German Academic Culture and Language

How can professors at German universities be addressed correctly? What does a formal e-mail at the university look like? How do I prepare a conversation with a lecturer if I want to discuss the subject of my term paper?

Communication at the university is different in every country. It is based on hidden values, norms and role concepts. To avoid problems due to cultural and linguistic misunderstandings, we offer you a course in Academic Culture in Germany in German (from B2) or English.

An important element of academic culture in Germany is so-called "best academic practice". It describes what qualitatively and ethically good research work and teaching is. Plagiarisms are therefore severely sanctioned in Germany. This course teaches you how to avoid plagiarism and how to quote correctly.

This course also includes working with and on the language, dealing with the following questions: What vocabulary and language structures are common in the academic language and communication at German universities? How does an "scientific style" express itself in speaking and writing? 

Using text examples and writing exercises, you will develop the characteristics and means of speaking the scientific language German, get to know the most important rules and conventions of citation and get an overview of the various types of sources.

In addition, you will learn standard structures for scientific texts on the basis of text examples, learn which formal aspects you must pay attention to when structuring and learn writing techniques that will help you develop a logical argumentation.

This course is mandatory for all incoming students from our partner universities.

Regular and active participation is a prerequisite for successful completion of the course. This also requires the completion of homework in order to further practice and consolidate what has been learned. The final grade is determined on the basis of the assigned homeworks and the oral participation in the course.

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