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German 101: Communication and grammar skills


CEFR level

A1

Length of course

24 weeks

October - June

72 hours

Number of participants

5-16

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course students will

  • have reached level A1 of the Common European Framework
  • be able to interact in a simple way
  • be able to introduce themselves and name their field of research
  • understand and use familiar everyday expressions and basic phrases
  • be able to read and write short texts with simple phrases/sentences

Course contents

Course materials are provided by the German teacher.
 

The course includes work on the following:

  • Reading: short informative texts and notices on topics of personal and professional interest; texts that consist of general language and academic-related language (research topic, academic professions and positions)
  • Writing: short and simple texts, fill in forms, simple requests and answers
  • Listening: understand familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases, recognize concrete information in dialogues and announcements
  • Speaking: introducing oneself, asking and answering questions on familiar topics, simple social conversations
  • Basic grammar and syntax

Learning methods and activities

In this course we work with various methods such as the cognitive, constructivist, audio-lingual/ audio-visual and communicative approach in order to train all the language skills (reading, listening, speaking, writing) and to suit the needs of different types of learners.

Activities in and out of class include:

  • building up your vocabulary
  • grammar and syntax exercises
  • reading and writing short texts
  • listening and speaking exercises (phonetics and intonation)
  • conversations, videoclips, online materials

 

German 102: Bridging A1-A2


This course is addressed to those who completed the A1 level during the last academic year. In this bridging course particular attention is paid to participants' individual needs and interests.

 

CEFR level

Bridging A1-A2

Length of course

4 weeks

September

12 hours

Number of participants

5-16

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course students will

  • have refreshed their German knowledge after the summer break
  • be prepared to start the A2 level
  • be more confident in their already acquired German language competences

Course contents

Course materials are provided by the German teacher.
 

The course includes work on the following:

  • repetition of the basic grammar and syntax
  • expanding vocabulary through reading and speaking

Learning methods and activities

In this course we work with various methods such as the cognitive, constructivist, audio-lingual/ audio-visual and communicative approach in order to train all the language skills (reading, listening, speaking, writing) and to suit the needs of different types of learners.

Activities in and out of class include:

  • expanding your vocabulary
  • grammar and syntax exercises
  • reading and writing short texts
  • listening and speaking exercises (phonetics and intonation)
  • conversations, videoclips, online materials

 

 

German 201: Communication and grammar skills


 

CEFR level

A2

Length of course

24 weeks

October - June

72 hours

Number of participants

5-16

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course students will

  • have reached level A2  of the Common European Framework
  • be able to interact in areas of immediate personal relevance
  • be able to ask for and give information on everyday topics and their own field of research
  • be able to express preferences, opinions, hypothesis
  • understand short, clear messages and announcements
  • be able to find information in a text
  • be able to write simple connected texts

Course contents

Course materials are provided by the German teacher.
 

The course includes work on the following:

  • Reading: informative texts and notices on topics of personal and professional interest; texts that consist of general language and academic-related language (fields of research, academic professions and positions)
  • Writing: simple texts in the past, present and future tense; short connected texts, requests and answers
  • Listening: understanding clear and simple spoken texts, recognize concrete information in dialogues and announcements
  • Speaking: social conversations, asking and answering questions on familiar topics, simple conversations on topics of personal and professional interest
  • Basic grammar and syntax

Learning methods and activities

In this course we work with various methods such as the cognitive, constructivist, audio-lingual/ audio-visual and communicative approach in order to train all the language skills (reading, listening, speaking, writing) and to suit the needs of different types of learners.

Activities in and out of class include:

  • expanding your vocabulary
  • grammar and syntax exercises
  • reading and writing texts
  • listening and speaking exercises (phonetics and intonation)
  • conversations, discussions
  • videoclips, online materials

 

German 202: Bridging A2-B1


This course is addressed to those who completed the A2 level during the last academic year. In this bridging course particular attention is paid to participants' individual needs and interests.

 

CEFR level

Bridging A2-B1

Length of course

4 weeks

September

12 hours

Number of participants

5-16

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course

  • have refreshed their German knowledge after the summer break
  • be prepared to start the B1 level
  • be more confident in their already acquired German language competences

Course contents

Course materials are provided by the German teacher.
 

