e-Manual for GJU Students

Foreword

  • A Word to Our Students

Current Changes within the GLC Course System

  • What is New for Students Who Enroled at the GJU Before the First Semester of 2021/2022?

German Courses at the German Language Center

  • German Courses "German I" to "German VI" (B1 track
  • B2 Track
  • September Pre-Course (Vorkurs)
  • Technical Languages (Fachsprachen)
  • Internship Application Training (Bewerbungstraining)
  • Intercultural Communikation (Interkulturelle Kommunikation)
  • German Courses in the Summer Term

Summer Courses in Germany

  • Summer Language Courses in Germany

Learning Outcomes of the German Language Courses

  • Learning Outcomes of the Language Courses in the B1 Track
  • Learning Outcomes of the Language Courses in the B2 Track

Rules and Regulations

  • Exemption from Language Courses at GJU - Current Regulation until 1st 2021/2022
  • Placement in German Courses at the Beginning of Your Studies at the GJU
  • Students Who Enroled in "German V" and "German VI" According to the Old Course System
  • Absence Policy at the GJU/GLC
  • To Drop Courses

German Year Manual

  • German Year Manual - Rules and Regulations Relating to the "German Year"

Links

  • GJU Website
  • German Language Facebook Page

Arabic Version of e-Manual for GJU Students as PFD File


Dear Students,

You have enrolled at a high ranked university in order to learn a new language and gain high-quality experience in the industrialised country of Germany in addition to a challenging degree programme within your chosen major. Your degree – paired with multilingualism, knowledge and skills from an international study period and company internship as well as extensive intercultural experiences – will optimally prepare you for an application to the local as well as international job market.

In order to successfully complete your so-called "German Year", it is essential that you dedicate yourself to acquiring the German language with discipline, consistency and personal responsibility, right from the very beginning of your studies. Our German courses "German I" to "German VI" continuously build on each other. Gaps caused by absences or a lack of commitment are very difficult to make up for. Regular use of the language outside the classroom is urgently needed to consolidate what has been learned and thus build up linguistic competence. Therefore, as a student at the GJU, make it a habit to set aside a fixed and regular time each day for your language training. Our qualified instructors at the German Language Center will introduce you to important learning strategies. The aim is to reach at least a confident B1 language level before you start your "Germany Year". More and more GJU students attend the newly installed B2 track at the German Language Center which brings students to a B2 language level in the same period of time before they leave for their "German Year", which is a much more profound preparation for the study period and the internship in Germany. Our more than 100 partner universities for the "German Year" are also increasingly demanding a B2 language level for international students from GJU.

We are pleased to accompany you in learning the German language and getting to know the German culture. It is our goal to provide you with the most important information concerning your language training at the German Language Center of the GJU through this guide. 

Please do not hesitate to contact us or simply make use of the consultation hours of your course instructor, should you have any questions. Always quote your GJU ID number, if you send us an e-amil. Check your GJU mail account regularly, through which we will send you all important information in a timely manner.

We wish you successful studies

Your German Language Center (GLC)

What is New for Students Who Enroled at the GJU before the First Semester of 2021/2022?

"German V" Ends with the B1 Examination

By shifting the technical languages ("Fachsprachen") and specialised courses ("Bewerbungstraining" and "Interkulturelle Kommunikation") to "German VI", the focus in the courses "German I" to "German V" (GERL101 - GERL301) is now primarily on general German language instruction.  Due to the additional increase in contact hours in "German VI" from six to nine hours, the B1 certificate will already be achieved in "German V" as of the first semester of the academic year 2021/2022. This gives more time for preparation for the German Year and reduces the pressure among students who have already registered for their German Year. Conesquently, the contact hours in "Deutsch VI" have been reduced from nine to six hours starting with the summer term 2021. Another new feature is that you no longer have to take the B1 exam as an additional exam to your "German V" final, since the official B1 exam is now your final in "V".

"German VI" – A Course with High Relevance to the "German Year"

Since the summer term 2021, "German VI" consists only of the courses "Technical Language", "Internship Application Training" and "Intercultural Communication" (GERL302REG). The strongly practice-oriented focus of this course prior to your "German Year" is intended to prepare you better for your stay in Germany and its requirements. To this end, the modules of the specialised language courses are currently being revised and adapted more closely to the needs of our students . This process is based on specific needs analyses as well as evaluations at German universities and among GJU alumni.

"German VI Intensive" – A Course That Supports Students Who Have Not Reached the B1 Level after "German V"

Since the summer term 2021, the GLC offers a "German VI Intensive" course (GERL302INT) in addition to the regular "German VI" course. This course is taken by students who have not reached a B1 language level at the end of their "German V" course. It comprises 9 contact hours instead of 6 and, in addition to the modules "Technical Language", "Internship Application Training" and "Intercultural Communication", offers intensive preparation for the B1 examination, which must be taken again as a final at the end of the course in order to prove a full B1 language level.

