You know no or only little German? Don’t worry! Our skilled teachers will provide you with the necessary foundation to communicate easily in a German-speaking environment. No matter whether you are a beginner or an advanced learner, a science or film major, our classes are designed to fit the students’ needs using modern teaching methods.
With the courses taking place in a German-speaking environment, emphasis is placed on helping students to communicate basic information and ideas in a meaningful way. Tailor-made courses also enable students acquire program-specific vocabulary. Our qualified staff adjusts each and every course according to program type and students’ expectations.
One of the main objectives of the courses is to provide students with the tools needed to face situations they may encounter during their daily routine in Germany. This is why language learning at AIB also takes place outside of the classroom, for example by a trip to the Museum of Post-War German History or to a local café. This allows students to gain practical experience with the language and culture and encourages them to apply their expanding German knowledge in everyday situations. Students also learn the necessary introductory vocabulary, expressions and grammatical structures, which enables them to express basic ideas and successfully communicate in their everyday life in Germany. Additionally, they attain the ability to produce, read and understand basic, short texts and understand basic audio and video materials. During their time in Bonn, all four language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) are practiced and improved.
The courses also aim to familiarize students with basic aspects of German history and culture. This component is complemented by several study tours in the Bonn/Cologne area as well as to Berlin, where many historical aspects of Germany are discussed.
Another emphasis of the courses is placed on the topic of intercultural communication, culture-learning and cultural adjustment. Overarching topics include cross-cultural comparisons, communication styles and non-verbal communication.
The close connection between this class and the individual programs, shows in various projects that implement applied regional studies. By interacting with the local community for an urban planning project or choosing regional topics for film documentaries, students truly “learn by doing” as they become engaged in the local community and apply the language and communication skills from the classroom in real life.
“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language that goes to his heart.”