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Academic year 2024

Core Module Courses

Area
Languages & Intercultural Competencies

  • face-to-face: students attend on campus
  • hybrid: T4EU students attend online, home students attend on campus
  • blended: the course is largely online (for all students), but there may be face-to-face elements, for instance for project work, at the mobility week or a final exam
  • basic course (BC): knowledge in area of expertise
  • application course (AC): students apply knowledge to gain experience and generate societal transformative impact in limited scope

subject title

English Refresher Course B1/B2

Planning a stay abroad or a study program but you’re nervous about your 
English skills? Join us for a free, two-week compact course!

In this course, you will:

  • Refresh your grammar,
  • Practice speaking with other motivated learners from across Europe,
  • Learn how to write a CV and cover letter,
  • And more! 

 
There are 9 course dates in total (August 15th is a holiday in Germany, 
so there will be no class). Class will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 
with a half hour break in the middle.

Saarland University | ECTS: 3 | BC | Modality: online | Language: English
Start date: 12.08.2024 – 23.08.2024, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

subject title

French4Europe A2 to B2

An A2-B2 French class to learn everything you have to do to come to a French-speaking country and stay there, be it for professional or personal reasons. 

A kick-off meeting will be held on July 8 to register at the language center together with the teacher. 

Saarland University | ECTS: 3 | AC | Modality: online | Language: French
Start date: Kick Off: 8.07.2024, Course:  10.07.2024-19.07.2024, 10 a.m.-1:15 p.m 

subject title

Danish A1

The aim of this course is to enable students to communicate in Danish in everyday situations and to provide them with the basic knowledge of the Danish grammar (main morphological and syntactic rules) corresponding to level A1. Students learn to read uncomplicated texts with the aid of dictionary, to produce their own written texts using basic everyday language and to understand simple audio texts. The students learn to communicate correctly both in spoken and written forms in everyday situations and get prepared to study Danish in level A2. Syllabus.

Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas | ECTS: 6 | BC | Modality: online | Language: English
Start date: February 1, 2024 [Mon. Thu, 16:00-17:30, CET]

subject title

Portuguese A1

During the course, the general knowledge of the Portuguese language is acquired, the structure of the language, the grammatical constructions, the vocabulary, and the correct pronunciation are familiarized. All language skills are developed: reading, writing, listening, and speaking, with a particular focus on expanding active and passive vocabulary. The learning process involves relevant daily subjects related to personal information and the world around us. Learning the language goes hand in hand with learning Portuguese culture. Syllabus.

Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas | ECTS: 6 | BC | Modality: online | Language: English
Start date: February 1, 2024 [Tue, Thu, 16:00-17:30, CET]

subject title

Lithuanian as a Foreign Language A1

The aim of the course is to teach the students to understand and participate in a simple communicative situation. The students get acquainted with the most important grammar and pronunciation rules; their practical language usage skills are developed and applied on the topics relevant for beginners: introducing oneself and others, describing objects and places in the city, purchasing, or ordering food and talking about family. The students learn how to ask and provide essential information on the topics covered in the course and read simple short texts. Syllabus.

Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas | ECTS: 6 | BC | Modality: online | Language: English
Start date: February 1, 2024 [Mon, Wed 16:00-17:30, CET]

subject title

Arabic language Level 1

Arabic language Level 1 (elementary) course is based on the development of reception (listening and reading comprehension), production (speaking and writing) and mediation (translation) skills along with grammar and vocabulary development. The course is organized in such a way that the students develop basic awareness of the Arabic language and culture in the Arabic speaking countries. The form of studies includes lectures, seminars, self-study tasks and work in virtual MOODLE environment (on-line work, synchronous and asynchronous conversations and discussion forums, interactive tests, and exercises). Syllabus.

Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas | ECTS: 6 | BC | Modality: online | Language: English
Start date: February 1, 2024 [Tue, Thu, 16:00-17:30, CET]

subject title

Ukrainian A1

The course is designed to gain minimal communicative competence (survival Ukrainian): understand spoken Ukrainian on subjects related to everyday life, talk about, and read simple texts on daily life, write simple messages, and fill in a form. Contents: basic structures of the Ukrainian grammar, basic vocabulary (family, work, home, food, city, shopping, services, weather, entertainment, health), basic skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Methods: communicative teaching method is used, which focuses on teaching all language skills. Syllabus.

Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas | ECTS: 6 | BC | Modality: online | Language: English
Start date: February 1, 2024 [Mon, Wed, 16:00-17:30, CET]

subject title

French for the international DELF examination, B2

Students develop the linguistic and discursive skills to describe and discuss a broad scope of cultural and social issues related to the French culture and society. Students speak, read, write, and listen to the following topics: the evolution of the French gastronomic peculiarities, the image of the French in the world, the major 20th century social changes, money, and business as well as art, culture and religion. During this course, students acquire the basic knowledge and skills of argumentation, the sequence of tenses, and the patterns of pronoun construction. Syllabus.

Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas | ECTS: 6 | BC | Modality: online | Language: French
Start date: February 1, 2024 [Tue, Thu, 16:00-17:30, CET]

subject title

German B1.1

The goal of the course is to introduce students to the noun, the adjective, the numeral, the preposition, and complex sentence structure rules of morphology, also to develop their receptive and productive general and special skills and help them acquire socio-cultural communicative competence at an intermediate (B1.1.) level. Syllabus.

Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas | ECTS: 6 | BC | Modality: online | Language: German
Start date: February 1, 2024 [Tue, Thu, 16:00-17:30, CET]

subject title

Spanish C1

The course is designed to develop students’ communicative competence in general and academic Spanish at an advanced level through activities that integrate receptive (listening and reading), productive and interactive (speaking and writing), and mediation (translation) language skills.

Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas | ECTS: 6 | BC | Modality: online | Language: Spanish
Start date: February 1, 2024 [Mon, Wed, 16:00-17:30, CET]

subject title

Ukrainian A2

The course is designed to develop students’ competence of speaking, writing, listening, reading, and using grammar correctly at A2 level. Students complete studying grammar tenses of direct mood, getting acquainted with the topics of work, sports, professional and personal life, trips, and leisure as well as acquiring the communicational skills and usage of grammatical rules. Syllabus.

Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas | ECTS: 6 | BC | Modality: online | Language: English
Start date: February 1, 2024 [Mon, Wed, 16:00-17:30, CET]

subject title

Arabic language 2

The course acquaints learners with the Arabic linguistic system, prepares them for minimal and simple oral and written communication, also develops their receptive and productive general and special skills and helps them to acquire socio-cultural and communicative competence at the elementary level. Syllabus.

Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas | ECTS: 6 | BC | Modality: online | Language: English
Start date: February 1, 2024 [Tue, Thu, 17:30-19:00, CET]

subject title

Romanian language A1

Students acquire competence in Romanian at A1 (beginner) level through the linguistic activities of reception (listening and reading comprehension), production and interaction (speaking and writing) and mediation (translation). The content of the course includes the following main themes for the development of communicative competence: introductions, greetings, farewells, countries, nationalities, professions, family, home, studies, work, leisure activities, food, clothing; and linguistic themes: the rules of the pronunciation of Romanian sounds, words, and intonation; word order in a sentence; the formation of declarative, interrogative, negative, and exclamation sentences; and the formation and use of basic parts of speech. Particular attention is paid to the use of phonetics and grammatical rules in practice. Syllabus.

Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas | ECTS: 6 | BC | Modality: online | Language: English
Start date: February 1, 2024 [Tue, Thu, 16:00-17:30, CET]

subject title

Turkish A1

Turkish language A1 course is based on the development of reception (listening and reading comprehension), production and interaction (speaking and writing) and mediation (translation) skills along with grammar and vocabulary development, using audio-visual material. Syllabus.

Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas | ECTS: 6 | BC | Modality: online | Language: English
Start date: February 1, 2024 [Tue, Thu, 16:00-17:30, CET]

subject title

English for Management and Marketing

This course delves into the dynamic realms of management, marketing, and advertising. It offers students the opportunity to engage deeply with the influential discourses of leading figures and organizations that have significantly impacted these fields. Through a meticulous analysis, interpretation, and summarization of both written and spoken discourse  – speeches, books, articles, and interviews – students will gain insights into the distinct communication styles, persuasive techniques, and thought processes of these gurus.
 A critical component of the course is the examination of prevalent jargon, buzzwords, and the often transient nature of management trends. This scrutiny is aimed at equipping students with the ability to discern substantive concepts from fleeting fads and questionable theories. The curriculum is designed to foster not only an understanding of these influential ideas but also a critical perspective on them.
 The course demands a commitment to extensive reading, fostering a rich foundation of knowledge. Equally important is active participation in class discussions, which will serve as a platform for students to articulate their thoughts and insights. This dual focus on comprehensive academic exploration and interactive learning is central to the course’s objective of shaping well-informed, critical thinkers in the fields of management, marketing, and advertising.

University of Primorska | ECTS: 3 | BC | Modality: hybrid | Language: English
Start date: February 20, 2024

subject title

Destino España

The aim of this self-study online Spanish course is to enable students to prepare themselves for a semester abroad at a Spanish university, for example the Universidad de Alicante (Spain), providing them knowledge and practical information about university life in Spain and strategies to cope with everyday life on site.

The course will focus on academic and socio-cultural aspects of the Spanish language and culture taking into account the communicative and the action-oriented approach.

The course is aimed at students with an A2.2 level in Spanish willing to work independently over 10 weeks in the summer term to complete the course in the MOODLE platform. The form of studies includes self-study tasks and work in virtual MOODLE environment: reading and listening comprehensions, inter-net researches, interactive tests and exercises. Besides the asynchronous conversations possible with the teacher, there will be an online event (MS Teams) every 2 weeks for practical, oral assignments, questions and exchange with the teacher and with other students.

All language usage skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) are developed and applied on the topics of student and academic life in Spain (see: https://t4eteam.sharepoint.com/:b:/s/WP3TransformingCurricula/ESfgeW0h2tlIpcqmDj5SknABFKduKoBn5unE6U0GbCs2-A?e=Y938ZW)

  • Kick-off meeting: 17.04.24 / 14:15 / MS Teams
  • Duration: 24.04.24 to 10.07.24
  • Learning material: every week a new lesson in MOODLE for self-learning
  • 5 Online Events: Dates to be announced / Wed. 14:15 / MS Teams
  • Spanish language level: all levels from A2.2 welcome
  • Contact: e.fernandez@szsb.uni-saarland.de


In order to receive the 3 ECTS, you must have worked through the 10 lessons, handed in the corresponding assignments and participated in at least 3 of the 5 online events.

In the kick-off meeting will be explained how to take our placement online test and how to enroll in this course via the website of the Saarbrücken Language Center.

Saarland University  | ECTS: 3 | BC | Modality: online | Language: Spanish
Start date: April 24, 2024 to July 10, 2024; Kick-off meeting: April 17, 2024 | Registration date: February 12, 2024 to March 24, 2024

subject title

Español B2.2 + Crónicas periodísticas

This course is aimed at students with a good level of the Spanish language, B2 / C1 according to the CEFR. They will have reached at least the level B1 in the placement test of our Language Center.

In this intermediate course you will work on a part of the book and focus on journalistic interviews. The journalistic texts do not replace the written activities in the book but complement them, as the aim is to improve writing skills, practicing journalistic writing: current, clear and concise. 

We will work from the first day of class with the following book from SGEL: Nuevo Español en marcha 4 course book with Audio-CD, ISBN 978-3-19-414503-0 and workbook with Audio-CD, ISBN 978-3-19-424503-7. 

