Key Qualifications Foreign Languages / Study / Language Requirements

Foreign languages open doors to knowledge and research as well as to other cultures. They enable students to dialogue with professionals in other countries and prepare them for study-related stays abroad.

The ability to communicate in more than one foreign language is one of the important qualifications of a university graduate. Foreign language skills improve students’ job prospects in both the European and global labor market. They also enable students to make use of their European rights of the free movement of peoples; in this respect, they contribute to each student’s personal development and will eventually lead to the formation of a European identity.

That is why the European Union has defined the mastery of two foreign languages spoken in the EU as one of the educational goals that every citizen should achieve, if possible. As is to be expected, English language skills are required as a cross-disciplinary competency while the knowledge of another foreign language also increases the chances of working in the global labor market or being able to play a formative role in international organizations.

The foreign language courses at the Language Center are offered not just for students studying a foreign language (or languages) as their major or minor. Students can also take foreign language courses to prepare them for a specific profession or as supplementary language study; indeed, they are embedded in the curriculum of some courses of study and are an important pillar of the general education program in Erfurt.

Languages Offered

Languages

  • Arabic A2, B1
  • Chinese A2, B1
  • German as a foreign language A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, DSH
  • English B1, B2, C1
  • French A2, B1, B2, C1
  • Modern Greek A2, B1
  • Italian A2, B1, B2, C1
  • Japanese A2, B1
  • Latin Latinum
  • Ivrit (Modern Hebrew) A2, B1
  • Polish A2, B1, B2
  • Portuguese A2, B1
  • Russian A2, B1, B2, C1
  • Spanish A2, B1, B2, C1
  • Czech A2, B1, B2
  • Turkish A2, B1

Learning Objectives

In general, the language courses teach all four skills, i.e. reading, writing, listening and speaking. How much emphasis is placed on each skill as well as the course content itself depends on what is required by the study and exam regulations and the specific characteristics of the language to be taught, e.g. Chinese or Japanese.

The proficiency levels are set down in the study and exam regulations and are based on the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). This makes it possible to compare skills, knowledge and certificates across languages and countries.

The learning objectives of the courses are derived from the educational profile of the University of Erfurt as well as its interest in fostering international cooperation in research and teaching. Students should be able to process the literature relevant to their field of study in the foreign language, present their own research in presentations and term papers, and follow subject-specific discussions.

The main focus of the courses is to enable students to continue their studies abroad and even find an internship or place of employment there. That is why the language training focuses more on the teaching and acquisition of an academic skill set from the B1 level onwards.

The deepening of receptive language skills is closely linked to the teaching of text and information processing strategies. The productive language skills are practiced on text types that are relevant for an academic or professional discussion context in the respective subject area. Students are familiarized with culture-specific characteristics of academic text types.

The learning objectives, which are divided by skill and CEFR level A2 to C2, are compiled in Appendix 1 to the language regulations: Language Skills/Learning Objectives.