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German for Beginners

Winter University Online: January 4th - 29th, 2021

5 ECTS credit points, max. 15 participants

Registration is now closed



The 2022 winter program will be published soon!

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.

Learning Goals and Syllabus

Learning Goal:

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.

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.

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


Course Structure:

Online course: January 4th - January 29th, 2021.

Estimated session times are Mondays through Fridays from 9 am to 2 pm CET for live lectures and group sessions, etc.

Please note that exact session times will be confirmed once registrations have closed (sessions will be scheduled according to the time zones of the registered course participants).

Should you have any questions regarding the course timetable, please contact us at

Please note this is a full-time, intensive course. Weeks 1-4 will involve approximately 30 hours of workload.



A detailed syllabus with information on the schedule will be made available to registered participants.

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


More information on the course will follow soon.

Target Audience

This beginners course is designed for current university students, working professionals and any individuals interested in learning German.

Prerequisites and Technical Requirements

Participants of the TU Berlin Summer & & Winter University must meet the following requirements: (i) B2 level English, or equivalent and (ii) at least one year of university experience. Working professionals are also welcome to take part in the program.

Technical Requirements

We will ask participants to fulfill the following technical requirements:

  • Fully functional device (laptop, tablet, PC)
  • Stable internet connection
  • Software: Zoom (App installed on desktop or over browser. Participants are requested to use their real name as zoom account name)
  • Recommended: external headset for better sound quality


Christoph Hauser is certified German-as-Foreign language teacher and has considerable experience in the classroom at private and public institutions in Germany. He has taught German language courses at every level at language schools, camps and summer schools. He holds a M.A. in Islamic and Hungarian studies and Geography.

Course fees

*Registration for this course has now closed*

Course fees for German for Beginners are as follows:

Student: 920 Euro

Working professional/Non-student: 1320 Euro

*Registrations for this course have now closed*

The early bird discount is available for all participants until November 1st. Registrations open in October 2020.

Please note that students will be required to upload proof of their student status (student card/ enrolment information) during the registration process.

5 ECTS credit points


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