German Language Course (DaF) B1.1

A workshop offered by the International Office within Doctorate plusBIGS

This competence based and action-oriented language course is for participants who want to cope with everyday life in German and, in particular, want to become competent in academic and work situations.


Starting from October 15, 2021, ending February 4, 2022
Fridays, from 8.00 a.m. till 10.00 a.m.

Please register your interest in this workshop with your BIGS coordinator by September 8, 2021


Silke Graefinghoff




Online course + e-learning “vocabulary-package“ (for self-learning totaling 20 hours)

Target Group

Doctoral students from all subject areas



Participants who complete the entire course will receive a certificate confirming their attendance at the end of the semester. Missing two lessons will be excused.

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Course Content

Participants attain the level B1.1 of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference). By the end of this course, participants will be able to

  • understand some main points in longer conversations related to familiar topics regarding studying, internships, everyday campus life etc., provided clear, standard speech is used,
  • understand the main points of presentations and lectures and follow the basics of complex arguments, provided clear, standard speech is used and the topic is familiar,
  • cope with basic situations (e.g. react to basic requests, interact appropriately) likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken,
  • express themselves comprehensibly regarding familiar topics and communicate orally and in written language on study-related topics and topics of personal interest,
  • report on experiences and events, describe career plans and prospects and give short reasons or explanations for plans and intentions.

Course Elements

Key skills

Development of social and intercultural communicative competence in the target language, strengthening of learner autonomy and media competence.  

Course book

The course book Kontext B1.1+ is used:
Print edition: Kontext B1.1+: Kurs- und Übungsbuch mit Audios/Videos | Klett Sprachen (

Digital edition: Kontext B1.1+ - Digitale Ausgabe mit LMS: Kurs- und Übungsbuch mit Audios/Videos und interaktiven Übungen | Klett Sprachen (


We would like to ask you complete a placement test before registering for the German course. Below, you will find a link that leads you to an online-test that allows you to assess your level in German.

The test consists of 64 questions and you have 75 minutes to complete it. It is important that you complete the test without interruptions and submit your answers within the given time frame (unlike stated in the introductory part of the test). Please use a computer, not a smart phone.

As the test includes audios, please ensure that your computer can play those. The further you proceed in the test, the more challenging the questions become. Please leave out questions you cannot answer and finish the test once you have reached the point at which all the questions are too difficult.

After closing the test, you will receive an email with your result. If your score is between 97 and 121 points, you are eligible to register for this course. Please save a screenshot of your result and send it to your coordinator along with your registration. Please make sure that both the result and the completion time of the test are visible on the screenshot.

To get to the test, please click here:

This course is co-financed by STIBET-funds from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)


 Bonn Graduate Center


+49 228 73-60141


Poppelsdorfer Allee 47
53115 Bonn

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