Establishment of A B2 Track

Since the first semester of the academic year 2021/2022, selected students have been taking the courses "German II" to "German VI" within the newly established B2 track. Students who complete "German I" with very good and excellent results have been given the opportunity to take the follow-up courses in the B2 track. This enables the students to reach a B2 language level before the start of the "German Year" and thus to begin the study phase at the German university with much more profound language skills.

New Course Exemption Regulation

From the first semester of the academic year 2021/2022, it will no longer be possible to take the GJU's compulsory German courses externally. From then on, it will only be possible for newly enrolled students at the GJU to be exempted from one or more levels from "German I" (GERL101) to "German V" (GERL301B1) at the GJU if an appropriate language certificate is presented or a placement test is taken at the time of initial enrolment. After the one-time placement test, all further German courses must be taken exclusively at the GJU. 

Students who are currently taking their German courses outside the GJU have the last opportunity to enrol in the GLC course system according to the current regulation until the beginning of the first semester of the academic year 2021/2022  (® Course exemption regulation - current regulation until winter semester 2021/2022).

GJU Regulation Regarding the German Language

Since 2021, the regulation introduced in 2017 has taken effect that GJU students must have a B1 language level (full B1 language certificate) in order to graduate from the GJU. The new course system at the GLC has been designed on this regulation and takes into account the different performance levels of students with regard to a differentiated acquisition of the German language, especially in "German VI".

German Courses "German I" to "German VI" (B1 track)

Bachelor students at the GJU are expected to achieve a minimum German language level of B1 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). To this end, the GJU's German Language Center offers six consecutive German courses, each lasting one semester ("German I" to "German VI") on the main campus in Madaba and partly also on the campus of the "School for Architecture and Built Environment" (SABE) in Amman.

The German Courses in the B1 Track at the GLC at a Glance

Course ID

Course Name

Content and Language Level at the End of the Course

 

Course Duration

"Contact hours"

( =50 min) per Week

"Contact hours" per Semester

"Credit hours"

Pre-course

when "German I" starts in the 1st semester

Pre-course

2 weeks

20

40

-

GERL101

German 1

A1.1

1 semester 

15 weeks

9

135

3

GERL102B1

German 2

A1.2

1 semester 

15 weeks

9

135

3

GERL201B1

German 3

A2.1

1 semester 

15 weeks

6

90

3

GERL202B1

German 4

A2.2 and half of B1.1

1 semester 

15 weeks

9

135

3

GERL301B1

German 5

Second half of B1.1 and B1.2

B1 examination

1 semester 

15 weeks

9

135

3

GERL302REG

 

German 6

 Regular

Technical Languages

Internship Application Training

Intercultural Communication

 

1 semester 

15 weeks

              6

 

total

 90

3

GERL302INT

 

 German 6

 Intensive

Technical Languages

Internship Application Training

Intercultural Communication 

Intensive Training B1

B1 examination

 

1 semester 

15 weeks

              9

 

total

135

3

 

 

 

The "German I" course is preceded by a fourteen-day intensive course (September pre-course), which usually takes place in mid to late September before the start of the 1st semester. The preliminary course and the German courses "German I" to "German VI" are compulsory. They comprise 6 to 9 semester hours per week ("Contact hours"). For students who take their first German course in the 2nd semester, the pre-course is not required.

The language courses start at language level 0 (language beginners) and lead to a language level B1.2, which is reached at the end of the course "German V". A German course is considered to have been completed when it has been accomplished with at least 50 % of the course performance. In order to advance to the next higher German course, you must have passed the previous course. If the course performance is below 50 % the course must be repeated. The grade point average of the German courses is included in the overall study performance (GPA). You can drop a German course at your own discretion and on the recommendation of your course instructor up to the Last day to drop courses specified in the Academic Calendar of the respective semester in order to repeat the course without the course performance having any influence on the semester performance (To drop a German language course).

As a final of the course "German V" (GERL301B1) all students take a standardised B1 language test. Currently, the GJU cooperates with the Goethe-Institut for this purpose. "German V" is graded as "Pass" or "Fail". You have passed "German V" if you have reached the B1 language level in at least two parts (skills) of the B1 test. If you obtain less than two certificate parts in "German V", you have to repeat the course.

Since the summer term 2021 there are two different German VI courses: "German VI Regular" (GERL302REG) and "German VI Intensive" (GERL302INT). You can register in "German VI Regular" if you have completed "German V" with a full B1 certificate. The course "German VI Regular" with 6 contact hours contains exclusively the modules "Technical Languages", "Internship Application Training" and "Intercultural Communication". The strongly application-oriented focus of this language course aims at an intensive preparation for your German Year. "German VI Regular" is graded as "Pass" or "Fail".

