German is the language with the largest number of speakers within the European Union. There are more than 102 million native speakers in Germany, Austria and Luxemburg; the majority of people in Switzerland speak German as well. Within the academic world German is of particular relevance for the humanities. In disciplines like Classics, Philosophy, Archaeology, and History a sound knowledge of German is a necessity for both scholars and students.

The programme and the curricula of German courses within the Language Centre are organized in accordance with the proficiency levels of the Common European Framework of reference for language learning (CEF). It develops all four communicative skills as well as social and cultural knowledge through the use of a variety of methodologies based on interaction, the use of authentic material modern media like film, and the exploitation of computer-based resources such as the Internet and the Blackboard.


Course Descriptions


LAN 070: German - Beginner level I

This course will teach the students how to function on a very basic level of listening, speaking, reading and writing. It will enable them to understand and use simple language based on a limited sentence structure and familiar vocabulary related to areas of immediate relevance such as personal background, cafes, countries/languages, housing, daily routine, etc.
By the end of the semester, students are expected to be close to functioning at the A1 (Breakthrough) level of the CEFR for language learning.
LAN 071: German - Beginner level II
This course will further strengthen the four communicative skills and enable students to understand and exchange information on familiar matters such as restaurants, orientation in town, holidays/sights, shopping, fashion, etc.).
By the end of the semester, students are expected to function at the A1 (Breakthrough) level of the CEFR for language learning.
Prerequisite: LAN 070 or equivalent
LAN 072: German - Intermediate level I
This course continues to develop communicative skills allowing students to communicate in situations related to routine matters like health, sports, language learning, family, travelling/mobility, spare time, the media, etc.
By the end of the semester, students are expected to be well on their way to the A2 (Waystage) level of the CEFR for language learning.
Prerequisite: LAN 071 or equivalent
LAN 073 German - Intermediate level II
This course will enable students to communicate in most situations with greater confidence in their oral and written expression concerning the description of experiences, future projects, wishes and hopes, reasons and explanations for opinions and plans (on outings, restaurants, houses, culture, inventions, German festival, work, education etc).
By the end of the course, students will be functioning at the A2 (Waystage) level of the CEFR for language learning.
Prerequisite: LAN 072 or equivalent
LAN 207: German for European and International Relations
The purpose of this specialized course is to provide students with knowledge of European and international relations through the medium of German and to encourage the practice of the German language in this specific context. The course will include thematic presentations, but will also be task-oriented. The tasks will develop comprehension and production competence as well as intercultural skills. Possible themes will include: The functioning of European and international institutions, political, economic and social cooperation, European and Regional integration, etc. Upon successful completion of this course, students will gain a substantial advantage for their future careers.
Prerequisite: LAN 073 or equivalent
LAN 208 German for Business
This course concentrates on the uniqueness of German enterprises and the specifics of German trade relationships. Awareness of intercultural relations will be complemented by the acquisition of practical knowledge: writing a CV, making telephone calls, negotiating prices, writing a business letter, negotiating with clients, organizing a business trip, etc. The teaching of the course is based on authentic audio-visual material and authentic written documents as well as on individual task-based learning. This approach aims to foster ready-to-use communicative skills and abilities in the field of business.
Prerequisite: LAN 073 or equivalent