Language Cafés

The new dates for the language cafés will be announced in April 2024. Language cafés will not be offered throughout the lecture-free period of the winter semester 2023/24.

  • In the language cafés you can improve your communication skills in various foreign languages with the help of native speakers in a stress-free atmosphere and become more comfortable about using a foreign language. Although they cannot replace language courses, the language cafés provide a valuable opportunity to improve your language skills in a relaxed setting outside of the class room.
  • The learning groups are intended as a support and meeting place for self-learners in the field of foreign languages.

The German Language Café

In the German language café, German native speakers meet with German learners to talk in German in a relaxed atmosphere.

Dates

When and Where?

Questions or Feedback?
We will be happy to hear from you.

Language cafés will not be offered throughout the lecture-free period of the winter semester 2023/24.

 

Do I have to be good in German to participate?

No, we recommend having at least an A2 level.

What does a typical meeting look like?

One or two tutors will start the German language café and speak German. They have a starter topic prepared to get the conversations going. The café is not a class. It is more like a relaxed talk over a cup of coffee while having the native speakers by your side to help with difficulties.

Why should I participate?

The café allows you to meet new learners from different countries, to talk in German (don’t be afraid of making mistakes!) and to learn with native speakers.

How can I participate?

You do not have to register for our language cafés. You are welcome to just come by.

Possible topics

  •  music and media
  •  travel and cultures
  •  sports

The French Language Café

Our French language café is a meeting place for all French enthusiasts who feel like having a casual conversation in French.

Dates

When and where?

Questions or Feedback?
We will be happy to hear from you.

Language cafés will not be offered throughout the lecture-free period of the winter semester 2023/24.

 

Do I have to be good in French to participate?

No, we recommend having at least an A2 level.

What does a typical meeting look like?

It is planned to have one tutor of the Self-Access Center who will be doing the French language café once a week. The tutor prepares starter topics and different exercises to get the conversations going and to structure the meetings.

Sample topics for the cafés are:

  • music and media 
  • travel and culture
  • interests and hobbies 

A café is scheduled for 60 minutes, where participants can converse in French and thus improve their language skills.

Why should I participate?

The language café allows you to improve your conversation skills in French in a relaxed atmosphere and you also have the chance to get to know new people. For those who participate in at least 80% of the cafés, we issue an attendance certificate.

How can I participate?

You do not have to register for our language cafés. You are welcome to just come by.

The Italian Language Café

In this language café, Italian learners have the opportunity to talk in Italian in a relaxed atmosphere and thus improve their language skills.

Dates

When and where will the Italian café take place?

Questions or Feedback?
We will be happy to hear from you.

Language cafés will not be offered throughout the lecture-free period of the winter semester 2023/24.

Do I have to be good in the learner language to participate?

We recommend having at least an A2 level.

How is the Italian Café structured and how can I participate?

The Italian language café is moderated by an Italian tutor. The tutor prepares different conversation topics and exercises to structure the casual conversation in the large and small groups.

Example conversation topics are:

  •     Music and media
  •     Travel and culture
  •     own interests and hobbies

The language café is not a teaching unit, but is intended to provide an opportunity to practise languages in a relaxed atmosphere, but also to make contacts.

Do I get credit points for participating?

There are no credit points for the language café. If you like, the Selbstlernzentrum can issue a certificate of participation.

Do I have to attend regularly?

In order to receive a certificate of attendance, 80% of the appointments must be attended.

How can I sign up?

You do not have to register for our language cafés. You are welcome to just come by.

The Spanish Language Café

The Spanish language café is a meeting place for Spanish-enthusiasts who come together once a week for one hour to chat in a laid-back atmosphere.

Dates

When and where will the Spanish café take place?

Questions or Feedback?
We will be happy to hear from you.

Language cafés will not be offered throughout the lecture-free period of the winter semester 2023/24.

Do I have to be good in Spanish to participate?

No, we recommend having at least an A2 level.

What does a typical meeting look like?