If you have reached a B1 level in only two or three skills at the final in "German V" (2 or 3 certificate parts), then you must register for the course "German VI Intensive". This course has 9 contact hours and includes an intensive preparation for the B1 examination in addition to the modules "Technical Language", "Internship Application training" and "Intercultural communication". The B1 exam is also a curricular integrated final in "German 6 Intensive". You have to take those parts of the exam that you have not yet passed in "German V". The course "German VI Intensive" is graded as "Pass" and "Fail". You have passed "German VI Intensive" if you have completed the modules of "Technical Languages" and "Internship Application Training" and have obtained a full B1 certificate.

If you do not pass "German VI Intensive" or "German VI Regular", you will still be given the opportunity to start your "German Year". However, in addition to your ECTS to be earned in the "German Year", you must take a B1.2-level course at a partner university/institute of the GJU in Germany. If you pass this course AND the B1 certificate parts you are missing, then you will be considered to have passed the GJU's "German VI" course. The German environment will make it easier for you to learn German. Students who do not successfully complete a B1.2 course even during their year in Germany will be given one last opportunity to do so before graduating from the GJU by taking "German VI Intensive" or "German VI Regular" at the GJU - depending on how many B1 certificate parts have already been passed by then.

For students whose enrolment in "German V" (GERL301) took place either in the 2nd semester 2020/2021 or thereafter, the above-mentioned new regulations for "German V" and "German VI" apply. To find out which regulations apply to students who have passed or failed "German V" or "German VI" according to the old course system, please see: Students Who Enroled in "German V" and "German VI" According to The Old Course System.

German courses are held on Sundays to Wednesdays in 75-minute lessons (equivalent to 1.5 contact hours) in the following time slots: 8:00-9:15, 9:30-10:45, 11:00-12:15, 12:30-13:45, 14:00-15:15. Courses with 9 contact hours are additionally taught on Thursdays. Thursday classes are taught in double lessons of 2 x 75 minutes from 8:00-11:00, 11:00-14:00 and 14:00-17:00. Due to the pandemic situation, changes are to be expected.

The minimum number of participants per course is 15, the maximum limit is 22 course participants. Course material for "German I" to "German V" is the textbook "Menschen" (Hueber-Verlag).

Note:

German courses that must be taken during the "German Year" must be noted on the "Transcript of Records" before you leave to Germany. If your university in Germany does not offer a German course at the level of B1.2 to accompany your studies, you have the option of enroling in an online course at IIK Germany. You can find information on this here. Please note that German courses in Germany may be subject to fees and sometimes require a placement test.

Please upload a colour scan of all language certificates B1 and higher acquired at the GJU and during your "German Year" to MyGJU. The information on MyGJU is a reference for your "German Year", for scholarship awards and for your graduation.

B2 Track

In the first semester of the academic year 2020/2021, a B2 track has been implemented at the GLC, which enables students with the same number of semesters, credit hours and contact hours to reach a B2 level before the "German Year". With this decision, we are not only accommodating the wishes of students who want to go beyond a language level of B1, but we are also taking the cue from our German partner universities, which are increasingly demanding a B2 certificate as a prerequisite for a study period in Germany.

Bachelor students who complete "German I" (GERL101) with very good and excellent results have the opportunity to take the courses "German II" to "German VI" within the B2 track. This track unites the most motivated learners and thus offers a unique learning environment that makes it possible to achieve a higher language level in addition to the B1 certificate.

Students of the B2 track are given a more profound preparation for their study period and internship in Germany. With an acquired B2 certificate, they also benefit from the 40 % bonus in the selection process for the "German Year" scholarship and they have access to universities in Germany with a B2 language level as an entry requirement, among other things. In future, the scholarship holders for the four-week intensive summer courses in Germany will be selected primarily from the course participants of the B2 track.

The innovative aspect of the B2 track is that, for the first time, the focus is on high-achieving language learners. If successfully implemented, the measure will lay the foundation for a stronger orientation of the GJU's language teaching towards the B2 starting level before the "German Year".  

The German Courses in the B2 Track at the GLC at a Glance

Course ID

Course Name

Content and Language Level at the End of the Course

 

Course Duration

"Contact hours"

(=50 min) per Week

"Contact hours" per Semester

"Credit hours"

GERL102B2

 

German 2

B2-Track

A1.2 and half of A2.1

1 semester

15 weeks

9

135

3

GERL201B2

 

German 3 

B2-Track

Second half of A2.1 and A2.2

1 semester

15 weeks

6

90

3

GERL202B2

 

German 4

B2-Track

B1.1 and B1.2

1 semester

15 weeks

9

135

3

 

GERL301B2

 

 

 

German 5

B2-Track

B2.1

Technical Languages

Internship Application Training

Intercultural Communication

 

 

1 semester

15 weeks

9

135

3

GERL302B2

 

German 6

B2-Track

B2.2

Technical Languages

B2 examination

 

1 semester

15 weeks

         6

90

3

 

 

 

The textbook used up to "German VI" is "Menschen" Kurs- und Arbeitsbuch (Hueber-Verlag).

