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This page serves to exchange experience with courses we linguists might want to take for credit or out of interest. Especially welcome are hints about good courses at other faculties and departments, which do not show up in the SfS course catalogue and thus need our word of mouth.


Polnisch I-IV

The Polish courses at the Slavonic department are pretty much oriented towards oral communication, the grammar is introduced rather slowly. On the other hand, Renata Makarska is very keen on integrating each and every student into class talk, sometimes starting a conversation with an unsuspecting student out of the blue. Those surprises are great training if you want to achieve a certain proficiency in oral communication fast, but they can also be rather strenuous. This is not a course to just sit in and listen, it requires presence of mind and a lot of practice. However, you will be rewarded with a nice atmosphere, many interesting insights and a good grasp of this important European language.

Course language: German/Polish
Hours per week (per course): 4; sometimes an optional tutorial is offered in addition
Credit points: to be added
Web site:

Russisch I-IV

The Russian courses at the Slavonic department are geared towards beginning Slavicists, but are also open to others. You can use this as a language course for credit and, if you want to gain a fair proficiency in Russian, continue until you get a Sprachschein after four semesters. The beginners' course (Russisch I) starts only in winter semesters.

Course language: German/Russian
Hours per week (per course): 4; sometimes an optional tutorial is offered in addition
Credit points: 3 (General Linguistics Minor Elective)
Web site:

Computer Science

Informatik III: Theoretische Informatik

For all those who don't get enough of automata and formal languages in the ISCL program, here is a good lecture to get some more background and training with those concepts. The lecture comes in three parts: Formal Languages, Computability Theory and Complexity Theory. If you ever wanted to design Turing machines for specific tasks, be shown why regular expressions and finite state automata describe the same class of languages, or understand what NP-completeness REALLY means, this is the lecture for you. A certain background in logic is highly recommended. With a compulsory tutorial and one three-hour exercise sheet per week plus written exam, these are no easy credits, but for those with an interest in the theoretical side of what we are doing every day, this is a very worthwile effort.

Course language: German
Hours per week (per course): 4 (+2 for the tutorial necessary for credit)
Credit points: 6 (B.A. Computational Linguistics Major Elective)
Web site:

Key qualifications

Rede- und Präsentationskompetenz

This is an online seminar offered by the rhetorics department which provides valuable insights into the field of rhetorics as such as well as methods for preparing and giving good presentations. Presentations being an important part of our studies, this course is certainly worth the non-negligible effort: Every week, a half-hour video must be watched, a written task completed and other participants' exercises reviewed. There are also two practical sessions where one meets at a fixed time in real life and gives a speech prepared beforehand.

Course language: German (very good command required!)
Credit points: 4 (B.A. Computational Linguistics Major Elective)
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