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Course programm

  • German for General Purposes
  • Scientific Language
  • Language for Specific Purposes
  • Special Courses

    German for General Purposes - (A1.1 - C1.1)

    German for General Purposes (A1.1)

    This course is aimed at participants with no prior knowledge of German. It trains all the relevant skills (listening, reading, speaking, writing, grammar) with a view to their practical use in everyday situations. During the course of the semester students will learn how to understand short written texts (e-mails, letters or advertisements), how to follow listening texts and, through pair work and exercises and how to conduct simple conversations about everyday issues (e.g. family, work, leisure, shopping etc.).


    German for General Purposes (A1.2)

    This course is aimed at participants who have either completed the A1.1 course or who have prior knowledge of German to an equivalent standard. It trains all the relevant skills (listening, reading, speaking, writing, grammar) with a view to their practical use in everyday situations. During the course of the semester participants learn how to understand advertisements (e.g. for jobs or accommodation) and comprehensive texts (e.g. letters). They will also learn how to hold simple discussions on everyday issues (e.g. describing a daily routine or working day, talking about flats and apartments, finding the way around a department store, making a doctor's appointment) by working in pairs and practicing listening exercises.


    German for General Purposes (A2.1)

    This course is aimed at participants who have either completed the A1.2 course or who have prior knowledge of German to an equivalent standard. It trains all the relevant skills (listening, reading, speaking, writing, grammar) with a view to their practical use in everyday situations. During the course of the semester participants learn how to understand and produce comprehensive texts (e.g. reports containing opinions and descriptions of past experiences) and learn how to discuss everyday situations in the past or present (e.g. school days, listing advantages and disadvantages, obtaining information over the telephone, giving directions in the street) through pair work and listening exercises.


    German for General Purposes (A2.2)

    This course is aimed at participants who have either completed the A2.1 course or who have prior knowledge of German to an equivalent standard. It trains all the relevant skills (listening, reading, speaking, writing, grammar) with a view to their practical use in everyday situations (e.g. expressing wishes, requirements and interests or asking a partner for the same).


    German for General Purposes (B1.1)

    This course is aimed at participants who have either completed the A2.2 course or who have prior knowledge of German to an equivalent standard. It trains all the relevant skills (listening, reading, speaking, writing, grammar) with a view to their practical use in everyday situations (e.g. communicating on campus, exchanging views on subjects related to study or general interest).


    German for General Purposes (B1.2)

    This course is aimed at participants who have either completed the B1.1 course or who have prior knowledge of German to an equivalent standard. It trains all the relevant skills (listening, reading, speaking, writing, grammar) with a view to their practical use in everyday situations (e.g. discussing current events or issues related to studies, family and daily life).


    German for General Purposes (B2.1)

    Participants wishing to take this course must have successfully completed a B1.2 course. This course aims to prepare participants for the demands of their studies by examining a variety of types of texts to develop strategies for better reading and listening comprehension. It will also improve students' abilities in spoken German through, for example, group discussions, exercises in taking and justifying a standpoint on a particular issue or preparing short talks. Throughout the semester, students will be given the opportunity to formulate longer written texts with a particular focus on argumentation. By learning how to correct their own mistakes and with the aid of constructive feedback, participants will also optimise their writing abilities.


    German for General Purposes (B2.2)

    Participants wishing to take this course must have successfully completed a B2.1 course. This course aims to prepare participants for the demands of their studies by examining a variety of types of texts, most of which are academically based. This helps participants to develop strategies for better reading and listening comprehension. Students will also extend their speaking skills by training university related communication situations and short presentations. Throughout the course students will work on a text production exercise which will train them in independently producing long, comprehensive texts. By learning to correct their own mistakes they will further extend their capabilities in written German.


    German for General Purposes (C1.1)

    This course requires a good command of German up to level B2.2. It aims to prepare participants for the demands of their studies by working with complex, academically relevant texts, with further elements taken from texts relevant to academia or society in general. Speaking will also be trained through the acquisition of specific skills -for example explaining or presenting complex subject matter, or giving a talk or lecture. Parallel to the course, students are asked to complete a written assignment on a topic of their choosing, thus enabling them to improve their writing skills in a number of ways -for example by learning to identify complex academic language structures.