September Pre-Course (Vorkurs)

Students who enrol in "German I" (GERL101) for the 1st semester complete a compulsory two-week intensive German course prior to the semester. This usually takes place from mid to late September (see GJU Academic Calendar). The pre-course allows you to concentrate fully on the new language to be learned before your studies begin and, from this point on, German courses must be completed alongside your main studies.

Your course instructor will familiarise you with the German language and after a short time you will already be able to form your first sentences and conduct simple dialogues with a conversation partner. You will get to know the didactic features of interactive language teaching and will be introduced to learning strategies that will help you to use the language outside the classroom and to gradually develop your language skills. A campus tour integrated into the course will help you to get to know the university and its units and to find your way around the GJU's main campus. 

The pre-course comprises 40 teaching units and ends with a short test, the results of which are included in the performance measurement of the "German I" course of the first semester of each academic year. There are no extra fees for the pre-course. The teaching hours for the preliminary course are from Sunday to Thursday, usually from 9 am to 1 pm. The teaching material is the course- and workbook "Menschen" A1.1 (Hueber-Verlag).

Technical Languages (Fachsprachen)

In order to meet the demand for specific subject- and occupational field-oriented language skills for your study semester and work placement in Germany, the GLC offers you specialised language courses in addition to the general German classes, which on the one hand are oriented towards your field of study and its contents, and on the other hand cover interdisciplinary topics.  These specialised language courses are currently designed to be more application-oriented and focus on key skills that you will need during your "German Year". You will learn, for example, how to present contexts developed in projects, how to prepare for lectures in German which might be challenging to understand, or how to work together in a team on a specific topic.

Since the 1st semester of the academic year 2021/2022, the initiated change in the course system at the GLC has resulted in the technical language courses being completed exclusively in the last language course ("German VI") before your "German Year"; so after the general language German courses have been completed with the B1 certificate in "German V".

The technical language courses comprise 58.5 contact hours, which corresponds to 39 teaching units of 75 minutes each. They are taught on Sundays to Wednesdays in modular interdisciplinary units of 75 minutes and on Thursdays in 2 x 75-minutes units, divided into the following subject areas:

1

Management Sciences

Management

GERL302MNG

2

Logistic Sciences 

Logistik

GERL302LOG

3

International Accounting

Internationales Rechnungswesen

GERL302ACC

4

Architecture and Interior Architecture

Architektur und Innenarchitektur

GERL302ARCH

5

Design and Visual Communication

Design und Visuelle Kommunikation

GERL302DES

6

Industrial Engineering

Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen

GERL302IE

7

Mechatronics / Mechanical & Maintenance Engineering

Mechatronik / Maschinenbau- und                                        Instandhaltungsingenieurwesen 

GERL302MM

8

Energy Engineering

Energietechnik

GERL302EE

9

Civil Engineering

Bauingenieurwesen

GERL302CE

10

Pharmaceutical & Chemical Engineering

Chemie- und Pharmatechnik

GERL302CH

11

Biomedical Engineering

Biomedizintechnik

GERL302BM

12

Electrical Engineering and IT

Elektrotechnik und IT

GERL302IT

When registering for "German VI Regular" or "German VI Intensive", please note that you must also register for the specialised language courses on Thursdays, which are separated according to your major.

The didactic teaching materials for the technical languages (Fachsprache) are materials developed at the GLC, which are regularly adapted based on needs analyses carried out at German universities.

 

Internship Application Training (Bewerbungstraining)

During your study semester in Germany, you must apply for an internship on your own. In the module "Internship Application Training" we will show you which steps are necessary to be successful in your search and application for an internship position. You will learn where to find suitable internship advertisements, how to write a professional CV, what standards you need to follow when writing a cover letter and how to compile your application documents completely. You will also learn how to prepare for an interview and which content-related, non-verbal, and intercultural aspects of interviewing have to be taken into account.

The internship application training course comprises 22.5 contact hours, which corresponds to 15 teaching units of 75 minutes each, including examination time and an individual consultation of 30 minutes. In the first part of the course, you will receive an introduction to the topic by the “Office for Industrial Links” (OIL) – your contact unit at the GJU for all questions regarding internships in Germany. Based on an authentic advertisement from the internet, you will write a CV and a covering letter during the course. In individual consultations with your application trainer, you will receive individual advice on how to optimise your written application documents. At the end of the course, you will conduct a fictitious job interview with the company whose job advertisement you have selected and to which your prepared application documents refer.

Before you leave for Germany, it is advisable to consult the “Office for Industrial Links” (OIL) at the GJU in order to be able to adapt your basic application letter from the “Internship Application Training” module even more meaningfully to a corresponding advertisement and to obtain further relevant information about the internship in Germany. 

Course Structure “Internship Application Training” in “German VI”

 

Contents

 

Duration

1.

Introduction to the topic: Applying for an internship in Germany (OIL-Office for Industrial Links)

1 x 75 min

2.

Searching and analysing internship advertisements

1 x 75 min

3.

CV and covering letter

4 x 75 min

4.

