Department of German Language

Vilnius University, Institute of Foreign Languages

Universiteto 5, LT-01513 Vilnius, Lithuania

 Head of the department:

Assoc. prof. Dr. Dalia Bukauskaitė

Reception hours:

Friday - 10 - 12 (at the Department of German)

Phone: +370 5 268 72 72

Administrative assistant of the department:

Phone: +370 5 268 72 71

Office hours:

Monday – Thursday  8.30 – 12.30; 13.00 – 17.00  

Friday - 8.30 – 12.30; 13.00 – 16.00

Our goals:

  • to offer a wide range of German language courses to Vilnius university students in compliance with the requirements specified in the respective university study programmes;
  • to further develop the programmes of the subjects taught;
  • to carry out research and methodological work;
  • to promote sharing of teaching experience and cooperation with language teachers in Lithuania and abroad.

We teach:

  • German for Specific Purposes as a compulsory subject to full time students of Vilnius University;
  • General or Professional German as an elective or optional subject;
  • it full time BA degree programmes run by the Institute of Foreign Language (IFL).

 Research and methodological work

  • Synchronic research into the structure (grammatical, lexical, semantic and stylistic features) of the Germanic and Lithuanian languages, integrating the research results into  the teaching process and lexicographic practice
  • Applied linguistics and linguistic didactics: lexicographic practice, foreign language teaching methodology, preparation of standardized tests)
  • Research into contemporary German literature and culture, exploring their links with Lithuanian literature and culture
  • Language training as a prerequisite of professional competences

Other activities

The teachers of the Department actively participate in developing study programmes and courses, translate scientific literature and fiction from German, organize seminars and conferences, make presentations at international conferences , regularly upgrade their qualification by attending various courses and seminars in Lithuania and going on study or teaching visits abroad.      

International cooperation and participation in projects

The Department has contacts with foreign language departments and language centers in Lithuania and abroad.

The academic staff of the department work in close cooperation with  Vilnius Goethe institute, Public Service Language Center, DAAD, TestDaF institutu (Hagen), Academija Baltica, with colleagues from Johann Wolfgang Goethe Frankfurt am Main university, Westfälische Wilhelms Miunster university, Södertörns högskola Stokholm, Albert-Ludwigs Freiburg university.

Participation in projects

  • Leonardo da Vinci project " The Development of Study Modules in German for Specialists of Social Work and Lawyers. Theme: The Phenomenon of FAMILY“.
  • (LT/03/EX/2/0476). Duration: 2003–2004.
  • Socrates/Lingua 2 project "Qualitätsmanagement des Fremdsprachenunterrichts an der Hochschule im europäischen Diskurs" (110446-CP-1-2003-1-LV-LINGUA-L2). Duration: 2003–2007.
  • Lithuanian Ministry of Education and Science Project "Aptitude Test Translation into Lithuanian, their Adaptation and Standardization for Lithuania“. Duration : 2006–2007.
  • The project coordinated by the Council of Europe Language Policy Division Developing the System of Communicative Competences Assessment and Self-Assessment. ". Duration: 2006–2008.
  • A joint project of Vilnius Goethe institute and the IFL Department of German "Uni diskutiert – auf Deutsch". Duration: 2006–2008.
  • A joint project of Vilnius Goethe institute and the IFL Department of German "Deutsch in Studium und Wissenschaft – klipp & klar". Duration: 2008–2009; 2009–2010; 2010–2011; 2011–2012; 2012–2013.
  • International "Lifelong Learning Programme" project "MIG-KOM-EU – Mehrsprachige interkulturelle Geschäftskommunikation für Europa" (MIG-KOMM-EU – multilingual intercultural business communication for Europe) (504431-LLP-1-2009-1-DE-KA2-KA2MP). : Duration: 2009–2011.
  • International EU project „Radio on Air“, coordinated by the „Kultur und Sprache“association by the Ministry of Education, Austria. Duration : 2009–2011.
  • European Social Fund Agency and MMG project “Development and Implementation of Combined Training Modules for the Systematic Development of Customs Officers’ Specific Skills”. Duration: 2010–2012.
  • EU Social Fund Project "Identifying Gifted Students: Standardization and Application of Psychological Instruments“ (Project No. VP1-2.3-ŠMM-06-K-01-004).Duration: 2011–2013.
  • Project of Lithuanian Ministry of Internal Affairs “Development of Civil Servant Selection System” (Project No. VP1-4.1-VRM-01-V-01-002). Duration: 2013 February – September.
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