The course includes work on the following:

  • repetition of the basic grammar and syntax
  • expanding the vocabulary through reading and speaking

Learning methods and activities

In this course we work with various methods such as the cognitive, constructivist, audio-lingual/ audio-visual and communicative approach in order to train all the language skills (reading, listening, speaking, writing) and to suit the needs of different types of learners.

Activities in and out of class include:

  • expanding your vocabulary
  • grammar and syntax exercises
  • reading and writing short texts
  • listening and speaking exercises (phonetics and intonation)
  • conversations, discussions
  • videoclips, online materials

 

 

German 301:Entwicklung akademischer Sprachkompetenzen 


CEFR 

B1

Kursdauer

24 Wochen

Oktober - Juni

72 Kontaktstunden

Gruppengröße

5-16

Lernziele

Am Ende des Kurses

  • haben die TeilnehmerInnen die Niveaustufe B1 abgeschlossen
  • können sie ihre Meinung äußern und begründen; Hypothesen aufstellen; etwas beschreiben, bezweifeln oder bekräftigen
  • können die TeilnehmerInnen wesentliche Informationen aus verschiedenen Textsorten entnehmen
  • Beherrschung der wichtigsten grammatischen und syntaktischen Strukturen
  • Einführung in akademische Textsorten und Sprachstrukturen

Kursinhalte

 

Kursmaterialien werden von der Kursleiterin bereitgestellt.
 

Der Kurs umfasst die Erarbeitung folgender Inhalte:

  • Lesen: Sachtexte, journalistische Texte, akademische Kurztexte und Textauszüge
  • Schreiben: Zusammenfassungen, Beschreibungen, Stellungnahmen, Lebenslauf (CV) und Bewerbungsschreiben, Argumentationen
  • Hören: Diskussionen, Berichte, Interviews
  • Sprechen: Diskussionen, Argumentationen, Stellungnahmen und Konversation
  • Aufbau des Wortschatzes: themenorientiert, funktionsbezogen, mittels verschiedener Medien
  • Vertiefung von Grammatik und Syntax mittels authentischer Texte

 

Lernmethoden und Aktivitäten

In diesem Kurs werden verschiedene Methoden wie der kognitive, konstruktivistische, audiolinguale/audiovisuelle und kommunikative Ansatz kombiniert, um die sprachlichen Fertigkeiten (Lesen, Schreiben, Hören und Sprechen) zu trainieren und den unterschiedlichen Lerntypen gerecht zu werden.

Die Aktivitäten in und außerhalb des Unterrichts beinhalten:

  • Übungen zu Grammatik- und Syntax
  • Lesen und Schreiben verschiedener Textsorten
  • Diskussionen und Austausch
  • Audio-, Video-, Online-Materialien

 

 

 

German 401: Akademische Sprachkompentenzen: Diskussion, Textarbeit und Präsentation 


CEFR

B2

Kursdauer

24 Wochen

Oktober - Juni

48 Kontaktstunden

Gruppengröße

5-16

Lernziele

Am Ende des Kurses

  • haben die TeilnehmerInnen die Niveaustufe B2 abgeschlossen
  • können sie komplexe Texte be- und verarbeiten
  • sind die TeilnehmerInnen mit wissenschaftssprachlichen Strukturen vertraut
  • können sie wissenschaftliche Textsorten rezipieren und produzieren
  • haben die TeilnehmerInnen Erfahrungen mit Präsentationen gesammelt

Kursinhalte

 

Kursmaterialien werden von der Kursleiterin bereitgestellt.
 

Der Kurs umfasst die Erarbeitung folgender Inhalte:

  • Lesen: Fachliteratur, journalistische und essayistische Texte zu Kultur, Gesellschaft und Zeitgeschichte
  • Schreiben: Zusammenfassungen, Mitschriften, Kritiken, Rezensionen, Kommentare, Exposees
  • Hören: Vorträge, Diskussionen, Reportagen, Berichte
  • Sprechen: Einführung in die Redeformen des akademischen Diskurses, Präsentation, Argumentation und Konversation, Diskussions- und Beratungsformen
  • Aufbau des Wortschatzes: themenorientiert, funktionsbezogen, mittels verschiedener Medien

Lernmethoden und Aktivitäten

In diesem Kurs werden verschiedene Methoden wie der kognitive, konstruktivistische, audiolinguale/audiovisuelle und kommunikative Ansatz kombiniert, um die sprachlichen Fertigkeiten (Lesen, Schreiben, Hören und Sprechen) zu trainieren und den unterschiedlichen Lerntypen gerecht zu werden.

