German Language Studies

German is among the top ten languages in the world and the language with the largest number of speakers within the European Union. There are more than 120 million native speakers in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Luxemburg and Belgium – or one quarter of Europeans. The German language is spoken in the heart of Europe: 40 % of all Europeans can communicate in it. Learning German opens gateways for travelling and for work in the German speaking countries, where a great number of job vacancies exist in many sectors of the economy.

German is the language of Goethe, Nietzsche and Kafka. It was spoken by Mozart, Beethoven, Freud and Einstein. A sound knowledge of German is considered a necessity for disciplines like Classics, Philosophy, Archaeology, History and Engineering. Many scientific publications are in German. There are no study fees in Germany and Austria and there are approximately 340 universities, among them a great number of very prestigious ones.

The programme of German courses at the Language Centre is aligned with the Common European Framework of Reference for Language Learning. It develops all four communicative skills as well as social and cultural knowledge through the use of a variety of methodologies based on interaction of the students in class, the use of authentic material, and the exploitation of computer-based tools and resources.

Courses

This introductory course will teach students how to function on a very basic level of listening, speaking, reading and writing. It will enable them to understand and use simple language based on a very limited sentence structure and familiar vocabulary related to areas of immediate relevance such as personal background, cafes, countries, languages, daily routine, orientation in town, etc.  In addition it gets them acquainted with issues of cultural life in Germany.

By the end of the semester, students are on their way to functioning at the A1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

This second level course will further strengthen the four communicative skills listening, speaking, reading and writing. It will enable students to understand and exchange information based on a limited sentence structure on familiar matters such as restaurants, holidays, shopping, fashion, health, sports, etc. In addition it gets them acquainted with cultural issues in German speaking countries.

Upon successful completion of the course, students are expected to function at the A1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages and are on their way to the A2 level.

Prerequisite: LAN 070 or equivalent

 

This third level course continues to develop communicative skills allowing students to communicate in situations related to matters like language learning, family, travelling and mobility, spare time activities, the media, etc.  In addition, it gets them well acquainted with cultural issues in German speaking countries.

Upon successful completion of the course, students are expected to be approximately at the A2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

 

Prerequisite: LAN 071 or equivalent

This fourth level course will enable students to communicate with greater confidence in their oral and written expression concerning the description of experiences, future plans, wishes and hopes, reasons and explanations of opinions concerning outings, restaurants, houses, culture, inventions, work, education, German history etc. In addition, it gets them well acquainted with issues of social and cultural life in German speaking countries.

Upon successful completion of the course, students are expected to be approximately at the B1.1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Prerequisite: LAN 072 or equivalent

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