Examination part: Writing a cover letter and submitting your CV and cover letter

1 x 75 min

5.

Consultation to optimise CV and cover letter

30 min per student

6.

Examination part: Submitting the revised application documents (CV and covering letter)

 

7.

The interview

3 x 75 min

8.

Exam: Conducting an interview

15 min per student

 

 

Intercultural Communikation (Interkulturelle Kommunikation) 

Your study period and internship in Germany will not only confront you with language challenges. Acting appropriately with people from different cultural backgrounds requires a certain degree of intercultural competence. The course "Intercultural Communication" enables you to train your perception with regard to cultural peculiarities and to reflect on your own thinking and actions in order to be prepared for encounters with other cultural concepts and standards.  In the second part of the course "Intercultural Communication", the "International Office" (IO) – your contact unit at GJU for your study semester in Germany – will give you important practical information relevant for your departure and stay in Germany. 

The course "Intercultural Communication" comprises 9 "Contact hours", which corresponds to 6 teaching units of 75 minutes each.

German Courses in the Summer Term

If there is enough interested students, the GLC offers the courses "German II" to "German VI" (GERL102B1 to GERL302B1) as six-week intensive courses also during the summer term. These usually take place from mid-July to the end of August. A definitive statement on the availability of the courses can only be made after the registration period according to the GJU Academic Calendar (beginning to middle of July). The minimum number of participants for opening a summer course is 10 students.

The course times for the summer courses "German I", "German II", "German IV", "German V" and "German VI INT" with 135 contact hours are: 8:00-9:15, 9:30-10:45, 11:00-12:15

The course times for the summer courses "German III" and "German VI REG" with 90 contact hours are: 8:00-9:15, 9:30-10:45 (subject to change).

Summer Language Courses in Germany

Due to the pandemic, there have been changes to the summer intensive courses. Information on this will be updated shortly.      

Learning Outcomes of the Language Courses in the B1 Track 

German 1, B1 track - Learning outcomes

By the end of this module, the student will be able to:

  • Comprehend very familiar, everyday expressions and very simple sentences and structures related to areas of most immediate relevance according to the discretionary standards in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) at the Level A1.1 (beginners without pre-knowledge).
  • Introduce herself/himself and others, express likes and dislikes, fill out a personal form, ask questions and give answers in present and partially in past tense, set private and semi-official appointments, describe people and things and express frequency and quantity in a very basic way both orally and in writing.
  • Communicate with native speakers on a very basic level if those involved in the conversation speak slowly and clearly and are willing to support the non-native speaker.

German 2, B1 track - Learning outcomes

By the end of this module, the student will be able to:

  • Understand and use familiar, everyday expressions and very simple sentences and structures related to areas of most immediate relevance according to the discretionary standards in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) at the level A1.2 (basic users).
  • Introduce herself/himself and others, express likes and dislikes, fill out a personal form, ask questions and give answers in present and past tense, set private and official appointments, describe people and things, ask for directions, express frequency and quantity in a basic way both orally and in writing.
  • Communicate with native speakers on a very basic level if those involved in the conversation speak slowly and clearly and, if need be, are willing to support the non-native speaker.

German 3, B1 track - Learning outcomes

By the end of this module, the student will be able to:

  • Understand and use familiar, frequently used expressions and simple sentences and structures related to areas of a wider immediate relevance according to the discretionary standards in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) at the level A2.1 (basic users).
  • Talk about their academic and/or professional background, describe their living conditions, express likes and dislikes, ask questions and give answers in present and past tense, ask for help and support, make suggestions and give advice, describe health problems and talk with medical doctors and nurses, express pity, sorrow and hopes, express frequency and quantity in a basic way both orally and in writing.
  • Communicate with native speakers within simple and familiar tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.

German 4, B1 track - Learning outcomes

By the end of this module, the student will be able to:

  • Distinguish between familiar expressions, sentences and structures related to areas of immediate relevance and more elaborated components like the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure etc. according to the discretionary standards in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) at the level A2.2 (basic users) and, partially, at the level B1.1 (independent user).
  • Talk about personal experiences with languages, express feelings of happiness, joy and discomfort, describe own media consumption habits, describe travel experiences, convince others, describe and report in official situations, describe statistics, write formal invitations and short emails, make suggestions and talk about future events and situations, describe dreams hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons or explanations for opinions and plans.
  • Communicate with native speakers about essential points and ideas in familiar contexts.
  • Understand the characteristics of the official B1 exam according to the CEFR and use strategies to overcome obstacles while solving said exam.

