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I Language Courses: Registration, Placement, Allocation of Course Seats, Requirements, Credit

 

1. How do I register for language courses?

2. How can I register for a German course?

3. Do I have to pay for a language class?

4. Am I allowed to take a language class through the Department of Foreign Languages if I don’t study at TU Dortmund University?

5. I want to use the online course platform, but my matriculation number is already in use. What should I do?

6. Do I have to take a placement test prior to enrolling for a course?

7. When are placement tests offered?

8. I didn’t score as well on my placement test as I had hoped. What opportunities exist for me to improve my language skills in order to prepare for and pass the placement test?

9. What alternatives to the placement test, i.e. proof of language ability, are recognized?

10. How far in the past may my most recent language proficiency certification be?

11. The enrollment period has ended, but I would still like to sign up for a course. What are my options?

12. I received a spot on the waiting list. Should, or can, I still come to the course? How do I find out if I can take part in the course?

13. Is attendance mandatory for language courses?

14. How can I contact the instructor of my course?

15. How do I find out about the final exam date?

16. How do I get my course certificate once I have successfully completed the class?

17. Is it possible to receive an ungraded certificate of participation?

18. Under which conditions may I take a make-up exam?

 

II Language Course Certificates: DSH, TOEFL, IELTS, DAAD Proficiency Certification, UNIcert

 

1. How can I register for the DSH test?

2. Can I take the DSH test as an external candidate?

3. Can I apply to take the DSH test at TU Dortmund University if I have been accepted to study at another university or institute?

4. Can I apply to take the DSH test at TU Dortmund University with a certificate of participation from a C1-level course?

5. Can I authorize another person to submit my application for the DSH test?

6. Can I apply for the DSH test via email or snail mail?

7. Where can I find detailed information about the DSH registration procedure?

8. Does the Department of Foreign Languages offer the TOEFL test?

9. Does the Department of Foreign Languages offer the IELTS test?

10. How do I obtain a DAAD certificate of language proficiency?

11. Is it possible to acquire a DAAD certificate of language proficiency if I don’t study at TU Dortmund University?

12. I am also interested in UNIcert. Where/how can I learn more?

13. How can I register for UNIcert?

 

III Autodidactic Learning: Language Lab, Tandems

 

1. When is the Language Lab open?

2. Which languages can be independently studied or practiced in the Language Lab?

3. Which conditions do I have to fulfill in order to be able to participate in a language tandem?

4. How can I sign up for the tandem program?

5. How long will it take until a tandem partner is assigned to me?

6. How does the tandem program actually work?

 



 

I Language Courses: Registration, Placement, Allocation of Course Seats, Requirements, Credit

 

1. How do I register for language courses?

  • Registration for language courses offered by the Department of Foreign Languages is done via our online course platform. Before enrolling in a given course you are first required to register using your university login credentials. More information about the prerequisites for enrollment can be found here.

2. How can I register for a German course?

  • Course enrollment for students of TU Dortmund University is handled via our online course platform. Please note any deadlines and scheduled dates for placement tests. Information concerning both can be found on our website under Courses before the beginning of each semester.

  • Guest Students/External Students: the Department of Foreign Languages does not offer German courses to external students, including prep courses for the DSH test. A list of language schools in Dortmund that offer DSH prep courses can be found here.

3. Do I have to pay for a language class?

  • No. Since our language classes are strictly for students and auditors who are currently enrolled at TU Dortmund University, they are free of charge. Students not enrolled at TU Dortmund University are generally not admitted to our language classes.

4. Am I allowed to take a language class through the Department of Foreign Languages if I don’t study at TU Dortmund University?

  • No. External students are generally not allowed to enroll in language classes offered by the Department of Foreign Languages. All language courses offered through the Department of Foreign Languages are strictly for TU Dortmund University students and auditors currently enrolled at TU Dortmund University.

  • Students of TU Dortmund University (Ersthörende) receive enrollment priority over cross-registered students (Zweithörende) and auditors (Gasthörende). You may only audit a class as a guest or as a cross-registered student (for example, from Bochum or Duisburg-Essen) if any open slots remain following the registration period.

5. I want to use the online course platform, but my matriculation number is already in use. What should I do?

  • It is likely that you set up an account during a previous semester with the same email account and password. If you cannot remember the email address you used to open the account or have forgotten your password, please contact our for assistance.

