Foreign Languages at Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences: It Pays to Talk

Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences (FH Vorarlberg) encourages all students to learn at least one foreign language. That is why English as a second language is a compulsory subject in every degree programme. All English courses are integrated into the degree programme curricula, and their content and structure are directed towards the needs of students.

FH Vorarlberg also offers the following language courses:

German Culture and Communication

Students whose first language is not German may enrol in our German as a foreign language courses. Not only do they develop their German language skills, they also learn about the cultural aspects of German-speaking countries.

During the Welcome Week students at FH Vorarlberg are placed in German groups according to their language levels.

The following courses are offered in both the winter and summer semesters:

  • German Culture and Communication - Level 1 (2 ECTS)
  • German Culture and Communication - Level 2 (2 ECTS)
  • German Culture and Communication - Level 3 (2 ECTS)
  • German for Business (2 ECTS)

Elective Language Courses at FH Vorarlberg

With the aid of these courses, you can improve your command of a foreign language. Or you may wish to start learning a new one. A foreign language opens up new professional and personal horizons.

FH Vorarlberg offers customized and reasonably priced extracurricular language courses for students, alumni, faculty, staff and visiting lecturers.

NEW COURSE: in 2017/2018, the FH Vorarlberg, in cooperation with the Students’ Union at FH Vorarlberg, will be offering a pilot English course for students. The course is aimed at regular students who want to consolidate or review their school-leaving knowledge of English. In this course, the four skills (speaking, listening, writing and reading) are practiced using general course materials at the B2-level. For the purposes of sustainable learning students are required to enrol in the course for two semesters (in total 4 SWS or 60 units of instruction).

English Bridging Course 1

This coming semester the Fachhochshule Vorarlberg will offer an English bridging course, designed to support all those students who would like to refresh their ‘Matura’-level English language skills. With the assistance of a range of learning materials and techniques, including video and film, role play, aural material and texts, all four of the required skill sets (listening, speaking, reading and writing) will be covered and further developed. For example, you will learn how to write a coherent paragraph or give a fact-based presentation. Additionally, you will practice reading a general academic text and work with current and contemporary affairs broadcasts via video or Podcast.

The course starts in October 2017 and will complete in June 2018. Duncan Ironside is the course leader. He has many years of English teaching in both an academic and a business environment. Before he became a teacher, he set-up and ran a number of businesses in Asia, Australia and the UK focused on the marketing, advertising and Public Relations disciplines. He began his career as a technology journalist in Australia.

This course is funded by the Students’ Union at FH Vorarlberg. Unlike other foreign language courses, it is essentially only open to and free for regular students at FH Vorarlberg. If a student drops the course or misses more than two classes in a semester, he/she will be charged a fee of EUR 90. Students can enrol in the course using FH Vorarlberg’s online registration system. The course is limited to 15 and will not take place if there are less than 8 participants. Before registering for the course, students should ascertain their language level using the self-assessment grid (link to PDF).

For the purposes of sustainable learning students are required to enroll in the course for two semesters (in total 4 SWS or 60 units of instruction, i.e. 2 SWS or 30 units of instruction per semester). For the purposes of sustainable learning students are required to enroll in the course for two semesters (in total 4 SWS or 60 units of instruction, i.e. 2 SWS or 30 units of instruction per semester).

Currently, courses are offered in Spanish, Russian, Turkish and English. The course offerings support the international programmes offered by FH Vorarlberg. We are open for your suggestions for language courses, if there are enough people who are interested (minimum number of 12) and we can find a suitable language instructor.

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Elective Course Offerings

Spanish communication and culture: Beginners Mondays 5:30 to 7:15 p.m.
Room U3 05
Mikaela Casero Pariente
mikaela.casero@gmx.at
Spanish communication and culture: Intermediate Mondays 7:20 to 9:05 p.m.

Mikaela Casero Pariente
mikaela.casero@gmx.at
Pilar Zerpa Aleman
pzerpa.aleman@gmail.com

Spanish communication and culture: Advanced Mondays 5:30 to 7:15 p.m. Pilar Zerpa Aleman
pzerpa.aleman@gmail.com
Russian for studies and on the job: Beginners

Mondays 5:30 to 7:15 p.m.
Room U3 06

Oksana Nosko
nosko@translation-vorarlberg.at
Turkish for beginners: 1Tuesdays 5:30 to 7:15 p.m. Theresa Cagli-Rusch
t.a.rusch@icloud.com
English Bridging Course 1 Mondays 7:15 to 9:05 p.m. and
Tuesdays 5:30 to 7:15 p.m.
Room U3 04
Duncan Ironside
Duncan.Ironside@effectiveenglish.org

Application and Payment Requirements

  • Courses start on 23/24 October 2017
  • All students, alumni, faculty and staff are eligible to sign up for these courses. The only exception is the English course, which is essentially only open to regular students at FH Vorarlberg.
  • The final decision about whether a particular course will run depends on the number of participants signed up for that course by the registration deadline. That is why it is important that you register for a course prior to the deadline.
  • Registration is binding. Payment of the course fee is due in full once you have signed up for a course. If a course is held, payment is non-refundable, even if you are unable to attend the course. Registration is non-transferable. Only the English course is free of charge. Students are required to enrol in the course for two semesters (in total 4 SWS or 60 units of instruction). If a student drops the course or misses more than two classes in a semester, he/she will be charged a fee of 90 euros.
  • Registration and payment have been set up this way because the courses are proportionally subsidized by FH Vorarlberg and final course offerings depend on the number of participants registered by the deadline.
  • Courses require a minimum of 12 participants. Everyone who has registered for a course will be informed soon after the registration deadline. If a course does not run, the course fee will be refunded as quickly as possible. The minimum number of participants in the English course is 8 and the maximum number is 15.
  • Course registration can only be done using the Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences’ online registration system and payments can only be made via bank transfer.
  • Foreign language courses consist of 24 x 45 minutes taught over a period of 10 evenings. The English course consists of 60 x 45 minutes taught over a period of 15 evenings in the winter semester and 15 evenings in the summer semester.
  • Foreign language courses and the English course do not appear in the Transcript of Records. There are no final course grades, except for “pass”/“fail”. Students who pass the course receive a written confirmation of participation.
  • By registering for a course you indicate your acceptance of the binding registration and payment conditions.

Any Further Questions?

If you have any further questions, please contact Elisabeth Kloser, who will be happy to assist you. For content questions, please check with the individual language instructors.

If you have any questions about accreditation of a language course, please contact your degree programme office.

Exchange students who need any help with the course registration (only available in German) are welcome to contact the team of the International Office.

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