Die Aktivitäten in und außerhalb des Unterrichts beinhalten:

  • Übungen zu wissenschaftssprachlichen Strukturen
  • Rezeption und Produktion akademischer und allgemeinsprachlicher Texte
  • Präsentationen
  • Diskussionen und Austausch

Audio-, Video-, Online-Materialien

 

 

German 501: Deutsche Wissenschaftssprache: Diskussion, Textarbeit und Präsentation 


CEFR

C1/C2

Kursdauer

24 Wochen

Oktober - Juni

48 Kontaktstunden

 

Gruppengröße

5-16 TeilnehmerInnen

Lernziele

  • auch kompetente Sprecher brauchen Praxis: durch diesen Kurs bewahren Sie nicht nur Ihr hohes Sprachniveau, sondern polieren es noch auf
  • alltägliche Wissenschaftssprache und Fachsprache be- und verarbeiten
  • Vertiefung wissenschaftlicher Textsortenkenntnisse; Nutzung verschiedener Medien 
  • Konversations-, Beratungs- und Diskussionsformen zu wissenschaftlichen und allgemeinen gesellschaftlichen Fragen

Kursinhalte

Kursmaterialien werden von der Kursleiterin bereitgestellt.

 
  • Gestaltung verschiedener (akademischer) Textsorten
  • Differenzierung von wissenschaftssprachlichem Stil und akademischem Bluff
  • Freies Präsentieren und Diskutieren; Argumentationsstrategien und kooperative Gesprächsführung
  • Diskussion wissenschaftlicher und allgemeiner Themen (Kultur, Gesellschaft, politische Entwicklungen, Umwelt, Technik …)
  • Die Gewichtung der vier Fertigkeiten (Lesen, Schreiben, Hören und Sprechen) wird mit den TeilnehmerInnen abgestimmt
  • Die TeilnehmerInnen sind eingeladen, eigene Interessen und Themenwünsche einzubringen

Lernmethoden und Aktivitäten

Je nach Gewichtung der Fertigkeiten (Lesen, Schreiben, Hören und Sprechen) werden verschiedene Methoden wie der kognitive, konstruktivistische, audiolinguale/audiovisuelle und kommunikative Ansatz kombiniert.

Die Aktivitäten in und außerhalb des Unterrichts beinhalten:

  • Vertiefung wissenschaftssprachlicher Strukturen
  • Lektüre wissenschaftlicher Texte
  • Verfassen wissenschaftlicher Texte
  • Referate und Präsentationen
  • Diskussionen und Austausch
  • Audio-, Video-, Online-Materialien

 

 

German 601: Academic reading strategies


 

This workshop addresses researchers who want to improve their reading skills in German for academic purposes (Deutsch als Wissenschaftssprache). The workshop is open to learners who have completed the A2 level up to level B2.

Certain contents of this workshop such as general reading strategies, reading techniques regarding special phenomena of the German language and typically academic structures will be introduced to the whole group, while the practice oriented contents will be designed according to the participants’ language levels and their fields of research.

Therefore the participants are kindly asked to fill in this questionnaire.

 

CEFR level

B1-B2

 

Length of course

4 weeks

September

6 hours

Number of participants

5-12

Learning outcomes

By the end of the workshop students will

  • be more efficient, active and critical readers in German
  • be able to read, assess and process original academic texts at the respective levels
  • scan research material in order to assess its usefulness
  • be more confident in their perception of German academic texts

Contents

  • Materials are provided by the German teacher. 
  • Additionally the participants are asked to bring in material relevant to their own research.
 

