The online course "Deutsch für ausländische Gesundheits- und Krankenpflegerinnen/pfleger" is aimed at people who work or would like to work in the health sector in Germany. It is an educational offer coordinated by the IIK Institut für Interkulturelle Kommunikation e.V. as part of the LEONARDO ITP programme.
An advanced language level of at least B1+ is indispensable for successful work with the course. A deeper knowledge of German grammar is required and is therefore not the subject of the course, which is rather focussed on the acquisition of specialist knowledge needed in the daily work of a nurse.
The following topics are covered in 32 units: 1. hospital-clinic (including organisation chart, medical staff and instruments), 2. basic care, 3. treatment care, 4. documentation, 5. telephone calls, 6. functional services, 7. care of the elderly, 8. exercises for classroom-context. With the exception of module 8, all modules are programmed exercises that can be completed in self-study. The last module should ideally be worked through in a test centre (in group work), but can also be worked through as exercises in a self-study programm.
The course is convinces with the use of texts and situations that are close to reality and cover all relevant areas of activity of a nurse.
The basis of each exercise are written or spoken texts or visual material, which the course participant is suppossed to internalise as well as possible. The student has then the opportunity to test the newly acquired knowledge in the form of a quiz. The teaching of both professional as well as linguistic knowledge goes hand in hand.
The units can be worked on independently of each other, students can choose the sequence freely.
All core competences of language acquisition (listening comprehension, writing, speaking and reading comprehension) are covered by the course offer. The students choose from a wide range of authentic audio and video material (e.g. patient information, anamnesis, physical examination, etc.).
Within the course, a wealth of additional material is provided, which is linked under "further documentation". In addition to the course itself supplementary material in the form of podcasts, self-tests, blogs etc. can be accessed on the project's webpage.