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The Teaching of German as a Foreign Language (GER)

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The main purpose of this course is to provide specialized knowledge in the subject “Teaching German as a Foreign Language”, in accordance with the requirements of the field and the current needs of the labour market in Greece and internationally.

Students are systematically introduced to theories of language acquisition, research methodology and techniques of writing scientific papers, didactic-pedagogical principles for the teaching of a foreign language, communicative activities & abilities of the learner and the methodology for the planning & assessment of German as a foreign language course.


Upon completion of the post-graduate studies, students are expected to be able to:

  • describe the theories of foreign language acquisition, traditional and modern teaching methods and the methodological approaches associated with them,
  • understand and describe the basic principles of oral and written communication in a foreign language,
  • analyse and select in a scientifically informed way appropriate oral and written (conventional and multimodal) texts for the development of receptive and productive skills in a variety of communication contexts,
  • critically analyse foreign language teaching materials on the basis of specific learning objectives,
  • design learning scenarios aimed at promoting oral and written comprehension and production skills and developing language competences on the basis of traditional media and digital technologies, drawing on the findings of the Council of Europe, documenting their teaching choices and evaluating the course flow and learning outcomes,
  • describe the principles of assessment, reflect on tools for measuring linguistic competence and apply techniques for assessing communication skills,
  • design, conduct and present in a scientifically sound manner research studies relevant to their field with the aim of their professional development.

ECTS Credits

The total required academic credits (ECTS) to earn the Master’s Diploma are 120 ECTS.

Classification according to Unesco code ISCED-2013

By field of education: 0114-Teacher training with subject specialization

By level of study: 7

Classification of Postgraduate Studies

Master of Education

Duration of studies

The minimum required duration to complete the program is two (2) academic terms, i.e. four (4) semesters.

Language of instruction

The language of instruction of the course is German. The language of educational activities and the language of the thesis is also German.

The Post-graduate programme accepts graduates or higher institution diplomas of related disciplines holding a B2 certification in the German language. The programme is offered in German. 

The knowledge of an extra foreign language except the language of the programme and good computer-Internet skills would be useful for the successful participation in the programme.


Holders of a degree or diploma of higher education means graduates of Greek Universities or Polytechnics or Higher School of Fine Arts or Higher School of Pedagogical and Technological Education or Higher Technological Educational Institutions (ATEI) or those who hold academically equivalent first cycle degrees from recognized foreign educational institutions with the degrees awarded by the Greek Higher Educational Institutions, in accordance with the provisions of article 304 of Law No. 4957/2022 (Government Gazette 141/21.07.2022, vol.)


For the evaluation of the application to the Postgraduate Studies Programme, it will be examined whether the candidate’s institution of study is or may be included in the National Register of Recognised Higher Education Institutions of Foreign Countries and whether the candidate’s degree is or may be included in the National Register of Types of Degrees of Recognised Institutions of Foreign Countries.

The Hellenic Open University, if the degree is included in the list of article 307 of Law No. 4957/2022, must request a “Certificate of Place of Study”, which is issued and sent by the foreign university. If the place of study or part of the studies is confirmed as the Greek territory, the degree is not recognized, unless the part of the studies that took place in the Greek territory is in a public higher education institution or in a recognized foreign educational institution within the meaning of paragraph b) of article 299 of Law No. 4957/2022.

Certification of German language competency at level B2

German language competency (Level B2) can be proved according to article 10, Presidential Decree 85/2022  “Determination of qualifications for appointment in the public sector (Qualification-Department)” (Α΄ 232), in combination with Part C΄ and namely “LANGUAGE CERTIFICATES ” of no. 20/01.02.2023 “Amendment of no. 94/20.6.2022 of the decision of the SUPREME COUNCIL FOR CIVIL PERSONNEL SELECTION (ASEP)”Procedure for determining the fixed parts of the content of staff selection announcements based on predetermined and objective criteria (Articles 28 – 30 of Law 4765/2021 ) (B’ 3614)” (B’ 594) with language proficiency certificates.

Language Certificates

The table below shows the language certificates -level (B2) of German Competency that are accepted as well as the issuing body.

Certification of German competency at level B2 can be proved as follows:

  • GOETHE – ZERTIFIKAT B2 (Units: Lesen, Hören, Schreiben, Sprechen) of the Goethe Institut.
  • ZERTIFIKAT DEUTSCH FUR DEN BERUF (ZDfB) of the Goethe Institut.
  • ZERTIFIKAT V.B.L.T. SOZIALES LEBEN University of Geneva.
  • National Foreign Language Exam System (KPG) equivalent level of Law 2740/1999, as replaced by paragraph 19, Article 13, of Law 3149/2003.

German competency (level B2) is also proven with certificates of other institutions (not limited to universities) of an equivalent level, irrespective of their legal form, provided they are certified or recognized by the competent authority of the country concerned for conducting examinations and issuing certificates of proficiency in German at the appropriate level. These certificates must be accompanied by a proof document from the issuing body that both the issuing body and the language certificate competency are certified by the competent national authority and also and that the certification also concerns the evaluation of basic communication skills (written language production, oral language production, written language comprehension and oral language comprehension).

If there is no certification or recognition body in the country concerned, a certificate from the relevant Ministry or Embassy of Greece is required, confirming that the certificates issued by the above bodies to third parties for whom German is not a native language are accepted in public services of that country as valid evidence of the German language at the appropriate level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

General notes:

  • Advanced level foreign language certificates also prove knowledge of a lower (required) level of the foreign language.
  • Foreign Language Teaching Certification does not prove the competence in a foreign language. In order to prove their competence in the foreign language, candidates who hold the relevant certification must provide the foreign language certificates as provided for in this Annex where applicable
  • All foreign language degrees must be accompanied by their official translation into the Greek language, except the above German language proficiency certificates, which are accepted without requiring any translation and validation.

1st Semester

2nd Semester

3rd Semester

4th Semester

Guidelines for the selection of thematic units

All Thematic Units (Th.U.) of the course are compulsory.

You can choose from one (1) to two (2) units per semester of study.

In the first semester, if you wish to choose one unit in order to familiarise yourself with the Open and Distance Learning system and the workload involved, you must register for the unit GER10. If you wish to choose two subjects, you must register for the units GER10 and GER11.

In subsequent semesters you may choose any Unit you wish from the Units of the semester, while selecting any remaining ones from previous semesters. In any case, however, you may not select more than two units in a semester.

In the third semester, in order to choose the unit GER20, you must have successfully completed the unit units 10. In the third semester, again, in order to choose the unit GER21, you must have successfully completed the unit GER10 and two of the units GER11, GER12 and GER13.

Finally, after the successful completion of the six (6) Thematic Units (Th.U.) you can proceed to the preparation of the Diploma Thesis (see below, GER PD).


Marios Chrysou, Professor
Cognitive Object: German linguistics and German language teaching

e-mail: chrysou.marios@ac.eap.gr



Financial contribution for admitted students until the academic year 2023-2024:

The financial contribution for students to the Programme is as follows:

The cost of each Module is €450 and the cost of the Master Thesis is €900.

The total financial contribution for the Programme is: €3,600.

Financial contribution for students commencing from the academic year 2024-2025:

The financial contribution for students to the Programme is as follows:

The cost of each Module is €550 and the cost of the Master Thesis is €550.

The total financial contribution for the Programme is: €3,850.

For more information regarding the program, please contact:

Student Registry Department
Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 13:00
Contact number: 2610367331
e-mail: gerx@eap.gr

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