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DaF - courses and learning opportunities


You can learn German at any level (A1 to C2) of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) in various formats. 

There is a link at left in the “Course catalogue“ that provides an overview of current course offerings.

Image: C. Lehker, Zessko-DaF
DaF courses and learning opportunities by level

Everyday language integrated courses:

These courses offer language training in the four skills of reading, listening, writing, and speaking. Grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation are integrated into exercises.

The “basic courses” (Level A1 to B1.1 CEFR) are offered once per week mainly in the late afternoon.

“Advanced courses” (Level B1.2 to B2.2 CEFR) take place two days a week, in the morning or afternoon.

Principles of our work, (DaF lecturers at Zessko)

"If you successfully complete a German course or language learning advising session at Zessko, you receive ECTS points. Our expectation is that you complete exercises outside of the course, along with the time spent learning in the group (contact hours). These individual exercises include, along with traditional “homework,” preparation for class and participation in projects. In addition, there are specific exercises online at Moodle for (almost) all courses, some of which are mandatory."

Specific skills courses and subject-oriented courses:

In addition to the integrative courses, you can also attend courses on specific skills (listening and speaking) or on grammar and pronunciation. You can attend these courses to enhance your skills in a particular area of a language, or to reactivate and reiterate what you have already learned. 

If you are studying law or the social sciences, then perhaps you will be interested in subject-oriented courses. You can acquire the relevant specialized terminology for your field and train for discipline-specific communicative situations.


Learn on your own outside of courses:

If you have a specific learning project and don’t want to attend an entire course, then perhaps DaF Supervised Independent Study is for you. Together with your language adviser, you analyze your present learning situation, talk about your goals, and plan the individual learning process. Your language adviser supports your learning process by means of regular consultations and professional feedback.
You can also participate in a language tandem and/or structure your individual learning process with an ePortfolio.

Principles of our work, (DaF lecturers at Zessko)

"If you successfully complete a German course or language learning advising session at Zessko, you receive ECTS points. Our expectation is that you complete exercises outside of the course, along with the time spent learning in the group (contact hours). These individual exercises include, along with traditional “homework,” preparation for class and participation in projects. In addition, there are specific exercises online at Moodle for (almost) all courses, some of which are mandatory."



Our courses begin in early April (summer semester) and early October (winter semester). It is unfortunately not possible to start a course in the middle of the semester. => For further information, please see “Placement & registration” in the menu.