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    Scientific Language

    Argumentation for Academic Purposes: Recognizing arguments and presenting one's own points of view linguistically adequately - (B2.2/C1.1)

    This course is aimed at participants with an advanced B2 level who wish to improve their spoken and written skills with a view to presenting their own argumentative viewpoint in academic situations.
    Academically relevant texts are discussed in a systematic manner and controversial matters debated. Participants will learn to develop strategies in argumentation and improve their capabilities various parts of discursive speech (e.g. justification, intention, disagreement, comparison, presumption).


    Listening Comprehension for Academic Purposes: Understanding Lectures and Seminar Talks - (B2.2/C1.1)

    You have just recently passed the TestDaF or the DSH exam? You are studying now and find yourself in lectures and seminars but do not always understand the context? You are not the only one facing these problems. Take part in this course and acquire the necessary skills for listening comprehension by learning in a group.
    You will report you about your listening experiences and take part in an active exchange with others. We will see into the characteristics of oral communication and find out about the core of the spoken academic language. We will work with material from lectures and seminars. Furthermore, we will improve your listening skills by using a range of listening exercises. Vocabulary exercises will complement the training sessions. We focus on strategies that enable you to understand even complex vocabulary.
    This course is especially recommended for students in their first or second semester.


    Oral communication for Academic Purposes: Consultation- and examination interviews - (B2.2/C1.1)

    Would you like to improve your preparation for consultation hours and oral examinations? Then this is the right course for you.
    Oral communication in university is varied and complex. Talks during consultation hours and exams are very important in this context. If you can conduct such conversations successfully, this can also lead to greater success in your studies.
    In the German-speaking university context, consultation hours and examination interviews may be (quite) different in terms of communication than you are familiar with from your previous study experience. It may even be the case that you are not yet familiar with these conversations at all. Therefore, it is helpful and also necessary to practice communicating in these situations sytematically.
    In the first part of this course you will practice how to prepare yourself for consultation hours with lecturers. On the other hand, you will get to know typical phases of these conversations and practice mastering them language-wise.
    In the second part of the course you will learn how examination interviews can differ and how to prepare for them in terms of language. Secondly, you will practice understanding exam questions and formulating possible answers. You will also learn important communicative strategies that can help you in difficult exam situations and try them out.
    In both parts of the course you will improve your speaking skills through simulations of specific interview phases with feedback afterwards.


    Oral presentation for Academic Purposes: from short lecture to Referat - (B2.2/C1.1)

    This course is aimed at participants with an advanced B2 level who wish to optimise their language skills to be able to deal with preparing and presenting of papers such as the German Referat. This type of presentation is one of the most important methods of presenting written work orally, particularly in the humanities disciplines. In order to create a well-balanced presentation, students are made to recognise the individual steps and techniques involved in the process and taught how to improve them.
    Content includes help on areas such as finding and defining a topic, using linking words, methods of presentation (verbal and non-verbal communication) as well as learning to appreciate communication issues for the side of the listener.


    Working Within an Academic Context I - (B1.2)

    In this course, students gain the ability to function effectively in various university situations –for example taking part in a class or visiting a tutor’s office hour. The students become familiar with feedback strategies and acquire various listening and reading strategies e.g. (anticipating text content, finding the important parts of a text, recognizing structural key words). Additionally, they learn how to perform effectively in an oral exam.


    Working Within an Academic Context II
 - (B2.1/B2.2)

    During the course, students will learn and improve the necessary language skills and techniques to allow them to better participate in university classes. Particular attention is paid to the various special requirements of individual disciplines. Throughout the course, participants will acquire the linguistic skills they need to deal with the following issues:

    - Reading strategies: How to read academic texts
    - Listening strategies: Note-taking excercises
    - Spoken communication: Group discussion, project work
    - How to best use the university library system.


    Academic Writing I – (B1.2)

    What writing experiences have you had so far? At the beginning of our course, we will reflect on these together. After that, you will work on writing activities that are relevant to your studies.
    You will write e-mails to lecturers, for example, to make an appointment for a consultation or to ask a subject-related question. You will learn how to write minutes. You will also address the following questions: How do I separate important from insignificant information and what distinguishes a result protocol from a progress protocol? Another central text type in this course is the written exam. The writing of writtenexaminations will be practiced systematically.
    You will also learn important reading comprehension strategies in the course. Before you can summarize a text, you have to organize and structure it. You will practice this step by step in this course.


