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News on online teaching

Dear students,

many language courses at ZEMS will be offered online in the summer semester 2020. The online language programme will be published on the website on 06.04 and the online registration for TU students will begin on 14.04. In addition to our regular guidelines the following guidelines will apply to all courses at ZEMS. Please read them carefully before you register. Learning and teaching a language online can be a challenge for both teachers and students, but we are sure that we can offer good alternatives to classroom teaching and learning this semester.


  • We will also pursue the same learning goals in online teaching as in traditional learning. You will learn a language in small groups, we apply both online and offline the communication oriented  foreign language didactics.
  • Nevertheless online teaching is organised differently from classroom teaching and requires students to learn independently more than in the classroom.
  • For each teaching session and its designated time slot(s), there will be online tasks, texts, activities, links etc. for you. Please make sure that your schedule allows you to work during the designated time slot(s) assigned to your course. Many activities will take place during the designated time slot(s), so you should only register for a particular course if you can work undisturbed and online during the designated time slot(s).
  • A weekly video conference (maximum 60 minutes) will take place during class time. The video conference is an important part of the course.
  • In addition to the 4 SWS, make sure to plan approximately 8-9 hours per week (6 ECTS = 180 hour workload) to achieve the learning objectives.
  • Mandatory attendance (80% of the course) will be replaced by the completion of 80% of the assignments/activities: Students must submit all tasks in their moodle courses each week. If the tasks are not submitted, the student will be recorded as ‘absent’ for that week.

  • It is probable that exams will take place online:

    • Oral exams: either via video conference (individually or in pairs) or through uploading audio/video files
    • Written examinations: in the form of MOODLE tests or written assignments.

  • If the current situation changes, namely that courses return to the traditional classroom format during the summer semester, the courses will be held at ZEMS from that time onwards. We will inform you if this occurs.
  • Some courses will only be held once teaching can return to the traditional classroom format. We will inform you on this page as soon as possible.

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