Be aware that your purposefulness with an English bachelor thesis is also clear to your future employer. You know what you want and what you can do. With good performance put you in the position to be able to make expectations of your future employer.