German language (DaF) B 1.2

Wednesdays, from 8.00 a.m. till 10:00 a.m., Online course + one hour e-learning per week

Starting from April 15, 2020, ending July 15, 2020
Course objectives
This competence based and action-oriented language course is for graduates who want to cope with everyday life in German and, in particular, want to become competent in academic and work situations.  
Graduates attain the level B1.2 of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference), thus completing level B1 and on completion of the course can:
  • understand the main information in extended conversations, provided clear, standard speech is used and the topics are familiar, relating to e.g studying, everyday campus life, internahiops or personal interests, 
  • understand presentations and lectures and follow more complex arguments, provided clear, standard speech is used and the topic is familiar,
  • cope with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken,
  • can express themselves orally and in writing regarding familiar topics related to studying, everyday campus life, internshiops and topics of personal interest, 
  • can report orally and in writing on experiences and events, describe career aims and prospects,
  • give short reasons or explanations for plans and intentions.
Key skills
Development of social and intercultural communicative competence in the target language, strengthening of learner autonomy and media competence.  
Course content
Building on the focal points of the B1.1 language course, the following aspects will be consolidated to develop the speaking, writing, listening and reading skills:
writing an official letter
summarising a basic text – orally and in writing, 
holding a short, prepared presentation on a university-related topic, 
describing basic graphs, statistics or diagrams.
Course book: The course book Lehrwerk DaF kompakt neu B1 (chapters 7-12) is used: 
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.
Please note:
  • The test consists of 64 questions. Allow approximately one hour for the test.
  • Make sure you will not be disturbed while completing the test.
  • Please use a computer, not a smart phone.
  • As the test includes audios, please ensure that your computer can play those.
  • The test covers the levels A1- C1.
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. Please save a screenshot or print of your result (with the score clearly visible). If you receive a confirmation of participation by email you will be asked to submit your results with a score of 120 - 144 points to ensure you are enrolled in the most suitable course for your needs.
To get to the test, please click here:
To attend to this course a score of 120-144 points is required. If you are under or above this range please register your interest for a German course according to your score with your BIGS coordinator. 

Target group

Doctoral candidates 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 and one e-learning session will be excused.
Course instructor
Astrid Weiher
Please register your intererest in this workshop with your BIGS coordinator by March 10, 2020.


Please find the overview of all workshops offered in Promotion plus BIGS here.

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