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Language Cafés at Zessko

Text: Sprachcafés at Zessko; Symbol: a steaming cup of coffee
Photo: Zessko
Come and sign up for the language café! We are looking forward to meeting you there.

Students who are passionate about languages have the opportunity to join us in their free time to chat about all things related to languages and cultures in a relaxed and casual environment. Tutors of native-speaker level will be there to co-ordinate the events. Participants are encouraged to actively contribute to the sessions and have their say in planning future topics and activities. Emphasis is placed primarily on conversation - language and culture should be experienced and discussed together.

Language cafés meet both online and on-campus regularly during the lecture period.

Further information for EDUC students

Arabic Language Café

Summer Semester 2024 - Face-to-face meetings
Thursdays, 17:00 - 18:00, Neues Palais campus (Mediothek des Zessko, Haus 19)

Impressions: "In the Arabic language café, we explored Arabic cultures and made contacts with fellow students" (WiSe 23/24)

"The linguistic and cultural exchange was fascinating and entertaining for me."(WiSe 23/24)

Sprachcafé Deutsch als Fremdsprache

Summer Semester 2024 - Online and face-to-face meetings
Fridays, 16:00-17:00 and NEW and as of NOW: Wednesdays, 16:00 - 17:00
Exacts dates and places have been announced in Open.UP

Impressions: "I liked the relaxed atmosphere and possibility to talk to different people." (SoSe 23)

"Am besten fand ich die Atmosphäre - alle waren immer freundlich und offen für kulturelle Unterschiede. Es war sehr einfach, sich in die Gruppe einzubringen, da ich keine Angst hatte zu sprechen. [Wir hatten] eine tolle Tutorin!" (WiSe 23/24)

English Language Café

Summer Semester 2024 - Online cafés and face-to-face meetings (see Open.UP for dates)
Online: Mondays, 17:00 - 18:00 (Zoom)
On-Campus: Wednesdays, 15:00 - 16:00 Neues Palais campus (Mediothek des Zessko, Haus 19)

Impressions: "The English Language Café helps me learn English so I can understand things faster." (WiSe 23/24)

"I really like the English Language Café. I met very interesting people there, for instance exchange students from Colombia." (WiSe 22/23)

Café Francophone

Summer Semester 2024 - Face-to-face meetings on the Griebnitzsee campus (see Open.UP for dates)
Wednesdays, 18:00 - 19:00

Impressions: "L'animatrice a essayé d'intégrer tous les participants, comme ça chacun/chacune a l'opportunité de partager ses pensées et opinions. Par conséquence, je pouvais améliorer mon français" (SoSe 23)

"On est devenus un bon groupe avec beaucoup de thèmes et activités différentes. J’ai spécialement adoré la séance avant Noël. C’est aussi cool qu’il y ait les séances en ligne pour participer plus librement." (WiSe 23/24)

Conversación y Café

Sommersemester 2024 - Face-to-face meetings
Tuesdays, 16:00 - 17:00 Neues Palais campus (Mediothek des Zessko, Haus 19)

Impressions: “Mir hat besonders gefallen, dass man die Sprache sprechen und üben konnte ohne den Druck zu haben richtig zu sprechen. Weiterhin fand ich die Vernetzung mit anderen Studenten sehr wichtig.” (SoSe 22)

“Me encanta el formato flexible de las sesiones: a veces leemos textos, a veces hablamos de tradiciones del mundo hispanohablante, a veces jugamos. Es siempre divertido!” (WiSe 21/22)

Register in the Sprachcafé Open.UP courses (links above, in the light blue boxes) to secure your spot in your favourite language café! There is a limited number of participants.

Information for EDUC-Students

Students from our EDUC partner universities are welcome to participate in the language cafés at the University of Potsdam.

This semester we are offering language cafés in four languages – English, French and German. The cafés will take place both online and on-campus regularly during the lecture period. Please note that no ECTS points can be awarded for participation in language cafés. Students can join the language café groups at any time during the whole semester.

Tandem Language Partnerships present another great opportunity to get to know other students from the University of Potsdam. Interested students can find more information about language tandems at Zessko's Sprachentandem web pages.