German language (DaF) B 1.1

Fridays, from 8.00 a.m. till 10.00 a.m., Online course + one hour e-learning per week

Starting from October 30, 2020, ending February 12, 2021
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 B1.1 of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference) and after completing the course can:
  • 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 writing 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. 
Key skills
Development of social and intercultural communicative competence in the target language, strengthening of learner autonomy and media competence.  
Course content
The focal points of the language course in the development of speaking, writing, listening and reading skills in the lower B1 level are, amongst others:
  • writing a longer email to a public authority
  • summarising the key elements of a basic text – orally and in writing,
  • holidng a short, prepared presentation on an everyday topic,
  • describing basic graphs, statistics or diagrams.

Course book: The course book Lehrwerk DaF kompakt neu B1 (chapters 1-6) 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 97-120 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 97-120 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
Silke Graefinghoff
Please register your intererest in this workshop with your BIGS coordinator by September 15, 2020.


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

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