German 5, B1 track - Learning outcomes

By the end of this module, the student will be able to:

  • Understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure etc. according to the discretionary standards in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) at the level B1.1 and B1.2 (independent user).
  • Deal with most situations likely to arise whilst traveling in an area where German is spoken, produce simple connected texts on topic which are familiar or of personal interest, describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions, statistics, and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
  • Understand the main point of many radio or TV programmes on current events and topics, understand the description of events, feelings and wishes in personal letters, write personal letters/texts describing experiences and impressions, write straightforward connected texts on topics which are familiar or of personal interest.
  • Communicate with native speakers about essential points and ideas in familiar contexts and about topics of personal or partially professional interest.
  • Follow a lecture or talk within her/his field, provided the subject matter is familiar and the presentation straightforward and clearly structured.
  • Understand simple technical information, such as operating instructions for everyday equipment.
  • Understand all characteristics of the official B1 exam according to the CEFR and use a variety of strategies to overcome obstacles while solving said exam and all its components.

German 6, B1 track - Learning outcomes

By the end of this module, the student will be able to:

  • Successfully manage the application process for a six months internship in Germany which is part of the obligatory ‘German Year’ for all GJU students. The process consists of finding and understanding a suitable add in accordance with the students’ major, writing a convincing CV and cover letter, and mastering an effective and mostly fluent interview, departing spontaneously, taking initiatives, expanding ideas with little help or prodding from the interviewer.
  • Successfully manage the most significant situations which the student, in accordance with the currently studied major, encounters during her/his theoretical and practical semester in Germany. This process is being achieved within a technical language training focussing on action orientated and communicative scenarios like following lectures, taking notes, summarizing academic and technical texts, writing official emails and texts related to academic and vocational encounters, holding presentations, communicating both verbally and in writing with professors, university staff, students as well as with colleagues and customers during an internship.
  • Understand the concept of general intercultural phenomena, reflect and understand the differences between culture and cultural standards in Jordan and in Germany, understand the concept of ‘culture shock’ and potentially cope with its different stages, reflect about appropriate and inappropriate behaviour in Germany as well as understand the concepts of open-mindedness and ‘culture clash’.

Learning Outcomes of the Language Courses in the B2 Track

German 2, B2 track - Learning outcomes

By the end of this module, the student will be able to:

  • Understand and use familiar, everyday expressions and simple sentences and structures related to areas of most immediate relevance according to the discretionary standards in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) at the level A1.2 and, partially, A2.1 (basic users).
  • Talk about their academic and/or professional background, describe their living conditions, express likes and dislikes, ask questions and give answers in present and past tense, ask for help and support, make suggestions and give advice, express pity, sorrow and hopes, express frequency and quantity in a basic way both orally and in writing.
  • Introduce herself/himself and others, express likes and dislikes, fill out a personal form, ask questions and give answers in present and past tense, set private and official appointments, describe people and things, ask for directions, express frequency and quantity in a basic way both orally and in writing.
  • Communicate with native speakers on a basic level if those involved in the conversation speak slowly and clearly and, if need be, are willing to support the non-native speaker.

German 3, B2 track - Learning outcomes

By the end of this module, the student will be able to:

  • Distinguish between familiar expressions, sentences and structures related to areas of immediate relevance and more elaborated components like the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure etc. according to the discretionary standards in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) at the level A2.1 and A2.2 (basic users).
  • Talk about their academic and/or professional background, describe their living conditions, express likes and dislikes, ask questions and give answers in present and past tense, ask for help and support, make suggestions and give advice, describe health problems and talk with medical doctors and nurses, express pity, sorrow and hopes, describe simple statistics, express frequency and quantity in a basic way both orally and in writing, express feelings of happiness, joy and discomfort and write personal emails and letters, understand and produce comments, blogs and reports.
  • Communicate with native speakers in simple and familiar tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of essential information on familiar and routine matters.

German 4, B2 track - Learning outcomes

By the end of this module, the student will be able to:

  • Understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure etc. according to the discretionary standards in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) at the level B1.1 and B1.2 (independent user).
  • Deal with most situations likely to arise whilst traveling in an area where German is spoken, produce simple connected texts on topic which are familiar or of personal interest, describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
  • Understand the main point of many radio or TV programmes on current events and topics, understand the description of events, feelings and wishes in personal letters, write personal letters/texts describing experiences and impressions, write straightforward connected texts on topics which are familiar or of personal interest.
  • Communicate with native speakers about essential points and ideas in familiar contexts and about topics of personal or partially professional interest.
  • Follow a lecture or talk within her/his field, provided the subject matter is familiar and the presentation straightforward and clearly structured.
  • Understand simple technical information, such as operating instructions for everyday equipment.
  • Understand all characteristics of the official B1 exam according to the CEFR and use different strategies to overcome obstacles while solving said exam and all its components.

German 5, B2 track - Learning outcomes

By the end of this module, the student will be able to:

  • Largely understand and produce rather complex texts on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in her/his field of specialisation and according to the discretionary standards in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) at the level B2.1 (independent user).
  • Interact with an initial degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party.
  • Largely understand standard spoken language, live or broadcast, on both familiar and unfamiliar topics normally encountered in personal, social, academic or vocational life.
  • Show a relatively high controlled degree of grammatical control without making errors which cause misunderstanding and with the growing ability to correct most of her/his mistakes.
  • Largely follow essentials of lectures, talks, reports and other forms of academic/professional presentation which are propositionally and linguistically complex.
  • Understand announcements and messages on concrete and abstract topics spoken in standard dialect at normal speed.
  • Scan quickly through long texts, locating relevant details and understand and exchange complex information and advice on the full range of matters related to her/his occupational role.
  • Understand the main characteristics of the official B2 exam according to the CEFR and use different strategies to overcome obstacles while solving said exam and its different components.

