Elective Courses

The Language and Didactics Center offers a range of elective courses including Mongolian language, Learning strategies, Introduction to Academic Writing, Advanced Academic Writing, Introduction to World History I, Literature and Film, Life Science, German A1.1, German A1.2, German A2.1, German B1.1 and German B1.2.

Mongolian language

Students will read texts of different genres, discuss text comprehension and analyze how the texts are structured and which stylistic means, grammatical structures and vocabulary are used. Grammar and spelling rules will be taught. Students will practice text analyses, summaries and, application of style, academic vocabulary and grammar. Participants will also learn how to express their thoughts in oral speech, e.g. in discussions and presentations in Mongolian.


Learning Strategies

The module aims at helping students to become motivated and strategic learners who effectively use learning strategies to enhance their learning and to achieve academic success. Participants will explore and practice various learning strategies and find out more about themselves as learners. The module includes the topics such as motivation, self-organization (time management, learning conditions, concentration), learning styles, collecting and organizing information, memorizing, and learning cooperatively. It also covers stress management and relaxation techniques, exam preparation and test writing.


Introduction to Academic Writing

Participants in this course learn new strategies for reading comprehension, the stages of the writing process (e.g. generating ideas, planning and organizing, drafting and editing), the academic texts (grammar and sentence structure, academic style and vocabulary) and different text genres with their respective characteristics, lines of argument and problem-solution strategies. Students will practice paraphrasing, summarizing and quoting.


Advanced Academic Writing

The purpose of this course is to provide learners with the opportunity to improve their skills in writing research articles and other academic texts. Based on an understanding of the structure, vocabulary and registers of academic texts as well as the interaction among writers, texts and readers, participants will learn to review and write research articles, thesis and other related research texts. 


Introduction to World History I

This elective surveys the history of Western Civilization from the neolithic (new stone age) period through the late Medieval/early Renaissance period. This course focuses on the advancement of modernity in human civilization. Students will discuss the trends, scientific developments, and cultural change in Western Civilization. The focus will be on the exploration and critique of the European civilization because circumstance has granted Western Civilization relative dominance in world affairs.


Literature and Film

This module surveys the art of literature and film and the role they play in our lives. Selected pieces of literature and the film versions based on them are analyzed as unique pieces of art using different techniques to tell stories. In addition to that, the possibilities, challenges and results of the transposition of literature to film are investigated. 


Life Science

Basic understanding of the ecosystem of the earth, biological & biochemical understanding of living organisms, how the living organisms are symbiotically related and the importance of eco-friendly life styles.


German A1.1

Basic knowledge and skills in pronunciation, spelling (alphabet), intonation (word and sentence stress) of the German language.

Main topics are first contact, classroom language, languages/ countries/ sights, jobs, living, time, numbers, making appointments, how to find the way in the city and in buildings, and means of transport.

Grammar problems, e.g. sentence structure (statements and questions), present tense of verbs, past tense of “haben” and “sein”, negation, articles, possessive pronoun, use of prepositions (place/time), cardinal numbers, dative and accusative cases, are introduced and practiced. Basic information about German geography and culture is introduced.


German A1.2

Basic knowledge and skills in pronunciation, spelling, grammar and vocabulary of the German language as well as basic aspects of German culture. Main topics are food/shopping, professions, daily routine/everyday life, holidays, seasons/weather, fashion, the human body/health. Grammar problems, e.g. modal verbs, perfect tense, comparison, adjectives, imperative and personal pronouns are introduced/revised. Completion of level A1 (beginner).


German A2.1

Application of the knowledge and skills in pronunciation and spelling, development of grammar and vocabulary of the German language and application in reading and listening comprehension as well as in oral and written communication. Acquisition of additional aspects of German culture.


GErman A2.2

Application of the knowledge and skills in pronunciation and spelling, development of grammar and vocabulary of the German language and application in reading and listening comprehension as well as in oral and written communication. Acquisition of additional aspects of German culture. Completion of level A2 (elementary).


German B1.1

Development and application of the knowledge and skills acquired at A1 and A2 levels. Additional topics are aspects of German/European history, men/women, aspects of professional life and the education system. Subordinated sentences, past tense of irregular verbs, word formation and conditional are introduced or revised.


 German B1.2

Development and application of the knowledge and skills acquired at A1 and A2 levels. Additional topics are climate/environment, conflicts, generations and age, migration and (European) politics. Future and past perfect tense, genitive case, conjunctions and subordinated sentences, word formation and phrasal verbs are introduced or revised. Completion of level B1 (intermediate).