Modern Language Center

Learning tips and materials

On this page you will find a few tips and useful links from us to improve your language skills outside of the course and to consolidate and deepen what you have learned! 

Here you will find the relevant language materials: 

Learning tips

Listening practice

Follow radio and TV shows

For links to radio and TV station websites, see the individual language link collections. A worldwide collection of radio stations can be found here: TuneIn. However, this requires more advanced listening skills.


Watch movies, ideally without subtitles. If you need subtitles, then preferably in the learning language. You can borrow DVDs in the media library. 

cultural events

There are many foreign-language cultural events in Berlin. Feel free to find out more about your subject or on the websites of the individual cultural institutions. 

Reading practice

A specific suggestion:

Choose a text no longer than one printed page that offers enough linguistic complexity. First, skim the text to grasp what the content is about. Then read every sentence carefully in more detail and try to understand the content as precisely as possible. You can combine this with more intensive language work, namely:


Look up every unknown or unclear word, at least in a bilingual, but if possible in a monolingual dictionary. Check there how the word is pronounced, what meaning in the text fits best, other meanings of the word and in what grammatical constructions or fixed phrases the word occurs. Write down what you find in a vocabulary index.


Check the grammatical structure of the sentence, if necessary with the help of a grammar textbook especially if it is unclear to you. Write down what you find in a grammar notebook.


Check the linguistic means with which the text is structured, for example by logical or chronological connectors such as on the one hand - on the other hand, first - then - finally etc. Also pay attention to formulas that emphasize, weaken, introduce, summarize or comment on something. Write down what you find in your vocabulary notebook.

There are language learning magazines in the media center and literature in various target languages is available in the library.

Expand vocabulary

When you want to understand a new word

  • Try to find other words that have a similar meaning to the new word.
  • Break down compound words into their component parts.
  • Try to guess the meaning of words from the context.

If you want to remember words or phrases better

  • Keep a vocabulary notebook or better: a vocabulary file.
  • Revise the vocabulary you have learnt regularly at increasing intervals.
  • Think consciously about the words you learn.
  • Use the words you learn in a playful and imaginative way.

If you want to learn how to use words in context

  • Read texts at regular intervals focusing on vocabulary and its use.
  • Learn new vocabulary not only as isolated words but always in a meaningful context.


If you want to learn grammar

  • Try to discover grammatical rules yourself. Check that the rules you have developed are correct.
  • Concentrate on important grammatical phenomena.
  • Recognize the most important grammatical terms.

If you want to practice using grammar

  • Put your knowledge of grammar to good use when using the target language.
  • Do grammar exercises.

If you want to remember grammar better

  • Try different ways to memorize grammar.

The latest textbooks are in the library.
The new version of the digital publishing software for English is also available.

Ideas and materials for your language tandem

Seagull offers material for all levels.