German as a foreign language

Teaching materials


In addition to up-to-date and didactic teaching materials, which are tailored to the needs of language learners in higher education and form the basis for optimal learning progression, learners as well as teachers have access to further teaching aids in the handset in the Culturalize office in Graz and the library in Eggenberger Allee 11.

For the German courses at FH JOANNEUM Graz, two seminar rooms with modern equipment are available for a maximum of 20 and 25 participants respectively. In Kapfenberg and Bad Gleichenberg, the German courses are also held in modern seminar rooms.

Teaching and Learning Materials

Most of the teaching and learning materials are contained in the shelf GB 3041 (German as a Foreign Language) of the Graz library and are available for use on site or can be borrowed. The German as a Foreign Language team (DaF) at FH JOANNEUM developed own teaching materials for all German language courses. The only exceptions are the two basic courses, 1 and 2, for which the Schritte plus neu Österreich (Hueber) course book is used. This represents a further important step in assuring and improving the quality of German language courses at FH JOANNEUM.

Teaching materials

Up-to-date and didactic teaching materials, which are designed specifically to meet the needs of language learners at university level, provide the basis for optimum learning progress.
Manufactor: FH JOANNEUM - DaF / Internationale Beziehungen

The teaching materials differ from traditional course books in many ways: they are specially tailored to the course length (30 hours, 2 hours per week) and the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) standards. In addition, the design, structure and themes of the units are designed to motivate learning.

Available materials:
Basic courses (grammar):

  • Grundstufe 3 (A2/1), 8th edition 2022
  • Grundstufe 4 (A2/2), 5th edition 2022
  • Mittelstufe 1 (B2/1), 6th edition 2021
  • Mittelstufe 2 (B1/2), 4th edition 2020
  • Mittelstufe 3 (B2/1), 5th edition 2022
  • Mittelstufe 4 (B2/2), 4th edition 2021
  • Oberstufe 1 (C1/1), 4th edition 2022
  • Oberstufe 2 (C1/2), 3rd edition 2018


  • Lese- und Schreibtraining 1 (A2), 5th edition 2018 (last edition)
  • Lese- und Schreibtraining 1/1 (A2), 1st edition 2019
  • Lese- und Schreibtraining 1/2 (A2), 1st edition, first print 2021
  • Lese- und Schreibtraining 2 (B1-B2), 5th edition 2018 (last edition)
  • Lese- und Schreibtraining 2/1 (B1), 6th edition 2018
  • Lese- und Schreibtraining 2/2 (B2), 1st edition 2021
  • Lese- und Schreibtraining 3 (C1), 4th edition 2020
  • Hörverstehen und Sprechtraining 1 (A2), 6th, revised edition 2018 (last edition)
  • Hörverstehen und Sprechtraining 1/1 (A2), 1st edition 2019
  • Hörverstehen und Sprechtraining 1/2 (A2), 2nd edition 2021
  • Hörverstehen und Sprechtraining 2 (B1-B2), 6th, revised edition 2018 (last edition)
  • Hörverstehen und Sprechtraining 2/1 (B1), 1st edition 2019
  • Hörverstehen und Sprechtraining 2/2 (B2), 2nd edition2021
  • Hörverstehen und Sprechtraining 3 (C1), 4th edition 2020

Special courses:

  • Austria - People and Culture (Englisch), 4th, revised edition 2015 (last edition)
  • Deutschsprachiger Film, 4th edition 2020
  • Austria - People and Culture (German version), 2nd, revised edition 2014 (last edition)
  • Business German (B2-C1), 3rd revised edition 2021
  • Communication in an Intercultural Context, 1st edition 2016 (last edition)
  • Sprech_Kulturen (from level B1 upwards), 1st edition 2018

Currently used learning material is written in bold.


Our effective up-to-date teaching material, that is tailored to the special requirements of university level language learners for all courses (execpt on level A1), is regulary evaluated, optimised and available for all students for just € 16,-!


Grammars help you to practise and consolidate grammatical structures. The focus has shifted from systematic ("passive voice", "past subjunctive") to functional grammar ("giving instructions", "expressing wishes").
Manufactor: different publishers


Manufactor: diverse publishers

PONS Compact Dictionary German as a Foreign Language.
Monolingual dictionary for basic and intermediate level courses. Prerequisites: Basic level knowledge (from level A2).

Target group: For beginners & returners as well as for advanced learners.

The dictionary offers:

  • Easy learning: With marked vocabulary to the Zertifikat Deutsch.
  • Easy to understand: With easy-to-understand definitions with example sentences.
  • Easy to speak: With detailed phonetic transcription for correct pronunciation.
  • Easy to write: With the rules of German spelling and a short grammar of German. Arrive and learn German.


Austrian Dictionary
The standard work on the language in Austria for more than 60 years, the new edition of the Austrian Dictionary contains the current vocabulary of Austrian German. In addition, there is information on subject areas, stylistic and linguistic strata, regional distribution, word origins and much more.


Course books

We use the course book "Menschen A1/1" and "Menschen A1/2" for the courses Grundstufe 1(A1/1) and 2 (A1/2) which is designed for language courses with international students. Furthermore we use the course books "Schreiben" and "Präsentieren und Diskutieren" (by Hueber) for the summer semester courses "Writing in an academic context (C1)" and Presenting in an academic context (C1).
Manufactor: Hueber


Magazines can be consulted at the library in Graz. They are for reference only and cannot be borrowed, as they must be available to all students and staff at any time:

  • Deutsch perfekt: Only available in German.
  • Österreich Spiegel: The newspaper for German language teaching has been published quarterly since 1998.
Picture book for learners of German (level A2)

From autumn 2022, a picture book for learners of German will be self-published to accompany the German courses at level A2. The book itself was designed as a bachelor's thesis by FH student Tina Bergmann and published in cooperation with the Department of International Relations / German as a Foreign Language. It is available locally in Graz at the Culturalize office at a price of 15 euros. In addition, two booklets with the English translation and a vocabulary list are available for free download at the bottom of this page.


