What is the course about?
To develop students' competence in speaking and in understanding spoken and written German at an intermediate level. To enrich vocabulary and idioms and to consolidate knowledge of grammar. To provide insight into Germany's society and culture.
What will we cover?
Education; talk about plans for the future and wishes; express opinions; describe a flat; understand DIY tips; talk about advantages and disadvantages of means of transport.
Grammar: express something in the future; subordinate clauses with "dass"; perfect; subjunctive with "würde" and "hätte"; prepositions with accusative and dative; "deshalb"; "werden" in the present and imperfect; passive voice; "lassen".
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
-talk about education, the future and wishes
-talk about advantages and disadvantages of means of transport
-express an opinion
-use subordinate clauses with greater confidence
-communicate in the perfect
-feel more confident about the use of prepositions with dative/accusative (Wechselpräpositionen)
- use "würde" and "hätte"
-use "werden" in the present tense and imperfect
-start using the passive voice.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Students should have recently studied German for at least 2 years (1.5 hours per week) or equivalent. A2.2
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 on our website.
It is also essential that you have some knowledge of basic grammar terminology such as: a verb, a noun and conjugation. It would be helpful if you had knowledge of more intermediate grammar terminology such as: dative, accusative, subordinate and main clause.
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?
Berliner Platz 2 NEU in Teilbänden 1. Teil chapters 16-18 and Raststätte 6. ISBN 9783126060691. 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 2. Please, enrol early to avoid disappointment. If you would like to revise, you may be interested in some grammar workshops on Friday afternoons.
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