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German as a Foreign Language (DaF)

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Information

Do you have questions about our German courses? Do you need specific advice? (Please note: We do not answer questions about visa procedures or finding accommodation in Jena.)

We offer an office hour via Zoom. The application can be made by email on our Team DaF. Please write the subject of your request in the subject line. You will then receive an invitation to the zoom meeting.

You can learn German as an absolute beginner or you can improve your pre-existing language skills with us.

In our German courses, the four basic language skills of listening, reading, speaking, and writing are systematically developed and practised. Additionally, the study of phonetics, i.e. the correct pronunciation of words and phrases, plays a major role. Grammar teaching alone is no longer a key aspect of the modern teacing of German as a Foreign Language. Instead, Grammar skills complement the basic language skills.

In addition to the regular courses during the semester, covering the language levels from A1 to C2 according to the Common European Framework of References for Languages (CEFR), we also offer intensive courses at selected levels, both during the semester and in the pre-sessional period in September.

Our courses are primarily for the benefit of students of the University Jena. If there is spare capacity, students of other German institutes of higher education, Doctoral students of the University Jena or other German institutes of higher education as well as employees of the FSU and guests are welcome to join our courses, too.

Courses

Main Courses Show content

In these courses, you will learn the main language skills of listening, reading, speaking, and writing as well as the sub-disciplines of vocabulary and grammar.

These courses consist of 60 teaching units (UE). One teaching unit includes 45 minutes, meaning you will have 4 SWS in 2 x 90 minute/week class.

If you pass one of these courses, you gain 5 ECTS points.

Intensive courses during the semester Show content

In these courses, you will learn the main language skills of listening, reading, speaking, and writing as well as the sub-disciplines of vocabulary and grammar.

Intensive courses consist of 60 teaching units (UE) taught over a period of 5 weeks. One teaching unit includes 45 minutes.

It is, therefore, possible to participate in two intensive courses directly after each other if they are at the same level, e.g. A1.1 and A1.2. In this way, you can cover a whole language level in a single semester.

If you pass one intensive course you gain 5 ECTS points. If you pass two courses, you gain 10 ECTS points.

Intensive courses in September Show content

In these courses, you will learn the main language skills of listening, reading, speaking, and writing as well as the sub-disciplines of vocabulary and grammar.

These intensive courses consist of 60 teaching units (UE) taught over a period of 3 weeks. Classes take place normally from Monday to Friday. One teaching unit includes 45 minutes.

If you pass one of these courses, you gain 5 ECTS points.

Complementary/Advanced courses Show content

In these courses you work on one skill in particular, e.g. phonetics or grammar. You can participate in these courses without taking a Main Course or you can use them to complement a Main Course.

These courses comprise 30 teaching units. One teaching unit includes 45 minutes, meaning you will have 2 SWS in 1 x 90 minute/week class.

If you pass one of these courses, you gain 3 ECTS points.

Subject specific courses Show content

In these courses your German skills are geared towards a specific study subject, e.g. Deutsch für Mediziner (German for medicine) or Wirtschaftsdeutsch (Business German).

These courses comprise 30 teaching units. One teaching unit includes 45 minutes, meaning you will have 2 SWS in 1 x 90 minute/week class.

If you pass one of these courses, you gain 3 ECTS points.

Self-learning tutorial Show content

To independently expand and practise the skills gained in our courses, you may want to pay a visit to the self-access tutorials in the Multi-Media Centre (MMZ). Here, modern language learning software and tutors will support your learning progress.

Head of the German as a Foreign Language Section (DaF)

Susanne Junker
Room 521
Ernst-Abbe-Platz 8
07743 Jena
Phone
+49 3641 9-401807
Fax
+49 3641 9-401802
Office hours:
by appoinment
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