Language Center

Language Center

Hochschule Geisenheim University's Language Center offers courses in European (also German Language courses for our international students) and non-European languages for around 100-120 teaching hours per semester. Our courses are university-specific and train academic skills such as presenting, discussing topics and academic writing. A team of 21 highly qualified and motivated freelance trainers work closely with the Language Center staff to guarantee a high quality in all our courses.

Knowledge of foreign languages not only prepares our students for internships and work abroad, but also increases their chances in an increasingly international-thinking German job market.

Before students start on their subject-related language modules (a compulsory element of most of our degree programs), the Language Center also offers 'Preparation Courses', in which students can learn a language as a complete beginner, or refresh their existing knowledge.

Registration for these courses takes place at the beginning of wintersemester in Stud.IP.

Sufficient knowledge of the German language is a basic requirement for foreign students following a degree course in German at Geisenheim University. For students who would like to brush up their German skills while studying, the Language Center offers free German courses.

These courses are especially relevant to foreign students studying for an English-language degree, eg.  IWB or Vinifera, who are interested in learning German in our small, relaxed classes while in Germany.

Please contact the Language Center for further information about any of our courses.

The Language Center prides itself on being a place of intercultural exchange and language acqusition for worldwide networking.

 

 

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Teaching Methods

Our teaching methods are based on the latest findings in cognitive science and university didactics and are based on the quality criteria of the Arbeitskreis der Sprachenzentren an Hochschulen e. V. (AKS) (Working Group of University Language Centers) and the recommendations of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

We base our teaching on a communicative and lively approach, with the use of authentic materials playing a key role. The foreign language to be learnt is used as the language of instruction as soon as possible and active participation in the lessons (in the language being learnt!) is strongly encouraged.

In the general language courses, all four main competences (listening, speaking, reading and writing) are practised equally, incorporating vocabulary and grammar. Country-specific and intercultural aspects are also covered in the lessons. Different learning strategies that allow independent learning are presented and tried out in the courses.

Language Courses

French 1 & 2
Teacher Roberta Grün
Time Tuesday 1.45-3.15pm or 3.30-5pm
Room H6
Level Complete beginner; this course is for students who have not had any French classes before, and aims to start with the basics and build on them
Course length 2 semesters with the possibility of an intensive course in the semester break in February (depending on participant numbers)
   
French 3 & 4
Teacher Abdesslem Aboub
Time Tuesday 3.30-5pm
Room H7A
Level A2; this course is for students with some prior knowledge of French (e.g. 2 - 3 years of French in school), and aims to build on this.
Course length 2 semesters with the possibility of an intensive course in the semester break in February (depending on participant numbers)
   
Spanish 1 & 2
Teachers Estel Ferré & Lida Marin Beltran
Time Group 1: Tuesday 11.30am-1pm; Group 2: Tuesday 1.45-3.15pm
Room H2
Level Complete beginner; this course is for students who have not had any French classes before, and aims to start with the basics and build on them
Book Caminos Hoy A1. Kurs- und Übungsbuch mit MP3-CD und DVD. Ernst Klett verlag, Stuttgart 2016. ISBN:9-783125-157705
Course length 2 semesters with the possibility of an intensive course in the semester break in February (depending on participant numbers)
   
Spanish 3 & 4
Teacher Lida Marin Beltran
Time Tuesday 3.30-5pm
Room H2
Level A2; this course is for students with some prior knowledge of French (e.g. Spanish 1 & 2, or some Spanish classes in school), and aims to build on this.
Description En este curso el estudiante aprende a interactuar en un amplia gama de situaciones como por ejemplo tomar parte en conversaciones sobre temas generales y sobre asuntos relacionados con sus intereses personales y a expresar y sostener opiniones.
Book Caminos Hoy A2 Kurs- und Übungsbuch. Ernst Klett Verlag, Stuttgart 2017. ISBN: 978-3-12-515776-7
Course length 2 semesters with the possibility of an intensive course in the semester break in February (depending on participant numbers)
   
Italian 1 & 2
Teacher Daniela Ceroni
Time Tuesday 1.45-3.15pm
Room H33
Level Complete beginner; this course is for students who have not had any Italian classes before, and aims to start with the basics and build on them
Course length 2 semesters with the possibility of an intensive course in the semester break in February (depending on participant numbers)
Book Universitalia 2.0 A1/A2 - Hueber Verlag - ISBN: 978-3-19-105463-2
   
  
Italian 3 & 4
Teacher Daniela Ceroni
Time Monday 5.15-6.45pm
Room H7A
Level A2; this course is for students with some prior knowledge of Italian (e.g. Italian 1 & 2, or some Italian classes in school), and aims to build on this.
Description L’obiettivo di questo corso è di migliorare le capacità di interazione dei partecipanti in ambiti di immediata relevanza per la vita quotidiana: p.es. parlare di avvenimenti del passato, esprimere e chiedere punti di vista ed opinioni personali, seguire e comprendere i punti principali di una discussione o strutturare un discorso in modo logico.
Course length 2 semesters with the possibility of an intensive course in the semester break in February (depending on participant numbers)
   
Chinese 1 & 2
Teacher Cheung Wai-Ying
Time Wednesday 3.30-5pm
Room H9
Level Complete beginner; this course is for students who have not had any Chinese classes before, and aims to start with the basics and build on them
Course length 2 semesters with the possibility of an intensive course in the semester break in February (depending on participant numbers)
   
Japanese 1 & 2
Teacher Yuki Kobayashi
Time Tuesday 6-8.30pm
Room H34
Level Complete beginner; this course is for students who have not had any Japanese classes before, and aims to start with the basics and build on them
Course length 2 semesters with the possibility of an intensive course in the semester break in February (depending on participant numbers)
   
Arabic 1 & 2
Teacher Moustafa Selim
Time Monday 5.15-6.45pm
Room H6
Level Complete beginner; this course is for students who have not had any Arabic classes before, and aims to start with the basics and build on them
Course length 2 semesters with the possibility of an intensive course in the semester break in February (depending on participant numbers)
   
German A1.1
Teacher Agi Meisl-Faust
Time Monday 9.45-11.15am and Tuesday 3.30-5pm
Room H33 and H32
German A1.2
Teacher Klaus Hellemeier
Time Monday, 8 - 9.30am and Tuesday, 1.45 - 5pm
Room HS 9
German B1.2 (support course for B2)
Teacher Agi Meisl-Faust
Time Tuesday 5.15 - 6.45pm
Room H 32
German B1/B2 (Business & Technical German)
Teacher Agi Meisl-Faust
Time Tuesday, 8.00 - 9.30
Room HS 9
German C1
Teacher Agi Meisl-Faust
Time Wednesday 3.30 - 5pm
Room Please check timetable as rooms change
Time Thursday 5.15-6.45pm
Room H7A
German Writing Course C1
Teacher Cornelia Köster
Time Tuesday 1.45-3.15pm
Room H46

Team

Emma Gledhill-Schmitt
Emma Gledhill-Schmitt, B.A.
Building 5905
Room 01.11
Phone +49 6722 502 706
Emma.Gledhill-Schmitt(at)hs-gm.de Details
Daniela Ceroni Porath
Daniela Ceroni Porath, M.A.
Building 5905
Room 01.11
Phone +49 6722 502 729
Daniela.CeroniPorath(at)hs-gm.de Details
Agi Meisl-Faust
Agi Meisl-Faust
Building 5905
Room 02.02
Phone +49 6722 502 729
Agi.MeislFaust(at)hs-gm.de Details