Here is a general overview of languages courses which are on offer, although this depends strongly on the demand and can vary considerably from year to year as 15 participants are required for the courses to start. Course levels refer to the Common European Framework of Reference (GER/CEFR) and a description of these levels can be seen in the slider below.

English:
levels A2-C1 mostly every semester, divided into
- Business English: levels B1,B2,C1
- Technical English: levels B1,B2
German as foreign language: levels A1-C1
French: 2-3 courses are offered, A1-A2 or B1
Italian: beginner and advanced beginners level A1
Chinese: beginner level A1*
Portuguese: beginner level A1*
Russian: beginner level A1*
Spanish: beginner level to medium level, A1-B1
Czech: beginner level A1*

*Sometimes only as an intensive course during the semester breaks.


What do GER/CEFR levels A1,A2,B1,B2,C1 mean?

The language courses at the University orient towards the levels of the CEFR. This describes the knowledge at the respective level. Almost all European textbooks, examinations and courses orient towards the CEFR.

  • A1 (Beginners level): In Spanish and Italian three part courses with 2 SWS each are needed to reach the A1 level (A1/Part 1, A1/Part 2, A1/Part 3). In languages which vary enormously from the German language in terms of vocabulary, grammar and articulation, four part courses are needed to reach the A1 level.
  • A2 (Beginners with good basic knowledge): Ca. 100-200 lessons (level 6th/7th grade at school). In order to reach an A2 level in Spanish and Italian, also three part courses are necessary (A2/Part 1, A2/Part 2, A2/Part 3). With an A2 level, all major parts of grammar are treated.
  • B1 (Intermediate level): precondition: knowing the grammar and broad range of basic vocabularies. Courses at a B1 level are comparable with lessons between the 8th and 10th grade at school.
  • B2 (Advanced intermediate level): corresponds approx. to the Abitur level
  • C1 (Advanced level): corresponds approx. to the Leistungskurs level

Please find an overview for self-judgement here!

Principles concerning DIT language lessons

  • Communicative lectures (partner and group works) with special attention to speaking and listening skills
  • Reasonable group sizes (between 10 and 25 participants)
  • Grammar as a mean to expand expression possibilities, not as self purpose
  • Regular evaluation and further training of the lecturers
  • Sound offer of the most important languages and enablement of special wishes on demand
  • All language courses are made accessible (not least by intensive courses in the semester breaks)

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