German as a Foreign Language and Language for Specific Purposes
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Chair of German as a Foreign Language – Research-Oriented Master’s in German as a Foreign Language and Language for Specific Purposes

We are dedicated to the basic research of languages for specific purposes as well as the optimization of technical communication and the didactics of foreign and second languages. We focus on developing, evaluating, further developing, as well as assessing the needs of curricula for foreign languages and languages for specific purposes. Regional studies and intercultural communication as well as new media are key to our work in DaFF.
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We are DaFF: German as a Foreign Language and Language for Specific Purposes at TU Berlin

German as a foreign language and language for specific purposes has grown in popularity in recent years. This is true of key global regions such as Eastern Europe, South America, and China. Increasing immigration means this popularity is also of particular significance to Germany.

Our graduates are qualified to work in research and teaching, industry, the public sector, as well as many areas of teaching foreign languages and languages for specific purposes.

Information

Students sit in a lecture hall at the TU Berlin © Philipp Arnoldt

Courses

Courses offered in winter semester 2023/24

For students

8 reasons to study DaFF at TU Berlin

1 Focus on technical communication: linguistics, didactics, and languages for specific purposes

2 Three focuses of professional training:

DaF teaching, language coaching, research

3 Practical orientation: internships, career seminars, representatives from practice

4 Research focus: colloquia, methodology, project seminars, guest lectures

5 Close proximity to research: conferences and research and publication projects

6 Internationalization: Dual Degree (China), Erasmus, students from around the world

7 Small groups and a wide range of course offerings

8 Modern and innovative teaching and learning formats

Career fields for our graduates

Our graduates are qualified to work anywhere requiring analysis and teaching of German as a foreign language. In detail this means examining German as a general language as well as in technical or professional contexts and teaching German, either

  • in various educational institutions (grammar schools, vocational schools, universities, cultural institutions, private language learning centers, etc.) abroad or
  • within the framework of language teaching measures promoting rapid integration into everyday work and life in Germany.

We focus on communication in everyday life and work and research social, technical, and professional processes with the aim of shaping and optimizing these.

Areas of focus of the degree program

Our curriculum is composed of three main pillars which are oriented towards the current needs of the job market as described above: DaFF for

  • Teachers to teach German as a foreign language in various educational institutions or other teaching and learning environments (DaF teaching)
  • Work in professional fields, institutions, and companies related to language and communication advising and training (language coaching)
  • Research on questions about the structures and teaching of German as a foreign language and language for special purposes and communication in specialist areas and work, including in comparison to other languages and cultures (research)

Prerequisites for the master’s program

Prospective students should have a university degree (at least a bachelor’s degree), proof of two foreign languages (B2) in the case of a university entrance qualification acquired in Germany or German as a foreign language and one additional foreign language (B2 in each case) for a university entrance qualification acquired abroad as well as proof of at least 20 ECTS from linguistics or equivalent courses. If you choose to study DaFF, you are...

  • Particularly attentive to linguistic phenomena and language-related issues, as well as interested in developments in oral and written communication in everyday life and at work
  • Interested in concepts and methods for teaching German in a variety of teaching and learning environments and may already have initial teaching experience
  • Open to other languages, cultures, and disciplines at our institute relevant to DaFF (e.g. Linguistics, media studies, communication)

Get to know DaFF

Our program is unique in Germany and focuses on the following:

  • Teaching comprehensive linguistic, didactic, and methodological fundamentals
  • Combining issues of technical communication and inter and transculturality
  • Offering a module on digitalization in research and teaching
  • Enabling participation in projects during your studies
  • Prospects: Work in science, teaching, industry, and the public sector
  • Cooperation with universities, institutions, and companies in Germany and abroad

Our elective component allows you to set your own focus and take modules or courses at TU Berlin or another Berlin university.

Further information about DaFF at TU Berlin If you would like to learn more about our degree program, take a look at the module descriptions. We look forward to receiving your application!

Contact

Prof. Dr.

Thorsten Roelcke

Head of the academic chair

roelcke@tu-berlin.de

+49 (0)30 314-29701

+49 (0)30 314-72179

Organization name German as a foreign language with focus on linguistics and didactics of technical languages and intercultural communication
Office HBS 2
Room HBS 2.26
Office hoursby appointment
AddressHardenbergstr. 16–18 | 10623 Berlin
Organization name German as a foreign language with focus on linguistics and didactics of technical languages and intercultural communication
Office HBS 2
Room HBS 2.25
Office hoursTuesday-Thursday 11am-2pm and by appointment
AdressHardenbergstr. 16–18 | 10623 Berlin

Sabine Prudent

Equal Treatment and Equal Opportunity Officer

sabine.prudent@tu-berlin.de

+49 (0)30 314-73237

Organization name German as a foreign language with focus on linguistics and didactics of technical languages and intercultural communication
Room HBS 2.04
Office hoursby appointment
AddressHardenbergstr. 16–18 | 10623 Berlin