The four-week language online course is designed for foreign students in all areas of study. The goal of the course is to improve present language skills or to get to grips with the German language.
The course is a four-week intensive language course that is conducted as a remote learning course. Experienced German teachers teach you in a group with other learners via an online platform in classroom form, support you individually in special learning coaching sessions and correct the learning tasks you submit daily. At the end of the course you can write an exam and receive 3 ECTS points for your studies.
The course schedule for classes will be devised according to the different language levels of each group. To get an idea, you can take a look at the general schedule.
The division of the participants into groups will be based on the online test scores.
The live online face to face lessons comprise 2 teaching units per day and the individual learning coaching at least 1 teaching unit throughout the whole course. One teaching unit consist of 45 minutes. Learning tasks are provided for you every day by your teacher based on the lesson content. You need about 90 minutes to complete the tasks and send them to your teacher for correction on the same day.
On the first day of the course you get to know your teacher and your fellow students. You will also get to know all the features of the tools used in class, so that you are perfectly prepared for your remote learning experience.
Online Live Sessions
As in classroom-based teaching, you meet face-to-face with your fellow students and your teacher in a classroom via zoom. There you will experience interactive lessons in which grammar, speaking, writing and listening are the contents of the course.
In small learning groups your teacher will train with you the topics that are challenging for you.
Daily Learning Tasks
In the learning tasks, the topics covered in the lessons are repeated and it is checked whether you have understood them. You will receive individual feedback from your teacher.
Virtual Field Trips
The virtual field trips give you the opportunity to gain live insights into everyday life in Germany.
Contents of the course according to language level:
Beginner’s Course (A1 - A2)
This course is suitable for students who have no or very little knowledge of the German language.
The beginner’s course will cover fundamental grammar and language skills, as well as current political, social, and cultural issues. The course will also involve various group work and projects. Emphasis shall also be placed upon the strengthening and enrichment of their vocabulary base.
Intermediate/Advanced Course (B1 - C1)
The course members should already have acquired a solid understanding of the grammar topics taught in the beginner’s course. Students should also be able to understand challenging texts, such as newspaper articles, and should not experience any difficulty in problems understanding everyday situations.
In this course we will concentrate on language, as it specifically pertains to academic study. Grammatical structures will be covered according to the neeeds of the course members, which are based on challenging current political and literary texts. In addition, other relevant texts (literature and history of Munich) will be treated and assigned, in part, through group work.
Furthermore the strengthening and enrichment of the vocabulary will be an aim of this course. Among other things, we will look at common situations which one could face while studying at a German university. This could include topics that do not form part of 'everyday conversation'.
For all courses (beginner / intermediate / advanced):
Speaking, Reading, Listening, Writing
Through examining regional and cultural studies, intercultural communication, grammar, and vocabulary development, the course will aim to focus upon all of the 'four abilities'; speaking, reading, listening and writing.
We place particular importance on the ability of oral conversation. The course work will offer exercises to improve individual speaking ability and speaking confidence (for example, short, oral reports will be assigned), as well as many student-related conversation topics, including student slang and conversation in various contexts. These shall be practiced together so as to provide each student with practice in speaking. The necessary language elements and speaking strategies will be developed and practiced. We will also look at German expression and idiom so as to enhance the students’ ability to communicate effectively in an authentically German manner.
Many authentic texts, according to the topics, promote a solid basis in reading different types of literature. With the help of reading strategies, students will learn how to remove the barriers that are often faced when reading in a foreign language. The variety of texts will range from newspaper and magazine articles to literary and academic texts.
To develop listening skills, we will practice listening within a variety of authentic situations. To aid the students’ ability to understand everyday language, we will also discuss various listening strategies.
The ability of written expression shall be encouraged and expanded in the course. The course participants will be asked to write various texts and practice critical as well as creative writing through commentaries, satires, or letters.
Grammar and vocabulary
The understanding of grammatical rules and structures will be reviewed and deepened according to the needs and abilities of the students. This will be developed through reading and placing many of the sources into their specific context. Vocabulary understanding will also be reviewed and enhanced through learning the association of words with various themes. In addition, helpful study strategies and techniques shall also be considered.