Language Center

Tilburg University is an internationally oriented research and education institute. The Language Center assists students, university staff, and non-university students in improving their language proficiency.

German for Visitors

Germany is not only a neighboring country; it is also one of our largest trading partners. German has approx. 105 million native speakers, making it one of the most important languages in the EU. One interesting comparison: English is the mother language of approx. 55 million Europeans, as is French. Remarkably, the Dutch business community has few employees who can speak German well. If you do have a command of this language, then you definitely have an edge on the competition.  

The Language Center offers two German courses: ‘Intermediate German’ and ‘German Upper-Intermediate’. These courses are a continuation of each other: once you have completed the intermediate course, you can then advance to the advanced course. If you think you can begin with the advanced course directly because you have previous knowledge of German, please contact coordinator Cristina Irún for an appointment. Together you will assess your current level and which course is best suited for you.

Intermediate German

13x 3-hour classes, 8 hours self-study per week, 6 ECTS

Most Dutch people have some knowledge of German. This course increases your basic knowledge of German even more. All skills will be practiced with an emphasis on speaking skills. An example of an exercise is using a number of pictures to discuss a certain topic. You will also learn to make sentences with fixed combinations of words.

Knowledge of Germany plays an important part of this course. Currents affairs in Germany are discussed at various times during the course as well as intercultural differences, such as the differences between the Netherlands and Germany. What is typically German? And how do the Germans and the Dutch differ?

After completing the course, you will be able to talk about your work, participate in a discussion about current affairs and give a short presentation. You will have reached the B2 level of the Common European Reference Framework.

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German Upper-Intermediate

8x 2-hour classes, 6 hours self-study per week, 3 ECTS

This course is a continuation of the course Intermediate German. Reading, writing, listening and speaking are all part of the course. You will learn how to comprehend more complicated texts and sentences by paying attention to specific characteristics of German, such as the Klammerstellung. You will also have weekly writing assignments and receive feedback on them.

Current affairs in Germany also play an important role in this course. Students are given the opportunity to give a short presentation on a current affair every week.

By the end of the course, you will be able to write texts on a wide variety of subjects and give your opinion on complicated matters. You will also be aware of what you can improve in the area of pronunciation, vocabulary and grammar. You will have reached the B2+/C1 level of the Common European Reference Framework.

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