6. Do I have to take a placement test prior to enrolling for a course?

  • Whether or not you need to take a placement test depends upon which course you intend to enroll in, the skill level you already possess, and whether or not you are able to prove your ability in that language. More information regarding enrollment conditions can be found here.

7. When are placement tests offered?

  • Placement tests are typically offered during the semester break a few weeks before enrollment begins. Information concerning dates and deadlines can be found here. Sign-up for all placement tests is handled via our online course platform.

8. I didn’t score as well on my placement test as I had hoped. What opportunities exist for me to improve my language skills in order to prepare for and pass the placement test?

  • Ideally you should enroll in a course that matches your current skill level. Once you have successfully completed that class, you may enroll in a successive course the following semester.

  • If you didn’t place at the A2 level, you may be able to take advantage of supplementary offers available at InterStuDo e.V.

  • You may also take advantage of our autodidactic learning opportunities.

9. What alternatives to the placement test, i.e. proof of language ability, are recognized?

  • An overview of which language certifications are accepted can be found here. An A-levels or Regents diploma with an appropriate CEFR level of achievement would also be accepted. In the event your language certification is not on the list, please submit it to our secretary during the period of time the placement test for your desired language course is offered.

10. How far in the past may my most recent language proficiency certification be?

  • In order to qualify for placement in a course, any language proficiency certification acquired through the Department of Foreign Languages (or similar agency) may not be older than one year.

11. The enrollment period has ended, but I would still like to sign up for a course. What are my options?

  • Procuring a space in a course after the enrollment deadline is not allowed. If you missed the enrollment deadline, you should prepare to take the placement test (or show proof of language ability) during the registration period in the coming semester.

  • You do however have the chance to use our autodidactic learning opportunities to improve your skills. Information about our autodidactic tools can be found here.

12. I received a spot on the waiting list. Should, or can, I still come to the course? How do I find out if I can take part in the course?

  • If your name falls between numbers 1 and 20 on the course registration sheet, simply attend the first class and continue the course.

  • If you receive number 21 or higher, you will be notified via email as soon as a free spot becomes available.

13. Is attendance mandatory for language courses?

14. How can I contact the instructor of my course?

  • Please send any correspondence for your course instructor to our secretary. The message will be forwarded to the instructor accordingly.

15. How do I find out about the final exam date?

  • Exams generally take place on the final day of class. If not, your instructor will disclose where and when the final exam will occur.

  • In the event of larger, centrally organized exams (i.e. for parallel courses), the final exam will take place in the first week of the semester break. Test dates will be announced in a timely manner under Important Dates on the homepage of the Department of Foreign Languages.

16. How do I get my course certificate once I have successfully completed the class?

  • Your instructor will enter your final grade into our online system once you have successfully passed the course. You will receive an email from the secretary after the final results have been verified. At that point you may download and print your certificate. The certificate is automatically generated and valid without a signature.

  • Exception: Any certificates awarded before Summer Semester 2012 must be picked up in the secretary’s office.

17. Is it possible to receive an ungraded certificate of participation?

  • Every successfully completed course receives a graded certificate, which is documented and filed accordingly. Ungraded certificates of participation are generally not awarded by the Department of Foreign Languages.

18. Under which conditions may I take a make-up exam?

  • You are entitled to take a make-up exam if you 1) attended but did not pass your final exam or 2) can provide proof (letter from a professor or, in the case of a medical emergency, a doctor’s note) that expressly states why you were unable to take the original exam. Acceptable excuses include a conflict with another exam, a medical condition (in which case the doctor’s note must be turned in no later than three days after the exam date), or other university, internship, or work obligations. More information on this subject can be found here.

 

 

II Language Course Certificates: DSH, TOEFL, IELTS, DAAD Proficiency Certification, UNIcert

 

1. How can I register for the DSH test?

  • One must formally apply to take the DSH test. Dates and locations are regularly announced on our DSH homepage, where you can also learn which documents are required to apply.

2. Can I take the DSH test as an external candidate?

  • No. In order to be able to take the DSH test you need to show proof of acceptance to TU Dortmund University. Registration as a student to attend a German course is insufficient.