Duration: 18.04.24 to 25.07.24

STEPS:

  1. Register as a user with us. You will then be given a user ID and you create your password: https://www.szsb.uni-saarland.de/registrierung.html (You can choose English)
  2. Take our placement test: You enter your user ID and your password. You click on the MOODLE button and follow the step-by-step guide: https://www.szsb.uni-saarland.de/sprachkurse/kurs.asp?KursNr=SZSPS2390
  3. Course registration: if you have reached level B1, you can register from Monday, 15 April 2024:  https://www.szsb.uni-saarland.de/sprachkurse/kurs.asp?KursNr=SZSPS2434   


Contact: spanisch@szsb.uni-saarland.de

Saarland University  | ECTS: 3 | BC | Modality: hybrid | Language: Spanish
Start date: 18.04.2024 | Registration date: from 12.02.2024 to 24.03.2024

subject title

Cuéntame B2.2 + C1 (estrategias orales)

This course is aimed at students with a good level of the Spanish language, B2 / C1 according to the CEFR. They will have reached at least the level B1 in the placement test of our Language Center.

In our classes we will improve the communicative ability by reinforcing mainly the oral skills. The aim is to apply all the theoretical knowledge of the language in a practical and communicative way. To do this we will use stories, tales, legends and/or fables. We will share stories or tales orally, which implies the use and mastery of the past tense, the indirect speech, the indicative and subjunctive and many other elements of the language. We will also use connectors in a natural way and to structure an oral discourse appropriately. We will learn to improvise the spoken language in order to discover its beauty. For this course it is essential to understand ideas, to present them clearly and to stimulate the creativity and spontaneity of the speaker in an oral level.  

Duration: 22.04.24 to 22.07.24

STEPS:

  1. Register as a user with us. You will then be given a user ID and you create your password: https://www.szsb.uni-saarland.de/registrierung.html (You can choose English)
  2. Take our placement test: You enter your user ID and your password. You click on the MOODLE button and follow the step-by-step guide: https://www.szsb.uni-saarland.de/sprachkurse/kurs.asp?KursNr=SZSPS2390
  3. Course registration: if you have reached level B1, you can register from Monday, 15 April 2024:  https://www.szsb.uni-saarland.de/sprachkurse/kurs.asp?KursNr=SZSPS2432


Contact: spanisch@szsb.uni-saarland.de

Saarland University  | ECTS: 3 | BC | Modality: hybrid | Language: Spanish
Start date: 22.04.2024 | Registration date: from 12.02.2024 to 24.03.2024

subject title

Caminando por España C.1 (estrategias orales)

This course is aimed at students with a good level of the Spanish language, C1 according to the CEFR. They will have reached the level B2 in the placement test of our Language Center.

On our “journey” through the different autonomous communities of Spain, we will take a closer look at the diversity of the country. We will focus on aspects such as Geography, History, Culture, Art, Society, Economy, Language, Politics… We will perfect the language with special emphasis on improving our communicative competence, enriching our vocabulary and overcoming fossilized mistakes. 

The course does not require a book and follows the flipped classroom approach.

Duration: 23.04.24 to 23.07.24

STEPS:

  1. Register as a user with us. You will then be given a user ID and you create your password: https://www.szsb.uni-saarland.de/registrierung.html (You can choose English)
  2. Take our placement test: You enter your user ID and your password. You click on the MOODLE button and follow the step-by-step guide: https://www.szsb.uni-saarland.de/sprachkurse/kurs.asp?KursNr=SZSPS2390
  3. Course registration: if you have reached level B2, you can register from Monday, 15 April 2024: https://www.szsb.uni-saarland.de/sprachkurse/kurs.asp?KursNr=SZSPS2441 


Contact: spanisch@szsb.uni-saarland.de

Saarland University  | ECTS: 3 | BC | Modality: hybrid | Language: Spanish
Start date: 23.04.2024 | Registration date: from 12.02.2024 to 24.03.2024