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Modules

Course Objectives

The main goal of our German as a Foreign Language courses is to equip students with a broad range of the skills needed to study at degree level.

  • A1.1 - A2.2: Basic communication skills: developing general language skills
  • B1.1 - B1.2: Developing general language skills and study skills
  • B2.1 - B2.2: Developing academic skills (for the university context)
  • B2/C1 - C1: Training in productive skills and academic working methods

Level

Modules (Level to be achieved)
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Contact hours / week (Semesterwochenstunden, SWS)

ECTS credit points

Focus

A 1

A 1.1*

4

5

Basic communication skills: developing general language skills

A 1.2**

8

10

A 1.2**

4

5

* A 1.1 is only open to doctoral candidates, postdocs, and academic staff members!

** A 1.2 is only open to exchange students (e.g., Erasmus+, Direct Exchange), doctoral candidates, postdocs, and academic staff members!

A 2

A 2.2

8

10

Basic communication skills: developing general language skills

B 1

A 2.2 / B 1.1

8

10

Developing general language skills and study skills

B 1.1

6

8

B 1.2

4

5

B 2

B 2.1

4

5

Developing academic skills (for the university context)

B 2.2

4

5

C 1

B 2 / C 1
advanced module (Aufbaumodul)

8

10

Training in productive skills and academic working methods

B 2 / C 1
consolidation module (Fundierungsmodul)

4 5

C 1
specialization module (Vertiefungsmodul)

4 5

Further Course Objectives

Supporting Processes of Independent Language Learning and Language Learning Strategies

  • Learning and using a variety of reading, listening, and writing strategies

  • How to work with academic resources and tools

  • Methods of self-assessment and peer assessment

  • How to edit your own written work

(The teaching of language learning strategies varies, depending on the level of the course.)

Promoting Intercultural Competence

  • Reflecting on cultural specificity and the differences between the cultures where the students come from and those they are engaging with

  • Teaching units which engage directly with the experience of being “foreign” and thinking about one’s own experiences

Building Socio-Cultural Knowledge about the Host Country

In attaining the goals set out above, the content of all teaching will focus primarily on current social and political topics or topics from Germany’s (cultural) history.