3. Can I apply to take the DSH test at TU Dortmund University if I have been accepted to study at another university or institute?

  • No. That is not allowed.

4. Can I apply to take the DSH test at TU Dortmund University with a certificate of participation from a C1-level course?

  • No. You are required to prove that you have successfully completed a C1-level course.  Certificates of participation and/or proof of enrollment are not accepted.

5. Can I authorize another person to submit my application for the DSH test?

  • Yes. In addition to having power of attorney, the person acting on your behalf must possess all required application documents.

6. Can I apply for the DSH test via email or snail mail?

  • No. Application for the DSH can only take place in person on the date specified. Application dates are regularly announced on our DSH homepage.

7. Where can I find detailed information about the DSH registration procedure?

  • Detailed information about the DSH registration procedure can be found on our DSH homepage.

8. Does the Department of Foreign Languages offer the TOEFL test?

  • The Department of Foreign Languages does not directly offer the TOEFL test. However, the TOEFL test is offered in cooperation with the Faculty of Business, Economics, and Social Sciences (WiSo). More information about the TOEFL test can be found at the faculty’s homepage.

9. Does the Department of Foreign Languages offer the IELTS test?

  • No. The Department of Foreign Languages does not offer the IELTS test. However IELTS tests regularly take place at the Ruhr University of Bochum. Info concerning test dates can be found here.

10. How do I obtain a DAAD certificate of language proficiency?

  • Language certificates not older than one year which indicate grades, level of proficiency, hours completed, and which stand in accordance with CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) may be recognized. For more information please contact , the chair of the Foreign Languages Department.

  • You may request a DAAD language proficiency evaluation. Registration can be done via our online course platform. More information can be found here.

11. Is it possible to acquire a DAAD certificate of language proficiency if I don’t study at TU Dortmund University?

  • No. This offer is only available to TU Dortmund University students.

12. I’m also interested in UNIcert. Where/how can I learn more?

  • Information about our various UNIcert profiles can be found on our UNIcert webpage. Individual counseling with a staff member is available upon request.

13. How can I register for UNIcert?

  • The UNIcert registration form can be found on our UNIcert webpage. Please fill out the form and submit it to our secretary by the end of the fifth course week.

 

 

III Autodidactic Learning: Language Lab, Tandems

 

1. When is the Language Lab open?

  • The Language Lab is open Mondays (8:00 - 16:00), Tuesdays (14:00 - 16:00), and Fridays (8:00 - 14:00) during the semester. The Language Lab is only open at specific times during the semester break. These times can be found on our webpage for Autodidactic Learning.

2. Which languages can be independently studied or practiced in the Language Lab?

  • Equipped with the language learning software Tell me more, German as a Foreign Language (DaF), English, French, Italian, and Spanish can all be practiced at the Language Lab.

3. Which conditions do I have to fulfill in order to be able to participate in a language tandem?

• You are a fulltime student of the university, a visiting and/or cross-registered student, or are auditing any number of courses at the university. (External students may not participate in tandems.)

• You possess skills at the A2 level or you are currently enrolled in an A2-level course in the target language.

• You are interested in improving your knowledge about cultures and languages.

4. How can I sign up for the tandem program?

  • You can successfully sign up for a tandem program through our online course platform with your personal login credentials. Once you have logged in, you will see a button labeled “tandem” in the menu. Click the button to sign-up. A small questionnaire is included in the registration process so that you can specify your interests and aims.

5. How long will it take until a tandem partner is assigned to me?

  • It can take some time until you receive a suitable tandem partner, depending upon when you make your request (i.e. at the end or during the semester) and how often your target language is requested (English and Spanish are very often in high demand). Typically speaking it is best to request a tandem partner shortly before the semester begins when foreign students are most available.

  • Note: Monitor your status when you are logged into our online course platform. Your status must be “active” so that we know you are still interested in finding a tandem partner.

6. How does the tandem program actually work?

  • To learn a language in tandem means to work closely with a native speaker who in turn wishes to learn your native language. Meetings take place in private. In return you offer your tandem partner knowledge of your own native language. Communication often occurs bilingually with each person receiving ample time to speak, practice, and learn.

  • Visit our tandem informational session the first week of the semester. This session is regularly announced on our department website.

  • A consultation while working with a tandem partner is recommended. stands ready to advise you.