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Summer School Eichstätt: overview of German language courses


– Level A1 (according to the CEFR)

PrerequisitesThis course is for beginners.
Course content/ methodsDuring this four-week language course, students will acquire proficiency in using familiar, everyday expressions and in formulating and understanding basic sentences. For example, you will learn how to introduce yourself, start a conversation, ask and answer questions about yourself. By the end of the course, you will know a considerable amount of very essential phrases.
By using communicative games, short role-plays and dialogue games, speaking will be practiced especially during the afternoon program, so that by the end of the course participants will be able to make themselves understood with ease.
This course is equivalent to level A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
Classroom hours83 hrs in morning and afternoon sessions
Students per class18 max.

– Level A2 (according to the CEFR)

PrerequisitesLevel A1 is required (placement test).
Course content/ methodsAt 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 create a lively class. A further emphasis of the class will be applicable: 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, in order to do research on a specific topic. The projects will be prepared in class and the results will be presented.
According to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages this course corresponds to Level A2.
Classroom hours57 hrs in morning sessions
Students per class18 max.

– Level B1 (according to the CEFR)

PrerequisitesLevel A2 is required (placement test).
Course content/ methodsAt 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 their interview partners, in order to carry out research on a specific topic. The projects will be prepared in class and the results will be presented.
According to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages this course corresponds to Level B1.
Classroom hours57 hrs in morning sessions
Students per class18 max.

– Level B1 +/B2 (according to the CEFR)

PrerequisitesLevel B1 is required (placement test).
Course content/ methods 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 are geared towards 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, in order to carry out research on 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.
According to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, this course corresponds to Level B1.
Classroom hours57 hrs in morning sessions
Students per class18 max.

– Level C1 (according to the CEFR)

PrerequisitesLevel B2 is required (placement test).
Course content/ methods At the advanced level, speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills will be intensively practiced. The themes introduced in the class will be predominantly of a culturally informative sort (newspaper articles, television broadcasts) and will be considered in view of intercultural comparison. The students will give short presentations on topics of their choice, which they will creae 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, in order to carry out research on 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.
According to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, this course corresponds to Level C1.
Classroom hours57 hrs in morning sessions
Students per class18 max.