Courses & program

The German lessons, which comprise a total of 60 course hours, usually take place in the morning and are offered at the following levels (the level is determined by a placement test at the beginning of the Summer School):

Preliminary timetable ( as at 07 March 2022 - subject to change without notice)

German A1

During the three weeks of the language course, the participants acquire the ability to understand and use familiar, everyday expressions and straightforward sentences. For example, they learn to introduce themselves, make contact, or answer general questions about themselves. At the end of the course, they will have a very elementary range of simple phrases with which they can "survive" in Germany.

With varied language exercises, communicative games, small role-play, and dialogue games, all skills are practised, especially speaking. At the end of the course, the participants will be able to communicate straightforwardly. According to the European Framework of Reference, this course corresponds approximately to level A1.

Language requirements: English B1 (language of communication)

German A2

At the basic level II, speaking and listening skills will be practiced intensively, but reading and writing skills will not be neglected. In grammar, pre-existing knowledge of A1 will be strengthened and supplemented by, for example, the dative, personal and possessive pronouns, the perfect tense, accusative/dative prepositions, declination of adjectives, and simple dependent clauses.

Songs and communication games will ensure a lively learning atmosphere. A further emphasis of the class will be on: culture studies (Landeskunde). The students will learn much about everyday life in Germany, German celebrations, etc. An important component of this course will be project work, in which the participants will go in small groups and meet up with their interview partners, to research a specific topic. The projects will be prepared in class and the results will be presented.

German B1

At this level, speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills will be equally practiced. Grammar (e.g. syntax, dependent/subordinating clauses, past tenses, prepositions, subjunctive II, infinitives with "zu") will be practiced in interesting ways using texts, songs, and dialogs. At this level, the participants are already able to converse about familiar topics in German.

An important component of the cultural education will be project work, in which the participants will go in small groups and meet up with their interview partners, to research a specific topic. The projects will be prepared in class and the results will be presented.

German B1+ / B2

At the intermediate level, speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills will be equally practiced, during which the focus will rest on vocabulary building and communication. The classes approach current topics and texts in the field of applicable culture and will be supplemented by songs and compendiums, which the participants will give on topics of their choice. In grammar, starting with the wishes/needs of the participants, the following will be introduced and practiced: syntax, complex dependent/subordinating clauses, subjunctive II, verbs with prepositions, negation, and word order, among other topics.

An important component of the cultural education will be project work, in which the participants will go in small groups and meet up with their interview partners, to research a specific topic, for example on the topic "Tourism in Bavaria/ Eichstätt". The projects will be prepared in class and the results will be presented.

German C1

At the advanced level, speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills will be intensively practiced. The topics introduced in class will be predominantly present informative cultural information (newspaper articles, television broadcasts) and will be considered from the perspective of intercultural comparison. The students will give short presentations on topics of their choice, which they will develop with the assistance of the teacher. As for grammar, a needs analysis will be developed at the beginning of the course, and only selected areas of advanced grammar will be reviewed and practiced, corresponding to the needs of the students.

An important component of the cultural education will be project work, in which the participants will go in small groups and meet up with their interview partners, to research a specific topic, for example, "environmental policy in Bavaria" or "media in Eichstätt". The projects will be prepared in class and the results will be presented.

Specialist program in the afternoon

The language courses are supplemented by a diverse specialist program in the afternoon and different workshops and field trips.

Please register (Mobility Online) for one of the following courses:

Course 1:Survival German - German Intensive Language Course for Beginners

During the three weeks of the language course, the participants acquire the ability to understand and use familiar, everyday expressions and straightforward sentences. For example, they learn to introduce themselves, make contact, or answer general questions about themselves. At the end of the course, they will have a very elementary range of simple phrases with which they can "survive" in Germany.

With varied language exercises, communicative games, small role-play, and dialogue games, all skills are practised, especially speaking. At the end of the course, the participants will be able to communicate straightforwardly. According to the European Framework of Reference, this course corresponds approximately to level A1.

Language requirements: English B1 (for communication)

Course 2: Explore Germany and Bavaria! Intensive German Language and Cultural Studies

In this course, in addition to improving your German language skills, the central theme will be regional studies, combined with writing, reading, and conversation exercises. The goal for you is to expand your vocabulary, gain confidence in expression, and be able to discuss interesting topics in German. Participants can actively participate in the selection of topics for the course. Current topics concerning Germany are offered, but the intercultural component is always essential.

The main focus of this course is on expanding the personal communicative scope, which is achieved through methods such as short presentations and work in small groups.

Language requirements: German A2-C1

Course 3: German Literature in Movies – Intensive German Language Programme and Seminars in Literature

During the three-week language and literature course, participants deepen their German language skills in all areas, such as speaking, listening, writing, and reading, in morning classes.

A special focus is placed on reading, analysing, and discussing German literature in the afternoon classes.

Screen adaptations of books are very popular these days. Ranging from classic novels, fantasy novels, novellas, crime series or historical dramas – all genres and topics are brought to the big screens. But how can books actually be turned into movies? What happens to your own "mental cinema" when watching the movie? Based on specific book-film comparisons with a particular focus on contemporary German-language literature, we will be analysing the different special possibilities of expression of books and movies respectively. We will also approach the question of which criteria make a movie a good screen adaptation.

Here are some examples for successful screen adaptations of German literature: Thomas Mann: Death in Venice; Max Frisch: Homo Faber; Bernhard Schlink: The Reader; Uwe Timm: The Invention of Curried Sausage; Otfried Preußler: The Satanic Mill; Patrick Süskind: Perfume; Wolfgang Herrndorf: Why We Took The Car; Volker Kutscher: Babylon Berlin.

Language requirements: German B2-C2

Additional offers

Workshops

You can select up to two workshops:

  1. Pronunciation: For all participants who want to improve their pronunciation in an experimental and entertaining way. You will also receive many tips on how to continue practicing yourself.
  2. Scenic Game: This workshop will provide you with an artistic break, during which you will slip into a new role for a short time and get to know yourself and your fellow players better.
  3. German-language Songs: Whether Neue Deutsche Welle, Krautrock, Indie-Rock, German Schlager, or Rap - join us for a short excursion into the world of German-language music of the last decades.
  4. Community Music: Look forward to recharging your batteries while singing and making music together and getting to know Germany from its musical side.

All workshops are held 2 x and 90 minutes each.

Field trips

  1. Field trip to Ingolstadt in the context of 3 lessons: During the field trip to Ingolstadt, the group is first officially welcomed by a representative of the city, and a snack is served in the city hall. Afterwards, a guided tour of the city is organized and in the end, there is still some time left for an individual city stroll.
  2. Full day field trip to the UNESCO Wold Heritage Bamberg.