The TUM Language Center at the TUM Sustainability Day

On 27.10.2022, the TUM Sustainability Day took place for the first time.

The TUM Language Center participated with two different formats:

  • Sustainability in language teaching - How is it going elsewhere? Compare and Share
    In this online exchange format, which was primarily aimed at language teachers, there were small impulse presentations from different subject areas, in which a wide variety of teaching ideas were presented and subsequently discussed and/or immediately tried out. The ideas for integrating sustainability into language teaching included an online tandem project with a partner university in a foreign language country, a climate puzzle for students with a higher language level, and a vocabulary learning set on the topic of the "climate crisis" as well as examination formats and subject-specific content for specific target groups.
  • Green Language Café (in cooperation with TUM Global & Alumni Office)
    At the Munich Campus (StuCafé) and at the Weihenstephan Campus (Unibar - Maximus-von-Imhof-Forum), students were able to exchange ideas about cultural and country-specific differences around the topic of sustainability while having coffee and cake. The students received language support from lecturers of the TUM Language Center.
    A few of them shared their impressions with us:

We talked about resource-efficient mobility. It was surprising to me that participation in the conversations was so uninhibited, regardless of the individual language level. It was perceived as an opportunity to simply speak in the German language, altogether in a relaxed environment.

Jutta Schlüter
Lecturer for DaF

I enjoyed the fact that there were both native German speakers and learners of German at my table. The participants all had different professional and cultural backgrounds and so the conversations were extremely interesting. It was fun and also a nice opportunity for me to get to know the student perspective.

Katharina Lechle
Lecturer for DaF

We talked about examples of attempts at sustainability at the students' home universities, e.g. a bazaar for selling household objects and clothes. Interestingly, several universities had set up their own bicycle rental service.
All were eager to participate in the discussion, describing any sustainability measures at their universities.

Elizabeth Hamzi-Schmidt,
Lecturer for English