During the programme
From day one, you will learn what it is to be a teacher and how to teach German language and culture to young people.
Our Teacher Education in German programme covers five disciplines:
- The German language: Literature, grammar, linguistics and the Germanspeaking world
- Methodology: acquiring a second language
- Research: practice-based research at a school
- Profession: pedagogics, child development, development psychology
- Internship/work placement
All of our students spend some time abroad to improve their language skills. As a part-time student, this might mean you get to do this during your summer break.
Programme content of Teacher education in German
The first year focuses on what it means to be a teacher. You will do an internship at a Dutch school for one day a week. You will also work on improving your German proficiency and learn about the culture of the German-speaking countries.
You will get subjects on German culture and its surprising contrasts, e.g., How is it possible that a nation with such a grand musical history could be so enamoured of the canned Tirolean music broadcast on TV? How could Weimar be the home of both Goethe and the Buchenwald concentration camp? Or take Berlin with its stunning blend of ancient and modern architecture. A city without limits in the 1920s that became a symbol of corruption during the Nazi regime – and after the war, it was ruled by communism and repression in the east while embracing capitalism in the west. Currently, it is politically, commercially and culturally amongst the major cities in Europe.
The English-language programmes in Teacher Education are taught by native and near-native speakers with a passion for teaching, language and culture.
At the end of your second year you will receive a binding recommendation on whether or not you may continue your studies with us. To continue your course, you need to have earned at least 50 ECTS of the Propedeuse (exempt credits do not count). If you fail to do so, you will be asked to leave the programme.