German 6, B2 track - Learning outcomes

By the end of this module, the student will be able to:

  • Understand and produce rather complex texts on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in her/his field of specialisation and according to the discretionary standards in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) at the level B2.2 (independent user).
  • Interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party.
  • Understand standard spoken language, live or broadcast, on both familiar and unfamiliar topics normally encountered in personal, social, academic or vocational life.
  • Show a highly controlled degree of grammatical control without making errors which cause misunderstanding and with the growing ability to correct most of her/his mistakes.
  • Follow essentials of lectures, talks, reports and other forms of academic/professional presentation which are propositionally and linguistically complex.
  • Understand announcements and messages on concrete and abstract topics spoken in standard dialect at normal speed.
  • Scan quickly through long texts, locating relevant details and understand and exchange complex information and advice on the full range of matters related to her/his occupational role.
  • Understand all characteristics of the official B2 exam according to the CEFR and use different strategies to overcome obstacles while solving said exam and its different components.
  • Successfully manage the application process for a six months internship in Germany which is part of the obligatory ‘German Year’ for all GJU students. The process consists of finding and understanding a suitable add in accordance with the students’ major, writing a convincing CV and cover letter, and mastering an effective and mostly fluent interview, departing spontaneously, taking initiatives, expanding ideas with little help or prodding from the interviewer.
  • Successfully manage the most significant situations which the student, in accordance with the currently studied major, encounters during her/his theoretical and practical semester in Germany. This process is being achieved within a technical language training focussing on action orientated and communicative scenarios like following lectures, taking notes, summarizing academic and technical texts, writing official emails and texts related to academic and vocational encounters, holding presentations, communicating both verbally and in writing with professors, university staff, students as well as with colleagues and customers during an internship.
  • Understand the concept of general intercultural phenomena, reflect and understand the differences between culture and cultural standards in Jordan and in Germany, understand the concept of ‘culture shock’ and potentially cope with its different stages, reflect about appropriate and inappropriate behaviour in Germany as well as understand the concepts of open-mindedness and ‘culture clash’.

Exemption from Language Courses at GJU - Current Regulation until 1st Semester of 2021/2022

Until the beginning of the first semester of the academic year 2021/2022, German courses can be substituted based on an official language certificate obtained at institutions outside GJU (Current Course Exemption Regulation). After the beginning of the 1st semester of 2021/2022, the possibility to take German courses outside the GJU as well as to be exempted from courses at the GJU ends. An exception is made for a one-time placement at the time of first matriculation for new students only.

Placement in German Courses at the Beginning of Your Studies at the GJU

Those students who can present a previously acquired language certificate at the time of their first enrolment at the GJU or alternatively take a placement test at the GJU can be exempted from the September pre-course and the courses "German I" (GERL101) up to a maximum of the course "German V" (GERL301B1).

What requirements must the certificate meet?

Only certificates from state-recognised institutes that offer examinations according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) are accepted: Goethe-Institut, ÖSD (Österreichisches Sprachdiplom)-certified institutions, Telc GmbH and TestDaF-Institut. The "Deutsche Sprachdiplom der Kultusministerkonferenz" (DSD) as well as a German Abitur certificate are also eligible.

Language certificates must not be older than 12 months at the time of exemption.

When and where do you submit your language certificate?

You can submit your certificate no later than the week before the period of enrolment at the GJU according to the Academic Calendar. Submit your certificate in original to the contact person mentioned below. Submission of a language certificate after this date cannot be considered whatsoever.

Placement Test

A placement test is offered before the beginning of each academic semester and only for newly enrolled students. The test will take place in accordance with the GJU Academic Calendar (in the second week of September in the first semester of the academic year and approximately one week before the GJU registration week in the second semester of the academic year).

The result will be sent to the students by e-mail and automatically forwarded to the "Registration Department" of the GJU which allows you to register in the corresponding German course at the time of your registration at the GJU. The placement test is subject to a fee.

Placement Criteria for Language Certificates

Placement in the course system of the German Language Center at the GJU is conducted according to the following scheme:

Course ID

Course Name

Content and language level at the end of the course

 

Course Duration

 

Classification Criteria

Pre-course

wenn "Deutsch1" im 1st Semester beginnt

Pre-course

2 weeks

 

GERL101

German 1

A1.1

1 semester 

15 weeks

n.a.

GERL102B1

 

German 2

B1 track

A1.2

 

1 semester 

15 weeks

An A1 certificate enables enrolment in "German II" if it has been passed with a grade between 60 % and 79 % (overall).