The workshop includes work on the following:

  • General and language specific academic reading strategies
  • Linguistic knowledge and schemata strategies
  • recognizing academic hedges and conventions
  • Meta-cognitive awareness
  • Use of dictionaries and corpora databases

Learning methods and activities

Activities in and out of class include:

  • self-observation: how do I read (German) academic texts?
  • training your academic reading strategies by controlled reading exercises
  • testing and reflecting different strategies
  • working with dictionaries and corpora databases
  • reading without dictionaries (?)
  • observations and discussions

 

  

German 602: Workshop zur deutschen Literatur A1-A2


 

Märchenstunde mit Grimms Märchen

Do you want to read German literature?

Do you want to escape for a while into the realms of fantasy and imagination?

Is your German language level somewhere between A1 and A2?

Then join the workshop to read, discuss and enjoy the fairy tales of the brothers Grimm.

 

CEFR level

A1-A2

Length of course

1 week

June

8 hours

Number of participants

5-10

Learning outcomes

By the end of the workshop students will have

  • strengthened their reading skills
  • broadened their vocabulary
  • and enjoyed the German language

Contents

Workshop materials are provided by the German teacher.

 

 

The workshop includes work on the following:

  • a brief introduction into the “Romantik”, the brothers Grimm and the idea to collect fairy tales and put these oral texts into a written form
  • reading selected texts
  • discussion, interpretation and creativity

  

German 603: Workshop zur deutschen Literatur B1 +


 

Lust auf Lesen?

Wie wäre es mit einem kleinen Ausflug in die Epoche der Romantik, also in die Welt der Phantasie und Imagination?

Liegen Ihre Sprachkenntnisse bei B1 aufwärts?

Dann machen Sie mit beim Literaturworkshop.

 

CEFR level

B1 +

Length of course

Kursdauer 1 Woche

Juni

8 Stunden

Number of participants

5-10

Lernziele

Am Ende des Workshops haben die Teilnehmenden

  • ihre Lesekompetenzen verbessert
  • ihren Wortschatz erweitert
  • ihre Kenntnisse der deutschen Literatur ausgebaut
  • die Schönheit der deutschen Sprache genossen.

Inhalte

Die Materialien werden von der Kursleiterin bereitgestellt.

 

Der Kurs umfasst die folgenden Inhalte:

  • Kurzüberblick über die Epoche der Romantik
  • Einstieg in die Ästhetik der deutschen Romantik
  • Lektüre: Adelbert von Chamisso Peter Schlehmils wundersame Reise
  • Diskussion, Interpretation, Kreativität

German 604: Academic Reading Groups


Every September a workshop on Academic Reading Strategies for German texts is offered.

Academic reading groups for German texts can be set up during the academic year if researchers organise groups of at least five interested participants.

 

Apart from reading academic texts, the activities of a reading group include:

  • general and language specific academic reading strategies
  • controlled reading exercises, testing and reflecting different strategies
  • Linguistic knowledge and schemata strategies, meta-cognitive awareness
  • working with dictionaries and corpora databases
  • self-observation: how do I read (German) academic texts?
  • observations, interpretations and discussions

How do academic reading groups work?

There are two models for academic reading groups:

a) The researchers agree on a text they want to read together. In this case the focus will be on the specific text, its context and vocabulary, the author’s style, text interpretation and discussion, identifying and explaining difficult or ambiguous paragraphs etc.

b) Every researcher brings in her/his own text s/he wants to work on. In this case the participants will receive individual reading tasks and formulate individual reading goals. The participants will present short summaries of their text. The reading tasks and goals as well as the used strategies will be discussed with the group. Selected passages of the different texts will be analysed, interpreted and discussed with the group.

Both models will help researchers to

  • be more efficient, active and critical readers in German
  • be able to read, assess and process original academic texts at the respective levels
  • be more confident in their perception of German academic texts

How to set up a reading group?

If you already have a small group of colleagues interested in working together in a reading group for German texts simply write an e-mail to the German language teacher providing the names of the interested participants, their German language level and the text(s) or area(s) of interest.

If you are interested but don’t know who else might want to join the reading group contact the German language teacher providing your name, your German language level and your text(s) or area(s) of interest to see if there already is a group you can join or if there are other single requests that can be put together.

 

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