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Giving Lectures in Germany

Fr. 18.10.2019, 09:00-17:00 Uhr

Learn how to adapt your teaching style to the expectations of German students.

The academic life often invloves living, studying and working in many different countries over the course of a career. Those of us who have been in academic institutions in more than one country know how different the procedure, atmosphere and expectations in a lecture hall can be. This seminar is designed for international faculty who will be giving lectures in Germany. Even if the class language is English, a lecture to primarily German students is different. German students are used to learning in a particular way, and may have expectations of their lecturers that international faculty are sometimes unfamiliar with. We will cover aspects of the German education and learning styles, to better prepare participants for teaching groups made up of German students. The goal is to build an understanding of differences in communication and academic style in different countries, and compare Germany to the countries each of our participants is from or has studied in.

Main focus:

By understanding the learning style and expectations of German students, you will be able to adapt your content and style to better connect with your classes.


  • Theoretical basics of intercultural communication.
  • Systematic comparison between relevant countries and Germany.
  • German education and learning styles.
  • Tools for adapting content to meet expectations.
  • Tools for adapting expectations to meet content.


Be prepared to discuss your own experiences studying and lecturing in different cultures. What differences have you noticed? What is your experience in Germany so far?

Trainer information:

Harry Waterstone is an academic, professional trainer and writer. He has studied, worked and lectured in Ireland, the UK and Germany.

Dieser Kurs ist für das Zertifikat Hochschullehre der bayerischen Universitäten (Grundstufe) mit folgenden Arbeitseinheiten (AE) anrechenbar:
Bereich A (Lehr-Lernkonzepte):  4 AE
Bereich B (Präsentation und Kommunikation): 4 AE

Dozent: Harry Waterstone
Teilnehmerzahl: 12
Veranstaltungsort: LMU München, Amalienstr. 17, Seminarraum 1. Stock