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Course Program
summer term 2018

The current Course Program for the summer term 2018 can be found here:


Course Descriptions - Term Time Courses

Communication Training I - (B1.1)
This course requires a firm command of German up to level A2.2 and gives participants the opportunity to improve their speaking and listening skills. The topics covered in class are centred mainly on the university environment (e.g. making contacts, telephoning, discussing a matter with a course tutor, taking part in group work during a class), on intercultural (mis)communication and on small talk.
The strategies presented in class for spoken communication are rehearsed in role plays, individual-, partner- and group work and complemented with the use of films.

Communication Training II - (B2.2/C1)
This course requires a firm command of German up to level B2.1 and gives participants the opportunity to improve their speaking and listening skills in the following areas: Correct formulation of wishes/requests; attentive listening; establishing clarity by asking questions; giving, receiving and implementing instructions; delivering short statements and assuming standpoints on controversial issues. The course content is academically based and is rehearsed and perfected via roleplays, individual-, partner- and group work. Additionally, the course will touch on issues such as body language, “critical incidents” and colloquialisms.

Argumentation and Presentation in Academic Discourse - (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).

Compiling and Delivering Presentations - (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)
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/C1)
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)
This course begins by discussing and reflecting upon particpants' previous of written German. In the subsequent lessons, the following topics will be covered:
- E-mails to course tutors
- Minute/note taking (including listening and writing techniques)
- Written examinations
- Strategies for reading comprehension: Forming, structuring and summarizing texts.

Academic Writing II – (B2/C1)
The demands and challenges involved in producing academic written work become ever more complex over the duration of any course of study. As such, this course aims not only to to make participants aware of the individual steps and necessary questions to be asked when producing written work but also of how to tackle the issue of time management within the writing process.
By acquiring and learning to employ specific writing strategies, participants’ writing skills are honed and broadened to a new level. Participants will thus be able to independently create academically relevant texts including argumentative discourses or written explanations/illuminations of tables and diagrams.
This course aims to facilitate the production of written assignments by examining the following specific texts: Writing as a process, the stages and questioning processes of academic writing, the correct use of quotations, the correct integration of secondary sources, argumentation, expression of opinions or viewpoints and correct formulation within a piece of academic written work.

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.

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.

Country and Culture I - (B1)
The Country and Culture I course is based on the blended learning principle, which combines the best elements of attending actual classes in person with those of the e-learning platform. The use of an e-learning platform (Moodle) gives participants the possibility to work on issues of interest outside of the classroom and to exchange ideas with one another.
The course uses authentic material to give an overview to those students who are new to Bochum about the activities on offer at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (study, leisure time, culture, services) and gives them the opportunity to learn more about the culture, tradition and history of the Ruhr area.

Content includes:
- Starting to study
- Campus
- Sport in Bochum
- Economic and social change within the region
- Cultural programme
- Festivals und events
- The Ruhr dialect
- Health

Country and Culture II - (B2/C1)
The Country and Culture II course is based on the blended learning principle, which combines the best elements of attending actual classes in person with those of the e-learning platform. The use of an e-learning platform (Moodle) gives participants the possibility to work on issues of interest even when not in the classroom and to exchange ideas and opinions about cultural, political and economic issues.
The course works with authentic materials (newspaper articles, business periodicals from the RUB, online interactive games, the Wahl-O-Mat voting advice application, caricatures, music, films etc.) to give participants an insight into both Germany’s political system (constitution, federalism, electoral system) and also the economic and cultural events which have shaped the Ruhr area, North Rhine-Westphalia and Germany.
A variety of learning and teaching methods (including group work and discussion) gives participants the opportunity to extend their reading, writing, listening and speaking skills up to level B2/C1.

Phonetics - (A2 - B1 - B2)
All phonetics courses are based on the blended learning principle, which combines the best elements of attending actual classes in person with those of the e-learning platform. The use of an e-learning platform (Moodle) gives participants the possibility to communicate with each other outside of the classroom to improve their pronunciation (for example by producing voice recordings and exchanging feedback).
Phonetics courses have two main aims. Participants should improve their pronunciation so that as “non-natives” they are more easily understandable by more closely imitating standard German pronunciation. They should also be able to better understand the German phonetic range and rules regarding pronunciation of individual words and phrases, thus making understanding spoken language easier. These courses also present participants with typical examples of German as pronounced by speakers of other languages with the aim of avoiding “typical mistakes”. The phonetics courses also aim to make participants aware of the complete spectrum of spoken German: from everyday speech to correct formal pronunciation. Every participant will create a voice recording of all German sounds and syllables and will receive individual feedback from the course instructor.

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 B1.1 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.