It is planned to have one tutor of the Self-Access Center who will be doing the Spanish language café once a week. The tutor prepares starter topics and different exercises to get the conversations going and to structure the meetings.

Sample topics for the cafés are:

  • music and media 
  • travel and culture
  • interests and hobbies 

A café is scheduled for 60 minutes, where participants can converse in Spanish and thus improve their language skills.

Do I get credit points for participating?

There are no credit points for the Spanish language café. If you like, the Self-Access Center can issue a certificate of participation.

Why should I participate?

The language café allows you to improve your conversation skills in Spanish in a relaxed atmosphere and you also have the chance to get to know new people. For those who participate in at least 80% of the cafés, we issue an attendance certificate.

How can I sign up?

You do not have to register for our language cafés. You are welcome to just come by.

The Portuguese Language Café

Every week German learners meet Portuguese-learners in the bilingual language café to talk in a relaxed atmosphere and to improve with it their language skills.

This event is thought for both Portuguese and German native speakers. German learners whose native language is Portuguese and Portuguese learners who are currently learning the language from completed level A2, or students who want to practice their Portuguese, come together once a week to chat in a relaxed atmosphere, improving thus their language skills.

The café is scheduled for one hour. Out of this time slot, 30 minutes are spent speaking in Portuguese and 30 minutes in German.

Dates

When and where will the Portuguese café take place? Questions or Feedback?
We will be happy to hear from you.
Language cafés will not be offered throughout the lecture-free period of the winter semester 2023/24.

Do I have to be good at speaking the learner language to participate?

We would recommend you to have at least an A2 level to be able to follow the conversation, but also an advanced Spanish-level can already be enough. If you have any doubts about your language level, please just contact us!

How is the German-Portuguese Café structured an how can I participate?

In this café German learners and Portuguese learners meet on a weekly basis to talk in a relaxed atmosphere and to improve their language skills. The meetings are generally held on campus, from time to time they may also take place in a café or in the city centre. You will receive all updates via E-Mail, after registration.

Every meeting has a topic prepared to get the conversations started. The native speakers have the task of keeping the conversation going. The basic schedule is as follows:

  1. Short warm-up
  2. 30 min conversation in German

-    language change    -

  1. Little warm-up
  2. 30 min conversation in Portuguese
  3. Feedback / cool down

The café is not a class. It is more like a relaxed talk over a cup of coffee while having the native speakers by your side to help with difficulties.

Do I get credit points for participating?

There are no credit points for the bilingual language café. If you like, the Selbstlernzentrum can issue a certificate of participation.

Do I have to attend regularly?

In order to receive a certificate of attendance, 80% of the appointments must be attended.

How can I participate?

You do not have to register for our language cafés. You are welcome to just come by.

Guided self-study group for Russian

The self-study group brings together students who want to learn Russian independently and support each other in the process. During the meetings, an experienced tutor who is a native Russian speaker is available to answer questions and provide useful tips. The learning group offers many advantages to independent learners:

  • individual support by tutor
  • weekly meetings which structure the learning process and create commitment
  • free use of the materials of the SLZ 
  • Increased motivation through mutual support among self-learners

Depending on the language level of the participants, the appointment can also be turned into a Language Café, focusing on conversation skills.

Dates

When and where?

Any further questions? We are happy to hear from you!
Language cafés will not be offered throughout the lecture-free period of the winter semester 2023/24.

No prior registration necessary!

How can I participate?

The self-study group takes place weekly at the same time. Those interested can drop in without prior appointment, either with their own learning materials or borrow materials from the SLZ. A prior consultation on autonomous language learning to clarify expectations and set personal goals may be useful.

TOEIC study group

With the help of the TOEIC learning group, students prepare for the TOEIC test online in an autonomous way. Please note that the course is only a Moodle course that supports the learning process and not a supervised learning group. A tutor of the Self-Access Center is at your disposal in case of questions concerning the Moodle course.

If you want to use the course for your preparation, please come to the Self-Acess Center during opening hours or send us an email to slz@leuphana.de.