Courses during the semester in German as a foreign language

Program

Enrolled students, exchange students or employees of the TUM are welcome to learn German in our courses during the semester. All courses are free of charge.

Our semester program takes place on Munich City Campus, Campus Garching and Campus Weihenstephan. Due to the current situation, we start all our courses in the summer semester 2020 as online-courses. We offer courses at all levels of the Common Framwork of Reference (CEFR) as well as trainings, workshops and one-off seminars on special topics. Courses covering half a level, i.e. A1.1 comprise 4 contact hours per week and 6 ECTS credits. Courses covering an entire level, i.e. A1.1 plus A1.2 comprise 6 contact hours per week and 8 ECTS credits. Usually there are no ECTS credits for trainings, workshops and one-off seminars.

We recommend that you also take a look at our intercultural communication, learning in tandem and Schreibberatung. Please note: We do not offer preparatory courses for the Studienkolleg or tests to confirm sufficient German language skills to register at a German university (e.g. TestDaF, DSH).

Summer semester 2020

Program in TUMonline

We have decided to offer our language courses online and give students the opportunity to gain ECTS points. You will meet your teacher online at the hours scheduled for your course. She/He will inform you about the technical aspects shortly before the course starts.

Language teaching and language learning will be different from what we are familiar with. We trust in everyone ́s understanding, flexibility, and willingness to deal with any problems we may encounter.

Registration and Participation

How to register for a course?

Only TUM students including exchange students can sign up for courses at TUM Language Center.

You can only sign up once your enrollment process is fully completed. We do not sign up students manually or by e-mail.

Students without any previous knowledge in German please sign up for courses at level A1.1.

Students with previous knowledge in German need to do a placement test as a first step. The placement test will help you to decide, which level to choose. Take a screen shot of the result or print out the certificate. If you have questions regarding the placement test, please write to daf-placement@zv.tum.de.

Please refer to our start page or to TUMonline to find out about the registration start. In TUMonline, please click the T-button to find out about the exact time of your selected course.

In TUMonline, your name will automatically be put on a waiting list. Make sure to come to the first class meeting regardless of your position on the waiting list.

TUM staff, visiting scholars, doctoral candidates and postdocs: Please register for our special program Daf for Staff. Only if capacity is available you can get a place in our regular courses: registration conditions.

How to obtain a confirmed place in a course?

Confirmed places will be assigned according to the position on the waiting list shortly before the course starts. Approximately 15 students will get a place in the course.

Please note that you are only entitled to a confirmed place in the course if you attend the first online class meeting. Otherwise, your place can be given to the next student on the waiting list.

In case of technical problems, please send an email to the teacher of the class on the same day:

  • Go to the course list in TUMonline and click the T-button of your course.
  • Look for your group and move right to the column “Lecturer”.
  • Do not forget to mention your selected level and group.

If you do not have time to attend the first class, contact the lecturer of your selected group in advance. You will then keep your position on the waiting list until the next class.

Students who do not appear to have the required knowledge for the chosen level may receive a recommendation for a different level.

Please note, that TUMonline does not let you keep your position on the waiting list when you switch groups. Therefore, when signing up, please take in consideration the result of our placement test in Moodle.

All free places will be given to people on the waiting list according to their number.

If you have not received a confirmed place, please check TUMonline for groups with less students and ask in person for spaces that may have become vacant.

Please deregister if you have signed up for a course that you no longer wish to attend.

How do I receive credits in the summer semester 2020?

For the moment, we do not plan usual exams for the end of the lecture period. Insted your lecturer will give you complex assignments throughout the semester. You have to fulfill these assignments in certain deadlines. All assignments will count for the credits. Please note: Only students with confirmed places in courses can hand in the assignments and receive credits.

 

Christine Geishauser

Head of German as a Foreign Language Program
geishauser@zv.tum.de

Office Hours
On Wednesdays from 14:30 to 16:00

By arrangement during the semester break
Room 309, Richard-Wagner-Str. 3 (MUC)
Tel.: 089/289-29312

Sabine Schmidt-Bender

German as a Foreign Language Lecturer
sabine.schmidt-bender@zv.tum.de

Office Hours
On Wednesdays from 12:00 to 13:00

By arrangement during the semester break
Room 112, Richard-Wagner-Str. 3 (MUC)
Tel.: 089/289-29332

Sabine Kraut-Schindlbeck

German as a Foreign Language Lecturer
kraut-schindlbeck@zv.tum.de

Office Hours
On Tuesdays from 12:00 to 13:00

By arrangement during the semester break
Lecturer's room, Weihenstephaner Berg 13 (WZW)
Tel.: 08161/71-5335

Dr. Anne Schlömer

German as a Foreign Language Lecturer
schloemer@zv.tum.de

Office Hours
On Tuesdays from 11:30 to 12:30

By arrangement during the semester break
Room 104, Richard-Wagner-Str. 3 (MUC)
Tel.: +49 89/289-29320

Renate Steidten

German as a Foreign Language Lecturer
steidten@zv.tum.de

Office Hours
On Mondays from 11:00 to 12:00

By arrangement during the semester break
Room 105, Richard-Wagner-Str. 3 (MUC)
Tel.: 089/289-29324