At a glance

  • Field of study

    teaching and educational science, humanities and linguistics
  • Degree type

    undergraduate
  • Degree

    State Examination
  • Language of instruction

    German
  • Full/part-time

    full-time, part-time
  • Course start

    winter semester
  • Admission restriction

    national admission restriction
  • Standard period of study

    ten semesters

  • NC

    In the last selection procedure, all applicants were awarded a place on the programme.

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Requirements

general higher education entrance qualification, subject-specific higher education entrance qualification

The submission of a phoniatric certificate (phoniatrisches Gutachten) is a mandatory enrolment requirement.

A phoniatric certificate is subject to a fee and can only be issued by a medical specialist for speech, voice and child hearing disorders (phoniatrics and paediatric audiology) or by an ENT specialist who holds an additional qualification in voice and speech disorders. A report issued by a speech therapist (logopädisches Gutachten) is not sufficient.

For an overview of the responsible specialists in your home area or near the University, please refer to doctors’ directories, telephone directories and the internet. If applicable, you may also ask your health insurance provider.

 

  • Knowledge of French at B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
  • The Latinum must be proven at the latest when registering for the first State Examination. The Latinum can be replaced by proof of two foreign languages at least at B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, one of which can be French.

Contents

After completing the relevant teaching degree, students will be qualified to work as teachers at a German Gymnasium (grammar school). The programme is intended to prepare students for the professional world and to equip them with the necessary specialist knowledge, skills and methods for conducting scholarly work, thinking for themselves and acting responsibly, which should in turn provide the foundations for professional development opportunities and for the ability to take personal responsibility for continuing education.

Romance Studies at Leipzig sees itself as a humanities subject and therefore deals with the language, literature and culture of the countries and communities in which Romance languages are spoken. While within the humanities it is committed to an all-encompassing concept of Romance studies, the teacher training course pursues a clear philological profile that considers the historical distinctions and efforts to distinguish between individual linguistic and cultural areas.

The programme focuses on French philology and language. In particular, the aim is to equip students with subject-specific knowledge and skills in the fields of linguistics, literature, cultural studies, subject didactics, language and regional studies.

Together with the key pedagogical and psychological aspects of teaching in a Gymnasium, this subject-specific profile is the basis of the Höheres Lehramt programme for Gymnasium French teachers. It is dedicated to the study of the cultural areas of France, Belgium, Canada (Québec) and the Maghreb, all of which can be defined by their use of the French language.

The French teacher training course has been designed to provide students with opportunities to specialise in the academic fields (linguistics, literature/cultural studies and subject didactics), to attend courses aimed at improving their practical language skills, and to complete two subject-related internships that prepare them specifically for foreign language teaching in a Gymnasium setting.

In the field of linguistics, students explore the history, structure, functions and varieties of French, learning basic knowledge of linguistic theories and of the system and varieties of French.

The area of literature and cultural studies provides basic knowledge relevant to the francophone cultural area. In particular, it deals with the acquisition of intercultural and interdisciplinary skills and basic knowledge for the interpretation and analysis of literary and media texts, also providing an introduction to theories of literature and cultural studies.

In the field of subject didactics, students learn foreign language didactic theories, models and principles of modern foreign language teaching, which they reflect on and test in two closely monitored internships.

In the field of language, students learn to receive French-language texts of medium and high difficulty as well as to express themselves in written and oral French (requirements approximately equivalent to C1 level of the European Framework of Reference for Languages).

The area of regional studies addresses historical and contemporary, cultural, political, economic and social phenomena in France and francophone countries.

Students learn the basic techniques of scholarly work, information gathering, evaluation, assessment and systematisation.

This subject can also be chosen as a supplementary Lehramt subject in addition to the subjects already studied on the same teacher training course.

The programme comprises 300 credits, of which 20 credits are allocated to the written coursework (wissenschaftliche Arbeit) which students complete during the tenth semester.

The subject of this coursework must involve one of the student’s two Lehramt subjects, their subject didactics or the educational sciences. As a rule, 60 credits are earned each academic year. Students are awarded credits for passing module examinations. One credit corresponds to a student workload of 30 hours of attendance, private study as well as preparation and completion of exams.

The programme covers two equivalent Lehramt subjects (95 credits each), practical school experience (25 credits), the area of educational sciences (35 credits), supplementary studies (20 credits) and the first State Examination. The first State Examination entails 30 credits and is made up of the coursework (20 credits; see above) and the oral examinations in the subject and its didactics as well as the written examinations in the educational sciences (ten credits).

In the area of French as a subject, five compulsory modules and three compulsory elective modules (worth 80 credits in total) must be completed as well as four compulsory modules in subject didactics (including practical school experience), which should be studied in the order shown below if possible. Practical school experience is an integral part of the subject didactics modules.

When choosing the second core subject, please note the valid subject combinations.

If you choose German as your second core subject and are interested both in completing part of your studies in France and potentially in working as a teacher in France later on, you can find out more about the integrated French-German teacher training course here.

The clearly defined professional goal of the Höheres Lehramt programme for Gymnasium French teachers is for graduates to work as teachers in schools, in adult education, or in other institutions where didactic competence is required in addition to an excellent command of the language and broad application of knowledge in the fields of linguistics, literature and cultural studies.

Students must prove that they have spent at least three months abroad in a francophone country at the latest when registering for the first State Examination. Students must organise this period abroad themselves under the guidance of the institute. Before commencing the period abroad, students must ensure in particular that the credits they acquire or the modules they study abroad will be recognised by their home institute and credited towards their degree. As host universities, we particularly recommend those with whom the Institute of Romance Studies has exchange partnerships. Students can contact the relevant country coordinators at the Institute of Romance Studies for advice.

Application

Course start: winter semester
Admission restriction (NCU): yes
Application period: 2 May–15 July
Application portal: AlmaWeb

International students can find information about application periods and how to apply here.

 

Application periods for the supplementary Lehramt subject:

Course start: winter semester
Admission restriction (NCU): no
Application period: 2 May–15 September
Application portal: AlmaWeb
Please note the requirements for beginning a supplementary Lehramt subject.

Options in the winter semester: 3rd semester, 5th semester, 7th semester, 9th semester – all without restrictions on admission
Options in the summer semester: 2nd semester, 4th semester, 6th semester, 8th semester and 10th semester – all without restrictions on admission
Application period (without restrictions on admission): 2 May–15 September for the winter semester; 1 December–15 March for the summer semester
Application portal: AlmaWeb
Special enrolment requirements: credits form, phoniatric certificate, Lehramt subject combinations

International students can find information about application periods and how to apply here.

 

Options for the supplementary Lehramt subject:

Options in the winter semester: 3rd semester, 5th semester, 7th semester, 9th semester – all without restrictions on admission
Options in the summer semester: 2nd semester, 4th semester, 6th semester, 8th semester and 10th semester – all without restrictions on admission
Application period (without restrictions on admission): 2 May – 15 September for the winter semester; 1 December – 15 March for the summer semester
Application portal: AlmaWeb
Special enrolment requirements: credits form, phoniatric certificate
Further information on applying is available on our website under Applying for a higher semester of study.

Internationality

Two semesters of study at foreign partner universities

Award of a double degree with an international partner university

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