The emphasis in this advanced course in German language proficiency is on the improvement of both written and oral communication skills. The writing activities aim at enhancing the competence and effectiveness in using different kinds of text genres (essay, abstract, review, academic paper etc.). Through the exercises, students should be enabled to formulate their thoughts and arguments in a stylistically, phraseologically, and idiomatically correct and confident manner. The oral language skills will be focused upon by intensive speaking training (debate, discussion, role play, presentation), in the course of which topics of social and academic relevance will be dwelt upon at greater length.
In this context, specialized vocabulary from various realms in German culture and society will be dealt with. Finally, important aspects of German grammar will be revised and put into practice in specific translation exercises (Dutch-German). This course specifically contributes to improving language awareness and language skills throughout the Bachelor's programme and aims to help the students to effectively and fluently contribute to discussions within and outside their own field of study while making use of abstract notions and expressions. Students are able to understand at a reasonable speed and with a critical mind general and academically specific texts and are able to prepare and conceptualise texts within their domain of study as well as outside, make notes or write an essay which bears witness of good communciation skills. In doing so students will activate communicative strategies based on language awareness and will use primary sources. Exit level at the end of the Ba is ALTE 4 or CEFR C1.