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Questions to language courses

Where can I register for a language course at the Language Centre (SZ)? You can register for language courses at the SZ from around the beginning of August for the winter semester and the beginning of February for the summer semester at https://www.oth-aw.de/studieren-und-leben/online-dienste/kursanmeldung/.


Why can't I find a particular language course in Moodle? The Moodle courses are only set up after the course has started and are only used for announcing dates, uploading documents and communication in urgent cases. Enrolment takes place after the first lecture and participants who have come to the first lecture are enrolled in the Moodle course.
 

Is it certain that a language course will take place? A language course will only take place if there are enough (at least 8) registrations. Should the number of participants shrink considerably within the two lecture dates, we reserve the right to cancel the course.
I would like to attend a certain course, but I do not have time this semester.

Can I rely on the same course being offered next semester? No, there is no right to expect that certain scheduled language courses will be offered. Furthermore, the implementation of all language courses can be made dependent on a sufficient number of participants.
 

How will I know if a course is not offered? If a language course does not take place, those who have registered will be informed in good time.

Where can I see the room and class times of the course? All room and time details of the language courses are published in the timetable at www.oth-aw.de/informieren-und-entdecken/einrichtungen/sprachenzentrum/stundenplaene/.


 

Can I participate in the language course as a native speaker? We ask for your understanding that we do not admit native speakers to our courses. Our teaching staff are in close contact with the Office of Student Affairs on this matter and will not admit native speakers to the examination.
 

Can I have a language course count towards my degree? Students from all four faculties of our university take part in our SZ courses. Each faculty or degree programme has different requirements for credit transfer, so we would ask you to first check the module handbook of your degree programme and, if necessary, ask the study office whether a language course can be credited to your degree programme.
 

Do I have to complete all language levels or can I register for a higher level straight away? If you have sufficient previous knowledge, you can also attend the higher courses as a career changer. To do so, you must successfully pass an entrance test or interview.
 

If I have problems keeping up in class, can the teacher help me catch up? Our teachers focus exclusively on the target level and cannot provide additional individual assistance in class. The best thing is to switch to a lower level if it is offered.
 

Are the language courses offered online or hybrid? Our language courses are taught exclusively face-to-face.
 

My degree programme is taught in English; can I enrol in English-UNIcert® courses and then bring them in? No, our English courses are reserved exclusively for students on German-language degree programmes. As a rule, English courses are not creditable for English-language degree programmes.
 

Can I stay away from the course and only come to the exam? No, regular attendance in class is required and all of our language courses charge an oral proficiency test during the semester, which counts as admission to the written exam.
 

Are all language courses freely accessible? As a rule, yes, but there are also courses that students from other degree programmes can take as compulsory elective modules or in-depth modules. These students then have priority for course participation. We regulate it in such a way that we reduce the registration list in the online registration accordingly, i.e. instead of offering 25 free places, we only offer 15, because 10 places must be secured for the students as e.g. WPM.
 

How large are the groups for a language course? Our language course groups have a maximum of 25 course participants.
 

What happens if the list is full during online registration? Then you can still sign up for a late list.
 

What do I do if this list is also full? Then come to the first lecture; there may be one or two free places on the course for someone who did not turn up - but this does not guarantee you a place on the course.

Can I register for the course via online registration if I cannot be present on campus? No. Please note that by registering, you may be taking the place of someone who would like to come to the course in person.

Are all language courses freely accessible? As a rule, yes, but there are also courses that students from other degree programmes can bring in as an elective or in-depth module. These students then have priority for course participation. We regulate it in such a way that we reduce the registration list in the online registration accordingly, i.e. instead of offering 25 free places, we only offer 15, because 10 places must be secured for the students as e.g. WPM.

How large are the groups for a language course? Our language course groups have a maximum of 25 course participants.

What happens if the list is full during online registration? Then you can still sign up for a late list.

What do I do if this list is also full? Then come to the first lecture; there may be one or two free places on the course for someone who did not turn up - but this does not guarantee you a place on the course.

If I know I cannot be present on campus, can I still register for the language courses via online registration? No. Our courses are scheduled in presence - please note that by registering you would potentially be filling the seat of someone who would like to come to the course in presence.

What should I do if I have already registered for a language course, but after receiving the timetable for my course I find that there is a scheduling conflict? If you cannot attend our language course because of another lecture, please deregister from the language course so that other interested students can move up. Please note that we will not postpone any language course dates.How long is the online registration active, or until when can I register or deregister? Online registration is active from 1 August to 1 October and from 10 February to 15 March.

I have read that some courses such as English, Czech or Russian are so-called "UNIcert®" courses.  Does it then mean that I will get a UNIcert® certificate if I register for a UNIcert® course? UNIcert® training lasts several semesters with us, because it consists of different courses that are offered alternately in the winter and summer semesters. For example, the English-UNIcert® II course consists of four courses: Business Course 1 and Technical Course 3 are always offered in the winter semester, while Business Course 2 and Technical Course 4 only run in the summer semester. If you want to take one course every semester, the course lasts 4 semesters; if you take 2 courses every semester, the course lasts 2 semesters. If one is aiming for a UNIcert® certificate, one must attend all four courses, in which attendance is also compulsory; the minimum attendance is 75%. Furthermore, one must have taken all skills (listening comprehension, speaking skills, reading comprehension and text production) of each course and passed them with at least 4.0.

 

Where can I find more information about UNIcert® training?

More information can be found on our website at www.oth-aw.de/informieren-und-entdecken/einrichtungen/sprachenzentrum/unicertr-ausbildung/.

 

 

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