What is the course about?
To further improve lower intermediate knowledge of German in order to get by in real life situations.
What will we cover?
Based on 'Berliner Platz 2 Neu 1. Teil', chapters 13-15 and Rast. 5. Topics include: going shopping; express likes and dislikes; festivities; invitations and presents; friends and family; moving/living in Germany; express feelings; give reasons; give advice.
Grammar: comparative and superlative; verbs with dative and accusative; personal pronouns; imperfect of the modal verbs; possessive articles; subordinate clauses with "weil" and "wenn".
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
-Get by with the shopping in town
-Talk about festivities
-Talk about past events
- Talk about moving/ living in Germany
-start using subordinate clauses with "weil" and "wenn".
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Students should have completed the equivalent of one and a half years of studies. A2.
For further details of the specific foreign language skills required for this level, please see the languages self assessment chart at the start of the languages section of our course guide or at http://bildutrapagaran.info/self-assess-your-level
You will also need to be able to respond to simple instructions and explanations, as well as read course documents, in English. You will need to be at ease with the use of numbers for daily activities (e.g. using money, telling the time, using the 24 hour clock, reading timetables). It would also be helpful if you had some knowledge of basic grammar terminology such as: a verb, a noun and conjugation.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course is based on the communicative approach:
- active students’ interaction
- emphasis on speaking and listening skills
- pair and group work
- role plays
- use of realia, pictures and authentic material
- use of audio-visual techniques when appropriate
Please note, students are expected to participate in oral classroom activities and to do some homework as and when required.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Based on 'Berliner Platz 2 Neu in Teilbanden 1. Teil' chapters 13-15 and Rast. 5 ISBN 9783126060691. If a course book is recommended please try: Grant and Cutler - http://www.foyles.co.uk/Grant-and-Cutler-at-Foyles (020 7734 2012) and The European Bookshop - http://www.europeanbookshop.com (020 7734 5259).
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
German 2: upper module 1. Please, enrol early to avoid disappointment.
If you would like to revise, you may be interested in a grammar workshop as well as a summer revision courses.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details