The additional subject Master’s in the German Language (Teaching Degree) comprises the subject areas of German Linguistics, German Medieval Studies, Modern German Literature (NDL) and subject-specific pedagogy. Linguistics teaches the ability to analyze substantive language material, starting from the phonetic and writing systems to syntax up to the level of semantics. Literary studies offer theories and methods for analyzing and interpreting German-language texts dating from the Early Middle Ages down to the present. In subject-specific pedagogy, prospective teachers are coached on how to teach German in the classroom.
The additional subject Master’s degree is always studied in conjunction with standard teaching degree studies. The Master’s lets students achieve the right to teach a third subject.
Beyond doing well in your studies, to enjoy your profession as a teacher of German you should
- Be interested in language and its structure
- Like to read and read a great deal
- Be prepared to analyze complex literary texts and sources and to evaluate them critically
- Not be averse to theories and methods and to applying them to literature.
Also, be willing to go outside the limits of your discipline to explore other subjects such as history, philosophy, art history, sociology, Romance studies and English.