German as a Foreign Language B1.1

Module SZ0305

This Module is offered by Language Center.

This module handbook serves to describe contents, learning outcome, methods and examination type as well as linking to current dates for courses and module examination in the respective sections.

Module version of SS 2013 (current)

There are historic module descriptions of this module. A module description is valid until replaced by a newer one.

available module versions
SS 2013WS 2012/3

Basic Information

SZ0305 is a module in language at which is offered irregularly.

This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.

  • Catalogue of Language Courses (German as a Foreign Language) as Soft-Skill Courses
Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
180 h  h 6 CP

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


In this module, knowledge of German as a foreign language will be further developed, enabling students to express themselves in German independently and confidently in familiar situations, e.g. in the classroom, at work, in free time and with the family, on topics of general interest, e.g. films, music, sports, etc, when standard German is spoken. Students expand and test a basic repertoire of logical main and subordinate clauses (final clauses, consecutive clauses, relative clauses), learn and practice the use of reflexive verbs, the function and use of second subjunctive and the passive. They review and develop elementary aspects of grammar, such as the use of the tenses and prepositions. They examine specific cultural features with regard to festivals and traditions, the educational system, the business world, lifestyles and leisure activities, and obtain insight into contemporary culture in Germany.

Learning Outcome

The module is aimed at level B1 of the CEFR. Students acquire knowledge of German as a foreign language at the standard language level with a focus on intercultural, cultural and academic aspects. Students obtain team competence through collaborative work in mixed, multinational groups. Following completion of this module, students can make themselves understood in most situations which occur in the context of studies, career and leisure time in German speaking regions. They can report on academic and business careers; express hopes and wishes; make, accept or reject invitations; give advice and directions; express and discuss opinions. They can understand and summarize the general content of simple, authentic texts from the everyday world and take part in spontaneous discussions on familiar topics. Students can compose longer personal letters and texts on personal experiences.


Sound knowledge of level A2.2; placement test level B1.1

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

SE 4 Blockkurs Deutsch als Fremdsprache B1.1 Termine in Gruppen
SE 4 Deutsch als Fremdsprache B1.1 Termine in Gruppen

Learning and Teaching Methods

The module consists of a seminar in which course objectives will be achieved in an activity-oriented, communicative atmosphere through listening, reading, writing and speaking exercises in individual, partner and group work. The fundamental language skills conveyed in the classroom are reinforced through the use of guided self-learning in the form of prepared (and online) materials.


Textbook; multimedia teaching and learning materials (chalk/white board, overheads, worksheets, images, films, etc.) and online resources.


Textbook (to be announced in class); recommended texts (non-required): Reimann, Monika: Grundstufen-Grammatik für Deutsch als Fremdsprache, Erklärungen und Übungen, Grammatik mit integriertem Lösungsschlüssel und CD-ROM, Hueber Verlag, 2010; Rusch, Paul und Schmitz, Helen: Einfach Grammatik, Übungsgrammatik Deutsch A1 bis B1, Langenscheidt Verlag, Berlin und München 2007; Hering, Axel em Übungsgrammatik Deutsch als Fremdsprache, Hueber Verlag, 2006.

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

Two written examinations (each 30% of final grade); two written homework exercises, one of which (student s choice) will serve as seminar paper/presentation (each 20%)

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