    Academic Writing II – (B2.1/B2.2)

    Writing a scientific paper becomes more and more demanding and complex in the process of studying. Therefore, the individual work steps and questions in a scientific paper are made conscious. Among other topics, you will deal with the following question: How do I organize the writing process in terms of time?
    You will learn important strategies for writing and you will apply them. In this way, you expand and train your writing skills step by step. Thus, you will become more and more capable of writing text types relevant to your studies. For example, you will be able to write argumentative texts or to verbalize statistics and illustrations.
    In this course we will deal with the following steps for writing a term paper: What is process writing? Which steps in the process are there and how do I formulate a research question for a scientific paper? How do I deal with citations and references and how do I separate my own thoughts from those of others? How do I reduce the text volume of secondary literature? How do I formulate arguments and how do I argue a scientific point of view? The course focuses on independent formulation and revision of own text parts.
    Are you curious about this course? Then feel free to apply for it.


    Don't worry! Writing theses in the foreign language German (C1.1/C1.2)

    You write your thesis on German and are unsure how to successfully cope with this? This course will help you get more security in coping with this complex writing task.
    This interdisciplinary course requires secure B2.2/C1 knowledge and is aimed at international students of the Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes as well as doctoral candidates who are in the final or doctoral phase and are immediately before registering their final or doctoral thesis or have already registered it.
    The focus of the event will be on the complexity of the writing process, but also on raising awareness and implementing different linguistic actions in scientific writing in the foreign language German. The following central questions are dealt with: What content requirements does a scientific paper have to meet? How do I work out a question? How do I formulate the topic and limit it? How do I write an excerpt and how do I create an outline?
    In the further course, the various text parts of a thesis are systematically developed from the introduction, through the description of the state of research, corpus and methodology to the final text parts summary and outlook.
    In this course you will work with (your own) authentic examples. You regularly reflect on your writing process yourself and, above all, in exchange with other students, so that you can German expand your written competence in the foreign language.


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    Language for Specific Purposes

    Specific Language for Technology - (B2.2/C1.1)

    This course is aimed primarily at students of engineering or technical disciplines (Civil Engineering/Architecture, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical/Software Engineering, Environmental Technologies and Resource Management), in particular those studying for their Bachelor’s or Master’s degrees. Specific skills in written and spoken German are extended and intensified in order to allow participants to better meet the challenges presented by studying these disciplines. Participants will be trained how to listen to and read subject specific texts, produce written texts related to their studies and talk about areas related to their studies. Among other literature, this course uses authentic texts taken from current academic literature and extracts from a Materials Engineering lecture.


    Specific Language for Business and Economics - (B2.2/C1.1)

    This course is aimed primarily at students of business or economic disciplines (Management and Economics, BWL, VWL etc.), in particular those studying for their Bachelor’s or Master’s degrees. Specific skills in written and spoken German are extended and intensified in order to allow participants to better meet the challenges presented by studying these disciplines. Participants will be trained how to listen to and read subject specific texts, produce written texts related to their studies and talk about areas related to their studies. Among other literature, this course uses authentic texts taken from current academic literature and extracts from a Business Studies lecture.


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    Special Courses

    Regional Studies I: Studying and Daily Life - (B1)

    You are new at RUB and would like to know more about the university, the city and the region. Then this is the appropriate course for you.
    You will get an overview of studying and daily life in Germany and get to know the country in its diversity. You will deal with important facts and figures, make connections and reflect on (inter-)cultural differences. You get to know your own university better and discover fascinating cultural and leisure activities offered in the Ruhr region. In the course, you will gain insights into society, culture and the economy. A virtual tour brings you closer to the different regions of Germany.
    The course provides you with valuable basic knowledge about studying and daily life in Germany. You will share this knowledge and discuss it together with other international students. In this way, you get to know new perspectives of Germany.


    Regional Studies II: Culture and Society – (B2)

    You are interested in German culture and society and would like to deepen your knowledge? This course aims at getting to know the cultural and social diversity in Germany and at being able to understand current social developments.
    In this course, you learn about the wide range of cultural activities in the Ruhr area. Important topics are film, literature and theatre. You deal with facts and figures about contemporary history, which are important for a better understanding of our present social situation. If possible, there will be an excursion where you will actively deal with contemporary history. You also learn about current social developments while working with a wide range of material.
    You will deepen your knowledge of German culture and society. Together with other students you’ll develop important ideas, which you will reflect upon and also critically discuss. Your image of Germany will become clearer. A country studies project (e.g. the creation of your own podcasts) is integrated into the course, so that you have to actively develop learning content.


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