Institute Course Targets Description of Course Levels
Course Method Course Offering Grades and Certification


Department: Foreign Language Center, Westfaelische-Wilhelms University, Muenster

Task: Implementation of DSH and language courses which connect with DSH

Number of Students: ca. 250 per semester

Staff: 9 fulltime, 6-8 part-time

Location: Downtown close to the 'Promenade' (Green Belt) and the castle

Address: Hüfferstasse 27, 3rd floor

Contact: Tel.: +49 251 83 3 21 08
Fax: +49 251 83 3 83 49

Description of Course Levels

  • B1 Independent User I

    Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes andambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

  • B2 Independent User II

    Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.

  • C1 Proficient User

    Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning. Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.

Course Targets

An official description of course targets is only available in German [click here

Course Method

  • Foreign Language Instruction (Oral)
    · Training of the 4 language skills: listening (HV), writing (TP), reading (LV) and speaking (in all lessons),
    · Special grammatical training
    · Lexical and phonetic training
    · Professional course counseling and individual support
    · Continual testing of learning progress through tests
    · Current topics using authentic texts
    · University oriented projects
    · German geography
    · Heterogeneous groups
  • Learning Materials
    · Commercial text books
    · Self-made and self-tested texts and exercises
    · Authentic texts from newspapers and magazines
    · Current listening exercises from radio and television
    · Current videos from television and CD/DVD
    · E-learning and internet projects
    · Learning supported use of / laptops notebooks

Course Offering

  • Number, Range and Prerequisites for Courses
    · 5 courses at the B1 and B2 level with 18-20 teaching hours of 45 minutes per week. Prerequisite: Acceptance to a university or college in Muenster and at least 35 points on the C-Test
    · 4 courses at the C1 level with 26 teaching hours of 45 minutes per week. Prerequisite: Acceptance to a university or college in Muenster and at least 60 points on the C-Test
    · Maximum 25 participants
    · Formation of study groups
  • Length
    · From the beginning of February to the end of June (20 weeks)
    · From the beginning of August to the end of December (20 weeks)
  • Time
    · Monday to Friday from 8:15 am to 1:30 pm, Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, tentatively from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm. Attendance is required.
  • Cost
    · Currently free of charge
  • Tests
    · There will be a final exam at the end of each course. The C1 level courses will end with a German language examination for university entry (DSH). Dates for the DSH: Beginning of January and the end of June.


  • for the C1 level 22,5 ECTS points will be given
  • for the B1 and B2 levels 12 ECTS points will be given

  • if not more than 10% missed.
    The calculation is done according to  (pdf).

Grades and Certification

  • Grade / certificate for completion / passing of DSH 2 ['DSH 2-Zeugnis' ® ,registered with the German Rector's Conference (HRK)]
  • Grades A,B,C,D,E (ECTS standard) will be given for the final examinations at the B1- and B2-levels and dthe DSH.