Download the free booklets at the bottom of this page!


All (DVD) films are in the Graz and Kapfenberg library and can be borrowed:

  • The sound of music (1965): The film, which was released in 1965, was named Best Picture of the Year. Robert Wise won an Academy Award for Directing for the film, which stars Julie Andrews as Maria and Christopher Plummer as Captain von Trapp. Hammerstein died before the film was made, and two of the numbers added to the score were written solely by Rodgers: "I Have Confidence" and "Something Good", while three secondary songs were cut from the score and others were shifted toThe film, which was released in 1965, was named Best Picture of the Year. Robert Wise won an Academy Award for Directing for the film, which stars Julie Andrews as Maria and Christopher Plummer as Captain von Trapp. Hammerstein died before the film was made, and two of the numbers added to the score were written solely by Rodgers: "I Have Confidence" and "Something Good", while three secondary songs were cut from the score and others were shifted to different scenes. different scenes.
  • Amadeus (1984): Amadeus the theatrical production tells Mozart's story from the point of view of the court composer Antonio Salieri, who is presented as a caricature of jealous mediocrity. Salieri speaks directly to the audience at many times during the play, his soliloquies serving to move the timeline forward and back, and to narrate the goings on. In the film, Shaffer employs an interlocutor (a young priest) for Salieri to achieve this same function, but the film is told from a more neutral, third-person perspective and there are more scenes without Salieri in them (especially in the Director's Cut). Most of the film, and much of the play, are presented in retrospective.
  • Festival of the chicken (1992)
  • Run Lola run (1998): Lola's boyfriend, Manni, is involved in a smuggling operation. Manni's final task in a particular job is to transport 100,000 marks to his boss Ronnie. Lola is supposed to drive Manni to the meeting, but her moped has been stolen. Manni resorts to public transportation when Lola does not appear, but he accidentally leaves the money on a subway train after being caught off guard by the appearance of two ticket inspectors. The bag is then found by a homeless person. Manni places a frantic phone call to Lola and explains the situation: he will certainly be killed if he does not have the money when he meets Ronnie at noon. Lola vows to somehow obtain 100,000 marks and get to Manni in the twenty minutes she has. Manni states he will rob a supermarket on the street corner for the money if Lola has not come by then. It is at this point that the alternative-realities sequence begins.
  • Come sweet death (2000): In Come Sweet Death, disillusioned paramedic and ex-cop Simon Brenner finds himself trapped between the frontlines of two competing Emergency Medical Services in Vienna's relentless summer heat. But things turn really hot only when Brenner starts looking into the unusually high death rate with elderly patients.
  • Good bye, Lenin (2003): The film is set in the East Berlin of 1989 to 1990. The premise of the film is that Alexander Kerner's mother, Christiane Kerner, an ardent supporter of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany, falls into a coma shortly before the fall of the Berlin Wall, following a heart attack she suffered when she saw Alex being arrested in an anti-government demonstration. After eight months she comes out of the coma, but is very weak both physically and mentally, and doctors say that any shock may cause another attack.
  • The Edukators (2004): A young waitress becomes close with two relatively non-violent activists who "educate" upper-class people by breaking into their houses, moving furniture around, and leaving notes, e.g. 'your days of plenty are over,' and 'you have too much money.'
  • The Downfall (2004): It is the last days of World War Two, and the Red Army is fighting its way into Berlin. Deep within the Führerbunker underneath the Reich Chancellery, Adolf Hitler lives out his last birthday and his final ten days isolated from the world, desperately ordering counterattacks that will never happen, from armies that exist only on maps, commanded by men who are most likely dead.
  • Auberge espagnole (Pot Luck) (2004): An absolute delight, L'Auberge Espagnole captures a moment in a life, seemingly about nothing and everything all at once. Xavier (Romain Duris), a young Parisian not sure what his life is about, decides to spend a year in Barcelona studying economics--leaving behind his unhappy girlfriend (Audrey Tautou, Amélie) but joining an international mix of students in a hectic, crowded apartment.
  • We Feed the World (2005): We Feed the World is a 2005 documentary in which Austrian filmmaker Erwin Wagenhofer traces the origins of the food we eat and views modern industrial production of food in a critical light. His journey takes him to France, Spain, Romania, Switzerland, Brazil and back to Austria.
  • The Russian Dolls (2005): L'Auberge Espagnole ended with Xavier finally becoming a writer and giving up his nine-to-five job.
  • The Lives of Others (2005): The Lives of Others (German: Das Leben der Anderen) is a 2006 German drama film, marking the feature film debut of writer and director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck. The film involves the monitoring of the cultural scene of East Berlin by agents of the Stasi, the GDR's secret police. It stars Ulrich Mühe as Stasi Captain Gerd Wiesler, Ulrich Tukur as his chief Anton Grubitz, Sebastian Koch as the playwright Georg Dreyman, and Martina Gedeck as Dreyman's lover, a prominent actress named Christa-Maria Sieland.
  • The Counterfeiters (2007): The Counterfeiters (German: Die Fälscher) is a 2007 film written and directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky. It fictionalizes Operation Bernhard, a secret plan by the Nazis during the Second World War to destabilize the United Kingdom by flooding its economy with forged Bank of England currency.
    • Let's Make Money (2008): Let’s Make Money is an Austrian documentary by Erwin Wagenhofer released in the year 2008. It is about aspects of the development of the world wide financial system.

Download the booklets for the picture book for learners of German (A2)