Course

German language course

Would you like to get a basic introduction to German or learn to communicate in German on a professional level? This course, divided into five modules, is for every level of proficiency. You’ll learn to communicate in different situations, including work, studies or holidays.

From the very first group lesson, an experienced teacher will help you build on your vocabulary and understand how the language works. You’ll use traditional learning methods as well as online learning tools, such as wikis, blogs and social media. The course focuses on speaking and listening skills. Additional work on grammar, as well as reading and writing skills, will support you in the language learning process. Your teacher will be a (near-) native speaker, and the group lessons will be conducted in German. Instructions will only be given in Dutch or English if it’s absolutely necessary.

After completing the sixth module, you’ll be able to communicate professionally in German, from speaking and writing to debating, negotiating and giving a presentation.

German course modules

Module 1

Module 1 is for people with no prior knowledge of German. In this module, you will learn the basis of German grammar. You will build a vocabulary that allows you to read and understand simple sentences. You will also learn to:

  • introduce yourself
  • ask for directions
  • order food and drinks
  • make purchases at a shop

Required materials for Module 1

Studio d A1. Deutsch als Fremdsprache. Kurs- und Übungsbuch mit Zertifikatstraining (Berlin, Cornelsen 2010) - ISBN 9783464207079.

Recommended for all modules: Grammaticawijzer Duits (Intertaal) en Werkwoordenwijzer Duits (Intertaal)

Module 1: The registration form shows the actual available groups.

5 February - 28 May 2018, Monday 16.00-18.00

Modules 2 & 3

Modules 2 and 3 are for people with a basic knowledge of German and people who have completed the previous module. In these modules, you will further develop your vocabulary and your understanding of German grammar and will address more complicated topics of conversation.

Required materials for Module 2

Studio d A2. Deutsch als Fremdsprache. Kurs- und Übungsbuch mit Zertifikatstraining (Berlin, Cornelsen 2010) - ISBN 9783464207123.

Recommended for all modules: Grammaticawijzer Duits (Intertaal) en Werkwoordenwijzer Duits (Intertaal)

Required materials for Module 3

Studio d B1. Deutsch als Fremdsprache. Kurs- und Übungsbuch mit Zertifikatstraining (Berlin, Cornelsen 2011) - ISBN 9783464207192.

Recommended for all modules: Grammaticawijzer Duits (Intertaal) en Werkwoordenwijzer Duits (Intertaal)

Module 2:  The registration form shows the actual available groups.

6 February - 22 May 2018, Tuesday 16.00-18.00

Module 3:  The registration form shows the actual available groups.

9 February – 8 June 2018, Friday 11.00-13.00

 

Modules 4 & 5

In Module 4, you will learn to:

  • give presentations
  • make your case in an argument
  • carry out discussions with native speakers
  • bring up topics relating to work or studies in class discussions

Module 5 is primarily a discussion forum in which you must play an active role. During this module, you will learn to:

  • express your thoughts and justify your position in discussions and debates
  • learn how to present yourself well in an interview
  • hand in written assignments, in which you will have to pay special attention to grammar

Required materials for Modules 4 & 5
Students will receive a reader by email before the beginning of the course

Recommended for all modules: Grammaticawijzer Duits (Intertaal) en Werkwoordenwijzer Duits (Intertaal)

Mittelpunkt neu, B2, Deutsch als Fremdsprache fuer Fortgeschrittene (Klett 2014)

  • Lehrbuch ISBN 978-3-12-676652-4
  • Arbeitsbuch ISBN 978-3-12-676653-1

(Lektionen 1-6 for DE-4 and 7-12 for DE-5)

Module 4:  The registration form shows the actual available groups.

8 February - 31 May 2018, Thursday 16.00-18.00

 

Module 5:  The registration form shows the actual available groups.

8 February - 31 May 2018, Thursday 18.30-20.30

 

 

Requirements

UM students, staff and external participants are welcome to join the course. If you have no prior knowledge of German, you can simply register for Module 1 without first doing an intake. If you would like to take any other module, you must first successfully complete the previous module, or have a comparable level of German. To determine which level would suit you best, you will need to do an intake with one of our staff members before registering for a specific module.

The Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) provides a set of descriptors that can help you gauge your level of proficiency in any given language. To determine your current or target level, please download the PDF Levels of the Common European Framework of Reference (0.48MB).

Registration

You can register for a course by using our registration form. After registering, you will receive a confirmation.

To determine your level, please make an appointment for an intake by sending an e-mail to languages-intake-DE. The appointment will always take place at the Maastricht University Language Centre (Sint Servaasklooster 32).

Please book your intake well before the course is scheduled to begin. This will make it easier to make the appointment, and it is more likely that there will still be an available spot in the module that’s right for you. 

Costs per module

  • UM students: € 295
  • UM staff and alumni: € 360
  • All other participants: € 460

Certification and ECTS credits

After completing a module, you will receive a certificate and three ECTS credits. To be eligible for a certificate, you must attend at least 12 of the 14 lessons, be present at the final exam and have satisfactory results. 

  • For Module 1, the CEFR attainment level is A1
  • For Module 2, the CEFR attainment level is A2
  • For Module 3, the CEFR attainment level is B1
  • For Module 4, the CEFR attainment level is B2
  • For Module 5, the CEFR attainment level is B2+