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German Language

Summer University Term 1: June 11th - July 5th, 2019


Course price: 950 Euros

18 hours of class a week, 5 ECTS, max. 18 participants


This course is an introduction to German and is aimed at beginners. Within four weeks, this course will help you to develop basic competencies in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in German, as well as give you a basic knowledge of the German culture, with a particular focus on Berlin.

This course is designed to be taken together with our courses in Terms 2, 3 or 4, to give participants maximum value from their time in Berlin. Please take a look at the summer school courses available here.

For any students interested in pursuing further education in Germany, an information session on Masters Programs at the TU Berlin will be held during Term 3 of the Summer University.

Learning Goals and Syllabus


The primary goal of language instruction should be the development of communication. To achieve this, you must engage in as many communicative situations as possible, and the course is designed to provide you with ample opportunities in the classroom and on a course-related excursion to do so.

The course follows the standards of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) for level A1 (beginners with no prior knowledge), which will be achieved by the end of the course. Equal emphasis will be given to five language skills: listening, speaking, reading, writing, and culture.

At the end of the course, you will:

  • Be able to deal with everyday situations in a German speaking environment and conduct simple conversations (e.g. at the grocery store, in a restaurant, at a public office)
  • Be able to understand discussions on familiar topics
  • Have developed reading strategies that allow you to understand simple newspaper articles as well as short literary texts
  • Have learnt how to write, revise, and proofread short texts in German
  • Achieve CEFR German level A1


You can find the syllabus for this course HERE

You may find the syllabus useful when discussing with your home University whether the ECTS credits attainable for this course are accepted by them.

Course components

1. Attendance and Homework (30%)

Each class session consists of four modules. It is simply not possible to make satisfactory progress in this or any language course without thorough preparation for class and punctual submission of assignments. Because productive and constructive participation is an integral part of learning a foreign language, it is absolutely necessary that you attend class regularly.

2. Essay and Journal (20%)

You will compose and revise one essay on a given topic. Throughout the term, you will also compose various journal entries to reflect on certain aspects of your stay in Berlin.

3. Midterm and Final Exam (20%)

You will take a midterm and final exam based on course material, consisting of sections on listening and comprehension, vocabulary and grammar, reading comprehension, and composition.

4. Oral Presentation and Group Project (20%)

You will be asked to prepare a short presentation and speak freely about an assigned topic. You will also work with peers on a creative presentation about your impressions of Berlin.

5. Excursion (10%)

On one course day during the term you will go on a course-related excursion and take an excursion-related quiz.


The general prerequisites of the TU Berlin Summer University are the following: at least one year of university experience + English level B2 or equivalent.


Dr. Jasmin Krakenberg is a Visiting Lecturer of Germanics at the University of Washington, Seattle. She has considerable experience in the classroom at both private and public institutions in Germany and the United States. She has designed and taught courses in communicative and task-based language acquisition at every level, courses that stimulate meaning-focused language use. She holds a Ph.D. in Germanics with a specialization in cinema and media studies.

Please send direct questions about the course to the TU Berlin Summer University Team at: . We will answer your questions and direct specific queries regarding course content to the course lecturers where necessary.


Registration for Term 1 is now closed. Please see our full program for other courses in Terms 2,3 and 4.

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