Austrian Language and Culture (Advanced)

Widening of vocabulary, grammar exercises, communication, writing exercises, error analysis, information about Austrian region and culture. Each lecture focuses on a particular topic with reference to Austria. i.e. fine art, Austrian film, current politics and economy. The teaching of regional and cultural contents is combined with a grammatical focus consistent with the language level of each group (starting at B1.2). As the students should be able to assess their own skills when starting the course, suggestions for repetition of certain grammar or wishes for specific contents are gladly accepted.

Art der Vermittlung


Art der Veranstaltung


Empfohlene Fachliteratur

No special reading required, review of German basic grammar recommended (e.g.: Dinsel, Sabine / Mayrhofer, Lukas: Deutsch Übungsbuch Grammatik A1-A2, Hueber Verlag)

Lern- und Lehrmethode

Receptive exercises are followed by progressive ones. The students get to know new working methods, practice in communicative situations and will be motivated to work independently with the help of the following methods: station learning/learning circle, Think-pair-share, TPR (= total physical response), WELL (= wechselseitiges Erklären Lehren Lernen, i.e. mutual explanation and learning in partner work with a high output on linguistic competence), ‘silent’ dialogue, discussions, excursion, research project etc. As part of the course, students give a short presentation of their home country with a topic of their choice. Short presentations are also to be prepared for a one-time excursion to Vienna's city center, which provide an overview of important historical events. All methods mentioned above aim to support the students in their active language acting in order to prevent purely passive language practice.


1. participation: requires an active participation in the classroom, questions of any kind (grammar, geography, vocabulary ...) even beyond the course contents are expressly welcome.
2. homework: is given after each class in the form of in-depth grammar exercises and one writing assignment. The delivery of home assignments is obligatory; the return of the corrected tasks takes place at the beginning of the next course.
3. final test grading:

  • participation: max. 50 points
  • homework: max. 25 points
  • final test: max. 25 points.
Attendance is strongly recommended in order to achieve the learning outcomes. Justified absences, e.g. due to clashes with another programmes in which an examination must be taken or due to prolonged illness, will be taken into account.

Voraussetzungen laut Lehrplan




International Programme

Akademischer Grad

International Programme

ECTS Credits






Studienjahr, in dem die Lerneinheit angeboten wird


Semester in dem die Lehrveranstaltung angeboten wird

1 WS



Lernergebnisse der Lehrveranstaltung

After successful completion of the course, the students developed their skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking), are knowledgeable in grammar and vocabulary at B1+ level and beyond, according to the topics mentioned below. Besides, they have a deep insight into the Austrian regional and cultural studies..

Kennzahl der Lehrveranstaltung