[lg policy] Technische Universitaet Darmstadt Language Policy

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Sun Feb 14 22:10:24 UTC 2010

TU Darmstadt Language Policy

1. Language Requirements for Prospective Students

TU Darmstadt acknowledges that competence in foreign
languages and intercultural skills are vital pre-requisites to
success in all academic programs.

TU Darmstadt therefore particularly welcomes applications from
prospective students who are not only interested in their
respective fields of study, but also possess language and
intercultural abilities that will enable them to succeed in
following lectures, engaging in academic discussions, conducting
everyday conversations, and understanding cultural differences.
For all academic programs conducted in German, the following
language requirements apply:

1. Listening and speaking skills in German at the
independent user level. (Common European Framework
Reference: www.goethe.de/referenzrahmen)
2. Reading and writing skills in German at the advanced
basic user level. (www.goethe.de/referenzrahmen)
In most programs applicants have to prove their German
language skills and present a DSH, a TestDaF-certificate or an
equivalent (http://www.stk.tu-darmstadt.de)
For all academic programs conducted in English, the following
language requirements apply:

1. Listening and speaking skills in English at the independent
user level. (www.goethe.de/referenzrahmen)
2. Reading and writing skills in English at the advanced basic
user level. (www.goethe.de/referenzrahmen)
TU Darmstadt therefore invites applications for its above
academic programs from prospective students who possess these
language requirements (www.spz.tu-darmstadt.de/sprachen/

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2. Improving Language Skills during the Course of Studies
TU Darmstadt offers a wide range of language courses in
addition to German and English. Besides courses in grammar,
pronunciation, and content courses, students are encouraged to
attend courses on intercultural communication, giving
presentations, job application skills, and/or to make use of the
multimedia lab and online writing lab.

TU Darmstadt also invites students to attend courses in other
languages in order to extend their language horizons and get
credit. It is particularly recommended that ‘outgoing’ students
facilitate their stay abroad by familiarizing themselves with the
basic language skills of their target country. Courses are
therefore offered at TU Darmstadt in all target languages for
exchange programs.

3. Graduating from TU Darmstadt
TU Darmstadt encourages students not only to pursue their
academic careers, but also to improve their soft skills. One way
to do this is by receiving extra credit for language competencies.
TU Darmstadt is certified in UNIcert™ (http://rcswww.urz.tudresden.
de/~unicert/index.htm) for several languages, an
internationally recognized language program in higher
education (www.spz.tu-darmstadt.de).

By including UNIcert™ in their study programs, students can
gain accreditation for substantial foreign language skills. TU
Darmstadt recommends that students pursue their language
career by working towards at least one level of UNIcert™-
certificate. The program makes it possible to obtain one
UNIcert™ level over the course of one academic year.

More at: http://www.spz.tu-darmstadt.de/media/sprachenzentrum_1/pdf_3/Language_Policy_-_eng.pdf

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