GERL201B1

 

German 3

B1 track

A2.1

 

1 semester 

15 weeks

An A1 certificate with a grade of 80 % or higher (overall) or an A2 certificate with a grade of 60 % to 79 % (overall) enables enrolment in "German III".

GERL202B1

 

German 4

B1 track

A2.2 and half of B1.1

 

1 semester 

15 weeks

An A2 certificate with a grade of 80 % (overall grade) or higher enables enrolment in "German IV".

GERL301B1

 

German 5

B1 track

 

B1.2

B1 examination

 

1 semester 

15 weeks

n.a.

GERL302REG

 

German 6 Regular

Technical Languages

Internship Application Training

Intercultural Communication

1 semester 

15 weeks

A B1 certificate enables enrolment in "German VI" Regular.

 

Due to the specific nature of "German VI" with the modules of "Technical languages", "Internship Application Training" and "Intercultural Communication", it is not possible to be exempted from this course.

Please note that when registering for your "German Year", you must present language certificates of at least B1 level that are not older than 12 months (date of issue). If you have already taken a certificate and the period of validity has passed at the time of registration for the "German Year", then you can alternatively present a confirmation (confirmation of attendance) of a completed language course at B1.2 level at least. We accept confirmations from the Goethe-Institut, from institutions that are ÖSD-certified and from providers who teach according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

Contact person for course exemptions at the GLC:

Eman Asenwar

Email: Eman.Asenwar@gju.edu.jo

Building L, Room 314, Main Campus

Students Who Enroled in "German V" and "German VI" According to the Old Course System

For students who have passed "German VI" (GERL302) up to and including summer term 2021 according to the old course system, the old German Language regulation applies (Prerequisite for the German Year: "German VI" (GERL302) passed and at least two acquired certificate parts B1).

Students who have failed "German VI" (GERL302) up to and including the summer semester 2021 according to the old course system can enrol in "German VI Intensive" (GERL302INT) at GJU without any admission requirements with regard to the B1 certificate. However, at the time of the registration for the German Year, at least two certificate parts B1 must be proven. At the time of registration in "German VI Intensive", the new German Language regulation came into force.

Students who passed "German V" (GERL301) according to the old course system (before the 2nd semester 2020/2021), can register in "German VI Regular" (GERL302REG) with a full B1 certificate and in "German VI Intensive" (GERL302INT) without any admission requirements with regard to the B1 certificate. However, at the time of registration for the German Year, at least two certificate parts B1 must be proven. At the time of registration in "German VI Intensive" respectively "German VI Regular", the new German Language regulation came into force.

Students who failed "Deutsch V" (GERL301) according to the old course system up to the 2nd semester of 2020/2021 must enrol in "German V" (GERL301B1).

 

Absence Policy at GJU/GLC

According to GJU regulations, a student may be absent for a maximum of 15 % of the total number of contact hours allocated to each course. This quota of absences can be used to cover various unavoidable incidents. These include:

(1) General illnesses and related medical appointments (e.g. flu-like infections, etc.)

(2) Family related matters (e.g. caring for family members in hospital, etc.)

(3) Matters relating to your vehicle (e.g. car breakdowns, driving tests, etc.)

(4) Travel-related absences (e.g. residence matters, etc.)

(5) Flexible scheduling or cosmetic surgical procedures.

It is not necessary to submit evidence for these incidents since it will not be considered anyway and your absences will not be cancelled. Absence days are automatically recorded by your course tutor and kept on MyGJU. You will be excluded from the course if you exceed the number of days absent. It is your own responsibility to check the number of days absent and to keep them as low as possible in the interest of your language development. 

Only in the following special cases, days of absence can be cancelled if a written proof has been submitted to the GLC secretary's office (L211) within seven working days (calculated from the first day of absence) and subsequent approval has been given by the GLC:

(6) Serious and chronic illnesses and necessary surgical treatment

(7) Accidents requiring medical treatment

(8) Participation in official university activities or activities representing the Kingdom (written proof           

      signed by the dean of the respective faculty is required).

(9) 3 days in case of death of first-degree relatives (parents, siblings).

In exceptional cases (serious diseases), the quota for days absent may be increased from 15 % to a maximum of 20 %. If 20 % of the days absent are exceeded, a course closure will come into effect in any case, irrespective of the cause of the absence. 

Contact person for evidence in special cases 6) to 9):

Hamsa Al Nooh

Email: Hamsa.Alnooh@gju.edu.jo

Building L, Room 211, Main Campus

To Drop Courses

Students have the option per semester and course to drop from a course up to the Last day to drop courses according to the Academic Calendar for that semester. This offers the opportunity to repeat a course without having to include low performance in the overall academic performance. The decision is up to the student. The course instructor can make a recommendation if it becomes apparent that the course performance cannot be fulfilled foreseeably or can only be fulfilled insufficiently.

German Year Manual - Rules And Regulations Relating to the "German Year" 

Will be published shortly.