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Course Level System

KursstufensystemEach level of the German as foreign language programme is 8 weeks (or 2 months; 160 teaching hours of 45 minutes).

Progress tests are conducted at the end of each language competence level.

Textbooks:

  • Levels A1 to B1 – Pluspunkt Deutsch (latest edition) published by Cornelsen Verlag
  • Levels B2 to C1 – Aspekte 2 and 3  published by Klett -Langenscheidt Verlag
  • DSH              – Preparatory course for the language proficiency test for admission to German higher education institutions (original title: DSH Studienvorbereitung) published by Fabouda Verlag

Upon request and on appropriate progress of a student, there is the option of shortening the individual course schedule by skipping to the next level.

I. GENERAL GERMAN COURSE:

The entire course is structured in consecutive competence levels: A1, A2, B1, B2, and C1; the different levels again are based on an immanent structure of progressive proficiency. The schedule for each course level is 8 weeks of 4 teaching hours of 45 minutes per day, from Monday to Friday. A placement test is required for assignment to any other level apart from level A1.

Course level description:

A 1 – no prior language proficiency required:

  • Introduction to grammatical structures of the German language
  • Basic vocabulary
  • Basic understanding of and interaction in everyday language
  • Time schedule: 8 weeks (8 or more)

A 2 – builds on basic skills:

  • Introduction to more comprehensive grammatical structures
  • Development of the vocabulary
  • Basic reading skills; working with texts
  • Development and enhancement of communication skills
  • Time schedule: 8 weeks (8 or more participants)

B 1 - sound basic language proficiency required

  • Intensifying essential grammar skills
  • Introduction to advanced grammatical structures
  • Exam preparation: telc B1 and Goethe-Zertifikat B1
  • Time schedule: 8 weeks (8 or more participants)

B 2 – language proficiency at a high intermediate level required:

  • Intensifying of advanced grammar skills and grammatical specifics
  • Deepening listening and reading skills regarding text complexity
  • Main emphasis on enhancement of correct written and oral use of previously acquired language proficiency
  • Time schedule: 8 weeks (8 or more participants)

C 1 – language proficiency at a high advanced level required:

  • Resuming and reviewing difficult grammatical structures
  • Improving speaking and writing proficiency on the basis of complex listening and reading texts
  • Discussing and presenting specific complex topics
  • Exam preparation: telc C1 and Goethe-Zertifikat

DSH – recommended language proficiency: C1 level

Comprising training in all parts of the examination (reading, grammatical structures, listening, writing, and speaking), the focus of this course is the intensive preparation of the language proficiency test for admission to German institutions of higher education.

II. INTENSIVE AND SUPER INTENSIVE COURSES

These courses are an ideal solution for students who wish to dedicate a certain period of time to a highly intensive study of the German language. Course duration: governed by agreement

Intensive course

This course, with a total number of 8 teaching hours per day, is a combination of two general courses (8 or more respectively) with 4 teaching hours in the morning (9:00 am to 12:15 pm) and 4 teaching hours in the afternoon (1:00 to 4:15 pm)

Super intensive course

With a total number of 6 teaching hours per day, the super intensive course comprises the attendance at a regular general course, plus one-to-one tuition of 2 teaching hours per day, thus providing for substantial support of the respective student's special needs, and for maximisation of his or her performance.

Summer school

Designed for foreign students of German studies, foreign high school graduates, on-the-job trainees, and employed people interested in further education, these courses are an ideal solution for those who wish to make the most of their summer break or holiday by improving their German skills, or by studying the German language in the country of its origin. The course schedule comprises a total number of 6 teaching hours: 4 teaching hours in a general German course and 2 teaching hours in small groups (up to max. 6 participants). The focus of the latter unit is on selected topics relating to German history, history of art and literature, as well as daily press. The course also covers excursions to regional sights and industrial areas.
Time schedule: 4 weeks

III. BUSINESS GERMAN COURSE

(Preparation for examination with the Chamber of Industry and Commerce)

The target group of this course are students who wish to learn the German business terminology or enhance their proficiency in this area. This course complies with the guidelines for official exams of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce. A vital prerequisite for sustainably successful participation is language proficiency at a higher intermediate level.

Course options:

  • Small groups of 2-4 participants; 2 teaching hours twice a week
    Individual coaching; time schedule tailored to your requirements