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Language Course & Communication Course

Course Type:Language Course & Specialised Course

August (09.08. – 01.09.2022): Language and Society in Modern Germany

Target Group:

Levels B1-C2, students of all disciplines, graduates of all disciplines.
We welcome anyone wishing to study German in an international atmosphere. .

Requirements:none (Minimum age: 18, maximum age: 26; exceptions upon request)
Important Information:The language course takes place Monday to Friday and consists of 4 lessons from 9:00am to 12:30pm.
The communication course takes place from 1:30pm to 3:00pm and lasts a total of 8 hours per week.
With regular attendance and a successfully passed final exam, you will receive ECTS credits for this course.
You may choose from the culture programme in the afternoon and evening according to your interests.

Language Course
In the intercultural language courses in the morning, you can improve both your language skills and your background knowledge of current regional studies. Within each level, all courses deal with the following regional topics with varying degrees of difficulty::

  • Germany Through Foreign Eyes
  • Everyday Life in Germany
  • Regional Variety
  • Cultural Variety
  • Germany in the World

German as a foreign language consists not only of vocabulary and correct sentence structure. Germans also structure their conversations in a particular way and adhere to a culture-specific set of values. This adherence to culture in communication is a particular focus. Therefore a connection between foreign language and foreign understanding is formed.
Before the start of the summer university, you will be allocated to the course which is most suitable for you by means of an assessment.

Depending on your language level, you will get acquainted with the basics of the German language in order to be quickly able to take part in easy conversations, or improve your previous knowledge in an effective and fun way. In the middle and upper levels you strengthen your German language skills through dealing with stylistics, idiomology, and vocabulary relevant to the issue. Aspects of German literature, culture, and society will be analysed and discussed. You can also give your own presentation if you wish.

Communication Course

The communication courses take place in the afternoon for those who have not chosen a specialised course.

„Language and Communication Training"

Practice makes perfect! To avoid being at a loss for words in everyday German, you actively practice your verbal expressiveness. With respect to content, the practice is linked to the language course in the morning and expands the topics being discussed.​

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